Deputy Minister Che Abdullah apologises for online marriage solemnisation

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Entering into a dubious marriage through the phone.

A deputy minister today apologised for a recent video of his online solemnisation, which went viral, that may have upset some social media users.

Deputy Agriculture and Food Industries Minister Che Abdullah Mat Nawi said it is a personal matter and should not have gone public.

“I apologise if the issue has offended anyone,” said the Tumpat MP.

“It seemed that it was intended to embarrass or shame my family, or probably interfere with my work.”

Che Abdullah hoped the public would respect his privacy and that of his family without providing details about the marriage.

“I hope everyone will give me the space to resolve this issue amicably,” he was quoted as saying by Malay daily Sinar Harian.

“God willing, this issue would not affect my work as a deputy minister and an MP.”

A video conversation between the politician, the imam and two other men believed to be witnesses, was being widely circulated and posted on YouTube.

The video and photos of the MP’s marriage ceremony with a woman in her 20s that had gone viral on social media was criticised as the ceremony was allegedly held when the country was under lockdown.

A close-up shot of the certificate shows that the ceremony was conducted on June 1.

Southern Thailand is also under movement control restrictions.

Thailand recently imposed movement control restrictions and stricter border controls near the Narathiwat province following reports of Covid-19 cases involving the Beta (South Africa) variant.

On July 4, the Narathiwat Islamic Council in Thailand said it would investigate an akad nikah (marriage solemnisation) ceremony allegedly involving a deputy minister which was conducted online.

The council’s vice-president Abdul Aziz Che Mamat said they had never approved online solemnisation ceremonies.