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Malaysians Are Willing To Pay Double To Marry Across The Northern Border

Malaysians Are Willing To Pay Double To Marry Across The Northern Border

Some even choose to fly to Thailand to get married since the borders are still closed.

Azizul Rahman Ismail

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It’s not just vegetables and bread, it seems that everything is getting a price hike, even marriages too. 

A recent report says that Malaysians are still flocking to Thailand to marry despite the fact the land borders are closed and that it now costs double what it did before the pandemic. 

It is said that the profits of the agents who are facilitating the weddings are not only making more money but have seen an increase in demand as well. 

According to a veteran agent, his clients do not mind paying the higher price because they understand that it is not easy to cross my land into Thailand seeing that the border is still closed. 

Love By Air

Another report says that some Malaysians are resorting to air travel to cross the border to get married. 

That’s because although the land border is closed, Thailand has been accepting air travel from 46 countries since 1 November. 

Only those from low-risk countries can fly to Thailand without quarantine. They also must be fully vaccinated and have to undergo Covid-19 tests before the flight and after arriving in the country. 

No Registration Since MCO

According to the Department Islamic Religious Affairs Perlis, between 2010 and 2020, there have been 1,825 marriages that have been registered in Malaysia but were done in Thailand. 

However, the Department’s Chairman, Ruzaini Rais, said that they have not received any registration of marriages conducted in Thailand since the lockdown.

He also said that polygamy is the biggest reason why Malaysians choose to marry across the border. 

The second biggest reason, at 25%, is because of family disagreement, and the balance 3% do it because it is easier for them and they want to break tradition and not be pressured into holding a kenduri (feast).

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