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Interfaith marriage (from overseas) without conversion and then having children in Malaysia

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asked on Apr 28, 2017 at 16:53
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edited on May 8, 2017 at 04:40
 
I'm a Malaysian non-Muslim citizen and am planning to get married overseas with my Malaysian Muslim girlfriend under civil marriage. We are then planning to move back to reside in Malaysia (whether or not we re-register our marriage in Malaysia, is another question altogether). However, if I don't convert my religion, will there be any issues when we have children in Malaysia?
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answered on Apr 29, 2017 at 02:06
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edited Dec 14, 2018 at 02:34
 
What race are you?

When your child is born, how to register your child?
Your wife is a Muslim, she cannot register the child without problems with the religious authorities in the absence of a Muslim marriage under Syariah Laws. Jabatan Pendaftaran Negara (JPN) will not accept.
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answered on Apr 29, 2017 at 18:20
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edited Dec 14, 2018 at 02:35
 
I'm Chinese. That's true. What if we have a child overseas and then bring him over to Malaysia? Will there be any issues with the Immigration etc?
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answered on Apr 30, 2017 at 04:10
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How are you going to bring the child back without legal travel documents?
The Malaysian Embassy is not going to issue travel docs as the marriage is not recognized.
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answered on Apr 30, 2017 at 05:37
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The only way is for you to become muslim
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answered on Apr 30, 2017 at 06:11
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edited Dec 14, 2018 at 02:47
 
@ Morahm

The only way is for you to become Muslim
How do you know?
There are other ways. But the easiest is to convert.

To convert is just walking across a 100m concrete bridge
The other ways is akin to climbing Mount Everest with the child in a backpack.
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answered on May 1, 2017 at 00:02
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edited Dec 14, 2018 at 02:49
 
@jeff005,

What are some examples of the more complicated ways you mentioned? 
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answered on May 1, 2017 at 02:46
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A common one is marry overseas, have child there, then divorce, the child will follow citizenship of one parent. Then come back to reside in Malaysia. The child will have legal ID.

Then live together as one to raise the child. This works for pure love marriages.
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answered on May 2, 2017 at 15:13
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edited Dec 14, 2018 at 02:52
 
@jeff005,

I see... that does sound complicated. But I guess it does open up a new perspective. Thanks for your insight on this matter.
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answered on Nov 27, 2018 at 14:14
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edited Dec 14, 2018 at 02:53
 
@adamtw, wonder what is your latest solution? I eager to know.
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