Interracial married overseas, what steps need to be taken to ensure that it is legal in Malaysia?

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asked on Jun 14, 2020 at 18:40
edited on May 6, 2021 at 23:31
Both of us are Malaysians, he is a Muslim and I am a Catholic. We are planning to get married in New Zealand so both of us do not have to convert our religions. But just a few questions to ask:

1. Upon marriage in NZ, is it possible to legalize the marriage here in Malaysia? Will it be under Syariah Law or civil marriage Registration of Marriage (ROM)? Or is it impossible to do so without any converting?

2. Since the marriage is legal in NZ, but not in MY - then will there be limits? Is our status still considered single?

Thank you in advance for your replies/feedback. Whatever opinion/replies you share, please keep in mind that we both are not looking to religion converting as a solution.

Thank you!
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answered on Jun 14, 2020 at 20:56
edited May 6, 2021 at 23:32
Personal Opinions

(1) It is impossible to get married in Malaysia without conversion.

(2) New Zealand does not allow bigamy. You have to apply for a marriage certificate, you have to get a certificate of "single status" (for Foreigner Marriages) from the Malaysian Embassy. The issue is "will the Embassy issue such a certificate"?, since both of you are Malaysians. A certificate of Good Conduct is also required, triggering many red alerts.
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