PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - A man in Kelantan who married an 11-year-old child was fined RM1,800 (S$605) by the Gua Musang Syariah Court in the northeast of Peninsular Malaysia.
Harian Metro reported that the man was charged with solemnising a marriage and polygamy without obtaining the court's permission. The man already had two wives.
He pleaded guilty to both charges.
Judge Mohd Surbaineey Hussain sentenced the man to a fine of RM900 for each charge.
According to the report, the 41-year-old rubber tapper was charged under Section 19 and Section 124 of the Kelantan Islamic Family Law Enactment No.6 of 2002 that carries a RM1,000 fine or a two months' imprisonment.
The report also said the accused, who was wearing a black skull cap, appeared nervous as the two charges was read out to him.
Harian Metro reported that the accused also asked the court to reduce his fine and not sentence him to jail.
Nor Azizi Abdul Rahman appeared for the prosecution while the accused was represented by a male relative who is not a lawyer.
The man had sparked controversy when he married the 11-year-old in Thailand on June 18.
The marriage, which was apparently solemnised at a mosque in Sungai Golok, a border town in south Thailand's Narathiwat province, sparked outrage in Malaysia last month, with one activist labelling the groom a "child predator".
Malaysian Muslims below the age of 16 are allowed to marry if they obtain the permission of a religious court.
But Deputy Prime Minister Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said last week their union was illegal because it had not received the consent of the Syariah Court as the girl was under the minimum legal age for marriage.