I REFER to the letter ‘Why can’t we make use of smart chips in existing identity cards?’ by ‘Family Man & Citizen’ that was published in the Borneo Bulletin Opinion page on June 3, 2017.
For the information of the writer and the public, the Marriage Card was issued to meet the legal requirements under Section 22 (1) of the Islamic Family Law, Chapter 217 that requires the Registry of Muslim Marriages, Divorces, Annulments and Ruju’ after a registered marriage and upon payment of the prescribed fee to issue a Certificate of Marriage and Marriage Card to both parties of the marriage.
Please be informed that the appearance and the content of the Marriage Card have been predetermined as in the Rules of the Islamic Family Law, 2002 and it is different from the National Identity Card.
The issuance of the Marriage Card is also in line with the implementation of Syariah Courts’ E-Syariah project, which was launched on January 23, 2017.
The issuance of the Marriage Card along with the Marriage Certificate is not a new thing as they have long been used in several countries, including neighbouring countries.
The countries concerned also have separate Marriage Cards and National Identity Cards.
The writer’s assumption that the Marriage Card is not beneficial is incorrect because the card issued by the Registry of Muslim Marriages, Divorces, Annulments and Ruju’ is an official document for certifying a valid Muslim marriage and may also be used in other countries as proof of a valid marriage in Brunei.
Getting the new Marriage Card is a simple process whereby the prospective groom and bride will have further photographs taken for the card when they register for their marriage.
So far the response for the card has been positive since it was introduced. They have been requests for the card to be issued for marriages before January 1, 2017, which the Registry may consider in future.
Hopefully this explanation will give a true picture of the situation and address the concern of ‘Family Man & Citizen’ and members of the public.
– Haji Hassan bin Haji Metali,