Bigamy is unlawful if you are not a Muslim.In fact Muslims are allowed by religion to have maximum of four wives at the same time, if you can afford it or can survive the hell and fury of a polygamous marriage.
There are pre-conditions for Muslim men taking more than one wife.First you mush have the means to support them.More important, you must be fair to all and can provide same equity in material comfort, love and sex.That's what Prophet Mohammad and the Koran prescribed a Muslim man must observe and practise if he chose polygamy.Sound very simple, but this is where it becomes very messy, 99.9% of Muslims men do not adhere to those conditions and knowing human nature is such it is almost humanly impossible for most men to comply.
By right, most Muslims man should not be allowed to take more than one wife.In fact, there were many cases where the men can hardly afford to bring up one family and yet the imam solemnised the second marriage.Polygamy is more popular among Muslims in Peninsula than those in Sabah and Sarawak.
The PKR assemblyman for Bukit Selambau V.Arumugam is a bigamist according to his wife who lodged a report against him.Not only he had broken the law, he had also embarrassed the Kedah government and the palace by flaunting his younger second wife at official functions. Arumugam should have converted to Islam if he wanted to keep two wives at the same time.He would have overcome the problem. Arumugam won the Bukit Selambu state seat as an independent backed by PKR when its candidate was disqualified during nomination.
Anwar Ibrahim and other PKR leaders claim that Arumugam resigned because of undue pressure exerted on him by the BN to defect to their side and threatened to expose his problematic status if he refused.
Why did PKR and Pakatan leaders keep him and hide the fact from the public....or was it they don't know the background of their man and never bother to check in the first place to ensure he has a clean bill of health, which is what required of anyone before he can become a public figure ?
The Menteri Besar of Kedah Azizan Abdul Razak reportedly said there was a misunderstanding, actually Arumugam married the other woman about nine years ago.So, PKR and Pakatan knew about his status and in spite of that took him in as a matter of convenience, to fill the numbers.He has been a bigamist for nine years, is there a question of morality here?
The pressure from BN may be true, but than if your assemblyman has a clean bill he wouldn't be in such a mess. Blaming the BN may not be all that appropriate.You make the condition conducive for them to politicise it.That's what politics are all about, Pakatan should know it, they do it all the times to BN leaders, expose the ills of your enemies. Pakatan should look in their own backyard first before assigning blame to others.
I mentioned in my previous post that the people were so disillusioned with the BN even a dog could have won in the swing areas of the March 2008 general elections.
Bukit Selambau was one such area, Arumugam was an unknown, yet he could garner over 5000 majority.