KUALA LUMPUR, 9 Jan 2009: The Federal Territory Islamic Religious Department (Jawi) has introduced a new marriage certificate which comes with security features to prevent forgery.
Its director Datuk Che Mat Che Ali said the security features would be found in the logo, paper, words, microchip and serial number, thus making it difficult to forge the document.
Last year alone, Jawi had detected and taken to court eight forgery cases involving a marriage syndicate, he told reporters after launching the new marriage certificate, here, today.
Che Mat said the issuing process for the new certificate would only take seven days compared to 30 days previously.
However, new certificates will only be issued to couples who tie the knot in Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya from 1 Jan 2009.
Couples who married prior to that date need not apply for a new certificate to replace the one they currently have.
“In addition to the security features, Jawi is now using the e-Munakahat system to enable information search on marriage, divorce and reconciliation cases in the Federal Territories,” Che Mat said. — Bernama