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Man is fined buffalo and pig for bigamy
Associated Press ^ | 7/12/06

Posted on 07/12/2006 12:00:13 PM PDT by presidio9

An indigenous man in Malaysia's Sabah state on Borneo Island was fined a buffalo and a pig for breaking a tribal custom by secretly marrying a second wife, a tribal court official said Wednesday.

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The 39-year-old man was asked to compensate his first wife and children with a buffalo and a pig even though he agreed to dissolve the second marriage and return to his first wife and family, Kota Kinabalu Native Court chief William Majimbun told The Associated Press.

The court handles cases only relating to laws of the native indigenous people in Sabah.

Majimbun said the man, whose identity has been withheld, performed the second marriage secretly in a remote village in 2003.

"Indigenous custom doesn't normally punish men who marry a second time, but in this case, he did not get the permission of the first wife," Majimbun said. "The case was handled based on customary laws."

Native Courts in Sabah's 21 districts function alongside the civil and Islamic Sharia courts, and are presided over by district chiefs assisted by tribe leaders, according to The Star newspaper.

Kadazans and other indigenous people make up less than 5 percent of Malaysia's 26 million people, although the groups represent the majority in the states of Sabah and Sarawak on Borneo.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: hatewhenthathappens
This article has been appearing as one of AP's top stories all day. I don't know what to make of it, unless the fine is a not-too-subtle insult to the appearance of the wives.
1 posted on 07/12/2006 12:00:17 PM PDT by presidio9
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In guess it's true. You can put lipstick on a pig...............


2 posted on 07/12/2006 12:03:45 PM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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Geez, it's usually just an arm and a leg...


3 posted on 07/12/2006 12:04:35 PM PDT by LIConFem (It is by will alone I set my mind in motion...)
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4 posted on 07/12/2006 12:04:40 PM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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After sentencing he was quoted, "Sure, you got change for a mother-in-law."
5 posted on 07/12/2006 12:12:34 PM PDT by pikachu (I do not see the glass as half full or half empty but as the Jack Daniels is gone and the ice melted)
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6 posted on 07/12/2006 12:26:14 PM PDT by presidio9 (Albright: The William Hung of Foreign Policy.)
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(the dilemma becomes deciding which one is the buffalo and which one is the pig)


7 posted on 07/12/2006 12:26:57 PM PDT by presidio9 (Albright: The William Hung of Foreign Policy.)
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Well...at least he wasn't married to the buffalo and pig.


8 posted on 07/12/2006 12:32:17 PM PDT by Reaganesque
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"An indigenous man in Malaysia's Sabah state on Borneo Island was fined a buffalo and a pig for breaking a tribal custom by secretly marrying a second wife..."

I hate when that happens.


9 posted on 07/12/2006 2:44:04 PM PDT by Jack Hammer
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