Premarital Certification: Thrown by Muhadjir, Headed by MUI, Criticized by the House of Representatives Commission VIII

IMPERIUMDAILY.COM-JAKARTA – The government has a new discourse 2020 later. Every couple who is going to get married is obliged to take pre-marital classes for three months until they get a certificate. The main reason for suppressing divorce rates.

The Kemenko PMK (Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture), Muhadjir Effendy, first brought up this discourse. Premarital certification program will later be used as a marriage requirement.

“So actually anyone who enters marriage should get some sort of upgrading about how to become a married couple. To ensure that he is indeed sufficient to master the fields of knowledge that must be possessed, a certificate must be given,” Muhadjir explained to Kompas on Wednesday, November 13, 2019.

Muhadjir also emphasized that every bride who does not have a prenuptial certificate must not proceed to the marriage level.
“Yes, before graduating, they cannot get married,” Muhadjir said at the Presidential Palace, Jakarta, Thursday, November 14, 2019.

This discourse suddenly became the public spotlight. Many pros and cons arise, including because they are considered too difficult and touch the private sphere.

Deputy Chairman of Commission VIII, Marwan Dasopang, also considered that this policy would trigger other problems. For example, if there are couples who do not pass the certification it is feared that they will commit adultery.

“Pak Muhadjir don’t make a scene in this Republic, marital affairs are very private, if you meet the requirements from the point of view of each person, don’t make unnecessary requirements,” said Marwan Dasopang, reported by, Friday, November 15, 2019.

Marwan added, premarital certification does not guarantee a married couple will avoid divorce.

“Next, who issues the certificate and what is the responsibility for not passing someone who is obstructing marriage, or graduating and being able to get married but divorced, can the certificate authority be sued,” he continued.

Meanwhile, the National Commission on Human Rights does not reject this discourse as long as its objectives are still clear. However, the Komnas HAM (Chairperson of National Commission on Human Rights), Ahmad Taufan Damanik hopes that this program is not an obligation for every bride.

“If it is (made) an obligation it means adding a certain thing that actually cannot be made mandatory. So, people will complain if it is made an obligation,” Ahmad said.

Komnas HAM also provides a number of conditions if the premarital certification program is actually realized. Namely not to burden the bride and groom, as well as the time for the implementation of premarital classes must run according to the agreement of the organizer and bride.

Vice President Ma’ruf Amin even spoke up on this premarital certification discourse. Ma’ruf Amin asked the people not to worry. The existence of premarital certification does not mean regulating someone may or may not get married.

According to him, debriefing and certification only provides an understanding of building a good household, not graduating or prohibiting people from getting married.

“That (debriefing) is indeed important for the existence, the term is to provide training on premarital. Because so that when he is married he is ready mentally and physically, especially in facing the possibility of stunting prevention,” said Maruf Amin at the Vice Presidential Palace, Jakarta, Friday, 15 November 2019.

The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) basically supports this government policy as long as it does not conflict with religion and has clear procedures.

“MUI, if it is good, does not conflict with religion and Islamic law, MUI supports it. Well, we read this (policy) as well. In fact, in accordance with the teachings of religion and science.

Marital life requires knowledge. The government must ensure this. “It’s not burdensome (for the public). I’m afraid that people will even be afraid of marriage, and in the end they will get out of wedlock,” MUI Secretary General Anwar Abbas told CNN Indonesia, Thursday, November 14, 2019.

Chairperson of the MUI Da’wah Commission, Cholil Nafis also stated that she agreed to the premarital policy. However, this briefing is not a condition for someone to marry.

“So this is a briefing, but don’t be a condition for people to get married. Not to mention that it will be applied next year, this year is also okay. In fact, I agree from this year, because it really needs to be equipped,” he told the media, Sunday, November 17 2019.
According to Cholil, a prenup is necessary for every bride and groom, only to get certification does not require a short time. Do not let these certification conditions hamper the implementation of marriage.

“It’s not enough just marriage advice at the time of the marriage contract, maybe not so concentrated, not so much time, so it’s only ceremonial, it is necessary to be given understanding. But not to hinder and delay marriage because of the certification,” added Cholil.

Currently, the marriage guidance program from the government is still in the preparation stage. Later, Kemenko PMK will provide a web page that contains all information about marriage guides from the Ministry of Religion, the Ministry of Education and Culture, and the National Population and Family Planning Agency (BKKBN). (lna/yos)

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