A 57-YEAR-old Malaysian Muslim man assaulted his wife and threatened to shoot her after she failed to secure him a young second wife, news reports said today.
Mohamad Haris Daud, a local police chief in Kuantan in central Pahang state, said the man forced his 60-year-old wife to seek the consent of a woman in her 30s to be his second wife.
The frightened wife then went to the woman's house but found out that she was already married, he said.
"After she told her husband that the woman was married, he ran amok and started beating her and threatened to cut her with a machete'', Chief Mohamad was quoted as saying by the Malay-language Utusan Malaysia newspaper.
Chief Mohamad said the man, a security guard and member of civil volunteer corps RELA, which rounds up illegal immigrants, also threatened to shoot her with a shotgun after she failed to obtain the consent from the other woman.
Muslim men in Malaysia are allowed up to four wives but activists and women's groups say polygamy is cruel and has deviated from its original purpose in Islam, which was to protect widows and orphans.
Islam is the official religion of Malaysia, where more than 60 per cent of its 27 million people are Muslim Malays. Polygamy is illegal for non-Muslims.
Police have detained the husband and he is being investigated for criminal intimidation.