“So, yes, they are different from their parents’ generation but this is not at all surprising because every generation is different from the previous one.
Senior lecturer at Monash University Dr Yeoh Seng Guan said the survey results were not surprising as it is a global trend where for the younger generation, especially living in cosmopolitan and metropolitan centres, conventional social identity markers like ethnicity, religion and place of origin, matter less than “individual self-fulfilment” and “interpersonal compatibility”.
“I don’t meet guys online because I don’t believe in that, and because I see a lot of scams,” 26-year-old Nurul Amirah Zulkafli said, although she admitted a lot of her friends do.
Priyenshar shared the same sentiment and said a person might portray themselves as being “this awesome person” online but one can never be sure.
Although there is technically an exemption for men who can demonstrate that they are members of the other Abrahamic faiths, such as Christianity and Judaism, this is rarely enough applied to be non-existent.
“With a certain religion in Malaysia, because of the laws, it’s a bit hard to have a relationship with someone from a different religion,” Gary George, 29, said without specifically naming Islam.