Pasangan berlainan bangsa atau berlainan agama bukanlah sesuatu yang hanya ada di Malaysia. Namun, bila negara memandang konsep bangsa dan agama sebagai saling bertindan—dan merangka undang-undang untuk mengawal keduanya—hal ini menjadi lebih rumit.

Di bawah Perlembagaan Persekutuan, orang Melayu ditakrifkan sebagai orang Islam, dan undang-undang Islam di Malaysia tidak membenarkan mereka keluar agama. Di bawah undang-undang, orang bukan Melayu/bukan Islam yang ingin berkahwin dengan orang Melayu/Islam mesti memeluk agama Islam.

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