According to data in the Malaysia Community and Family Study 2004 by the National Population and Family Development Board (LPPKN), 'meddlesome in-laws' are the chief cause of divorces, especially in the Indian community.
It is also among the top three factors for divorce among the Malays and Chinese, the other two factors being are incompatibility and infidelity, reports The Star Online.
"Interference by in-laws is the main reason for Indians to divorce. It is the top-ranked reason at 30 percent," said LPPKN director-general Datuk Aminah Abdul Rahman when presenting a paper on Malaysia's family profile and its effects at Institut Kefahaman Islam Malaysia yesterday.
"Among Malays, the second most common reason is infidelity and refusal to put up with polygamy," she said.
"Among the Indians, infidelity is the second highest ranked reason for divorce at 25 percent," she added.
The Chinese, however, considered infidelity as the least crucial reason for a divorce.
"Another overall reason which ranked high among the three races at 11.5 percent is 'not being responsible'," she said.
The study surprisingly showed that divorce is more likely to happen to those under 25 and above 40.