When asked about being in a relationship, 45 per cent said it “happens only if it’s at the right time” while a third said it “something that needs to be given a lot of consideration”; only 15 per cent said it is the natural course in life.Sex before marriage, a taboo especially in an Asian country such as Malaysia, did not seem to stop them from indulging, with almost 40 per cent saying they have engaged in it Twenty-eight per cent also said they have had casual sexual flings, while more than one in five said they have had one-night stands.
Attitudes towards premarital sex were also relaxed, with 85 per cent saying it was not necessary to wait until marriage to have sex.
Despite their casual approach to sex, however, millennials picked loyalty and intelligence as the two most important traits in their partners, over looks and wealth.
“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.
“We should be startled if it is not different,” she said.
It doesn’t matter if they marry a Muslim or someone from another religion,” 29-year-old Nurzianty Abdullah told .
In Malaysia, Shariah law essentially requires Muslims to only wed other Muslims, meaning that interfaith relationships must end in Islam if marriage comes into the picture.
In 2000, however, the average increased to 25.1 and rose further to 25.8 in 2010.
Men saw a slight decrease, from 28.7 to 28, in the same period.
“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.