My letter to The New Paper on the above matter gets published today, Monday 13th April 2015.
It is sad that love begins with a smile, grows with a kiss, and ends with a tear drop.
Given the pressures of today’s fast paced lifestyle, I am not surprised by the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) study which found young couples giving up on their marriages as reported in “Recent marriages more prone to split” (The New Paper, April 7) .
Money issues are often the reason. Material aspirations are important to most Singaporeans – the 5Cs of cash, credit card, car, condominium and country club membership. But what is just as important are the 3Ls – love, laughter and life.
While I support MSF’s efforts to roll out more marriage preparation courses, I believe that nothing beats sharing a hands–on life experience.
Young married couples need to be inspired and motivated from dedicated and committed spouses who have stuck by their partners through thick and thin.
MSF and other related agencies should invite such dedicated spouses to share their success stories and remind couples that if they put their hearts and souls into building a solid partnership, they will experience the joy and happiness a fulfilling marriage can bring.
RAYMOND ANTHONY FERNANDO