KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) is proposing compulsory post-marriage counselling for Muslim couples to strengthen the family institution as well as to reduce the divorce rate in the country.
Jakim’s Family, Social and Com-munity Development director Zakuan Sawai said his division had prepared a working paper for the consideration of the respective state Islamic Religious departments.
“The proposal seeks to compel Muslim couples to attend a three-day, two-night course which focuses on household issues, the marital relationship, and raising children,” he said here yesterday.
Zakuan said Jakim’s emphasis would be mainly on couples who had been married for one to five years as the department found that they experienced the highest rate of marital discord.
“This is because they are still in the process of familiarising themselves with one another,” he noted.
Zakuan said efforts to develop the course were initiated in 2012, and a pilot project was being held to obtain public feedback.
“The course will be introduced to civil servants before being expanded to the public,” he said.
Zakuan added that the course was different from pre-marital courses as it dwelled more liberally on a variety of marital issues. — Bernama