Strengthening marriages

KUCHING: To help build strong marriages and stem the tide of divorce, a seven-week Marriage Course for the Community will be held here starting next month.

The course, which is open to non-Muslim couples, is organised by Alpha Malaysia (Sarawak) with the support of the Welfare, Women and Family Development Ministry.

Alpha Malaysia (Sarawak) regional coordinator Dr Wong Howe Tung said it was meant to help married couples strengthen their relationship and reinforce their love and quality of life together.

“It is open to any couple, regardless of whether theirs is a strong marriage or a struggling one. It is really an eye-opening experience, providing room for improvement.

“We have seen cases of couples on the verge of divorce but were able to turn it around,” he said during a courtesy call on Welfare, Women and Family Development Minister Datuk Fatimah Abdullah recently.

Fatimah said strengthening the family institution through activities such as marriage courses was an important way to reduce the divorce rate in Sarawak.

She said the state recorded 13,270 divorce cases from 2010 to 2013, many of which involved young couples whose marriages lasted less than five years.

She also said the divorce rate showed a rising trend, from 1,511 cases among Muslim couples and 793 among non-Muslims in 2010 to 1,865 and 1,206 respectively last year.

“The marriage course organised by Alpha Malaysia is one way for couples to learn skills and knowledge to improve their marriages,” she added.

The course will take place on Friday evenings starting April 3 at Crown Tower in Jalan Pending and end with a graduation dinner at Imperial Hotel on May 22.

It will be conducted in English and is open for registration now with a fee of RM100 per couple.

For more information or to register, call Dr Wong at 019-886 4030, Gan Chuei Lian (017-220 4030), Lai Chin Luke (013-810 1366) or Stella Sim (013-810 1367).

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