Keeping long-lasting marriage a new challenge


By AVA LAI

Hasidah flanked by Dr Wong and Gan at the graduation ceremony.

KUCHING: Married couples need to “navigate wisely” to ensure happy and long-lasting relationship.

Assistant Early Childhood Education and Family Development Minister Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali said there were too many divorce cases.

“Divorce rate increases every year.

“In 2010, Sarawak recorded 793 cases. The figure rose to 916 cases a year later. By 2014, divorce cases stood at 1,206.

“These are the challenges that our society is facing today,” said Hasidah during The Marriage Course (TMC) graduation here.

She said it was tougher nowadays to be happily married, especially when couples were laden with financial problems.

“Still, we must preserve our marriage institution for the benefit of society.

“If everyone is in good relationship, it will help us reduce problems in society.

Hasidah said courses such as TMC was timely for the married and soon-to-wed couples.

“We can, at least, change ourselves if we cannot change our partner,” she added.

Hasidah said Sarawak Women and Family Department (KWKS), the sponsor of TMC, would continue to support such marriage courses.

Meanwhile, 21 couples graduated from the seventh TMC coordinated by Alpha Malaysia (Sarawak) Bhd regional coordinators Dr Wong Howe Tung and Gan Chuei Lian. The couples, whose marital ties ranged from one-month-old to 36 years, completed seven weekly session.

“JWKS has been sponsoring TMC for the past three years.

“Previously, we conducted two courses per year. Now we have four courses.

“We are glad that JWKS also sponsored four parenting courses,” said Dr Wong.

He said marriage was the most rewarding relationship and the most challenging one.

“To be happy and improve your marriage, we have to change somewhere, sometime, something and yourself,” Dr Wong said in his welcome speech.

A total of 164 couples have so far benefitted from TMC.

“This shows that changes are possible and TMC is effective in bringing about this change.

“This also shows that the investment by the government is well spent,” said Dr Wong.

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