SERI KEMBANGAN: The Women and Family Development Ministry has launched a Smart Start package targeted at newlyweds to give them an early start in nurturing a strong marriage in conjunction with National Family Day 2003.
Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil said the young need to understand a strong marriage would lead to a stable and happy family which in turn would create a strong nation.
She said most married couples nowadays were less resilient in resolving marital conflicts compared to the older generation.
“I urge newlyweds not to abandon ship at the first sign of trouble. There’s no such thing as a perfect marriage,” she said at the launch by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Syed Putra Jamalullail at the Mines Malaysia International Exhibition and Convention Centre yesterday.
To test run the programme, a group of 124 newly married couples of various ethnic backgrounds have been selected by the ministry. They would remain the focus group for one year.
The youngest is a couple of 14-year-old Semai descendants while the oldest is a 40-year-old Chinese man.
The ministry's National Population and Family Development Board will monitor the couples’ progress and provide workshops and counselling.