KUALA TERENGGANU: Terengganu's “second honeymoon” programme has been such a help to troubled couples that the state government is thinking of making it compulsory for its civil servants.
State secretary Datuk Mazlan Ngah said the programme, organised by the state Family Development Foundation, could strengthen the bond between married couples.
This, in turn, would lead to better productivity at the workplace, he said at the Excellent Service Awards ceremony here yesterday.
“The state government fully supports such a programme,” he said when asked to comment on a suggestion by foundation director Mohd Shafaruddin Mustaffa that government servants in the state who have been married for five years, or even less, should go for the second honeymoon.
“It would be wonderful if our workers are made to join it,” Mazlan said.
He added that the foundation and state government must meet and discuss ways to implement the suggestion.
He said the foundation had also been instructed to table a report so it could be discussed at the state executive council meeting.
The programme, started two years ago, is aimed at helping couples on the brink of divorce to overcome their marital problems.
Troubled couples spend two nights at a scenic island or beach resort, fully sponsored, to help them rekindle their romance.
Mohd Shafaruddin said the programme had helped to save many marriages since its inception.
“We hope to reduce the number of divorce cases,” he said, adding that there were about 17,000 single mothers in the state.
“The marriage period of up to five years is a critical time.
“Most divorces occur during this period,” he said.
He added that the programme helped to remind the couples of their bond with each other.
Among the honeymoon destinations offered are Pulau Redang, Pulau Perhentian and Pulau Langkawi.
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