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NEW MARRIAGE PREP, SUPPORT PROGRAMME FOR SINGAPOREANS MARRYING FOREIGNERS

With three in 10 marriages here now involving a foreign spouse, several government bodies have teamed up to offer support for the unique problems faced by transnational couples. The Ministry for Social and Family Development (MSF) will provide pre- and post-marital programmes from December 1 that will cover immigration, job, housing and money issues for such couples, its minister Chan Chun Sing announced yesterday.

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Help for needy ‘will remain targeted and be sustainable’

He kicked off his speech with a survey of geopolitics, where one uncertainty comes from United States-China ties. For a small country like Singapore, another challenge is how to stay relevant as its larger neighbours reach milestones: Indonesia on the threshold of middle-class status, and Malaysia seeking to break into the ranks of developed countries. "The challenge for Singapore is to develop a constructive and complementary relationship with our closest and fast-growing neighbours. Our risk is that if we are unable to create value and lose our strategic weight, we can be easily marginalised and relegated to irrelevance - where others dictate what we do and not do."

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85% SATISFIED WITH FAMILY LIFE: SURVEY

More than eight in 10 parents with teenage children or younger were satisfied with their relationship with their children as well as with their family life, showed the first survey on the state of family life conducted by the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) last year. It found that 85 per cent of respondents were generally satisfied with their family life, while 86 per cent were satisfied with their relationship with their children.

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PROPOSAL TO TWEAK GENDER BIAS IN WOMEN’S CHARTER

MEN who are incapacitated may soon be able to claim maintenance from the wives they are divorcing. The idea of awarding maintenance based on need and not only gender is one of the proposed amendments to the Women's Charter that may be tabled in Parliament after public consultation ends early next year. Minister for Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing revealed this yesterday after he joined a women's group dialogue at the Singapore Council of Women's Organisations (SCWO).

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FCBC pastor Lawrence Khong: Refusal to allow pro-family event at Padang puzzling

TOUCH Community Services founding chairman Lawrence Khong yesterday criticised the Ministry of Social and Family Development’s (MSF) move to reject an application by an affiliate of his organisation to hold a pro-family event at the Padang. Responding to TODAY’s queries, Mr Khong — who has regularly spoken out against homosexuality — said he was disappointed with the ministry’s move. He added: “I am puzzled by MSF’s restrictions on TOUCH to organise (the event) and also confused with their position on family.”

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Malay-Muslim organisations’ contributions should be acknowledged: Halimah

Speaker of Parliament Halimah Yacob today (Feb 15) said the wonderful work of many Malay-Muslim organisations should be acknowledged. Her comments were made as a police report was lodged yesterday by the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) against Pertapis Children’s Home, following allegations of children being “inappropriately punished physically” by the shelter’s staff. Madam Halimah said: “This matter is under police investigation, so I think we should leave it to the police until they complete their investigation. “My heart goes out to the children, and I hope that their interests will be taken care of, and I am sure that the MSF will come in to take care of their interests. “But I also want to say that many of our Malay-Muslim organisations are really doing wonderful work and we should also acknowledge that.

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