Terengganu govt sponsors second honeymoon for 40 couples to find ‘lost spark’
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 18 — Keen to reduce its high divorce rate, the Terengganu government will be paying the costs of a three-day, two-night second honeymoon for 40 couples as part of a state programme to assist those with troubled marriages.
State Welfare, Women Development, Family and National Unity Committee chairman Hanafiah Mat said the state government decided to continue the programme as it had been successful in bringing together 60 per cent of couples who took part in an earlier round.
“Most of the married couples who were selected for the programme have been married for more than five years.
“We want to help save their marriage and rekindle the lost spark in their marriage during the programme,” Hanafiah was quoted by national news agency Bernama as saying in Marang, Terenganu yesterday.
He said the programme is organised by the Terengganu Family Development Foundation and is aimed to lower the divorce rates in the state.
The number of single mothers in Terengganu was recently reported to have shot up to about 10,000 in the last three years.
Bernama reported that the second honeymoon package lasts three days and two nights, and will include motivational talks at “interesting locations” as part of its activities.