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Government Gives Second Honeymoon for Troubled Couples

A Malaysian state government is taking it upon themselves to give assistance to troubled couples, encouraging them to work on their relationship rather than divorcing – by sending them on a second honeymoon and providing counseling.

Second Honeymoon from Malaysian Government

(Source: AP) KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – A Malaysian state government says it plans to offer free honeymoons to save the marriages of couples who are on the brink of divorce.

Ashaari Idris, a government official in northern Terengganu state, says troubled couples will be allowed to spend two nights at the state’s scenic islands or beach resorts to help them rekindle their romance under a “Second Honeymoon” program.

Ashaari says the state government hopes to launch the plan soon “to resolve marital problems and to create models of exemplary families.”

He said that couples who enroll in the program must also undergo counseling.

I think it’s wonderful to see a government take proactive measures to let couples know that if they are experiencing relationship problems, they have help and support available. That the entire system is behind them and wants them to work it out.

What do you think? Is this a good way of supporting relationships and families through hard times? Is it necessary? Should every country be thinking this way?

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One comment for “Government Gives Second Honeymoon for Troubled Couples”

  1. Posted by Jessica | December 31, 2009, 2:43 pm

    I think that is an incredible move on the Malaysian government’s part to take a stand on such a thing and offer support and counseling. I hope that the program is a success, because it has the potential to change so many lives. And I also think it is a great way to really help the people under that government and show them that the government cares about families! I wish our government (here in the US) would offer something like that for troubled marriages! What a difference it is going to make for the children of those couples too. I am so impressed!

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