The Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development (KPWKM) is encouraging people in Malaysia to marry and start families at an earlier age.
Its minister, Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri said her team will plan encouragement programmes from next year because of the low birth rate last year, as reported by the Department of Statistics Malaysia (DOSM).
“Next year we will have several programmes (to encourage people to marry early), and apart from this, we will have several discussions at all levels to encourage our society (especially) young married couples to start having children early,” she told reporters.
“These (programmes) are also to strengthen family institutions (and reduce the divorce rate), so we will also hold a family month every November to encourage friendship.”
At the same time, she also encouraged cooperation between the public and private sectors to foster the family spirit in today’s society.
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