He wrote about some comment that was sprouted out by one of our intelligent and learned ministers about mixed marriages. Here's an extract of that article.
... It is with dismay that I read about the comments 'think a thousand times' before entering into a mixed marriage by Information, Communication and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Rais Yatim lately.
It would have been far more appropriate had he said 'think a thousand times' before taking the plunge irrespective of whom you wanted to marry rather than narrow the field to inter-racial marriage.
He stated that studies conducted between 1995 and 1998 by 'several sociologists in the country had shown that seven out of 10 mixed marriages end in divorce'.
He did not elaborate on the credentials of the so-called 'sociologists' and who assigned them to do the research and for what purpose ...
Yes, I too would like to know the credentials of these so-called 'sociologist' myself. He went on further saying ...
'... the failure of marriage is caused by cultural differences, religion and how a person is raised'.
Hogwash I say! And these remarks are coming from our Minister of Information, Communications and Culture! I am shocked, really I am. For a country that thrives on a multi-racial background and with mixed marriages being common today, we have a neanderthal from a bygone era coming up with silly statements like these.
Yes, I do find it silly cos my wife and me are of a different race altogether. Even my two best buddies are married to women from a different race. And I have lots of friends with spouses of a different race or backgrounds and we're all doing fine. Trust me, we didn't need to 'think a thousand times' about it.
Marriages fall apart not because of cultural differences or religion. If you love someone, then you could be from Neptune and it would not matter one bit. Marriages fall apart most of the time because of a failure to communicate, neglect, lack of understanding, growing apart, infidelity, dishonesty, lack of commitment and but most definitely not because of cultural differences or religion.
And people wonder why we're getting so much bad press around the world. With ministers like these, it's no surprise anymore ... siggghhh ...