SINGAPORE: The National Family Council (NFC) is seeking radical changes in the way Singaporeans perceive the importance of family within society.
Speaking to reporters at the council’s appreciation brunch, its chairman Lim Soon Hock said this includes instilling a "family first" mindset that places family as a central aspect of life.
To do this, the NFC has in its recommendation paper on marriage and parenthood policies proposed setting aside a public holiday to reinforce the importance of family.
The paper, which has been submitted to the Community Development, Youth and Sports Ministry, also called for reduced working hours, and the option for fathers to go on paternity leave.
This can be taken in the fourth month of the wife’s maternity leave.
The Council also recommended subsidies for young couples who are renting flats, while waiting for their new flats to be ready.
This would help tackle some of the financial concerns of young, would—be parents.
Speaking earlier, Acting Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports Chan Chun Sing described the family as a bedrock for Singapore’s future development.
He added this explains the inclusion of the word "family" in the new Ministry of Social and Family Development, which begins work in November.
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