Friday, April 1, 2011
Our 23rd access – Denied (7th January 2011) :
"Men should be given fair access to their children by ex-wives. Ex-wives should not use access to children as a bargaining chip for collection of maintenance. I think as adults we should all recognize that children have a right to both parents, and will almost always benefit from access to both parents. And no matter how ugly the dispute between the adults is, we should not make our children hostage or bargaining chips. I'd like to point out that breaches in access orders are punishable as a contempt of court, which may lead to a fine or imprisonment. Just as we expect the men to pay maintenance arrears, women should also comply fully with access orders issued by the court."
- Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Singapore’s Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports.(on his closing Speech for the Womens Charter Amendment)
(First posted on Facebook, 7th January 2011)