LAST_UPDATEFri, 20 Jul 2018 1pm

Working Shifts Is The Reason Behind Higher Divorce Rates − CUEPACS

Pic: ForbesPic: Forbes

Apparently working shifts is a contributor to rising divorce rates in the public health sector compared to other public sectors.

President of the Congress of Union of Employees in the Public and Civil Services Malaysia (CUEPACS) Datuk Azih Muda said that working three shifts has caused the level of trust among couples to deteriorate that later leads to divorce, Berita Harian reports.

“If the level of love between these couples was 100 per cent in the past, it will decrease over time. The statistics we received showed that workers in the health sector recorded the highest rate of divorce.

“They had to work shifts and they are not even paid allowances, and are instead given replacement leaves. Why give them replacement leaves when they haven’t even taken their previous leaves,” he said after attending Sarawak Public Sector Safety and Health Workshop.

Explaining further, he said that the public sector no longer pays allowance and overtime, while some pay half, a third or a fourth of the actual amount of allowance set.

Azih however did not state the divorce rate statistics of which he claimed.

According to a previous report by Malaysian Digest titled ‘Divorce Statistics Show That Work Is Getting In The Way Of Marriage – Here’s How You Can Save Yours Before It’s Too Late’, the Fifth Malaysian Population and Family Survey conducted in 2014 by the National Population and Family Development Board revealed divorce cases in the country are mostly caused by “incompatibility” at 35.3 per cent, which was cited as couples growing apart, lack of intimacy, and careers getting in the way of the relationship, followed by adultery (20.2 per cent), irresponsible husband (14.1 per cent), involvement from in-laws (7.3 per cent), financial problems (5 per cent), and among other reasons (18.1 per cent).

Meanwhile, Malay daily Kosmo! in January 12, 2016 reported 156 Muslim couples divorce each year, with a total of more than 274,000 couples getting a divorce after six years of marriage, due to trivial reasons, as revealed by the Selangor Syariah Judiciary Department.