Make Marriage Great Again
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Divorces in Singapore have been increasing. In 2015, there were 28,000 total marriages, and 7,500 divorces and annulments (up from 7,200 in 2012).
A major cause of divorce is adultery. While official data from the courts indicate that adultery is cited as the main reason for divorce in a small proportion of cases, the reality is that between a third to half of divorces involve adultery. There is a pressing need to save marriages and families in Singapore from adultery.
The fact that adultery is not a criminal offence sends a signal that adultery is acceptable and normalises the lifestyle of adultery. Furthermore, in high-profile adultery cases in recent years, some prominent public figures have defended such affairs by suggesting that committing adultery is unavoidable for successful men. This further normalises the adultery lifestyle.
We, the Silent Majority, who treasure family values and Asian values, and who love Singapore, call on the Singapore Government to criminalise adultery by enacting section 497 of the Penal Code (as drafted below) which will make adultery punishable with imprisonment for a term of up to two years. However, we also urge the Government to make a public commitment that this provision shall not be proactively enforced, even though it is enacted. The enactment of this provision is necessary to signal that large segments of Singapore society such as the Silent Majority hold strong views against adultery for various reasons, including religious convictions and moral values.
Please support this petition to let the voice of the Silent Majority be heard. Since this petition is for the Singaporean Silent Majority to be heard, we note that by signing this petition, you acknowledge that you do not receive any foreign funding.
Chapter XX: Offences Relating to Marriage
Section 497. Adultery
497. Whoever ("A") has sexual intercourse with a person who is and whom he knows or has reason to believe to be the spouse ("S") of another person ("P"), without the consent or connivance of P, such sexual intercourse not amounting to any offence under sections 375, 376, 376A or 377A, is guilty, together with S, of the offence of adultery, and shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to two years. Where either A or S is guilty under this section, then either S or A respectively may be punished as an abettor.
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