Talk like Doraemon and wear make-up – Ministry’s advice to women during MCO

By Chew Lip Song

THE government has some advice on how to reduce domestic tension during the Movement Control Order. For one, don’t nag your spouse and speak to them like Japanese cartoon character Doraemon, complete with pampered giggles.

That, among other tips were contained in an official poster by the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry that had gone viral since.

Spouses should also resort to humour when they see their partner doing something that they disagreed with, such as the way they hang the clothes out to dry.

In another poster, the Ministry advise women working from home not to wear house clothes but dress as though they are at work. It also asked women to put on make-up.

Such advice did not go down well with the public.  Woman activist Honey Tan posted on social media:”OMG! This is what Rina, our Minister of Women, Family & Community Development thinks is important during the #COVID19? No tips on how to deal with #DomesticViolence? Just state DV is a crime.”

An NGO, the All Women’s Action Society (Awam) posted on Twitter: “Stop this sexist messaging @KPWKM and focus on #domesticviolence survivors who are at higher risk now!”