Friday, October 30, 2009

Filial responsibility law in Singapore; Shariah in Banda Aceh; Hajj cautions on H1N1

On p. 106 of the book “Super Freakanomics” by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, the authors mention that “some governments … require grown children to visit or support their aging moms and dads. In Singapore, this law is known as the Maintenance of Parents Act.” Singapore is one of the most “pro-family” capitalist states in the world.

I found a blog called “Spotlight on Elder Abuse” that discusses the Singapore law in a posting on Feb 29, 2008, here. The posting discusses the Tribunal for the Maintenance of Parents and indicates that fathers use the law more than mothers, but that pursuits are quite successful in Singapore. The blog posting (by Braema Mathi) says that Singapore is the only nation in the world with a law like this, but in the United States, about 28 states have “poor laws” or “filial responsibility laws”, as discussed on my “Bill Retires” blog, particularly in July 2007.

The text for the Singapore law is here.

Radical Islam is better known for extreme “family conservatism” (if you can include polygamy in some countries). Recently the New York Times, in an article Oct. 29 by Norimitsu Orishi, reported on the locally strict application of Shariah in Banda Aceh, the western tip province of Indonesia so hard hit in the 2004 tsunami. The story is “Extremism spreads across Indonesian penal code”, link here. Indonesian states have local options as to applying Shariah, and apparently in this province the possibility of stoning of adulterers is real.

Donal J. McNeil reports in the New York Times Oct. 30, “Saudis try to head off swine flu fears before hajj”, link here. Saudi Arabia is asking some people, including pregnant women, not to make the trip this year, where the event is held at the end of November.

(Look at "Bill Retires" blog Aug. 12, 2007 for filial responsibility in Canada and Australia; see Profile.)

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