Mindy works as an advertising manager at a Singapore company. She has worked in the island country for nearly three years, but her contract and visa are set to expire in the new year.
During her time in the country she met a Singaporean man and the two plan on getting married before her visa expires in order to allow her to remain in the country. The wedding had been planned for next spring, but the two are fearful that if they push it up, the government might force Mindy out of the country under new efforts to crackdown on “sham marriages.”
“I am very concerned about the statements from the government on marriages, especially as they singled out foreign women because we just don’t know what to do at this point,” she told Bikyamasr.com.
“We both fear that if we try to push our wedding up earlier, the government will see this as a sham and force me out of the country and we just want to live together,” she added.
The country’s legislators passed the new legislation in the hopes of curtailing the illegal use of marriage to obtain residency in the island country.
Stiff penalties had been proposed to serve as a strong deterrent against marriages of convenience, the government said.
S. Iswaran, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office and Second Minister for Home Affairs, and Trade and Industry, said that “genuine marriages will not be unfairly penalized.”
For Mindy and her future husband, the idea that a government official is going to investigate their lives is disconcerting and they hope that there will be changes so couples in love will not be penalized.
“I just hope we can get married and there are no problems,” added Mindy.
This article originally appeared on malaysia-chronicle