SINGAPORE - Minister for Social and Family Development Tan Chuan-Jin on Sunday (June 19) paid tribute to fathers, whom he said are becoming more actively involved in their families.
In a blog post titled "Be a Dad for Life", Mr Tan posed a quick question to fathers: "Has your Father's Day celebrations been rather low key as compared to Mother's Day celebrations?
"Maybe it's our traditional cultural roles that make it that way," he wrote, referring to how society often regards the father's job as going out to make money, while a mother's role entails taking care of the family.
"But today, these traditional roles are evolving. Now, more couples take on shared responsibilities in supporting the family."
He also shared an anecdote about his interaction with his daughter, and said he was glad to see more families and organisations starting to celebrate Father's Day "in a big way".
"Children grow up so fast. I think it's immensely important to create special memories and moments with our children from young. But we can start from everyday activities," said Mr Tan, who also launched the inaugural Dad's Day Out carnival on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who had just returned after a holiday in Japan, urged Singaporeans in a Facebook post to spend more time with their fathers.
"We fathers enjoy hearing from our children, even about everyday, mundane things," PM Lee said.
Like Mr Tan, Parliamentary Secretary for Social and Family Development Faishal Ibrahim also penned a blog post on his thoughts about fatherhood.
"It is on occasions like Father's Day that we are reminded of the responsibilities we have in shaping our children into individuals who are responsible, capable, giving and nurturing - who can also teach their children to embrace the various roles in life well," he wrote.