Living close is cool
A survey has shown that the vast majority of young unmarried Singaporeans plan to either continue living with their perents or close to them after they get married.
The survey commissioned by the National Development Ministry, MND, showed that 55 per cent of them plan to live together with their parents and 29 per cent intend to live in the same estate as their parents after their marriage.
In a blog post Minister Khaw Boon Wan says in practice, not all were able to fulfil their wishes.
Still, the majority of young married Singaporeans, some 53 per cent either live with their parents, or close by within the same town.
The reasons offered for the arrangement are good ones: children are close to their parents and wish to look after them in their old age; parents are close to their children and could also help look after their grandchildren.
Mr Khaw says the survey confirmed that family ties and interactions are important to Singaporeans.
He adds that the door-to-door survey results show that the state of family bonding in Singapore is healthy and strong.
They affirm that Singaporean families value mutual care and support and want to live near to one another.
They also show that there is room for the government to do more to help extended families live nearer.
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