Fewer financial woes, more time for parents

Filial piety is dependent on many factors and more social security will actually promote it ("Excessive social security may erode filial piety" by Mr Leslie Fong; Tuesday).

While certain surveys show that fewer young people think that it is their duty to look after their parents, this belief is unlikely due to excessive social security.

With additional welfare from the Government, Singaporeans earning less than average will be more likely to spend more time with their parents.

When these children feel that their parents are less likely to ask them for money, they will probably communicate more regularly with them and continue to nurture their relationship with their parents.

Many Singaporeans spend too much time at work. Any limited leisure time is spent with young children or friends.

Aged parents, unfortunately, are not a top priority, unless there is a health crisis.

If parents have been continually building a healthy relationship with their children into adulthood, it is unlikely that any government social security measure will erode filial piety.

On the contrary, additional social security will help.

More Singaporeans will spend more time with their parents if financial-related issues do not get in the way.

Terence Ho Wai Loong

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 31, 2016, with the headline 'Fewer financial woes, more time for parents'. Print Edition | Subscribe