Maintenance Act review

What if a needy parent doesn't want to ask the kids for money

Mandatory conciliation has reduced the number of seniors filing for maintenance orders at the tribunal. But requiring a parent to file first can be an obstacle.

A work group is reviewing the Maintenance of Parents Act, with one final round of public consultation to go. ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO
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Growing up in a family of 10, my parents instilled in my sisters and me - a brood of eight girls - the importance of familial ties: of never turning your back on family, and of the obligation to give back to our parents when we enter the workforce.

Maybe the ingraining of these values was because we were a tight-knit family, or maybe it was because caring for our parents is important in many Asian cultures such as in Singapore.

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