Would you take our children to court if they do not support us when we are old and jobless? This was the question that I posed to my wife after I saw an article by a money blogger who regretted the way he treated his late father. Apparently, he was not on good term with his father and was compelled by the family court to support his father under the Maintenance of Parents Act.
After reading his article, I could feel his remorse, but I was not impressed with him either. To be taken to court by parents is a shameful thing, especially in an Asian society like Singapore, where family disputes are often confined within homes. Because of dignity and face value, very few parents are inclined to haul their children to court for not supporting them. Those who did are usually driven to desperation and forced to make their children pay up.
The Maintenance of Parents Act was promulgated in 1995 to give parents above 60 years old who could not support themselves the legal means to claim maintenance from their children. The implementation of such an Act in a First World country like Singapore shows the lack of social value and filial piety among many Singaporeans. Apparently, such social tragedies are becoming the norm nowadays and the government was even forced to amend the Act in 2010 to make more children support their needy parents.
Even though I am the sole breadwinner, I am still supporting my mother and mother-in-law financially. My wife and I share the same value and believe that this is the right thing to do. This is because our parents’ generation is totally different from our generation.
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