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Maintenance Act Review

I read with solemn mood of the report, “Maintenance Act review: What if a needy parent doesn’t want to ask the kids for money” (The Straits Times, September 29).

There is an inseparable correlation between maintenance and support of parents and nurturing, upbringing of children.

There is a Chinese saying, “Parents are obliged and responsible for their children’s upbringing and to be blamed for their faults and being unfilial towards them”.

I would like to relate an analogy – A child is likened to a taintless paper, and the background of a child’s upbringing will greatly dictate, affect his/her life journey, compassion and obligation of filial piety.

Anyway, if children at their young age could be duly inculcated with values of morality and positively guided with senses of compassion, unreserved love, gratitude and forgiveness from their beloved parents, they can gradually learn to foster a positive and righteous mindset of respecting and caring for the elderly folks including their own parents.

Nevertheless, we should gradually get rid of this outdated Chinese tradition or perception – “raising children in preparation for their old age; parents will depend on the support of their children when they get old”.

Thus, it is significant for parents to have some savings for the rainy days while they are still working or in their retirement stage. So that, they don’t really need to depend upon the financial support from their married working children.

However, in the unforeseen and unfortunate circumstances, some needy parents still inevitably require the supports either financially, physically (materialistically) or mentally from their grown-up children.

Hence, the mandatory Maintenance of
Parents Act should be perceived as the right, positive and timely move. As, it allows Singapore residents aged 60 years and above – who are unable to provide for themselves – to claim maintenance from their children who are capable of supporting them, but are not doing so. Parents can claim maintenance, in the form of monthly allowances or a lump-sum payment.

No matter how, maintenance or support of needy parent(s) is an imperative and touchy subject which is closely related to the human nature. If it is not duly managed, it will become a negative and far-reaching social issue.

 

Teo Kueh Liang (Mr)

 

 

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20 Responses to “Maintenance Act Review”

  • xoxo:

    PM Lee never show a good example.
    His parents fed by other sgs.
    Now,he took away our jobs n want us to feed our parents?
    How?
    So many sgs cannot even feed their own kids?
    I say take another $100 Billion to help our poor elderly nation-builders who helped accumulate our vast reserves.I am sure our EP N MINISTERS must agree our elderly CITIZENS are more deserving of govt help than any HIGHLY PAID FTs?

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  • 2Daft2Live:

    So after donkey years of CPF, local parents who are retiring still cannot afford to do so but must depend on their children, why? Meanwhile, the folks who forced low rates of returns on the ordinary workers go scot free and instead come up with an Act that emphasize filial piety and whatever not.

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  • SINGAROAR:

    Any Singaporean who supports this Act,only shows that he or she lacks empathy, love and affection for their children. This Act will break the relationship of families.The bond between parents and children cannot and should not be measured by the amount of monies a child can give a parent. The State is shirking it’s responsibility to provide for its elders by passing the buck to the children.Many elders don’t have enough because Public Housing was and is too expensive.Singapore is the only State in the world that people pay for their homes and medical care using their retirement funds.Please address this at State level.Please do not pass Laws to break up families.

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  • P Against People:

    This gov pushing away their responsibility. All good gov have old age pension, regardless of income. Usually poor gets extra pension.

    Only in Singapore, rich elites with million dollar pay reject old age pension. They also suck enough.

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    we should gradually get rid of this outdated Chinese tradition or perception – “raising children in preparation for their old age; parents will depend on the support of their children when they get old”.
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    +1 for you, Mr Teo.

    Very well said..I had been shouting down with CCP Confucius ideology for the longest time here.

    I_am_Mike: I urge the young people to live freely and not be like some of us oldies who cannot let go of the old ghost of hate and love; instead, dictating what the young should or should not think, do or should not do likewise like the seasoned pair of beach tongs.

    Singaporean R Free Rider: Dear Mike,
    Fully support you. Down with Confucius teaching..
    Live freely but takes responsibility and face the consequence of your decision.

    老少无作为是为贼。(老少不利于社会国家,拖累社会)

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    Mr Teo, while I agreed with you, I have to insist that parents who are irresponsible should be barred from claiming allowance from their children.

    Chua soon ho (Jackie Chua) screwed around without caring for his son.
    https://bit.ly/3PMVWB3

    Anyone here disagreed with me ?

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  • 你会选哪个?:

    人生最后就会进入一个有再多的钱也没太多意思的阶段。

    老了拥有家财万贯却必须在养老院孤孤单单的离去和有子孙围绕含笑而终,你会选哪个?

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  • xoxo:

    Lets be frank here.
    Why do we need to use so much of sgs’ PAST reserves to SUPPLEMEMT WAGES OF HIGHLY PAID PMEs including FTs when we could simply tell former sg-PMEs they either accept low salaries or be replaced by *CBF& FTs???
    And,then it was boom time.
    Now,Covid n slowdown,WHY CANT TELL HIGHLY PAID PMEs/FTs to take pay-cuts temporarily?
    Or,be replaced by MADE-JOBLESS sgs in a reverse scenario?
    WHY MUST RAID sgs’ reserves to grant generous FURLOUGH to even NON-sgs at all?!

    And,cant we PAY FORWARD to our OWN SENIOR NATION-BUILDERS; AFTERALL,THE VAST RESERVES were accumulated by them?

    THIS LAW DOES NOT ENCOURAGE sgs to be filial.
    Filial Piety cannot be dictated.
    It comes from within the heart.
    It is GRATITUDE.
    And,as a NATION ,WE MUST SHOW SINCERE GRATITUDE TO OUR SENIOR NATION-BUILDERS,mamy of whom WE BETRAYED by robbing their jobs and handing such stolen jobs to undeserving FTs ,armed with fake degrees and such,who have been aided by the reckless FT POLICY implementation.

    I say have a heart,RETURN THE GRATITUDE we owe to our SENIORS as a STATE since we could even grant HELP TO NON-CITIZEN FTs.
    CHILDREN CAN show filial piety by giving NON-MANDATORY *CAKE-MONEY* as in the past generations.

    Why a law to mandate filial piety?
    Is that still can filial?

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  • stupid humans vote pap:

    In Chinese tradition, minimum moaning is 3 years after papa is dead.

    In pap master liar lky family, before 3 years are up, elder son bullies younger son in public, daughter fights daugter-in-law in public.

    What do all these fighting inside pap master liar lky family mean?

    When the top is crooked, the bottom cannot be straight.

    It means pap master liar lky is crooked. That is why his elder son is not straight but just the chief clown.

    In other words, pap master liar lky is a bad person receiving bad things due to all the bad deeds he did while he was alive.

    We celebrate this true justice under heaven.

    Our papa is not rich like pap master liar lky. Our papa is honest, upright, just, helps the poor everyday, and our papa sons no fight each other and our sisters no fight their sisters-in-law.

    After all, everyone knows that for a politician to become so rich the only way for it to be so is COX-X-UPTION.

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  • P Against People:

    The gov set the reverse example.

    When we are young, we are “treasured” by the gov to serve many years.

    When we are old, we are chucked away. “Waiting for you to die” – supposedly said by someone high.

    xoxo: THIS LAW DOES NOT ENCOURAGE sgs to be filial.
    Filial Piety cannot be dictated.
    It comes from within the heart.
    It is GRATITUDE.
    And,as a NATION ,WE MUST SHOW SINCERE GRATITUDE TO OUR SENIOR NATION-BUILDERS,mamy of whom WE BETRAYED by robbing their jobs and handing such stolen jobs to undeserving FTs ,armed with fake degrees and such,who have been aided by the reckless FT POLICY implementation.

    I say have a heart,RETURN THE GRATITUDE we owe to our SENIORS as a STATE since we could even grant HELP TO NON-CITIZEN FTs.
    CHILDREN CAN show filial piety by giving NON-MANDATORY *CAKE-MONEY* as in the past generations.

    Why a law to mandate filial piety?
    Is that still can filial?

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  • Thinker:

    Children should not be used as retirement funds. The state is socializing costs and privatizing profits. Children themselves are struggling. Why should they give someone money simply because that person chose to breed? It is the state’s duty ultimately. Serve NS and reservist, still have parents maintenance act? The state must take care of its citizen soldiers.

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  • I_am_Mike:

    Why a need for maintenance act review?

    The underlying reason is simple, the savings, if any, are evaporating away. Faster than projection, promises, and imagination, as a result of:
    1. Inflation under massage
    2. Low interest in 2 decades as a result of over expanded globalization
    3. Bad investment resulting in huge losses from national fund. Many other countries’ national funds (similar to CPF) are making average of 7~11% return annually for their members who are compulsory in contributing employment funds (just like us), transparent and given choices… while CPF is none of those and offer 2.5% to ordinary account for 2 decades.

    Simply put, CPF is badly broken? Expect soon the retirement age will rise and minimum sum raised. While waiting to get (your own) money or an amount which cannot keep up with inflation, the quickest is to make the next gener

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  • SINGAROAR:

    @I_am_Mike
    1. Inflation under massage? Many concoctions can be derived from this.Haha! you have given me a good laugh.
    2.5% interest on CPF OA,HDB interest is at 2.6% which means we owe them.They do not give us anything in return.All cost including loss incurred by the govt. is to our account.Now they want us to sue our own children. So much evilness because of greed.

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  • P Against People:

    子孙围绕? You living in Singapore? Stop at 2. Low TFR. Tiny retirement apt. How to?

    你会选哪个?:
    人生最后就会进入一个有再多的钱也没太多意思的阶段。

    老了拥有家财万贯却必须在养老院孤孤单单的离去和有子孙围绕含笑而终,你会选哪个?

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  • I_am_Mike:

    SINGAROAR: Now they want us to sue our own children. So much evilness because of greed.

    Thank you for continuing the last part of my message. As i use only mobile for this, so i care little in typo, missing text or sentences. At times i even wondered i was censored… lol

    Well yes, there is no limit to evilness. And it thrives when good man does nothing.

    Sorry for the cut off in my message “… the quickest is to make the next gener…” : con’t ‘…. next generation pays for it, using relationship and emotion as hostage, rules and law as weapon, as in a robbery.”

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  • Soccerbetting2:

    Watch this Tik Tok link -”https://vt.tiktok.com/ZSRVGgdtj/”

    Which country is that ?Obvious Nalaysia Najib is that person he is talking about I guess.And shouldn’t Malaysia Law need maintenance and review ?Rosmah until now still on bail or what and no need send to jail ? Corruption until like that also no jail meh ?Pui!

    Now Malaysia Chiak coffeeshop rapidly expanding to Singapore.The centrepoint basement 2 coffeeshop has been removed to make way for “Malaysia Chiak” coffeeshop at basement 1.Lots of crowds there daily.Good business.And NTUC Fairprice replaced the cold storage there at basement 1.You all wonder why Singapore bring in so many “Don Don Donki” into Singapore for what !The food at japanese “Don Don Donki” supermarket is so superexpensive that it does not cater to the ordinary Singaporean cost of living! The whole Lee Hsien Loong government has become a brainless donkey government ! You look at Amy Khor Lean Suan face,you will see exactly a donkey brain where to control environment plastic,such that plastic straw cannot be used in fast food burger !Evil b**** woman Amy ! Pui!

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  • Singaporean R Free Rider:

    你会选哪个?:
    人生最后就会进入一个有再多的钱也没太多意思的阶段。

    老了拥有家财万贯却必须在养老院孤孤单单的离去和有子孙围绕含笑而终,你会选哪个?

    自私的人才有這種思維。

    行善不孤單、

    如果我老了,我要到國外行善。

    不依賴孩子,活出自我。

    老少無作為是為賊

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  • Thinker:

    SINGAROAR:
    @I_am_Mike
    1. Inflation under massage? Many concoctions can be derived from this.Haha! you have given me a good laugh.
    2.5% interest on CPF OA,HDB interest is at 2.6% which means we owe them.They do not give us anything in return.All cost including loss incurred by the govt. is to our account.Now they want us to sue our own children. So much evilness because of greed.

    Well put. That’s exactly it.

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  • T-Rex:

    I_am_Mike:
    SINGAROAR: Now they want us to sue our own children. So much evilness because of greed.

    Thank you for continuing the last part of my message. As i use only mobile for this, so i care little in typo, missing text or sentences. At times i even wondered i was censored… lol

    Well yes, there is no limit to evilness. And it thrives when good man does nothing.

    Sorry for the cut off in my message “… the quickest is to make the next gener…” : con’t ‘…. next generation pays for it, using relationship and emotion as hostage, rules and law as weapon, as in a robbery.”

    There’s a reason why PAPigs has an enduring record of not promoting and enabling full democracy from acting.

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  • The daft sinkie poor:

    Singaporeans R Free Riders:
    we should gradually get rid of this outdated Chinese tradition or perception – “raising children in preparation for their old age; parents will depend on the support of their children when they get old”.
    ===================================================================
    +1 for you, Mr Teo.


    Very well said..I had been shouting down with CCP Confucius ideology for the longest time here.

    I_am_Mike: I urge the young people to live freely and not be like some of us oldies who cannot let go of the old ghost of hate and love; instead, dictating what the young should or should not think, do or should not do likewise like the seasoned pair of beach tongs.

    老少无作为是为贼。(老少不利于社会国家,拖累社会)

    Confucius brainwashing used in governing society is very ccp propaganda, Singapore has very western economy and way of life in allt things that are needed in living , we don’t live in agricultural societies ruled by dictatorship, However there are some like pap will use the same ideology on people to control them and avoid their liabilities to support the old and weak.

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