12 Nov '11, 7am

Do you think smaller flat sizes in Singapore has caused people to have fewer children?

IT IS difficult to agree with Housing and Development Board (HDB) chief executive Cheong Koon Hean's assertion that "Smaller flats doesn't mean lower quality of living" (Nov 10), for the building of smaller flats has had its own inadvertent consequences. Firstly, Dr Cheong observes a posteriori that families nowadays are smaller and thus smaller flats will suffice to meet these familial needs. However, might not building such flats have contributed to the rise of smaller families? Over the last 20 or so years, Singaporeans have seen land becoming scarcer and HDB flats becoming smaller, and adjusted their expectations of family size accordingly. This makes sense as we are a pragmatic lot. One may argue that the correlation between HDB flat size and family size does not establish a causal relationship - other extenuating factors, such as work stress, overcrowding of public f...

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