Seriously? Look while we all know it is possible to have sex under the bed because your parents are in the house, or at the staircase landings because your parents are in the house, or at hotel 81 because your parents are in the house, there are more reasons than just sex, for couples not wanting to have kids.
This mentality of squeezing Singaporeans of everything has to stop. Firstly if you are having sex right there’s going to be a lot of noise involve and HDB flats aren’t soundproof while one can ignore what your next door neighbour might be thinking it is pretty hard to get an erection knowing your parents or partner’s parents are in the next door hearing every detail. In fact even if you do it quietly it is a little weird knowing your parents are just next door.
Secondly it really isn’t all about sex. Animals get stressed when they don’t have their own space and might not reproduce because of that. Many singaporeans are just too stressed to even think about starting a family. The government has to stop trying to squeeze 3 generations into one flat, not many people want to live in a cramped 4 room flat with the grandparents,parents and children all in one flat.
Thirdly to quote Josephine Teo “In France, in the UK, in the Nordic countries, man meets woman, tonight they can make a baby already. ” Well that is because they most likely have their own apartment. Trust me the birth rates will go up if we allowed singles to move out earlier and get their own places, why not bring back 2 room flats and encourage singles to buy them? If i met a girl there’s a higher chance of us sleeping together if we had our own places.
It dose not just end there, she could sell her place and move in with me, or i could sell mine and move in with her. Even after that we might decided to start a family and sell both flats to buy a 3 or 4 room flat ,having the options open to the younger generation will make a big difference to young people considering to have a family.
Lets face it, if young adults moved out earlier they would become more independent and more accustomed to their adulthood and consider the possibly starting a family, but if we continue to try squeezing 3 generations into one flat nothing will change. We need to understand that times have changed and people are no longer contented to raise 7 kids in a 4 room flat.
Also don’t give me the argument that Singapore can’t build 2 room flats for singles because we are land scarce. If we are really land scarce we would not be trying to increase the population to 8 million.
The government needs to snap out of the mindset of squeezing as many Singaporeans as they can into flats and give the younger generation space.
Because while you need a very small space to have sex, you need a bigger space to raise a family.