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They want parents and privacy

SPACE: Mr Goh Ling Pin and Madam Christine Choo believe in family values.

Madam Christine Choo, 31, noticed that her father-in-law left the flat whenever she and her husband were at home.

She was touched that he wanted to give them privacy, but she felt bad, especially because the retiree, 79, would go out even if it was raining.

"For both of us, family values are very important. So we decided to stay with my father-in-law. My parents are much younger and can take care of themselves," said Madam Choo, the oldest of four children. She is a full-time student.

Her husband, Mr Goh Ling Pin, 35, a teacher, is an only son. The couple have been married for four years with no children and are living with Mr Goh's father in a 1,400 sq ft executive apartment in Sengkang.

While it was a shared decision to live with Mr Goh's father, they do long for more privacy.

Mr Goh said: "We have enough space (in the flat), but it's also about different habits. When we have kids later, there could also be a difference in parenting style.

"We even considered renovating the place so that it would be like two different spaces, with two kitchens, but it was not feasible."

EXCEPTIONS

The couple was one of the few exceptions at the Housing Conversation, where most hoped to live near their parents, but not necessarily with them.

Mr Goh, like several participants, asked for a dual-key apartment, rather than a three-generation flat, which many found too small.

In response, Minister of State for National Development, Dr Mohamad Maliki Osman, who was at the event, said that the multi-generation priority scheme, which allows parents and married children to apply for two units at the same build-to-order project, was similar to a dual-key unit.

The couple said that if they ever decide to move, they would move to Ang Mo Kio, to be near Madam Choo's parents.

Of course, Mr Goh's father will be part of the move.

"Despite some difficulties, we are still living together. As a married couple, we should share our burdens," said Madam Choo.