In China, young people, to avoid nagging from their parents, have resorted to ‘renting’ a boyfriend or girlfriend to take home during this new year period, Mr Lee observed.
‘It’s amusing, but it’s also sad,’ he said at a Chinese New Year dinner at his Teck Ghee constituency. ‘I’m relieved there’s no such reports in Singapore. I hope it doesn’t happen.’ Still, a little social pressure is useful but more importantly, parents and relatives need to encourage them and show them support.
Unmarried residents interviewed said they first needed to save enough and have a stable career before settling down and starting a family.