Does giving money = filial piety?

Does giving money = filial piety?

"Of course lah, this is what people mean by filial piety," declares Mr Chew Yew Huat as he sits waiting for his noodles at a Commonwealth Road kopitiam.

The 72-year-old retiree has three daughters - all married with kids - and two sons, one of whom is married.

He says: "Just knowing how many children my wife and I have tells you how hard it was to raise them.

"Now that they are all grown up, it's time for them to repay their parents."

He recounts how he had to work two jobs - as a delivery man for a supermarket chain by day and a cabby by night - just to make ends meet.

His wife used to work as a dishwasher for a Chinese restaurant. And they depended on his mother, a widow, to take care of his five children.

Mr Chew proudly says he has not had an issue about his children giving them an allowance.

"I have heard unpleasant stories about how some parents have to beg or fight with their kids before they get some money," he adds. "Luckily, it has been very auto(matic) with mine."

He gets between $150 and $600 from each child, and shares the money with his wife.

Mr Chew admits that he was initially miffed with the $150 contribution from his youngest daughter.

He relented after she sat down to show him the sums and how she could not afford more.

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