When Maliki had to sleep outside flat

Dear Mr Mah,

I refer to the 4 Mar 2011 Straits Times report “When Maliki had to sleep outside flat”.

You gave the example of Dr Maliki who had to sleep along the corridor because he could not squeeze into his one-room flat with his parents and eight siblings to show how common it is for Singaporeans to move up.

But Dr Maliki’s story is not primarily one of Singaporeans moving up but of Singaporeans sizing down. You see, Dr Maliki had to share his flat with eight siblings. How often do we find families with nine children nowadays?

So while Dr Maliki’s story is not unique, the primary take away from his story is that decreasing household size over the years has led to improvement in the material wellbeing of households.

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