06 Mar '12, 3am
$1k-flat for the poor: More unbelievable contradictions
For the past 18 years, Mr Adam Teo's home has been a two-room rental flat in Toa Payoh, littered with books, toys and clothes. Moreover, the 24-year-old is now his family's sole breadwinner, supporting his mother and two younger siblings. Years ago, his father became mired in gambling debts, and eventually left home without a trace. Mr Teo had to drop out from his polytechnic diploma course. He now works as a packing assistant and takes on odd jobs such as distributing fliers, just to feed the family and pay his siblings' school fees. Ask someone like Mr Teo if he aspires to have a home he can call his own, and the answer is invariably 'yes'. 'Our goal is to buy a flat eventually, but life is getting harder, and things more expensive,' he said.