Singapore defends population forecast

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SINGAPORE—Singapore on Monday defended its population policies after an outcry over a forecast that it could have 30 percent more people in less than 20 years, with foreigners forming almost half the total.

A controversial report issued last week by a government agency said the city-state’s population could reach up to 6.9 million in 2030 from the current 5.3 million.

A third of the population is already made up of foreigners, who have been blamed by Singaporeans for driving up the cost of living, straining public services and causing congestion.

Singapore’s total fertility rate stood at 1.20 children per woman last year, far below the 2.1 needed to maintain the native population. It has languished at the level for more than three decades.

In a parliamentary debate, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean said on Monday that the population report was “fundamentally for the benefit of all Singaporeans — ourselves, our children and their children”.

Stressing that the 6.9 million upper end of the forecast was not a target, he said the numbers were laid out “only to prepare infrastructure plans” for the long term.

Teo reiterated that Singapore needs immigrants to alleviate the shortage of babies and a rapidly ageing population.

“To prevent our Singaporean core from shrinking and ageing rapidly, we will need to augment our population with new citizens and permanent residents.”

He added that the government was still planning to “significantly reduce” the overall growth rate of foreign workers while encouraging Singaporeans to have more babies with cash grants and other incentives.

The opposition Workers’ Party, which won a by-election last month after a heated campaign that involved immigration issues, rejected the government’s population forecast.

“A strong Singaporean core should be made up of Singaporeans who grew up in, and with, Singapore,” Workers’ Party leader Sylvia Lim said in parliament.

“Therefore the policy of topping up shortfalls in our total fertility rate with younger immigrants to make up the Singaporean core is flawed,” she said.

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  • i_am_filipino

    they should tap it with ASEAN national if the mission of the ASEAN IS TO GENERATE JOBS AMONG ASEAN MEMBERS. THE QUESTION NOW IS WHY THEY TAP IT WITH CHINESE AND EVEN ISSUED CITIZEN TO THOSE WHO CANT EVEN SPEAK ENGLISH AT ALL. THE PEOPLE WHO ARE COMPLAINING BEHIND THIS ARE MAINLY CHINESE

  • just_anotherperson

    A successful contraceptive program results in people who do not want to have children.

    • tskpinas

      Nothing wrong with not wanting to have kids. Not like in the Philippines, have children leave with parents/grandparent or worse the streets.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Reynaldo-Quijada/100000740291153 Reynaldo Quijada

        Hehe this is the result of the population control measure of its founder former  PM Lee Kuan Yew which he now regrets because apparently Singaporeans or people in general for that matter are not pigs or chickens which are commodities  with economic values. The pro RH supporters in the Philippines like Lagman, Cayetanos, Defensor and PNoy are poor copycats and will bring our nation  to the same situation where Singapore is now similar to other prosperous countries in Europe. US is now forced to legalize their eleven million immigrants in order to bail out their social security system from eventual bankruptcy currently bleeding due to more aging members collecting benefits and less number of new members joining. Singaporeans want more natives than immigrants in their own country??? What is next if they can not convince their own women to have more babies despite generous cash incentives??? TEST TUBE Singapoean babies will become an option. Sad!!!!! 

  • bogli_anakdami

    walang probs, yan…

    mag-import lang ang singaporeans ng ‘sang tambaks na flip squats… flip squats multiply like cockroaches, tapos eh pe-petition pang buong tribo…

    that would alleviate singa’s population dilemma…

    yun lang…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/BV6DWTSUHKJGFANJJ5P3WPPTQM Paul

    irreversible effect of contraceptive mentality.

  • calixto909

    In Singapore just like other countries previously posted, their government desires to augment its population due to its ageing citizenry but to us Filipinos we, envisioned to depopulate it through the RH law. For certain these pro RH writers of this PDI paper are fidgety in their sits and smirking unnoticed at this report. If the rationale of the RH advocates is true that over population is the root of poverty then why did Singapore allowed its country to increase its population? Aren’t they not afraid that over population shall make them poor as Filipinos contended? This program of Singapore to increase their population precisely indicates that we are totally wrong in our rationale that over population causes poverty. A fallacy concocted by the likes of Lagman, Santiago, Cayetano and others to dupe the Filipino people in order to foster their agenda.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2SAS5EA3XCKC7Z3D7ODUHO2KFE lone ranger

       Get over it, you lost the battle with your false prophets, suck it up and be a man.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Reynaldo-Quijada/100000740291153 Reynaldo Quijada

        Hehe this is the result of the population control measure of its founder former  PM Lee Kuan Yew which he now regrets because apparently Singaporeans or people in general for that matter are not pigs or chickens which are commodities  with economic values. The pro RH supporters in the Philippines like Lagman, Cayetanos, Defensor and PNoy are poor copycats and will bring our nation  to the same situation where Singapore is now similar to other prosperous countries in Europe. US is now forced to legalize their eleven million immigrants in order to bail out their social security system from eventual bankruptcy currently bleeding due to more aging members collecting benefits and less number of new members joining. Singaporeans want more natives than immigrants in their own country??? What is next if they can not convince their own women to have more babies despite generous cash incentives??? TEST TUBE Singapoean babies will become an option. Sad!!!!! 

    • tskpinas

      Singapore Population 5,183,700
      Philippines Population 94,852,030
      Singapore GDP per capita $49,754
      Philippines GDP per capita $3,383

      Use your brain, it’s useful from time to time.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Reynaldo-Quijada/100000740291153 Reynaldo Quijada

        Hehe this is the result of the population control measure of its founder former  PM Lee Kuan Yew which he now regrets because apparently Singaporeans or people in general for that matter are not pigs or chickens which are commodities  with economic values. The pro RH supporters in the Philippines like Lagman, Cayetanos, Defensor and PNoy are poor copycats and will bring our nation  to the same situation where Singapore is now similar to other prosperous countries in Europe. US is now forced to legalize their eleven million immigrants in order to bail out their social security system from eventual bankruptcy currently bleeding due to more aging members collecting benefits and less number of new members joining. Singaporeans want more natives than immigrants in their own country??? What is next if they can not convince their own women to have more babies despite generous cash incentives??? TEST TUBE Singapoean babies will become an option. Sad!!!!! 

    • bogli_anakdami

      in singapore, walang pulubi…they can afford to raise decent families…

      flipland, the land of pulubis…they raise flip gung gongs to be pulubis dito sa edsa…

      cge lang, flip gung gongs, keep spitting more pulubis… kaksaker padre dumbasso said so…

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Reynaldo-Quijada/100000740291153 Reynaldo Quijada

        Hehe this is the result of the population control measure of its founder former  PM Lee Kuan Yew which he now regrets because apparently Singaporeans or people in general for that matter are not pigs or chickens which are commodities  with economic values. The pro RH supporters in the Philippines like Lagman, Cayetanos, Defensor and PNoy are poor copycats and will bring our nation  to the same situation where Singapore is now similar to other prosperous countries in Europe. US is now forced to legalize their eleven million immigrants in order to bail out their social security system from eventual bankruptcy currently bleeding due to more aging members collecting benefits and less number of new members joining. Singaporeans want more natives than immigrants in their own country??? What is next if they can not convince their own women to have more babies despite generous cash incentives??? TEST TUBE Singapoean babies will become an option. Sad!!!!! 

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Reynaldo-Quijada/100000740291153 Reynaldo Quijada

      Hehe this is the result of the population control measure of its founder former  PM Lee Kuan Yew which he now regrets because apparently Singaporeans or people in general for that matter are not pigs or chickens which are commodities  with economic values. The pro RH supporters in the Philippines like Lagman, Cayetanos, Defensor and PNoy are poor copycats and will bring our nation  to the same situation where Singapore is now similar to other prosperous countries in Europe. US is now forced to legalize their eleven million immigrants in order to bail out their social security system from eventual bankruptcy currently bleeding due to more aging members collecting benefits and less number of new members joining. Singaporeans want more natives than immigrants in their own country??? What is next if they can not convince their own women to have more babies despite generous cash incentives??? TEST TUBE Singapoean babies will become an option. Sad!!!!! 

  • $22791789

    As a European who is moving to Singapore in less than two weeks, I would be interested in knowing, why it is so important for Singaporeans to keep Singapore as racially clean as possible?

    I currently live in Amsterdam, where more than half the population is foreign, peoples from 130 countries live here, with no special problems apart from the usual social ones among the least privileged.

    It is funny, because we white Europeans (and Americans) are so often being said to be racists, but the more I travel and the more I read, the more I find that other races are far more racist than my own.

    • seraq

      i think its not against whites and americans almost every establishment here in southeast asia treats them really well unless they are jerks, in singapore rasism is directed against workers coming from poorer countries 

      • $22791789

        But isn’t the Worker’s Party (or whatever the name of the opposition party is) mostly complaining about well paid foreigners? That does not sound like foreigners from poorer Asian countries to me …

    • Vertumnus

      I don’t thing it’s about racial purity but the influx of foreigners from poorer Asian countries straining Singapore’s social services.  They pride themselves in having top of the line amenities, clean city and well paid population.  You can’t blame them for worrying that their utopia will come crashing down as  foreign population increases.  Singapore is the size of New Orleans or 3 times bigger than Washington DC.  Despite all the land reclamation they continually undertake, that’s not a very big country. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BFVHG62YMHHA7AIMGDCXTNKJJI The Truth

    There’s a simple solution for the Singaporeans to populate,

    Educate them on proper hygiene. My worst fear in Singapore is being with them in a lift on a high rise building.

    • bogli_anakdami

      my simple advice to singaporeans to populate >>> live in a squat  towns/smokey mtns/payatas…

      squats living in imburnals/esteros seem to produce ‘sang tambaks na pulubis…

      something about the imburnal environment…

  • rodben

    Migrate in the Phil. and Pinoys migrate to Sinjgapore too. Because Singaporeans everyday busy for business unlike Pinoys busy for making baby because no jobs. Just sample as that.

  • Vertumnus

    Singapore is the victim of their own success. A prosperous nation with modern infrastructure and hardly any crime rate, will draw people from around the world.  A city-state like Singapore won’t be able to provide such excellent living conditions as population growth increase and living space becomes scares.  Given that, Singapore is still going to be on the top 10 places to work and live.

    • txtman

      HUH?

      POPULATION DAW PROBLEM
      .
      .

      UULITIN KO HA

      KONTI NA DAW BABIES NG MGA SINGAPOREANS

      KAYA MGA FOREIGNERS NA NAKATIRA SA KANILA

      WHICH IS GOOD SA PINAS

      KASI WE HAVE EXCESS OF WORKERS
      .
      .

      BOBO NGA LANG SINA PENOY

      KASI

      HINDI ATA NIYA NABASA SA ECONOMICS 101

      NA THE PEOPLE ARE THE GREATEST RESOURCE OF ANY COUNTRY
      .
      .
       IMBES NA CONDOM

      ANG PINAMUMUDMOD

      SANA QUALITY EDUCATION & JOBS

      EH DI SANA MGA PINOSY NA ANG MGA

      MANINIRAHAN SA MGA MAUUNLAD NA BANSA

      AT SYEMPRE PAGGANOON, MAKIKINABANG AT UUNLAD DIN ANG PINAS.

      .
      .

      BALIBHASA

      MUKHANG PERA YAN SINA LAGMAN, GARIN, CAYETANO
      .
      .
      .

      JUST LIKE IN THE PHILIPPINES

      IN THE FUTURE

      MGA TAGA-AFRICA OR INDIA NA MGA TAO DITO EVENTUALLY

      DONT COMPLAINED

      KUNG SILA NA EVENTUALLY MAMUMUNO

      SA MGA ANAK NINYO
      .
      .

       YAN ANG CONDOMNOMICS POLICY IN PENOY

      AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

      BUTI NGA NGA SA INYO

      MGA PINOY LAPDOGS

      MGA BOBO NIYO KASI

      PITIFUL

      AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA 

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/RDDM5UQ45HLPPKM66KYEBCMTCE dave

        ngayon pa nga lang eh mga koreano na ang mga bossing…

      • Vertumnus

        There no such thing a pure Singaporean!  The City is made up of Chinese, Malays and Indians.  They know not to have too many kids so when foreigners comes, they begin to be out numbered.  There is absolutely nothing wrong with population control.

        A country is like a family.  Whenever you add more children, it puts a strain on family resources.  The more strain, the harder it is on the family, the poorer living conditions and relationship suffers.  That’s why a small family is better for the long term.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Reynaldo-Quijada/100000740291153 Reynaldo Quijada

    Hehe this is the result of the population control measure of its founder former  PM Lee Kuan Yew which he now regrets because apparently Singaporeans or people in general for that matter are not pigs or chickens which are commodities  with economic values. The pro RH supporters in the Philippines like Lagman, Cayetanos, Defensor and PNoy are poor copycats and will bring our nation  to the same situation where Singapore is now similar to other prosperous countries in Europe. US is now forced to legalize their eleven million immigrants in order to bail out their social security system from eventual bankruptcy currently bleeding due to more aging members collecting benefits and less number of new members joining. Singaporeans want more natives than immigrants in their own country??? What is next if they can not convince their own women to have more babies despite generous cash incentives??? TEST TUBE Singapoean babies will become an option. Sad!!!!! 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Reynaldo-Quijada/100000740291153 Reynaldo Quijada

    Hehe this is the result of the population control measure of its founder former  PM Lee Kuan Yew which he now regrets because apparently Singaporeans or people in general for that matter are not pigs or chickens which are commodities  with economic values. The pro RH supporters in the Philippines like Lagman, Cayetanos, Defensor and PNoy are poor copycats and will bring our nation  to the same situation where Singapore is now similar to other prosperous countries in Europe. US is now forced to legalize their eleven million immigrants in order to bail out their social security system from eventual bankruptcy currently bleeding due to more aging members collecting benefits and less number of new members joining. Singaporeans want more natives than immigrants in their own country??? What is next if they can not convince their own women to have more babies despite generous cash incentives??? TEST TUBE Singapoean babies will become an option. Sad!!!!! 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Reynaldo-Quijada/100000740291153 Reynaldo Quijada

    Hehe this is the result of the population control measure of its founder former  PM Lee Kuan Yew which he now regrets because apparently Singaporeans or people in general for that matter are not pigs or chickens which are commodities  with economic values. The pro RH supporters in the Philippines like Lagman, Cayetanos, Defensor and PNoy are poor copycats and will bring our nation  to the same situation where Singapore is now similar to other prosperous countries in Europe. US is now forced to legalize their eleven million immigrants in order to bail out their social security system from eventual bankruptcy currently bleeding due to more aging members collecting benefits and less number of new members joining. Singaporeans want more natives than immigrants in their own country??? What is next if they can not convince their own women to have more babies despite generous cash incentives??? TEST TUBE Singapoean babies will become an option. Sad!!!!! 

    • Crazy_horse101010

      we want less people or we wouldnt spend billions of dollare every year trying to keep them out.ask why are those millions of illegals are doing there if things are so great in their own counties. we dont want more babies bedause live is so much more peaceful without people everywhere. have you been to america and heard anyone complaining. i know its much better here  where you have to send your youth to other countries as workers. did you ever think those people would rather be home where they can see they families more than once ever 2 years are so, many are women who rarely get to see their children

  • $22791789

    I have flagged Reynaldo Quijada’s entries as inappropriate. Not for the content itself, but because he is spamming the same answer over and over again. That is not a way to join a discusson

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