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Posted 05 March 2014 - 10:15 PM

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Ms Fu: 20K new citizens, 30K PRs added last year

 

 

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Ms Grace Fu

 

 

In Parliament today (5 Mar), Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office Grace Fu said that the government has embarked on a new “strategic direction” in its population policies to bring about a slower and more sustainable pace of population growth, as committed to in the Population White Paper.

 

She said, “Our goal is that Singapore continues to be an endearing home and a good place for Singaporeans to live, work and play.”

Ms Fu also told the House that Singapore’s population grew by “just” 1.6% in 2013 last year, the slowest in 10 years and almost half the average rate of 3.1% from 2004 to 2012.

 

31,000 Singaporean babies were born last year resulting in a fertility rate of 1.19. The number of babies born is fewer than in 2012 but more than in 2011.

 

Ms Fu also revealed that growth in the foreign workforce in the non-construction sector was halved from 7.1% to 3.5% last year in line with the government’s policy of tightening foreign manpower.

 

This came about after several thousands of Singaporeans staged the biggest protest since Singapore’s independence, at Hong Lim Park on 16 Feb last year. It was staged against the 6.9 million Population White Paper passed by the PAP-dominated Parliament. Singaporeans were fed-up with the government’s “open door” policy which allowed too many foreigners to stay and work in Singapore, competing for resources with Singaporeans.

 

Through births and immigration, Singapore citizen population grew by 0.9% to 3.31 million. Some 20,000 foreigners were also granted Singapore citizenship last year.

 

“These (new citizens) were assessed to be to be able to contribute and integrate well into our society,” Ms Fu said.

 

In addition, about 30,000 PR status were granted to foreigners last year to “mitigate the shrinking and ageing of our citizen population”, she added.

 

Hoping to see more Singaporeans giving births, she urged aspiring parents to make time for things that matter, and not wait for the “perfect timing”.

 

She said, “We, as family members, friends, employers and the community, will be there to encourage and support you every step of the way as you embark on this challenging but immensely fulfilling marriage and parenthood journey.”

 

 


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Posted 05 March 2014 - 10:17 PM

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So have you done your part and produce more babies?


The chosen one will bring balance to the Force...I mean Singapore. Even star wars do not reserve "the chosen one" to a sith lord or a jedi or a wookie.

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Posted 05 March 2014 - 10:22 PM

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They still dun get it, I think the general feel is that it's just too crowded.
So please stop "growing", maintain the number of total population, not just to maintain or reduce the growth, which however u look at, it is increasing!
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Posted 05 March 2014 - 10:25 PM

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I still subscribing to the now dyfunct stop at 2 policy  [:p]


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Posted 05 March 2014 - 10:25 PM

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So have you done your part and produce more babies?


She got 3 sons hor, not that bad,... Hehehe,,,.
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Posted 05 March 2014 - 10:34 PM

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Problem is, way too expensive to have children. Everything from house to groceries to education, not cheap you know.



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Posted 05 March 2014 - 10:35 PM

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She got 3 sons hor, not that bad,... Hehehe,,,.

 

At least she has got what it takes.


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The chosen one will bring balance to the Force...I mean Singapore. Even star wars do not reserve "the chosen one" to a sith lord or a jedi or a wookie.

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Posted 05 March 2014 - 10:38 PM

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They still dun get it, I think the general feel is that it's just too crowded.
So please stop "growing", maintain the number of total population, not just to maintain or reduce the growth, which however u look at, it is increasing!

 

sorry to burst your dream ..... general feel is never a part of the decision making, especially peasants' feel.....


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Posted 05 March 2014 - 10:40 PM

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I still subscribing to the now dyfunct stop at 2 policy  [:p]

 

Just nice to "replace" you and your partner.


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Posted 05 March 2014 - 10:43 PM

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The target is still 6.9m in 2030. They r slowing down before 2016. After that will be full speed ahead. Then slow down again before 2021... Then full speed ahead... So on and so forth

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Posted 05 March 2014 - 10:46 PM

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Unfortunately it's a problem. If you look at Japan, it's exactly what we do not want to be in. The fertility rate is very low and they do not allow foreigners in. For them it's very extreme and there's hardly any workforce to keep their economy up. It's downhill and more downhill to go.

 

The key is striking a balance but our gahment wants more. They do not want stagnant growth or hardly any growth in the economy. They want it to do well instead of just being status quo. Obviously their decision is not popular.

 

To me 2 is just nice.


Edited by Watwheels, 05 March 2014 - 10:47 PM.

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The chosen one will bring balance to the Force...I mean Singapore. Even star wars do not reserve "the chosen one" to a sith lord or a jedi or a wookie.

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Posted 05 March 2014 - 10:51 PM

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Posted 05 March 2014 - 10:52 PM

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Had a few "pleasant" surplises last year when I got to know quite a number of FT aquaintances who got their pink I/C.

Do not feel like a slow down to me ley.
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Posted 05 March 2014 - 10:55 PM

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Japan is quietly opening up...... but local's interests are still very much protected unlike here.

 

Almost every restaurants sure got PRC or TW working inside....

 

It is easier to raise up kids there than here. It's very safe and even then, school kids are assigned leaders on rotation to make sure kids go to school and make it home safely on their own. The only tiring part is, those activities by kindergarten and schools, parents need to involve and participate one......unlike here, we just pay $$$$ and schools will take care of it.

 

Unfortunately it's a problem. If you look at Japan, it's exactly what we do not want to be in. The fertility rate is very low and they do not allow foreigners in. For them it's very extreme and there's hardly any workforce to keep their economy up. It's downhill and more downhill to go.

 

The key is striking a balance but our gahment wants more. They do not want stagnant growth or hardly any growth in the economy. They want it to do well instead of just being status quo. Obviously their decision is not popular.

 

To me 2 is just nice.

 


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Unfortunately it's a problem. If you look at Japan, it's exactly what we do not want to be in. The fertility rate is very low and they do not allow foreigners in. For them it's very extreme and there's hardly any workforce to keep their economy up. It's downhill and more downhill to go.

 

The key is striking a balance but our gahment wants more. They do not want stagnant growth or hardly any growth in the economy. They want it to do well instead of just being status quo. Obviously their decision is not popular.

 

To me 2 is just nice.

 

Well, the main worry should not be a shrinking population (we survived with 3 mil people didn't we?) but an aging one where the young have problems contributing enough to support the old.

 

The trick to overcoming an aging population isn't to bring in more citizens.

 

What we need to do is bring in able bodied chaps to work and contribute taxes. When they are old (around 35 to 40?), send them home and replace them with a new batch. The taxes these young chaps will pay for the extra healthcare that our old folks require - at least until they die and our young to old ratio is back to a healthy range.

 

Current policy allows these foreigners to work here, live her and then subsequently grow old here. Worse of all, they sometimes bring their aged parents over as well to become citizens.


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Posted 05 March 2014 - 10:56 PM

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they still dunno where the problem is.

 

its the standards of living that is holding back alot of us from having additional kids. who want their kids to grow up in and overcrowded enviroment full of ah tiongs and fark up cyclist ang mos?

 

to see the kid all the way thru uni how much monies will be spent? at this kind of most expensive city to live in where cost and inflation is going up everyday our pay are still stagnant or not able to catch up with inflation. taking the easy way out why they dun just buy babies and import in containers to singapore easier still.


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Posted 05 March 2014 - 10:59 PM

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Japan is quietly opening up...... but local's interests are still very much protected unlike here.

 

Almost every restaurants sure got PRC or TW working inside....

 

It is easier to raise up kids there than here. It's very safe and even then, school kids are assigned leaders on rotation to make sure kids go to school and make it home safely on their own. The only tiring part is, those activities by kindergarten and schools, parents need to involve and participate one......unlike here, we just pay $$$$ and schools will take care of it.

 

 

 

No wonder couples in Japan just have one child and focus all of their energy on him/her.

 

But still their economy is nowhere looking up.


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Posted 05 March 2014 - 10:59 PM

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Well, the main worry should not be a shrinking population (we survived with 3 mil people didn't we?) but an aging one where the young have problems contributing enough to support the old.

 

The trick to overcoming an aging population isn't to bring in more citizens.

 

What we need to do is bring in able bodied chaps to work and contribute taxes. When they are old (around 35 to 40?), send them home and replace them with a new batch. The taxes these young chaps will pay for the extra healthcare that old folks require - at least until they die and our young to old ratio is back to a healthy range.

 

Current policy allows these foreigners to work here, live her and then subsequently grow old here. Worse of all, they sometimes bring their aged parents over as well to become citizens.

 

This one.... my neighbourhood is full of this kind....... [bigcry]

 

They are not working and contributing, but exhausting our resources.....


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Posted 05 March 2014 - 11:01 PM

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 Worse of all, they sometimes bring their aged parents over as well to become citizens.

 

goto any childcare ctr n see for yourself how many FT lau ah pek n ah ma there are... LOTS.... they shld b taxed more for pushing up our elderly cost!


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Posted 05 March 2014 - 11:08 PM

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This one.... my neighbourhood is full of this kind....... [bigcry]

 

They are not working and contributing, but exhausting our resources.....

in my area (woodlands), those older PRC aunties become garang guni. Can see them searching through rubbish dump and bulky item dump looking for "gems". Once I saw a PRC auntie dismantled a used washing machine! What a talent!


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