The PAP government lacks seriousness of purpose and political will at addressing out TFR issue

Josephine Teo said that her National Population and Talent Division (NPTD) will consult Singaporeans on their needs and concerns over marriage and parenthood in the upcoming months.

Our expectations must be realistic because the useless PAP government has neglected and allowed our TFR to deteriorate for far too many decades already. It will take herculean efforts to stabilise any further fall, and then hopefully reverse it.

Despite this, the odds are stacked real high with a PAP Minister-in-charge who has proven useless. It is precisely during her watch as head of NPTD that our total fertility rates have plunged even further and it now stands at just 1.14 from 1.16 when the required replacement level is 2.1.

Although the decision on whether to have children or not is a personal decision, this decision is shaped by many factors.

Becoming pregnant, having children and bring them up properly is a marathon race. Babies are not just born, go to child-care, kindergartens and then die off. Although building more child-care centres and kindergartens are helpful, they are far from being enough to tilt having children decision.

Ultimately, factors include the cost of having children, the uncertainty of staying employed in a decent paying job, our stressful educational system, and the smaller and more expensive HDB flats. That it takes a whole village to raise a child is even truer today.

In short, a whole host of PAP government’s policies are not conducive to having children in Singapore and bringing up young families.

Although financial incentives do nudge toward our TFR goal, it must never encourage the wrong type of people who could ill-afford to have children to become pregnant purely because of the dangling fat carrots. If we are not wise and careful enough, we are just sowing more social problems for the future.

What this pap government lacks is not money, but rather the seriousness of purpose and the political will at addressing our TFR issue holistically.

 

Simon Lim

 

 

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17 Responses to “The PAP government lacks seriousness of purpose and political will at addressing out TFR issue”

  • N.Jungne:

    Josephine Teo is one who contributes to the downfall of PAP, congrats

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  • Why suffered in silence:

    TFT will continue to fall drastically as our MIWs have no idea how to solve.Even the late old man had advocated to rely on new immigrants to offset the drop.Hence in future the true blue Singaporeans will be overwhelmed by new citizens.This situation is already happening if you observe your local surrounding.Sinkapore looks more like United Nation,don’t you agree?

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  • LIONS:

    Lack seriousness is too kind.
    They are frivolous,mischievious and LAME,VERY,VERY LAME!

    ERRANT N ERRATIC TO THE CORE.ARROGANT N FOOLISH TO THE ECTREME.
    INSATIABLY GREEDY!

    MOST UNCARUNG N SELF-$erving.

    What can we expect from these bloke$?

    Kindness?
    Graciousness?

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  • NotMyProblem:

    “What this pap government lacks is not money, but rather the seriousness of purpose and the political will at addressing our TFR issue holistically.”

    I’ve mentioned before, this PAP government is a lazy government, despite their obscene salary. They always take the easy way out. When Minister could tell you that “it only need a small space to have sex” already clearly kicking the can down the road.

    They have no interest in improving the TFR because babies take a long time to grow up to be economically beneficial to the PAP. Further, the government needs to think of childcare and schooling which is spending money. More importantly babies don’t vote!

    The easy way to increase the population is to import foreigners. Foreigners becoming citizen are mainly adults. They can start working and pay tax and contribute of CPF, PAP’s ATM. These new citizens vote for PAP.

    Minister Josephine doesn’t even need to provide any small space for sex.

    So who cares about TFR??

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  • HarderTruths:

    Incorrect – they DO have a purpose – to screw the people for everything we have.

    As long as we are able to keep paying the parasites will keep sucking.

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  • Mere Digits:

    Next generation of serfs needed.

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  • Sinkie:

    Josephine Teo has under-performed and should be sacked – she’s paid millions in taxpayers’ money !

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  • opposition dude:

    More than once has a survey been done with the younger generation on starting families and one of the reasons is always the high cost of living. We don’t see PAP doing anything at all to lower the cost of living so all these surveys are just wasting time.

    Show the PAP at this year’s election just how to lower the cost of living here!

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  • rukidding:

    They didn’t want to spent any $$$ to “invest” in the “growing stage” from birth thru to Uni lah !

    What they wanted was “instant partially educated adults”,…save $$$,..easy to con…easy to become slave !

    Did they at any point wanted to be SERIOUS about solving TFR ???

    The answer is a BIG NO !

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  • rukidding:

    The true and correct answer is……PAP needs to be “kicked OUT” !

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  • NotMyProblem:

    rukidding:
    They didn’t want to spent any $$$ to “invest” in the “growing stage” from birth thru to Uni lah !

    What they wanted was “instant partially educated adults”,…save $$$,..easy to con…easy to become slave !

    Did they at any point wanted to be SERIOUS about solving TFR ???

    The answer is a BIG NO !

    Conclusion:
    Improving TFR need long time to bring up babies.
    Need childcare and schooling.
    Babies stay with parents, no sale of HDB.
    Babies don’t vote.

    Import foreigners turn citizens faster process.
    All working adults, pay tax and contribute to CPF, which PAP can treat as ATM.
    Buy up HDB flats and increase the prices.
    New citizens vote for PAP.

    When you can increase population with foreigners why need to improve TFR? If TFR improved no excuse to import foreigners. Reduces guarantee votes for PAP!

    Q.E.D.!!!

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  • no good gov:

    the lot should be kicked out.
    most hardly doing anything noticeable for us citizenz to feel anything good is happening in our country.
    yet year after year taxpayers are ripped off millions to pay their salaries.
    in other countries there would be protests and the inept gov will get ousted.

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  • Bobo:

    Sinkie:
    Josephine Teo has under-performed and should be sacked – she’s paid millions in taxpayers’ money !

    Wow! Excellent comment. Have you checked with her residents and grassroots?
    Do you know the percentage of her supporters that keep voting her? You will never collect accurate figure because we have people that told you they voted oppo, but PAP still win when come to vote counting.

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  • a licence is needed:

    the world’s govs should introduce a licence for married couples to have children…after attending compulsory child care classes and upgrades as the child grows.
    we apply for licence for nearly everything , but bringing up vulnerable children is such a huge responsibility, yet most ppl take it so lightly..so much of abuse n cruelty cases these days..so sad.

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  • a licence is needed:

    some stupid people think their marriage cert is a licence to have children!
    some dont even bother to get married…even so then dont procreate. the innocent kids from such unions always suffer the most.

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  • selective pressures / tensions:

    //some stupid people think their marriage cert is a licence to have children!
    some dont even bother to get married…even so then dont procreate. the innocent kids from such unions always suffer the most.//

    aiyoh. having children and reproduction is the natural order for living organism (including human kind) – natural biological urge to procreate, live through the its natural live and then expiry (eventual death).

    however, when faced with selective pressures / tensions to survive, then organisms will reassess the need (or to reduce the need) for it. in the context of daft sinkies and sinkie land, a lot of greed (rent-seeking and more tax even though it is claimed that the national coffer is rich due to the thrift of ah kong as mentioned in the chronicle beautifully cited by ah hua) skewing the benefits to the ‘successful’ business and political elites – and such selective pressures is therefore imposed onto the normal average daft sinkes.

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  • Christopher Bong:

    Can we not see that this whole TFR matter is just for show and is never meant to work. Why would this government bother with having more babies when they can give citizenships, like giving away candies, to foreigners. They can be assured of getting the votes from these new citizens to keep them in power. Instant citizen equals instant consumption equals GDP growth. Government wins on all counts.

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