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How to improve the birth rate in Singapore

Singapore has struggled to improve the birth rate during the past four decades. The strategies adopted failed.

I suggest the following strategy to improve the birth rate in Singapore.

a) We have to recognize that some females are prepared to be home makers and to raise children, if the economic circumstances allow them to take up this choice.

b) The state has to subsidize the cost of raising children, especially for education and medical care and give an allowance (e.g. $500 a month) to the mother for each eligible child.

c) Each woman can claim this benefit for up to three children. Any additional children will not qualify.

I expect that this scheme will attract at least one third of the females to opt for this role, instead of seeking a working career.

The women will opt for a working career will also raise children perhaps later in their lives, but the number of children raised by them is likely to be lower than for the full time home makers.

We will be able to sustain the population by raising children from two sources, rather than from the families with two breadwinners.

After the children are grown up, the home makers can continue to be economically active by taking work in taking care of children and seniors , cooking and other suitable occupations.

I hope that the government will consider this strategy to revive the birth rate in Singapore.

 

Tan Kin Lian

 

 

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34 Responses to “How to improve the birth rate in Singapore”

  • Wayang Gov:

    “Singapore has struggled to improve the birth rate during the past four decades.”

    First line, already wrong. This gov has not been struggling to improve birth rate. It simply wayang a bit here and there. Rich women get lots of benefit. Poor women get beggar bits.

    TKL’s solution is good, but not what this gov will do.

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    Hey TKL, you want to follow the France is it ? From cradle to grave, subsidise this and subsidise that.

    You want Singapore to go bankrupt ?

    Anyway why need to beg Singaporeans to give birth when hundreds thousands of FT rushing to take up SG citizenship ?

    Especially now we had RCEP free trade in full motion, there is no need to beg Singaporeans to give birth. Period.

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  • Future Shock:

    No more future spawning of “TKLs” please. Enough is enough!!!!

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  • It has been reported and studies have shown that one of the side effects of the mRNA vaccines is “INFERTILITY”.

    Since 95% of Sinkieland’s Sinkies are vaccinated with the mRNA vaccines hor, then what “have baby” is Mr Tan toking about?

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  • What an evil scheme:

    This idiot is asking women to sell their children to the state.

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  • Future Shock:

    TRE Tech:
    It has been reported and studies have shown that one of the side effects of the mRNA vaccines is “INFERTILITY”.

    Since 95% of Sinkieland’s Sinkies are vaccinated with the mRNA vaccines hor, then what have baby is Mr Tan toking about?

    Zombie babies like him, lah. Maybe smarter.

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  • LEEs betray Singapore:

    We are in this dilemma party to the short term policy of LEE KAYU. The STOP AT TWO POLICY was a QUICK FIX BRAINCHILD OF LKY alis LEE KAYU.

    The top guns in the PAP DID NOT HAVE THE BALLS to OLD FARTS (LKY) that it was a WRONG POLICY FOR SINGAPORE IN THE LONG TERM.As OLD FARTS NEVER ADMIT HIS MISTAKES and only STAND CORRECTED we are in this SHIT HOLE NOW.

    With our OPEN THE LEG WIDE WIDE immigration policy we NATIVE BORN SINGAPOREANS will be OUTNUMBERED BY FAKE SINGAPOREANS. This FAKE SINGAPOREANS ARE DARLINGS OF THE PAP GOVERNMENT. They get the BEST OF JOBS and their children need not do NS. We native born are even branded FREE RIDERS.

    PAP racial quotas policy in HDB flats was created to prevent racial enclaves. This do not apply to THESE FAKE SINGAPOREANS. Whole blocks of private condos are occupied by the. Our LEEders even have the GALL to ask us to accommodate them.

    I ask every native born SINGAPOREAN why do NS and protect these FAKE SINGAPOREANS? They enjoy the best of JOBS and us native born are private hire car driver, food delivery boys, security guards and do all lowly paid jobs.

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  • Tremendous:

    Dream on. The village chief doesn’t want to spend enough to increase TFR. Once a woman’s golden window of 24-30 years old to have babies is gone, it’s irreversible. He and his merry men don’t care about missing this golden window. They pretend to listen but they come with lots of ways to leave the problems unresolved.
    Appointing Innanee is not going to help. It’s not as if she is going to turn into a baby making machine.
    We are now less than 5.5 years away from a population disaster.

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  • TFR Transfers:

    The present TFR transfers of some $20k are not enuf to sustain a decent life for each child born in this era, especiallyb in one of the richest countries where the Cost of Living is exceedingly high whereas the Standard of Living is downsliding at a much faster rate. This is the place where the COL is greatly inversely proportional to SOL.

    Preschool fees, educational stress imposed on primary schoolkids and all other combined factors that exacerbate parental stress are truly discouraging married couples from having more children. At most they can bear is 2 children per family. Mostly 1 child is more than enuf.

    Sad enuf, nature has taken its discourse as the world is aggressively hijacked by pink culture. Singleporeans are on the rise!

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  • Fire:

    Surprise that You are not part of Gov .

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  • Johnny Doe:

    When I saw the title at TRE home page and my suspicion was the writer must be the MFkr who spoilt SGpn’s wish of wanting to have Tan CB as President – TRUE ENOUGH.
    Curse this bastard no qualms about it.

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  • Johnny Doe:

    Future Shock:
    No more future spawning of “TKLs” please. Enough is enough!!!!

    Frankly speaking, if I m wrong, wipe this bastard off from earth to avoid further damage to mankind – am I for good or for bad?

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  • opposition dude:

    Problem with this government is that they like to talk only but aren’t interested in solving the issue.

    You can tell when the government puts in loads of effort when it’s time to raise transport fares, let in planeloads of non Singaporeans in for work, suing people and making the opposition look real bad. All these things are done with extreme efficiency with updates coming in real quick.

    When it’s time to talk about the birth rate is when the excuses start coming out. Things like more people choosing to be single lah, couples don’t want to have children lah and all other nonsense. Then what about couples who want to have children or have a few more little ones running about? What sort of help is available? None, unfortunately. All PAP does is the one time bonus of a few thousand dollars for your first, second, third and beyond.

    Wow, a few thousand dollars can help to raise your child up to 20 years old you know? No need other support liao, the child doesn’t need to eat daily somehow or spend money bein clothed, visiting the doctor and all that.

    How many times have we read the same old shitty report on interviews with the younger generation and their reasons for either not getting married or not having kids or not having more kids? It’s always the same reasons below

    - Too much work so really tired after a day so no time to pak tor or create the next generation. You don’t see PAP doing anything about this

    - Cost of living too high. This one doesn’t need any explanation. You can’t feed yourself how to feed your children then?

    Basically the government can’t even be bothered to engage with the younger generation to try and bring up the birth rate, they would rather have instant everything and bring in aliens to boost the population up quickly.

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  • Clowns Of Parleeament:

    Aiyoyo! What makes TKL think that those scholars in our civil service can’t think of such common sense solutions?

    With a govt having a mindset of …… “only small space is required for sex”, of course any suggestions which involve this gneow govt coming out money to spend on singaporeans will be thrown out of the window without 2nd thought la.

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  • Relax:

    If you want to improve birth rates, why restrict benefits up to three children?
    Again using “Differentiated management measures” against the fourth, fifth….etc children.
    Your policy has no difference from “stop at two”.

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  • ??:

    Agenda21 wants to depopulate earth, and here we talking about improving TFR?

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  • PAP mandate strong:

    https://m.posts.careerengine.us/p/61d201d156f9b71f34aa467f

    新年第一个法令,​人类历史上从未有过的大变局!???

    Mr Tan ( formerly finance sector ) 你點睇 ?

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  • STOP the PAP Steal:

    Fire:
    Surprise that You are not part of Gov .

    This chap failed to sell himself as EP for SG to SGpns – then attempted to bait PAP to offer him tea.

    What else next?

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  • STOP the PAP Steal:

    The PAP has shown us ALL the ONLY weapons in their arsenal is TO FIX OPPOSITION whom they think is stealing their power, and SGpns not knowing PAP had stolen their basic human rights.

    Population replacement to the PAP is via Foreigners flooding to SG – not by birth encouragement bcz birth encouragement DEMANDS MONEY WHICH PAP die die refuses as IT AFFECTS THEIR SALARIES increases.

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  • Ah Ha:

    Excellent idea proven effective in many cultures with a social conscious. It actually, I would suggest, go a bit further. The $500 for the first three is good, the fourth should be say $350 and then any other children $250. There should be subsidized child care with the subsidy higher with the larger families. There should be zero cost of birth and a paid parental leave of six weeks.

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  • Pappy is $$$erious, Kin Lian:

    30 years ago a computer service engineer in a MNC company made $2000/mth after several years of experience. His 5-room HDB flat was priced at $90,000 (old guard governance) at Toh Yi Drive. And he also owned a car. Fast forward 30 years and the BTO 5-room flat at nearby Bt. Batok is priced around $550,000 (Incorporated prices). How much salary does a computer maintenance engineer make in a month? $4000 thereabouts?

    So… the new public flat price has inflated by 600% while salaries in that time have only about doubled? And the compulsory Medisave contribution has skyrocketed to $56,000 top-up; Papeconomics has already alerted us it’s set to increase…. It all means that new families have everything working against them during that overly drawn-out 25 year hdb corporation mortgage period….and to survive the incompetent “trickle-down” Papeconomics super-inflation to shore up the Temasek and GIC system’s beneficiarie$$$ in a very volatile global economy!

    Ahgong LKY got it dead wrong during the 80s, in insisting that his elitist corporate-politicians are downright necessary to operate a thriving Singapore he inherited from Dr.Goh Keng Swee and Dr.Toh Chin Chye and the valiant cadres of earliest PAP. I suppose that’s what Dr.Tan Cheng Bock has been struggling for all this time – a party of chivalrous souls acting for the people walking all the way with them…. the Singaporean family the way it used to be; never needing handouts except to be assured that big brother must and will always keep their greedy hands out of the loyal people’s CPF cookie jar!

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  • China on the Right Path:

    Thank you for this info.
    A big loophole in tax collection has been sealed up. Great work by CCP!

    PAP mandate strong:
    https://m.posts.careerengine.us/p/61d201d156f9b71f34aa467f

    新年第一个法令,​人类历史上从未有过的大变局!???

    Mr Tan ( formerly finance sector ) 你點睇 ?

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  • illiterate pap voters:

    HDB is builder smaller and smaller units.

    How to ffff comfortably and procreate?

    Where to put all the stuff if baby comes out?

    The West has it right. Singapore is too crowded to be worth living in. (Quote: Fox News 9am+ TCT tucker Carlson tonight).

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  • xoxo:

    Seriously,BAN CONDOMS.
    People are having SEX,even casual,but FEW ARE MAKING LOVE.
    ONLY MATING THROUGH LOVE-MAKING WILL HELP ORODUCE MORE sg-babies.
    Oh,BTW,STOP BASHING THE ORDINARY sgs.
    No GST INCREASES,pls
    Go CLAW BACK THE $100 BILLION VIA INCOME TAX.TAX RICH ASSES LIKE PIYU$H GUPTA whose BANK MAKES MORE PROFITS THAN PRE-COVID???

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  • Trust only myself:

    Until now unthinking Singaporeans as well as 5% man didn’t know the liars have no interest in whether the birth rate is low or near zero…..

    This is not their concern, they have the “winning formula” to probably increase the population by other means……surely don’t need to explain further.

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  • NotMyProblem:

    @Mr. Tan; which method you think the government would choose?

    One. Ask Singaporeans to have babies. Wait for at least 18 years having to worry about providing childcare, healthcare, education, housing etc. Have to wait for them to get married to buy BTOs. Unsure of their voting preference.

    or two, import foreigners and turn them to citizen. No need to wait. Instant adults. Buy up BTOs, condos, car etc. Pay taxes. Most importantly sure to vote PAP.

    If you are in the PAP, which way would you choose?

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  • theforgottongeneration:

    “…Singapore has struggled to improve the birth rate during the past four decades. The strategies adopted failed….”

    So …. where is the ACCOUNTABILITY from our most expensive PM/ministers? We must remember that for the past 50+ years, SG has been under ONE political party, so any failures cannot be said to be due to a “government change every 4-10 years” as in other developed countries.

    Chan Sia Suay said the PAP plans 10-20 years into the future, yet for past 17+ years, the Golden Prince has failed-and-failed-and-failed to address our declining birthrate. Not enough runway, hor? Or as Ah Goh always (used) to say: Singaporeans still not paying our ministers/PM enough, hor?

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  • Sg man chose not to marry in s:

    Wise SGman would be very naive to marry in Singapore. Many would chose to stay single and live a carefree live and don’t want to burden with wife and children. And after working for 20 years there are options to start a new life in lower cost countries: young angmo wife, go South America countries,young Chinese wife, go Thailand,Vietnam, Malaysia. Of course, all Children born belong to the adopted countries. They can return to be PR when they are grownup. Don’t blame the sgman and woman. Blame the toxic sg environment: NS for sgmans, jobs for foreigners. Free scholarship and jobs for foreigners and Pay and pay for Singaporeans. Tankl obsoleted thinking led sg the wrong direction. No incentive for sgman to married in sg should be the reason.

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  • 陈金莲加油:

    陈金莲忧国忧民,是个好人。

    提出的问题就是新加坡的任督二脉,打通了就不会有外来人排挤正港新加坡人的问题了!

    陈金莲加油。

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    Sg man chose not to marry in s:
    Wise SGman would be very naive to marry in Singapore. Many would chose to stay single and live a carefree live and don’t want to burden with wife and children. And after working for 20 years there are options to start a new life in lower cost countries: young angmo wife, go South America countries,young Chinese wife, go Thailand,Vietnam, Malaysia.
    ..
    ..

    Oh, 20 years later, you will be ugly with big tummy like this old man.

    Bangkok Thailand – She said: I like old men – Vlog 66
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xz9a55KJc2s

    Young ang mo wife? Young Chinese wife?
    Hahaha… and than got conned of all your CPF monies and crawl back to SG to beg my great PAP for financial assistance.

    PAP supporters please print/distribute/share my post.
    In Dollar$ We Tru$t. Prai$e the Dollar$. Glory be with the Dollar$
    GE2024.PAP.Guarantee.Win.Again
    Majullah $PAP$ $PAP$ Huat$ Huat$ Huat$
    Singaporeans must be Cheaperer, Betterer, Fasterer

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  • Walao eh, i tot this Tan former PAPies, dio bo? How can then anyhow ask PAPies to pay money one, die die cannot spend money lar, else how to pay millions to its kakies?

    Simple solution think until head big big for wat, when there are simple and effective solutions in plain sight?

    1. Just ban the import, sale and use of condoms lar, make it illegal.

    2. Impose a complete lockdown like what happened during the initial stage of Wuhan pandemic, all lock at home, nothing to do liao, so everyday bonk and bonk lor. Since cannot go out buy condoms (ban the delivery of condoms too), sure one year later baby many many one wat.

    3. Encourage one night stand, make it illegal to file for divorce based on adultery. All booze outlet especially Disco and NiteClubs mandate every week must have ONS night, ladies FOC, man 50% off.

    4. ‘Encourage’ the men to take Viagra daily, coerce them like how the MTF coerced the unvax like dat, no take viagra cannot go to work, cannot go hawker centre or enter malls.

    Any one of the above, sure got baby many many one. Some more no need the PAPies to pay anything. You say goodie idea bo?

    What do you think?

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  • Observer:

    The graduate career woman may find this amount too little.

    But this allowance may be attractive to foreign wives who cannot speak English, and thus unable to secure an office job. Instead of working in coffeeshops, or in NTUC Fairprice as cashiers, they can choose to collect this allowance instead.

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  • kampong boy:

    Hi Mr Tan,

    Excellence ideal, my question why such obvious idea is not implemented after all these decades.

    When smart people do stupid things, be careful.

    Mr Tan, you are one of them, sorry.

    Regards

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  • theforgottongeneration:

    BTW, anyone knows which minister is now in charge of this birthrate issue or heading the NPTD, or even which MINISTRY is this issue under? Who is the Coordinating Minister? Or pappies act blur like this is not even an issue?

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