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Hopeful signs of population growth

I refer to today’s Straits Times story ‘Hopeful signs of population growth’ on page B2, Insight.

Briefly, Singapore’s population grew by 3.4% over the past 2 years reversing 2 years of decline. That is good news because unlike many bigger countries with bigger populations, areas and resources etc, population or more specifically manpower is particularly critical for our continued economic growth, prosperity and even existential crisis.

The pap government has over the decades, I stress, Decades, failed big time at arresting our plunging total fertility rates (TFR) with replacement numbers at mere 2.1. Our TFR in 2021stood at a very miserable 1.12 only.

It is most unfortunate and hurtful for me and I am sure for many patriots and concerned citizens as well to digest the fact that ours is a totally financially able but super unwilling to do more to seriously help our married couples to have more children government.

The situation has over the years been made worse by a very clever talking, very clever at giving excuses but far poor performing pap government, a government that is so clearly lacking in political will to solve our plunging TFR challenges but instead opted for instant tree results through immigration policy options.

The other hand that enables a clap to happen are our majority indifferent, don’t know don’t care suckerporeans.

Taking in more and more foreign PRs or new citizens do not solve our population problems at the root level. It only buy us time, mitigate our manpower shortage issues and kick the can further down the road for future governments and younger generations of Singaporeans to inherit. ( Please read this paragraph again).

Singapore is a very expensive place to live made happen by the pap government and by and large, PRs are here to earn Singapore dollars and not to make babies and chances are when they have made enough SGD, they will bid their bye bye to us or even if they continue to live in Singapore, they will compound our old age challenges on all fronts such as elderly care, medical care, housing, transport and much more because they must grow old someday. I do not believe that new citizens are much different.

As far as arresting our plunging TFR is concerned, the pap government has failed Singapore and Singaporeans big time. More Singaporeans need to be aware of that because it must and will impact them and everybody else one way or another now and in the years ahead.

Think.

 

Simon Lim

 

 

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16 Responses to “Hopeful signs of population growth”

  • theforgottongeneration:

    LOL, such news really shows the 139-ranked media is truly dishing out nonsensical propaganda. Population growth means what – bringing in more foreigners, lor? Like that can also claim can grow to 10m, 20m population. If ST said our TFR has shown UPWARD trend for past 2 years, then it would be a positive light. But, no lah, again 139-ranked means lan-cheow standards, hor.

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  • Temusik Patriot:

    Killing unborn of lesser educated with LEEgal Abortion to stop the breeding of a pool of idiots…Today The Elites are chasing $$$ and f…..g enough unlike the less educated where f….g is a joyis

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  • xoxo:

    Import more child-bearing *foreign* women to marry sg males instead of ang moh tua kee males to marry rich single sg career-women.
    That will help,i believe?

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  • Temusik Patriot:

    The elites are chasing $$$ not f……g enough…whereas the less educated find f…..g a Joy n Procreation A Blessing

    Temusik Patriot:
    Killing unborn of lesser educated with LEEgal Abortion to stop the breeding of a pool of idiots…Today The Elites are chasing $$$ and f…..g enough unlike the less educated where f….g is a joyis

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  • opposition dude:

    You want change you have to vote for it, it’s as simple as that. So let’s continue making sure that PAP’s vote share goes down, down, down with every election. They have already lost 2 GRCs so they can most definitely lose a lot more.

    They are very quick to let in those who left when the pandemic hit since they are addicted to foreign labour themselves. It’s like smoking or drinking, once you start you can’t stop. And we all know Lawrence won’t be doing anything different from goondu Loong since he has no ideas on how to bring Singapore forward except to keep importing more and more non locals.

    The next election isn’t too far away now since it’s close to 2023. Another year or two after that and we will be at the polls.

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  • 2Daft2Live:

    I am not sure if this is just coincidental but up north in MY, the same thing is happening i.e. an aging population and falling TFR. It would seem puzzling as the Malays are known to be very family oriented and tends to have bigger family size. Unfortunately, the economic situation is just as unconducive for parents to have many children. One would think that being a Muslim country, with halal eateries, many Malays would easily find gainful employment in the F&B and other service sectors. Yes, these eateries, retail and service-oriented businesses do hire lots of Muslims but from Indonesia, Bangladesh, Pakistan and so on. The local Malays who wish to work in these businesses will have to contend with salaries that can hardly feed themselves or their families.

    Will the situation reverse itself once PAP loses power tomorrow? I seriously doubt so as the root cause is the profit/market driven economy that we are in. Its demand for cheap labour will not disappear overnight with a new govt. Businesses face high business costs from high rentals and labour costs. High rental is driven by demand and supply while only labour costs appeared amendable if we increase supply. What if a new govt decides to freeze all foreign labour? Costs of everything goes up, wages goes up and the locals’ living standards goes up? Initially perhaps, but with time, more and more locals will go up north and overseas to spend and get higher value for their hard earned monies. Leakages will happen and local businesses will be affected…..back to square one.

    So what’s solution? I am not sure but I think it will require a paradigm shift in thinking from the govt to the businesses to the lay people. Profit/market driven economies have deep fundamental flaws that continue to create problems till these days. And it is not just climate change, pollution and destruction of ecosystems. Profit driven objectives are just short-sighted period. A more holistic approach is critically needed.

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  • NotMyProblem:

    Here is why PAP prefers bring in more foreigners than to improve on TFR ;

    Foreigners provide economical gain immediately without the need to provide education from pre-school, primary school, secondary school and all other education. Babies need to go through 18 to 20 years before they start to pay income tax.

    Foreigners buy up properties. You don’t think for a second that those million dollars properties were brought up by Singaporeans? The government needs to wait for babies for about 25 to 35 years for them to buy property.

    Foreigners are obedience in order for them to remain in Singapore. True blue Singaporeans may not be that obedience and KPKB all the time.

    Foreigners provide vote bank. You can be sure, like the sun will rise tomorrow, that new-citizens will vote for the PAP. Babies after all those life experience may not vote for the PAP.

    Employers also prefer foreign employees. Not only they are cheaper but also no worry of reservist call-up and maternal leave. Foreigners don’t talk about work-life balance, as they don’t have lives in Singapore. Whereas Singaporeans need work-life balance, for work is not all they were living for.

    So now you know why.

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  • SINGAROAR:

    There are too many people in the world already. Is there a need to increase population when our govt. continues with the foreign increase in population.Only 728sq. M,the island is already sinking, still want to increase population.

    Tech: The latest move is actually to replace those DEAD, DYING or SERIOUSLY INJURED due to climate change, got logic bo?

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  • BIG STORY: Stop the PAP Steal:

    It seems quite clear many or alot of educated SGpns appear quite stupid (probably due to many ears of PAP Administration’s brainwashed education) :

    Population increases and BIRTH RATES ARE 2 DIFFERENT, SEPARATE issues.
    One is by effking within marital sex,
    THE OTHER IS OPEN LEG Prostitution by statues and trade agreements in the name of SG must remain open to be relevant.

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  • KT2:

    The G stop-at-2 in the 1970s have been hailed as a great success for them. I think there are many times when the G cannot solve a problem need to “draw their weapons”(new laws) to win the battles ! In the end, many families back then were penalized with a 3rd or more children ! Now, they found it very difficult to make a U-turn of the family policies. So, who is to be blamed ?

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  • BIG STORY: Stop the PAP Steal:

    SINGAROAR:
    There are too many people in the world already. Is there a need to increase population when our govt. continues with the foreign increase in population.Only 728sq. M,the island is already sinking, still want to increase population.

    Tech: The latest move is actually to replace those DEAD, DYING or SERIOUSLY INJURED due to climate change, got logic bo?

    What u mentioned is correct – too many people in the world.

    Can I add, partly agree with Tech. (The PAP Administration IS NOT a govt – technically as in the

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  • ShopTillDrop:

    .. for economic growth and prosperity is the primary reason for “growing the population”(child bearing) is clearly not a good reason for your existence because it is a choke that gets tighter around your neck with each progressive generation.
    How not to lose your life and sanity? Rich or poor your conscience is seared.

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  • ShopTillDrop:

    .. for economic growth and prosperity is the primary reason for “growing the population”(child bearing) is clearly not a good reason for your existence because it is a choke that gets tighter around your neck with each progressive generation.
    How not to lose your life and sanity? Rich or poor your conscience is seared.

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  • theforgottongeneration:

    Remember ST is currently on taxpayers monies, to the tune of 180 million annually. Yes, 180m!!! So not surprising it has to write many balls-carrying articles to show its paymaster that it is still “relevant”.

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  • The daft sinkie poor:

    The average daft sinkie I know have 3 types. One type is have children even before turning 22, cos he accidentally made his girlfren pregnant. Then will work as grab and other low ses jobs to support his child. This was in early 2000s.

    Another type at some point is divorced or keep having children non stop and will go claim some welfare payment .

    The last ttpemisnthise have children 40 and 50 years old. All live in their own selfish world and really daft to know the system in Singapore is not catered for children and family .

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  • idontbelieveinccpbs:

    SINGAROAR:
    October 3, 2022 at 10:00 pm (Quote)

    There are too many people in the world already. Is there a need to increase population when our govt. continues with the foreign increase in population.Only 728sq. M,the island is already sinking, still want to increase population.

    Tech: The latest move is actually to replace those DEAD, DYING or SERIOUSLY INJURED due to climate change, got logic bo?
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    If people can have critical thinking and think deeper. PAPPY key strategy for Singapore is to import and convert third world foreigners to boost GDP and votes. The target is 10M by 2050.

    During pandemic phase, they slowed down but after the pandemic? You saw the numbers… To replace dead or dying or seriously injured? Of course not, without them, PAPPY will still push for more imports and converts.

    You saw BTOs now sell more than $1M?
    You saw rental hikes now exponential?

    These are signs that PAPPY has accelerated the speed and mass of imports. I looked at one reel for house rental hunting, all mostly from South Asia and Malaysia.

    Use your brain lah…….. knn so many dumb in SG.

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