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Don’t play God

Don’t Play God. It Always Ends Badly!

I remember my late Father admonishing me in the early 80s for not keeping up with my Mandarin. I remember him telling me that one day China would be a very powerful country and that she was destined to play this role because she had the largest population in the World. My Father’s words were “Ren si jing”, literally translating to man is gold. Both my parents were Nantah graduates and they were filled with pride when Nixon made his historic opening to China in 1972.

When my Father first brought me to China in 1985 when I had just finished NS and was only 20, I saw a backward country where there were no doors in public toilets, where the streets in Xian were pitch dark at night with no street lamps, where there were hardly any cars in Tiananmen Square but thousands of bicycles, and where young Chinese female University students were fawning over their African male counterparts (foreign students) in the lobby of the Beijing Hotel.The African students were greatly admired in those days because they were more affluent.

Fast forward nearly 40 years and China has become the 2nd most powerful economy and is challenging American supremacy in many parts of the world. Foreign companies were tripping over themselves to invest in China to benefit from its incomparable population size.When I watch CCTV, there seems to be an African leader beating a path to Beijing every week to pay tribute to Xi Jingping. It is Africa’s turn to fawn over China because of the vast sums of money China is pouring into the African continent. My late Father’s words seem to have come true.

But at the very moment when China ought to be celebrating her entrance on the stage as a world power, she is struck by a disability which threatens to forestall her progress and may even lead to her inevitable decline. Her population is shrinking and aging at an alarming pace.

The decline in population is due primarily to short-sighted and misguided policies in the 70s and 80s which first restricted couples to having no more than 2 children and then subsequently one. Couples who breached these regulations were severely punished and there were even forced abortions. China’s population started to decline in 2022.

The UN has projected that China’s population will decline from its peak of 1.426 billion in 2022 to about 774 million by the end of this century. This is a staggering decline of almost half. In a recent update, a research team from the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences has predicted that China’s population will shrink to only 525 million by 2100.

China with a population of 1.426 billion is a completely different proposition from a China with 774 million or 525 million. First, it will not have the global heft it now enjoys. Second, if you see GDP as a function of the number of people working and productivity, you are likely to conclude that China will not be the economic power she is today with a greatly reduced population.

In Singapore, we face an even more daunting prospect because our TFR is one of the lowest in the world at 1.04. China’s TFR as of 2022 was 1.48. It takes a TFR of 2.1 to even just replace ourselves.

A society which is unable to replace itself in the long run will not survive. That is why it is imperative for any new non-PAP government to overhaul our entire social structure so that couples can afford to have children.We must change our way of thinking. We must bring our insane cost of living down! We must bring our insane cost of public housing down! We must give free education including University, child care and pre-school to lessen significantly the cost pressures on parents so that they will want to have children. We must give priority to Singaporeans for good-paying jobs so that our workers are not living in anxiety as to whether they will lose their jobs.

In short, it is time to treat every new born Singaporean as a National Asset and to redirect our resources to developing Singaporean talent and not harp on ”Foreign” talent. In times of war and crisis, it is foolhardy to believe the “foreign” talent will defend our land and families. It is equally foolhardy to think that the indigenous Singaporean is going to defend and die for his naturalised brother who was exempt from serving NS once he was 30 and above. You really have to be wet behind your ears to think the indigenous Singaporean will. And we are now entering a decade or two where wars and conflicts will pose an ever increasing danger to our safety and survival as a Nation.

In the forthcoming budget, you will not see Lawrence Wong enact any meaningful change to reverse our dismal TFR. As in the usual PAP style, he will pay lip service to the importance of increasing the birth rate but he will be throwing crumbs to Singaporean parents. They will holler at him in derision and calculate that whatever additional baby bonus he may throw them will be destroyed by the rampant inflation in a very short time due to the inflationary policies introduced by him and the PAP such as the 9% GST hike. Our TFR will see a continuous slide in the coming years ( maybe there will be a slight baby bump this year because it is the year of the Dragon ).

There will never be any significant improvement in our TFR under the PAP.

 

Lim Tean

 

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25 Responses to “Don’t play God”

  • rice:

    Heaven’s WAY is not mere mortals’ way$.
    Playing GOD is playing into the Devil’s hands.
    KILLING IS WRONG BUT ABORTION IS A RIGHT?!
    America is misleading the world.
    America has played itself into the Devil’s hands.
    We are in dangerous times.
    The world is in need of conversion and even more so for decadent U$A.

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  • Tough:

    Unless there is a drastic change,the present situation is not conducive to encourage more babies.That is the reality.
    Singapore is getting too expensive for its own good…

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  • Raul:

    Our details are given to other DBS banks in other jurisdictions.
    Just opened a DBS account & signed the form.
    Great Data Protection by Jo Teo.
    Basically every Singaporean.
    Nice.

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  • Singaporean R Free Rider:

    In times of war and crisis, it is foolhardy to believe the “foreign” talent will defend our land and families. It is equally foolhardy to think that the indigenous Singaporean is going to defend and die for his naturalised brother who was exempt from serving NS once he was 30 and above.
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    I always ask this question to Opposition and Opposition cannot answer.

    The son of naturalised brother serve NS. So do you see them as not willing to defend Singapore ?

    Compare to local native Singaporean who keng and keng NS to foreign son who do not keng NS, who is more ready to defend Singapore?

    Lim Tean must be charge for instigating and inciting locals against FT.

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  • Citizen:

    No problem to treat all Citizen alike.No need to create any division among citizens.
    More important is the Government Policy should be pro Citizen and Singapore.
    No Citizen left behind should not be a slogan but a reality…

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  • Sin Incorp:

    You promoted “a god” through democracy so got cursed. Anywhere the same.

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  • PAP mandate strong:

    @ You promoted “a god” through democracy so got cursed. Anywhere the same.

    Oh Really. You prefer to promote a god thu communism. The great leap, culture revolution, … is it !

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  • Sporeans Keep Govt Employed:

    Bible says don’t worship false gods or idols.

    Sporeans worship money.

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  • No no:

    Sporeans worship pap. Whenever pap says pay up, they say YES!

    Sporeans Keep Govt Employed:
    Bible says don’t worship false gods or idols.

    Sporeans worship money.

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  • Dalai Says:

    If ma and pa had asked me if I wanted to be born, I would neither have heard, nor answered! I give them thanks that they went ahead anyway!

    As William Blake wrote:
    “My mother groaned,
    my father wept,
    into the dangerous world I lep’t!”

    Personally, I think it would be better to frame the debate as a choice between being open or closed to the possibility of children with openness as the default best option. Baby lust. We are no longer consigned by biological imperatives and reproductive ignorance to reproduce ad lib, but our intellects, those very recent after-market additions to our emotional, reptilian brains, may not be up to the task of making our animal natures listen to reason. That’s not what animal natures do. It is easy to condemn China’s “one child” policy but difficult to figure out how they might fare with a Chinese population of 2.5 billion.

    I don’t pretend to have a magic bullet, but do think that these private decisions have huge unintended consequences which should be thought about and addressed. Child-bearing is indeed a biological and physical act, but the underlying impulse either to have or not have children is based on socio-economic. The problem lies with irresponsible spawning, not with the choice to remain childless.

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  • Bs:

    Next year start is not budget announcement.

    Is he and and out announcement to the sick and “drug”

    Dependents idiots.

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  • Sporeans Keep Govt Employed:

    Quite right , lots of Christians also – whether they realize it or not.

    No no:
    Sporeans worship pap. Whenever pap says pay up, they say YES!

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  • Lastofus:

    Ehh, heng ah the latest budget make me feel that not having kids is the best decision I made in my life!

    Anyway SG will not be able to resolve extreme low TFR problem.

    Even at TFR 2.0, ultimately the SG society will come back square-one to aging population later with a much larger population base.

    Best way is to allow Euthanasia for those pass 55 years old.
    Then top-up the population with fresh oversea young blood. Nevermind they loyal or not, SG cannot survive Gaza style bombardment in anyway, and any longer period of time.

    Indian population will spawn the whole world in the next 3 decades.
    And good luck, based on the way India handle international scam syndicates in India, I know we will all repeat the same past 2 decades of mistake for next 30 years.

    If you are in the 20s reading this, just prepare yourself, it is unavoidable but repeatable.

    Anyway for my household, it is last of us. So much easier when we just need to take care of our ownselves.

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  • crystal gazing:

    “The UN has projected that China’s population will decline from its peak of 1.426 billion in 2022 to about 774 million by the end of this century.”

    Anybody, including any UN sub-org, who dare to predict for 80 years later, has to be crystal gazing.

    80 years back, in 1943, who could have predicted Singapore’s current population of 6 million? Who?

    In simple Singlish, all talkcock.

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  • Harder Truths:

    Singaporean R Free Rider: In times of war and crisis, it is foolhardy to believe the “foreign” talent will defend our land and families. It is equally foolhardy to think that the indigenous Singaporean is going to defend and die for his naturalised brother who was exempt from serving NS once he was 30 and above.

    In times of war and crisis, NO ONE will be around to defend this piece of shit rock. The Glorious Pappy Leeders can have what’s left. Of course, they would have all flown off to their motherlands or new country with their new passports.

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  • Singaporean R Free Rider:

    Lastofus:
    Ehh, heng ah the latest budget make me feel that not having kids is the best decision I made in my life!

    Anyway SG will not be able to resolve extreme low TFR problem.

    Even at TFR 2.0, ultimately the SG society will come back square-one to aging population later with a much larger population base.

    Best way is to allow Euthanasia for those pass 55 years old.
    Then top-up the population with fresh oversea young blood. Nevermind they loyal or not, SG cannot survive Gaza style bombardment in anyway, and any longer period of time.

    Indian population will spawn the whole world in the next 3 decades.
    And good luck, based on the way India handle international scam syndicates in India, I know we will all repeat the same past 2 decades of mistake for next 30 years.

    If you are in the 20s reading this, just prepare yourself, it is unavoidable but repeatable.

    Anyway for my household, it is last of us. So much easier when we just need to take care of our ownselves.

    There is no need to think it is last of us.

    This is a typical petty and selfish Chinese way of thinking.

    We must think we are all human race and human race will continue till the end of time.

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  • Singaporean R Free Rider:

    Sporeans Keep Govt Employed:
    Bible says don’t worship false gods or idols.

    Sporeans worship money.

    How dare you Christian accuse Singaporeans worship money.

    Have you forgotten Pastor Kong, Pastor Sun, Venerable Ming Yi?

    Your Americunt ma$ter In God We Tru$t is the biggest worshiper of money.

    Americunt are the same as Chinacunt, both worship MONEY and are the lowest and meanest and wickedest of all creatures.

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  • VOTE:

    TFR rate decline WILL affect the seniors aging in SG with little or zero care for seniors aging here!

    I like to highlight the FM LW budget speech on axeing the SA account for those aged 55 & above. Y pappy govt continue to burden the families by reducing their take home pay which can HELP to take care of the seniors
    & the families FINANCIALLY by increasing the basic minimum retirement sum of members who need to urgently take care of their seniors aging here affected by high COL which is aggravated by recent GST HIKE!

    Instead of axeing SA, the govt can use this a/c – change it to Seniors Aging A/C – to top it up to help members take care of their future retirement fund adequately without burdening them as they have to take care of their senior parents & own families’ present financial needs!

    This MOVE may help to improve TFR!

    LET PAPPY GOVT TAKE ALL THE
    BLAME FOR PERSISTENT LOW TFR DUE TO THEIR BAD CPF RETIREMENT FUND POLICY!

    Tio boh?

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  • Not their money:

    Nobody care when the budget speech talk about CPF money? OUR cpf money has gone into the gov budget. No wonder that woman said CPF is not our money. She was exposing the actual practice.

    VOTE: I like to highlight the FM LW budget speech on axeing the SA account for those aged 55 & above.

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  • Sporeans Keep Govt Employed:

    You are even sillier than I thought.

    Did I say I’m a Christian? Trouble comprehending? But assume if you want.

    I said in a later post, lots pf Christians also worship money.

    You can attend Church and see for yourself. A lot of rich people attending.

    A lot of scammers make use of Bible to scare people into donating to church fund. EVIL.

    Pastors also sing PAP praises in Church which I think is not proper.

    In God’s house sing ONLY God’s praises and not of idols.

    Singaporean R Free Rider: How dare you Christian accuse Singaporeans worship money.

    Have you forgotten Pastor Kong, Pastor Sun, Venerable Ming Yi?

    Your Americunt ma$ter In God We Tru$t is the biggest worshiper of money.

    Americunt are the same as Chinacunt, both worship MONEY and are the lowest and meanest and wickedest of all creatures.

    You are also petty and racist here.

    This is a typical petty and selfish Chinese way of thinking.

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  • PAP mandate strong:

    @ I said in a later post, lots pf Christians also worship money.

    You can attend Church and see for yourself. A lot of rich people attending.

    Yes. Not wrong.

    Likewise a lot of Buddhists or Taoists also love money. Several times on the road, i have seen monks driving mercz or benz. Having yet seen any porsche or lambo or maserati.

    The Chinese saying 君子爱财 取之有道.

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  • Singaporean R Free Rider:

    Sporeans Keep Govt Employed: You can attend Church and see for yourself. A lot of rich people attending.

    A lot of scammers make use of Bible to scare people into donating to church fund. EVIL.

    Yes, religion is being make use of to scam money…this I agreed with you.

    Please share, learn and be informed of scammer tactics.

    加拿大教堂變台廟是「關聖帝君旨示」
    https://shorturl.asia/hG516

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  • Sporeans Keep Govt Employed:

    In the Bible, Jesus said if someone wants to follow Him, he/she must sell everything they have to do so.

    Because if someone loves the world, the love of God is not in him.

    Satan also tempted Jesus by offering Him everything in the world, if Jesus would bow down and worship Satan.

    So that is why Bible says cannot be materialistic.

    But it is hard to do so. Humans are naturally fascinated and want the good life.

    So I don’t see any Christians in Spore giving up their earthly possessions – the 5Cs. They worked hard for them.

    Also some churches are very rich and own many commercial properties. Just google.

    PAP mandate strong:
    @ I said in a later post, lots pf Christians also worship money.

    You can attend Church and see for yourself. A lot of rich people attending.

    Yes. Not wrong.

    Likewise a lot of Buddhists or Taoists also love money. Several times on the road, i have seen monks driving mercz or benz. Having yet seen any porsche or lambo or maserati.

    The Chinese saying 君子爱财 取之有道.

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  • Sporeans Keep Govt Employed:

    I once worked for a womb less woman who claims to be a devout Christian.

    But her actions are of the devil.

    She got loose lips. Like to gossip and make personal attacks on younger/junior staff using the Bible. She told me the clerk is having an affair with one of the married man. And giggled like a schoolgirl. But she did not use the Bible to accuse the clerk of adultery. Maybe the two ladies are quite the same age.

    I think she’s bonkers. On my second day at work, she told me she had her womb removed???!!! Need to tell people that? Especially people you don’t know?

    Singaporean R Free Rider: Yes, religion is being make use of to scam money…this I agreed with you.

    Please share, learn and be informed of scammer tactics.

    加拿大教堂變台廟是「關聖帝君旨示」
    https://shorturl.asia/hG516

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  • PAP mandate strong:

    Those pro china here who believe in CCP and communism, they give away everything mah ? They sell away their hdb and donate to China victims of natural disasters and rent a room instead ? No right!

    What if you never donate money as you are not that well off except small sum ( 10 to 100 occasionally ).
    However if you donate a kidney or blood and save someone’s life ?
    Dont overthink too much.

    I m quite sure god will be fair to you. You definitely wont be the bottom dwellers.

    Of course god will have set a higher bar for everybody else its too easy.

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