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Warning signs continue to be ignored.
Singaporeans need to marry and have children if they do not want the country to fold up, Mr Lee Kuan Yew warned on Saturday night.
AGING PEOPLE: Not much is being said in the debate about the effects of eventually having an aging population.
In its website last May 2, Ivy Funds called attention to low fertility rates raising a red flag in tiger nations. It said:
“The world’s second and third largest economies, China and Japan, are managing a case of the baby blues. Their fellow ‘tiger’ nations — Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong — are similarly afflicted. Each of these nations suffers fertility rates roughly half the 2.1 children per household needed to replace the current populations. By 2030, these countries could have fewer people under 15 than over 60.”
“In mainland China, the one-child policy has had a profound impact on the youth population. In Japan, 20 percent of 50-year-old males have never married. In some Asian societies, up to one-third of women remain childless.”
Singapore National Night Mentos Commercial Promotes Baby Making: Will It Work?
Singapore’s birth rate is at a record low. Female citizens of the country now give birth to about one child in their lifetime, a number that used to be much higher. (American women, by comparison, have about 2 children.) According to a video released by Singapore’s government, the city-state needs to produce about 50,000 children per year to maintain its population and avoid the economic calamity associated with an aging citizenry. But the current birth rate is less than 30,000 children per year. To combat the problem, last month the government sought ideas from the public; that’s when The Freshmaker popped in.
In Singapore, young people seem to be putting off childbirth in favor of increased education. As the Financial Times reported, in Singapore 44 percent of men and 30 percent of women between the ages of 30 and 34 are single. The economic incentives the country could use to increase its birthrate are, for the most part, already in place. In 2001, the government introduced a Baby Bonus. Mothers receive $4000 for each of the first two children they give birth to and $6000 for each of their next two children. (Twins and triplets, in case you were wondering, are considered separate births.)
One of the most ridiculous, and downright disturbing, ads ever produced . Now Mentos is calling on people to procreate…. for the government? This is the result of Singaporeans being so steeped in the contraceptive mentality for years, they have to be paid to have children. It is just as coercive as a policy that dictates how many children a couple ought to have. A sobering scenario of where the Philippines is headed, if the RH bill passes. Wake up, legislators!
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