21 Mar '13, 7pm

Hot, small, and crowded, Singapore is having an identity crisis - The Independent

Hot, small, and crowded, Singapore is having an identity crisis - The Independent

Or parents face it when trying to get their children into the local school and find there are no places. Home-buyers sense it when they discover that property prices have shot up to rates their parents would never have dreamed of. The city state of Singapore, said to be the world’s second most densely populated nation, is becoming more crowded. And unless activists behind an unprecedented campaign force the government to change its plans, it is going to get more crowded yet. Earlier this year, the authorities revealed proposals to increase the population of 5.3 million by as much as 30 per cent, to 6.9 million, by 2030. The government said it wanted to introduce more foreign workers to offset Singapore’s notoriously low birth rate. While the plan was broadly welcomed by business leaders, the proposals triggered a rare outburst of political anger in a country better known f...

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