14 Aug '11, 3am

Immigrant influx can't be helped: Lee Kuan Yew

SINGAPORE - Immigrants have placed pressure on citizens and home prices in Singapore but the Government has moved to address these problems, and without immigrants, Singapore will become an "old, diminishing society", said former Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew. Speaking at the Tanjong Pagar National Day dinner last night, Mr Lee noted that the May 7 polls showed a drop of about 6 percentage points in support for the ruling People's Action Party to 60 per cent. This was largely due to the housing squeeze, with many Singaporeans attributing the rise in home prices to new permanent residents and citizens from China and India. The immigrants have also put pressure on the competition for jobs and on children to do well in schools, acknowledged Mr Lee. But the influx cannot be helped, with Singapore's total fertility rate falling. "If we do not take in migrants, we will become an ...

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