01 Mar '11, 10pm

Here's an out-of-the-box idea: Create a township for singles to boost the fertility rate. What do you think?

I REFER to the recent articles on dating, marriage and having babies ("Govt to help singles find partners and couples to have children", Feb 21; and "Govt may review fertility schemes 'as early as next year'"; Feb 26). Young people like to be independent and to have their own space, and one of the best ways to do that is to move out of their parents' homes and live on their own. The Government may want to consider creating a Village Township of sorts, with homes built specially for young, working singles aged 25 and above. This will create a situation where singles live near one another and have greater opportunities to interact and mingle. Invest in good, affordable housing infrastructure for singles to have their own space to meet easily and comfortably in a home environment. Singles who get hitched can then exchange their "singles flats" for a subsidised family flat out...

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