21 Jan '12, 10pm

Govt to grow families as first line of support amid economic uncertainty

Govt to grow families as first line of support amid economic uncertainty

SINGAPORE: Singapore's fertility rate went up slightly last year, from a historic low of 1.15 in 2010, to 1.20 in 2011. This was revealed by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in his Lunar New Year message on Sunday. He said the government's priority is to grow families and reduce the anxieties and burdens of parents. While, the government is strengthening Singapore's social safety nets to help more families in need, amid global economic uncertainty, Mr Lee said that families must remain the first line of support. The cries for more babies may well be heard in the Year of the Dragon. Mr Lee said some Chinese families prefer to have "Dragon" children, as they believe they are smarter, more successful or lucky. Others have more specific reasons, he noted. "For example, one mother-to-be waited for over two years to have a 'Dragon' baby whose zodiac sign would be compatible with h...

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