28 Jan '12, 3am

PM: Childbearing should be viewed as seriously as NS My wife wishes to inform PM that she ORD & MR already.

PRIME Minister Lee Hsien Loong's optimistic wish for a baby windfall will be realised as long as his hope is followed up by action ('PM Lee: Singapore's fertility rate up last year'; Sunday). Immigrants are confident of Singapore's stability and future and want to create their second generations here. Practical Singaporeans do not see beyond the financial burden and educational headaches that children saddle them with. Background story Tell greying truth 'Citizens would then understand better why allowing 30,000 immigrants a year, if not more, is a basic necessity to survive.' MR NG YA KEN: 'Policymakers should project how much more taxes Singaporeans would have to pay because of the declining tax base and increasing costs to keep the expanding grey population healthy when our support ratio drops to various numbers. We need to know also the projected average age of workers...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/STForum/Story/STIStory_760120...

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