10 Feb '12, 2am

A reader wonders: How many more immigrants can Singapore take in?

I agree with Mr Lee Kuan Yew's assessment that Singapore would risk stagnation, like Japan, unless we continue to accommodate immigrants. Singaporeans are pragmatic and know that, to keep the economic pie growing and raise incomes, we need more people to fill new jobs. The question is how many more can Singapore take in, given our geographical constraints. Already, we are feeling the crunch in infrastructure facilities such as housing, transport and hospital beds. I cannot imagine another million people landing on our shores, even if this further boosts our economy. Although Singapore has one of the highest per capita income in Asia, if not the world, surveys have shown that we are not necessarily among the happiest. If Singapore cannot innovate and raise productivity, I accept that economic growth would be marginal or languish, but I would not want to be squeezed out of m...

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