06 Jun '11, 1pm

Raising birth rate MCYS' priority: SINGAPORE: Tackling Singapore's low fertility rate will be a priority for the...

SINGAPORE: Tackling Singapore's low fertility rate will be a priority for the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports, said its Acting Minister Chan Chun Sing. Speaking on Monday during a visit to the newly-renovated Registry of Marriages (ROM) and Registry of Muslim Marriages (ROMM), Major-General (NS) Chan said the challenge was to get more young people to marry. Singapore's Total Fertility Rate (TFR) reached an all-time low of 1.16 last year. "In the short term, we can look at various things like having better facilities, having work arrangements to help people get started on marriage," MG Chan said. He added in the longer term, he hoped people would not see having a family as a burden. MG Chan visited the new building -- renovated at a cost of some S$4.2 million -- at Canning Rise. The new building boasts new features such as a counter which provides marria...

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