18 Jan '11, 3pm

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SINGAPORE: A day after it was revealed that Singapore's total fertility rate (TFR) has hit a record low, Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew said that Singapore needs young immigrants. Otherwise, Singapore will rapidly age and shrink, he said. Mr Lee also revealed that the fertility rate for the Chinese remained the lowest among all races. And latest figures from the newly-formed National Population and Talent Division also showed that the fertility rates for the Malay and Indian communities in Singapore have been declining since 2008. Minister Mentor Lee was speaking at a dialogue at the 25th anniversary celebrations of the Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations (SFCCA) on Tuesday. Despite measures to encourage marriage and procreation, Singapore's TFR fell from 1.28 in 2008 to 1.22 in 2009 and 1.16 in 2010. For the Chinese community, it was 1.02 in 2010, down from 1....

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