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Teo Chee Hean: I am ‘very happy’ to see couples having children

Posted by temasektimes on April 23, 2012

Singapore’s perennial low birth rate has been a key concern on the minds of government leaders including Deputy Prime Minister and Minister-in-Charge of Population Issues Teo Chee Hean who revealed he is ‘very happy’ to see couples having children.

Speaking to the media on Sunday at a Babies Day Out event at the Pasir Ris-Punggol Group Representation Constituency (GRC), DPM Teo was unable to hide the delight at the number of babies he saw:

“I am very happy to see that when couples get married, they do want to have children,” he said.

He took the opportunity to remind Singaporeans that everybody has a part to play in boosting the birth rate of Singapore as the government can only do so much:

“What we need is an environment which is supportive of families and also, we need everyone — community, parents, grandparents, family and friends to support young families to have children.”

Singapore’s fertility rate hit a record low of 1.15 in 2010. But it went up slightly last year, to 1.20.

Sky-rocketing prices of HDB flats, stagnant wages and high cost of living are among the reasons behind young couples postponing marriage and starting a family of their own.

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10 Responses to “Teo Chee Hean: I am ‘very happy’ to see couples having children”

  1. evil said

    you are barking the wrong tree
    the issues of thousands of singaporean leaving the country to migrate overseas
    take care of singaporeans before you ask them to f around to produce unwanted kids

  2. Mr. Triangle said

    I also take this chance to tell you Teo Chee Hean, that it is YOUR part to play to keep the cost of living in Singapore low. Be it Transport, food or Uillites bills. If you can’t even do that don’t push the blame onto your own countrymen who vote for you (which in turn is YOUR boss)

  3. Hsien Liao La said

    How do you have “an environment which is supportive of families” when u have so many foreigners, such high costs of housing and almost impossible prices for cars? How to push a pram onto the MRT u tell me, ah Teo? U better go justify your mega bucks salary by thinking of solutions rather than spouting what we all know already – that Singapore’s environment is NOT family friendly at all!

  4. So will Backside Admiral organize a mass-orgy like those you see in Japan where couples f**k in public ?

  5. cephas said

    what i see are prgnant fts. not locals

  6. Nemesis said

    In my profession as a financial adviser, I would like to share why most couples especially young couples are holding back on having a child; mostly attributable to the high costs of upbringing.
    Few main financial factors to note;

    1. Child care
    Subsidy given for child care will in turn results in fees increase from child care centres. Fees are increasing faster and higher than subsidies provided by govt.
    2. Medical Costs
    Pregnancy complications are common nowadays with severe cases resulting in bills amounting as high as 80k I seen, young couples will never be able to afford that kind of bill. The middle income especially are the worst hit because the low income family can simply get grants for their bills.
    3. Education
    With stiff competition going on these days for us locals against foreign talents, enrichment programs or tuition is a need and average around 300-500 per subject.
    When the child enter into University, that is another lump sum that is going to affect our retirement.
    4. Inflation resulting in escalating costs of diapers, milk powder and other necessities.

    To help Singaporeans, the govt provides;
    1. Miserable child reliefs and 1 time tax rebates for new born.
    2. Baby bonus up to 10k for first child.

    I tried and can’t really add on anything more to the above list at this instance. Anything else that the govt provides for encouraging birth?

    In summary, the cost of upbringing a child in Singapore is really too high and most young couples are not having sufficient family income or help required for raising a child.

  7. SGgirl. said

    I will get pregnant overseas when I leave Singapore. I do not want my child to be Singaporean and be treated second class in Singapore. Fuck this country.

  8. Jackie said

    80 men decided to stand up for Singapore with a girl who pretended to be 18 years old. And Singapore buay song them!

  9. LP said

    Why he is very happy to ‘see’ singaporeans having children…he got cctv in their bedrooms too is it?

  10. Ken Lee said

    need more children?? go china or India or Malaysia orphanages to adopt a million also can.
    http://www.adoptuskids.org/
    http://www.adoptionaustralia.com.au/

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