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.