DPM Teo: We must ensure our population continues to remain ‘sustainable’
Posted by temasektimes on August 5, 2012
With Singapore facing a ‘silver tsunami’ in ten years’ time and Singaporeans not producing sufficient number of babies to make up for the population shortfall, PAP leaders have been hard selling Singaporeans the importance of immigration as a means to ‘sustain’ the population.
Speaking at a National Day Observance Ceremony held at Elias Park Primary School on Saturday morning, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean said that Singapore must ensure that it has a sustainable population to face future challenges.
“We continue to face big challenges for the future, and one of the big challenges we have for the future is how to build a sustainable population for ourselves. Our population is slowly ageing and eventually, over the next 15 years or so, will even start to shrink,” DPM Teo said.
He stressed the importance of having a ‘sustainable’ population to keep Singapore ‘vibrant, alive, lively and one of the most exciting cities in the world.’
“(We have to) help to make sure that our population continues to remain sustainable so that we can continue to have a stable Singapore for the future,” he added.
Due to a massive public backlash from native Singaporeans, PAP leaders have changed their tact of late and using euphemisms like ‘sustainable population’ to mask their pro-immigration policies.
Ironically, the government’s immigration policies may be the cause of Singapore’s falling birth rates as the relentless influx of foreigners over the years has contributed to sky-rocketing property prices causing many young Singaporeans to delay marriage and starting a family of their own.