Lee Kuan Yew to Singaporeans: Do you want to be replaced by migrants?
Posted by temasektimes on August 12, 2012
With Singaporeans delaying marriage and having fewer children, the total fertility rate of Singapore has dropped to below the replacement rate of 2.1 with ethnic Chinese the lowest at only 1.08.
A visibly peeved Lee reminded his subjects during a speech made at a National Day dinner held at Tanjong Pagar last night of the importance of replacing themselves in the next generation:
“Our educated men and women must decide whether to replace themselves in the next generation. At the moment, 31 per cent of women and 44 per cent of men are opting out. Not leaving a next generation,” he thundered.
Lee expressed his disappointment that despite all the efforts made by the government, Singaporeans still do not understand the importance of getting married and having children.
He then issued a veiled threat to his docile subjects:
“Do we want to replace ourselves or do we want to shrink and get older and be replaced by migrants and work permit holders? That’s the simple question.”
At 89 years of age this year, Lee is the world’s oldest living Member of Parliament and is still actively ‘serving’ Singaporeans who have long idolized him as the founding father of Singapore just like how the North Koreans still bow to the portrait of their long deceased Great Leader Kim Il-Sung every morning to this very day.