Lee Kuan Yew warns of ‘enormous’ problems if Singaporeans continue not to make babies
Posted by temasektimes on August 12, 2012
As expected, Singapore’s Supreme Leader Lee Kuan Yew has issued his traditional ‘lecture’ to Singaporeans during a speech made at the Tanjong Pagar-Tiong Bahru National Day celebration dinner on Saturday.
Speaking in both Mandarin and English, Lee said Singapore’s birth rates have been steadily declining, stressing that Singaporeans are not reproducing themselves.
Giving some simple statistics, Mr Lee said the Chinese reproduction rate is 1.08 – with two Chinese becoming one in the next generation. For the Indians, the rate is 1.09, and for the Malays – 1.64.
“If we go on like that, this place will fold up, because there’ll be no original citizens left to form the majority, and we cannot have new citizens, new PRs to settle our social ethos, our social spirit, our social norms. So my message is a simple one. The answer is very difficult but the problems, if we don’t find the answers, are enormous,” said Mr Lee.
Singapore’s declining birth rate can be attributed partly to sky-rocketing property prices, rampant inflation and stagnant wages which caused young Singaporeans to delay marriage and starting a family.
A former Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew was widely regarded as the founding father and the undisputed Supreme Leader of Singapore by his subservient subjects, one of the most ‘docile’ people in the world after the North Koreans.