State media: Singaporean man supports family of eight with monthly salary of $1800
Posted by temasektimes on August 24, 2012
Soon after Singapore’s Supreme Leader Lee Kuan Yew berates his subjects for not having babies, the state media has gone on a propaganda offensive to drive home the point.
The Chinese tabloids reported yesterday of a 36 year old Singapore man Liu Lin Wei who has five children and whose wife is currently pregnant with the sixth:
Mr Liu stayed with his wife and children in a 3-room HDB flat. After subtracting for CPF, he takes home only $1,500.
Speaking to queries from the media, Mr Liu said he is very careful with his expenses which are meticulously calculated while his wife admitted that though the house was ‘packed’, it helped to promote ‘family cohesion’.
Singaporeans have long complained that the rising cost of living is a key reason behind them not marrying and having children.
The article appears to send a message that Singaporeans can afford to have more babies so long they lower their expectations.