PM Lee to Singapore couples: Have confidence in your children’s future
Posted by temasektimes on February 17, 2013
Despite a massive outcry over the government’s White Paper released last week leading to a landmark protest at Hong Lim Park yesterday, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong appeared to be unaware of the simmering discontent on the ground, urging Singaporean couples instead to have confidence in Singapore’s future.
Speaking at the Lunar New Year dinner at his Teck Ghee ward on Saturday evening, PM Lee said it is important for couples to have confidence in Singapore’s future and ultimately want Singapore to be the best place to settle down and raise children:
“Here, your children will get good education, will have good opportunities, that here we can build a home together. A home where we feel Singaporean, a home where we can have opportunities, a home where we can help look after one another, and make tomorrow better than today.”
However, judging from the rare public display of dissent at Hong Lim Park yesterday, many young Singaporeans are fearful of Singapore’s future, a future in which they will be relegated to being second class citizens in their own country if the government goes ahead with its plan to increase Singapore’s population to 6.9 million people by 2013:
Due to the government’s ultra-liberal immigration policies, foreigners now make up 40 percent of Singapore’s population. Of the remaining 60 percent who are ‘citizens’, an increasing number are born overseas.