SDP's Alternatives: Our Population
30 January 2013
The Government’s population White
Paper, A Sustainable Population For A Dynamic Singapore, announced
its intention to raise the population to 7 million. This is extremely
worrying. The reasons for the new target have been offered before and
appear to be re-packaged for the White Paper.$CUT$
The Government cites three pillars on which its policy rests: (1) maintain a strong Singaporean core, (2) create good jobs for Singaporeans, and (3) provide Singaporeans a higher quality of life.
These pillars were used to defend its policy of increasing the population to the current level of 5.3 million. The results have been unsuccessful.
08 September 2010
Population projection for planning purposes is an upper limit, not a target
In 2007, National Development Minister Mah Bow Tan announced that the Government had increased its long-term population estimate. For planning purposes, he said, the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) would be using a projected population of 6.5 million, up from the 2001 projection of 5.5 million.
With Singapore's total fertility rate far below replacement levels, the obvious conclusion was that much of the increase would come from foreigners.
31 August 2010
population crossed five million this year and more than a third of the
total are foreigners, the statistics department said Tuesday.
The city-state's total population stood at 5.08 million people at the end of June, it said in a statement.
Of the number, 3.23 million are citizens, 540,000 are foreigners with permanent residency and 1.3 million are foreign professionals and workers along with their dependents, resulting in a 36% share for foreigners in the general population.
03 October 2009
has always been dependent on migrants for its economic prosperity and
making up for a low birth-rate, but there are fears that this is just
pushing it too far and too fast.
What may have been a new, modern-day wave of migration into Singapore has pushed the population pass a historic five-million mark.
07 August 2006
SDP's comment: After nearly half-a-century of uninterrupted PAP rule, this outcome signals an utter and complete failure of the population-control policy. First in was the Stop-At-Two policy, then came the hare-brained Graduate Mothers Scheme, and now its the the have-more-if-you-can-afford desperate measure coupled with the Foreign Talent Policy. These policies have wreaked untold hardship on the people (the social impact of the foreign recruitment policy may yet prove disastrous for Singaporeans) and yet there is no way that the population can hold the PAP accountable.