How many academic trolls have told us the only way to reach what they call “demographic sweet spot” is to impose population control programs? How many so-called professors and policymakers from UP have advised the government to adopt interventionist approach to curb rising population in the country?
One great Asian statesman tried and imposed this Malthusian solution in the past only to regret it later. Singapore’s founding father Lee Kuan Yew lived long enough to witness the impact of his city-state’s economic rise on the people’s mindsets.
LKY believes that the reluctance of Singaporean couples to have more children was the “result of changed lifestyles and mindsets, which no amount of financial perks could alter.”
Our academic trolls got it absolutely wrong! Economic growth does not follow demographic transition; it’s the other way around. Demographic transition follows economic growth, and this was proved by Singapore and many progressive countries (Russia, Japan, South Korea, France, etc.) that all adopted pro-natalist programs to encourage their own people to procreate.
In other words, the best form/type of birth control is economic growth. Singapore achieved economic development by becoming the freest economy in the planet.
By the way, he prefers young Japanese to become part of Singapore. Most pinoys are too protectionist and xenophobic as shown by our own xenophobic, semi-socialist Constitution, which limits foreign participation and involvement.
He said: “If I were a young Japanese and I could speak English, I would probably choose to emigrate.”
Singapore’s founding father Lee Kuan Yew has denied his policies were to blame for the city’s low birth rate and said financial handouts for young couples would not solve the problem.
In excerpts from a new book to be launched later Tuesday, Lee insisted that the reluctance of couples to have more children was the result of changed lifestyles and mindsets, which no amount of financial perks could alter.
Despite a slew of so-called “baby bonuses” to encourage couples to have children, Singapore’s total fertility rate last year stood at 1.20 children per woman, far below the 2.1 needed to maintain the native-born population.
The former prime minister, who retired from politics in 2011 and turns 90 next month, rejected as “absurd” suggestions that his “Stop At Two” children campaign in the 1970s played a part in the decline of current fertility rates. Continue reading…