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If Indranee Says Singapore Needs More New Citizens Because Our Population Is Declining Then Who Precisely Are We Safeguarding the Reserves For?

In Parliament on Friday Indranee Rajah reiterated like a broken record the constant PAP refrain that we need more immigrants and new citizens, using the hook that TFR has now fallen to 1.05. In the best PAP traditions of ensuring that anything must be due to factors beyond the Government’s control while anything good is the result of the PAP’s superior foresight, she tried to blame it on last year’s Year of the Tiger. However the trend has been steadily downwards from the 1980s when it was already well below the rate of 2.1 required to maintain a stable population. In fact a rate of 1.3 in the absence of immigration would lead to a halving of population size in 45 years or so while a rate of 1.05 if sustained would mean a much faster population drop, possibly as few as 30 years.

The PAP Government have always been sanguine about Singapore’s low birth rate and slow to adopt family friendly policies. Reform Party has since 2015 advocated paying mothers a taxable child benefit of $300 per child per month to the age of 18, an amount which should probably be increased to at least $400 now. In addition we have said preschool and university education should be free and all education fees abolished. LHL and the PAP have constantly said that such generous policies would bankrupt Singapore and that hard choices have to be made with limited fiscal resources. While this year’s Budget takes baby steps towards providing more help for families with children in the form of enhanced cash payments, they only last till the children are 6 and a half whereas support should be given till the child reaches adulthood. Furthermore the Child Development Account can only be used at approved institutions, such as kindergartens (where the PAP benefits directly through the PAP Community Foundation) and in paying for medical care at hospitals under the MOH Holdings umbrella. This is another way in which budgetary resources are channelled to Temasek and GIC as MOH Holdings’ revenues are excluded from the Budget and may be transferred to our sovereign wealth funds. Also the assistance is slanted towards richer parents because of the co-matching scheme in which higher savings in the account are matched by the Government. The parents who need the most help are those who are unlikely to have savings.

The Government’s eugenicist underpinnings are also evident in the Working Mothers Child Relief Scheme. After much criticism from me, the PAP have finally listened. This Budget makes it slightly less a tax break for rich women by capping the maximum amount per child but it is still an unnecessary subsidy for the rich and not to the people who are likely to need it most. Far better to provide a fixed cash benefit for all mothers with children which can be clawed back by making it taxable.

In the context of the Government’s admitted staggeringly large surpluses of nearly $400 billion since 2005 and total public sector (including Temasek and GIC) surpluses of well over $1 trillion over the same same period, with total reserves of about $3 trillion, the Government’s indifference in the face of our plunging birth rate and unwillingness to do more than provide a few crumbs, magnified to appear a generous hand out by their media monopoly, looks absurd. The Government pretends that it spends a lot with the smoke-and-nirrors charade of the Net Investment Returns Contribution. However most of this is not real spending. Instead of the NIRC farce, we should easily be able to afford to spend another $80-150 billion a year on improving the lives of our citizens without putting a dent in the reserves, just slowing what should be their rate of growth. But then the PAP are imbued with a social Darwinian ethic that believes that Singapore benefits from ruthless competition among those at the bottom, though strangely this Darwinism does not apply to the elite’s wives, children and relatives who ensure they get the plum jobs, starting with the PM who has consistently hidden from Singaporeans for 20 years what he pays his wife and whose son works in the family company. No matter if the native population dwindles to zero because they can always be replaced by fresh blood from outside. The PAP says Singaporeans have to welcome foreign talent but then ensures that the dice are loaded against Singaporeans, and in particular male Singaporeans.

PAP policies of ruthlessly extracting a surplus from Singaporeans while lying and deceiving have resulted in a situation where in the absence of immigration Singapore would rapidly become a ghost town. This makes the PAP claims to be safeguarding the reserves for future generations particularly nonsensical. Singaporeans need to ask themselves who precisely the reserves are being safeguarded for. Or, and this would be the ultimate cynical con trick by LHL and his Ministers, is this philosophy of social Darwinism a facade and the reality is that the reserves have disappeared, whether through mismanagement or even fraud. Until we change this Government we will never know.


  1. Each new citizenship certificate comes with a reserve raiding cheque amounting to at least 100,000 dollars to buy BTO or resale flats. You can already calculate how much was raided in these 20 years. When the opposition asked for some measly increment for overtaxed National Service boys to cope with inflation, the answer was no. They spent 2 years being seriously underpaid only to fund new citizenship to the tune of billions. The stupidity of the 61% is just simply amazing.


  2. Very True! If rich & needy countries keep their Doors close ,how poor countries/People survive in this critical time! In God only we trust! Om Nama Shivaya! Shivaya Nama Om! Shiva Shivaa poatri! Singapore not voiced for justice in poor countries too! Ex Tamil genocide&”sufferings in Srilanka! But Dictators Come & go without any conseqvences in Singapore! Ex.GR!


  3. “… is this philosophy of social Darwinism a facade and the reality is that the reserves have disappeared, whether through mismanagement or even fraud. Until we change this Government we will never know.”

    Exactly. My own perspective may be wrong, no doubt; I think Temasek has lost a hugely significant amount of taxpayers’ money through bad or shoddy investments, say, in the last 30 years?


  4. What stupid question ?  She is not asking the overseas seniors & aged to populate Singapore, ok ?   She is recommending the overseas young ones to come to Singapore to work for our reserves, period !  This is no brainer, ok ?

    On Tue Feb 28 2023 02:15:08 GMT+0800 (Singapore Standard Time) The > Ricebowl Singapore (TRS) wrote: > >


    • You are a well known troll. Stop peddling disingenuous PAP misinformation. Your argument only applies if the country has built up a high level of debt. In that case it might be economically advantageous to have more immigrants of working age to pay into the social security system and service the debt. This only kicks the can down the road because once the new workers retire they will have to be supported. But Singapore has huge levels of reserves which have been built up by enormous surpluses extracted from its citizens. Singapore’s native born population is declining because of PAP austerity. How is it fair then that new immigrants should benefit from the savings of previous generations?


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