Below is an article published a few days ago in the Wall Street Journal. In it, Singapore strongman Lee Kuan Yew, worried over Singapore's continuing record of the lowest birth rate in the world, 1.07, has descended into desperate measures; asking people to have more sex, because the island's native population will disappear completely at this rate within the next 20 years! http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390443545504577567052477900124.html
I don't think Lee gets it.
Merely asking people to have more sex will not achieve the objective of more babies. Raising a family needs more serious consideration.
The reason why Singaporeans simply refuse to have families and raise children should be obvious.
First you have a dictatorship, not a democracy. No freedom of speech, no freedom of expression, no rule of law and the slightest criticism can mean libel suits against you before his Kangaroo courts, bankruptcy and lifelong repression and victimization.
Take an obvious case. Dr. Chee Soon Juan, an open critic of the Lee Ruling Family and his dictatorship was thrown out of his job as professor at the National University of Singapore, sued for millions of dollars and bankrupted, and prohibited from leaving the island. Today he ekes a living by selling his own books. We can all see that Chee is no criminal. On the contrary, he is a highly educated
Take my own case. I was an opposition politician in
But I continue to be a thorn on the side of the Lee Ruling Family through this blog, and it is anyone's guess how much it has contributed to his ongoing problems of an almost non existent birth rate and mounting and massive rates of emigration to the West.
If all this is not enough to discourage people from raising families, it deliberately and vigorously discriminates against Singaporeans in favor of foreigners in their own country. You may find this hard to believe but it is true. A foreigner can fly into Singapore’s Changi Airport, anytime, look for a job and get hired the next day, regardless of Singaporeans being unemployed. To justify this injustice, the government calls this "market forces" a completely unjustified and ridiculous explanation.
Singapore’s British heritage of the rule of law and fair play are replaced by the character of these Mainland Chinese who have no sense of any of this, since they bend for the Chinese emperor or rather, the Communist Party.
The last thing that I would want is to have to live in a society peopled by Chinese from
If Lee wants to encourage people to have more babies, it is not enough merely to put out a video and ask people to have sex, as he has done. Any fool can tell you that. He has to create a society in which people feel safe; where a citizen knows that there is the rule of law; that he will not be discriminated against; where if he finds himself in bad times, the government would give a helping hand; a society which does not discriminate against the Malays and Indians who are equal citizens; a society in which it is safe to have diverse views about politics and a society which will not turn you into a JB Jeyaretnam or Chee Soon Juan just because you criticized.
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