So he says ‘Money won’t solve the low birth rates that our country is currently facing’.
If former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew were in charge of Singapore today, he would introduce a baby bonus equal to two years of the average Singaporean’s salary.
This is not to boost the country’s abysmal total fertility rate of 1.2. Rather, Mr Lee would do it to “prove that super-sized monetary incentives would only have a marginal effect on fertility rates”.
Writing in his new book, One Man’s View Of The World, Mr Lee makes clear he would offer this huge baby bonus for at least a year.
The experiment will “prove beyond any doubt that our low birth rates have nothing to do with economic or financial factors, such as high cost of living or lack of government help for parents”, he says.
I HAVE GIVEN UP
I cannot solve the problem, and I have given up. I have given the job to another generation of leaders. Hopefully, they or their successors will eventually find a way out.
– Mr Lee, on declining fertility being the biggest threat to Singapore’s survival
[Article extracted from Straits Times]
Sometimes I wonder have our leaders actually thought about those who want kids but unfortunately are finding it difficult to do so? Have they extended the help to this group because alternative ways of seeking help are not exactly cheap?!