Ageing S'pore population not due to 'Stop at Two' policy

Mr Lee Kuan Yew denied that "Stop at Two" policy launched by the Government in the 1960s had contributed to an ageing population in Singapore today.

He was speaking at the seventh anniversary of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, and was responding to a question on how the dismal 1.5 birth rate can be managed.

Mr Lee said: "Stopping at two has nothing to do with what's happened. It's happening throughout the developed world. Once you have women educated, with equal job opportunities. they do not see their future as just bearers of children."

He added that he does not see the fertility rate going back to 2.1, the replacement rate which Singapore needs, as this would involve 'diseducating' , or 'uneducating' women, a scenario that was not economically viable.

He said the only solution was migration, starting with 20,000 or 25,000 migrants annually, or there will not be enough young people working and looking after the older people in 20 to 30 years' time.

Mr Lee said that while Singaporeans understand that they need immigrants, but they are unable to accept it as these immigrants do not speak English.

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