My point: Make child relief policies applicable to men too

Many policies, such as the maid levy relief, working mother's child relief and childcare grants, seem targeted at women.

It may not be effective, considering that our fertility rate has been dropping significantly over many years.

Maybe we should review these policies to make them applicable to men too, as long as their wife is working.

It would help improve the mental health of the family as a whole, recover the cost of bringing up children, and enable capable women to decide between child upbringing and working.

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