All about money
I do not know who wrote the White Paper and I have not read it thoroughly but off-hand, all I can see is: money and economic growth. It shows fanciful charts depicting Singapore's rapid ageing population and the serious social problems it poses to the economy. It illustrated how Singapore will be burdened with the "silver tsunami" when the baby boomers grow old in 10-20 years time. It talks about Singapore's low fertility rate and forecasted that the next generation of Singaporeans will have problems supporting the ageing population. It even churned out figures to predict that Singapore's economy will slow down drastically due to these social issues.
No good solution in the White Paper
The White Paper proposed that to solve the twin problem of ageing society and low birth rate, the only way is to mass import foreign immigrants and make them our Singapore core. Whilst I am not anti-foreigners, I feel that everything has to be done in moderation. In the last decade, our population has grew by estimated of one million. This has created undesirable social tension in the form of crowded public infrastructure and competition for jobs. So I am not sure whether the 6.9 million population is a desired outcome that Singaporeans would want. Furthermore, importing so many foreigners would not solve the issue of low birth rate at all. I just don't see how bringing in more foreigners to Singapore would encourage Singaporeans to set up family and make more babies. The government must grab the bull by the horns and make more efforts to encourage Singaporeans to make more babies. The new Baby Bonuses are merely incremental financial incentives that would not induce Singaporeans to make more babies. More pro-family policies must be devised to encourage true-blue citizens to have babies. Children are our future and pillars of the country. Not foreigners. We must build up our Singapore core through natural replacement. If Nordic countries can reverse their falling birth rates, I don't see why Singapore can't.
Constructive comments from readers
I see some good comments from a few of my readers for my previous article. One talked about re-inventing job designation for the elderlys in Canada. I thought thats a good and constructive idea. To solve the twin problem of ageing society and falling birth rate, we must also look at job re-invention for our seniors and not merely replace them with cheap and young foreign workers. We are citizens of this country and should not be treated as economic digits.
To me, The White Paper offers no sustainable solution to tackle the ageing problem. Its solution is to import more foreigners but then again, they will also grow old one day. What happened then? Import more and more foreigners?