6.9 million people by 2030
Singapore's population could hit 6.9m by 2030
By 2030, Singapore's population is projected to reach 6.5 to 6.9 million based on a government White Paper released on Tuesday.
This will comprise a resident population of 4.2 to 4.4 million, of which 3.6 to 3.8 million are citizens and the rest Permanent Residents. Non-residents will make up about 2.3 to 2.5 million by then.
To keep Singapore's citizen population from shrinking, Singapore will need 15,000 to 25,000 new citizens each year, assuming the current total fertility rate (TFR) of 1.2.
About 30,000 new Permanent Residents (PR) is needed to keep the PR population stable at 500,000 to 600,000.
Quality foreigners, not numbers, is what we need -
The above was released in the White Paper just after the Punggol by election 2013. It looks like the PAP is devoid of ideas and simply tries to increase population for the sake of increasing population. It hopes that somehow, magically, with larger numbers, the economy would turn for the better.
Our immigration population should be such that we only accept those with the skills we want. Not any Tom, Dick or Harry. But looking around us, it seems that any Tom, Dick of Harry is accepted. In so many companies, we see customer service officers, telemarketers, salespersons, whatever, mostly filled by foreign nationals. As if Singaporeans have been avoiding these jobs. Isn't this a sign that the govt has been taking in about anyone just for the sake of increasing the population?
I have mentioned in this blog before, that the govt is using a crude method to gain revenue. By increasing numbers, it hopes that the revenue collected from GST would increase. It is hoped that these people, just by being present in Singapore, would spend their living expenses here. That itself would increase the collection from GST. You don't need to have highly skilled and professionals to increase your GST collection. Here is that publication I made - LKY's over-simplistic immigration policy to stimulate economy
The 7% GST is quite substantial. And you can't escape it. As long as you are a human being, never mind citizen, PR or foreigner, you have to eat, clothe yourself and have a roof over your head. It doesn't matter if you are white, black, whatever religion, healthy or sick, young or old. You need to spend on essential items - which attract the 7% GST.
Naturally, the more people we have here the greater the GST revenue. Isn't that a crude and simplistic way for the govt to collect revenue and re-distribute it back to the economy?
I also mentioned that it is quality and not quantity that we need.
We need to make numbers count -
If you were to seek PR in any developed country, the first thing you must have is the skills they want. Unlike Singapore where there is no criteria, your skills and employability is the number one factor. No skills no talk. Period.
PAP's meritocracy system simply churns out more leaders with same ideas packaged with same mistakes -
After its embarrassing loss to WP at the last Punggol by election, the PAP stands proud and stout, defending its out-of-touch meritocracy system, churning out homogeneous scholars who simply parrot and mimick everything past leaders have said and done - mistakes included, of course. This of course includes the mistake of increasing our population for the sake of increasing our population.
I have shown earlier, how simplistic LKY is, believing that numbers itself is the magic formula. This is repeated by DPM Teo Chee Hean. Here two more examples of how PAP churns out the same type of scholars so that they can repeat and continue the same PAP policies, regardless they are realistic or workable or not.
1. Education - For a long time, PAP believes in the idea that there has to be an elite group leading the the non-elites. So it deliberately makes sure that there are those who are more academically achieved than the rest of the population. In other words, they FORCE a situation that somehow, there must be a top 1%, top 5%, top 10% and so on, to create a distinct class that stands out from the rest. Here is a post I made that testifies that. PM Lee, if we need to control varsity intake to prevent jobless grads, why then the liberal immigration policy?
The ill effects of the above are not only obvious, it actually runs contradictory to PAP's explanation that there are not enough grads to fill up jobs and hence, we need to increase the number of foreigners!
2. Defence - Again, the same parroting by scholars. The point here is to parrot the make belief enemy who wants to usurp Singapore, never mind that we have nothing worth to be invaded for. Here is a post I made, citing an SAF scholar's thesis, showing how naive he is to repeat the exact words his leaders have been saying. He truly believes that we are surrounded by hostiles, yet never questions the fact that we also have nothing worth to be invaded for. War-happy SAF's shift from defence to engagement in wars of others
Isn't PAP's policies the result of its so called meritocracy system? Isn't it all about churning out more scholars who simply repeat what previous leaders say, never mind if that includes repeating the same mistakes? In this post, I have mentioned a total of just three examples, which touched on immigration, education and defence policies. Of course there are many more.
Wrapping up and conclusion -
OK. Back to the topic of increasing our population to the ridiculous number of nearly 7 million. PAP simply tells us that we need to increase that number for economic sustainability. PAP does not show us why this number is the magic number. Why not 8 million or 9 million. For that matter, why not 4 million? PAP has not shown us why 7 million is the threshold and 4 million is not. If PAP wants to import foreigners, it has to be the people with the skills and resources want. Not any Tom, Dick or Harry.
At the same time, what PAP's policy of meritocracy means is that it simply wants to reproduce scholars who think alike. There is no room for out of the box thinking. This situation does not help Singapore. PAP is simply repeating the same mistakes till perpetuity.