“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”- CS Lewis
My friend John Ng grew up as a single child because in the seventies his highly obedient parents took the PAP policy to curb population growth very seriously. While there were opponents to this piece of extreme social engineering, they were easily rebutted by the PAP with sheer logic: "Singapore is poor and small how to support so many people?", "It is economically impossible to create so many jobs without population control"...there were of course other ways to deal with those who kept talking. Incentive was given to people have themselves sterilised and those with more kids were penalised. All this was done for Singaporeans' own good and was based on sound assumptions of the past.
Now that Singapore has 'succeeded' economically (although the PAP govt planned the success all along, they too are surprised by it) , there is simply not enough population growth around to keep humming at the rapid rate. What happened to the logic applied when the PAP was trying to curb population growth?.....You mean the global economy will developed as it did in the past 25 years and cannot slow down? How come we are so sure that the problems of the 70s that cause us to want to curb population growth won't return?
If we increase the population of Singapore, there will be inflationary pressures unleashed. Already home rentals are going up? How are the increasing number of people who are getting old going to retire in an environment where prices are rising rapidly. Don't worry, the PAP already has the answers - one possibility is to send our old folks to Batam and Johor so the Singapore remains a vibrant youthful society, the other solution is keep working them until they are in their 80s so they never get to retire. See the PAP has all the answers. It is all for your own good.
What happens if economic growth slows as in the 70s wouldn't a larger population on a small island be an issue? ...Don't worry, the PAP has it all figured out. This is all for your own good the PAP has your interests at heart when they increase the population - they are not worried about their KPI such as neverending GDP growth for the sake of profitability of GLCs that provide services to the population of Singapore. It is simply strange that Singaporeans cannot understand something that is done for their own good. Therefore it is necessary to allocate more pages in the Straits Times to further explain that all this is for Singaporean's own good.
Once you understand, you will be a happy Singaporean. Please make the effort to understand.