I challenge all of you who say the PAP govt does not help the poor. Do you know the poor can get $50,000 from the govt provided they follow a few simple rules? ....You have to be poor, uneducated and have 2 or less children - if you undergo ligation (sterilisation), the govt will start helping you with housing and education grants. If you are poor and have 3 or more kids, you get nothing under this scheme. The scheme is called HOPE and offers hope to poor people who understand that they shouldn't reproduce themselves although Singapore needs a bigger population we don't want more of this type of poor Singaporeans.
Read about the HOPE Scheme here.
Although the fertility rate in Singapore has fallen from 6 to 1.2 after 40 years of PAP rule, the PAP is extremely worried that the poor will reproduce themselves . Most of the incentives for having more children are aimed at the rich - tax breaks and cash bonuses. The poor who pay no income tax and cannot afford to set aside money for the $ for $ bonus schemes will enjoy none of the incentives.
In our meritocratic inclusive society we are told that everyone has a good chance of succeeding and that social mobility is high so why sterilise the poor? It is actually for their own good that they have fewer children...how else are they going to afford the endless fee hikes, price increases and transport fare increases. This is what makes our govt extraordinary compared with other mediocre govts who help the poor by giving grants to each child in the poor family.
The Singapore govt is just great - it eliminates poverty by downsizing poor families. I hope the govt succeeds at eliminating poverty by downsizing families and diluting poverty away by importing rich foreigners. We can all be rich in Singapore.