Friday, July 18, 2008

How To Get Singaporeans To Make More Babies?

Copycat Sweden loh.

Below are 3 points I consider rather salient:

1. Parents get 16 months of leave, 2 of which are reserved for the other spouse. Fathers get 10 days of paternity leave.

2. Child-birth benefit: 80% of income for 1st 13 months, minimum $40 for next 3 months.

3. Child allowance of S$242 a month up to 16 years of age.

These are also stuff which I seriously doubt the gahmen will ever implement. The gahmen may be serious in wanting to encourage Singaporeans to make more babies. But I doubt they will ever be dead serious enough to do what Sweden has done.

Afterall, it’s so much easier to encourage foreigners to migrate to Singapore. I wonder if foreigners who migrate to Singapore would be discouraged from making babies since this isn’t exactly a very conducive environment to make babies and bring them up.

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