Lee Kuan Yew calls for understanding towards immigration policy
Playing the broken record again. CNA, with video:
Former Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew has called for the understanding of Singaporeans towards the government’s decision to continue taking in immigrants.
Speaking at a Lunar New Year gathering in his constituency of Tanjong Pagar on Friday, Mr Lee said Singapore’s per capita income is one of the highest in Asia.
But it faces an ageing and shrinking population. Last year, the birth rate was 1.15, with the Chinese leading the decline among other races.
Mr Lee said Japan also suffers from similar problems. But its decision not to take in migrants has contributed to economic stagnation.
He said: “Our choice must be the other one – taking in immigrants. I know Singaporeans do not feel very comfortable seeing so many strange new faces, but the alternative is economy stagnation and worse, nobody to look after our old people later on.”
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