In October, Mrs Sng, a human resource executive, found out she was pregnant.
She said: 'I didn't choose to have another child because of the perks alone, but it helped us reinforce our wish and move ahead with the plan for a third child.'
I feel sad for the yet unborn baby. It is conceived so that its parents can earn a few bucks. One day mommy will say to her son: " You were born so that we could get a tax cut!"
Why do I have the lingering feeling that every one of us in Singapore is part of a large social experiment?
I wonder what is the cause of this, is Singaporeans so money minded that its leaders have to resort to bribing them to have sex? Does that mean that if there is no benefits, there will be even fewer babies being born?
Have anyone ever wondered how the bulk of the post-war baby-boomers ever got born if their parents were stressed out. Their parents had bigger problems to deal with, lets see, there's World War II, a depleted post-war economy, post-war joblessness , Communist Treats... etc etc.
And despite these problems, many babies are born. These babies are now our fathers and mothers (50-60 yrs old today). The baby-boomer generation (born 1947-1964) make up one third of our population. -Singapore Statistics.
My grandmother related an instance where she ran to an air raid shelter carrying her baby (my uncle) in WW2. How is this for stress? Bombs dropping, bullets flying.
So, just because life is a wee bit stressful in peaceful Singapore, despite having a roof over your heads, a nice car to drive, a paying job, our couples today are too stressed to have babies?
What is your miniscule money/tax/stress problems compared to the stress of experiencing World War II? Get some perspective.
Are Singaporeans today just whining weaklings? I really wonder in worse times, will Singaporeans today just crumble under the pressure?? From the looks of it, probably.
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