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Singapore’s founding prime minister laments low birth rate

August 14, 2012

Lee Kuan Yew, who served as founding prime minister of Singapore from 1959 to 1990, is lamenting his nation’s birth rate, which ranks last in the world.

“If we go on like that, this place will fold up, because there'll be no original citizens left to form the majority,” said Lee, once an ardent population-control advocate.

“Our educated men and women must decide whether to replace themselves in the next generation,” he added. “We've got to persuade people to understand that getting married is important, having children is important.”


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  • Posted by: richardols3892 - Aug. 15, 2012 11:20 AM ET USA

    Now he gets it! Too little, too late. He'll have an immaculately clean city with no citizens to enjoy it.

  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Aug. 14, 2012 6:19 PM ET USA

    They can't keep on by just bringing in rich billionaires like the founder of Facebook who just arrived to escape the capital gains tax. Besides, who would want to live in a country full of people like that?