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Population policy

Critic of one-child policy in from cold

Yi Fuxian

Yi Fuxian was trained as a clinic medicine specialist before obtaining a PhD in medicine in the United States, but the Hunan native is better known as a staunch critic of the mainland's one-child policy, or family planning as authorities prefer to call it. 

Sunday, 28 April, 2013, 7:32am

By almost any measure, Hong Kong plays second fiddle to Singapore

By almost any measure, Hong Kong plays second fiddle to Singapore

Although I admire Tan Jee Say's courage as an opposition voice in Singapore, I mostly disagree with his view that the Hong Kong government has done better than Singapore on policies related to population growth, immigration and economic well-being of its citizens.

11 Apr 2013 - 3:03am 3 comments

Let young single Singaporeans buy state-built homes, says billionaire

Billionaire Bhupendra Kumar Modi, who became a Singapore citizen last year, is urging his adopted nation to end a ban on young unmarried people owning state-built homes because it hurts one of the city's key goals: making babies.

28 Mar 2013 - 2:57am

Li Bin brings rich experience to health and family planning commission

Li Bin

Minister in charge of the newly established Health and Family Planning Commission Li Bin yesterday said she was well aware of the importance of her job, but shed little light on how she was going to address the two tricky issues of health-care reform and the controversial birth control policies.

17 Mar 2013 - 6:38am

New realities drive population policy, experts say

Axing of family planning commission reflects changing attitudes about population control, population experts said. Photo: Reuters

The decision to dissolve the National Population and Family Planning Commission demonstrates changing attitudes about population control after nearly a half of century of successful - if often brutal - efforts to control the mainland's birth rate, population experts said.

11 Mar 2013 - 6:06am

Spirit of adventure can guide hukou reform

Urbanisation featured prominently in Wen Jiabao's government work report. Photo: AP

In Wen Jiabao's government work report, the theme of urbanisation again featured prominently. China has achieved an urbanisation rate of above 51 per cent. However, as at least 16 per cent (more than 200 million people) of the total population, such as migrant workers, are not registered in their city of abode, they lack full access to key public services including health care and education.

9 Mar 2013 - 2:31am

Time to tackle this alarming issue

Professor Paul Yip Siu-fai. Photo: Nora Tam

Population policy is an important issue that was very much neglected by former chief executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen's administration for seven years. The present government, however, takes the matter seriously and has set up a high-level committee to deal with it. The committee is chaired by the chief secretary and includes six other policy secretaries and other department and bureau staff. I have been asked to serve on the steering committee.

1 Mar 2013 - 3:49am

Singapore's livelier politics a sign of the times

A protest against an immigration plan that could see Singapore population increase 30 per cent by 2030. Photo: EPA

The recent protest by an estimated 4,000 Singaporeans, against government plans to increase the city state's population largely through immigration, may not have been large by Hong Kong standards.

25 Feb 2013 - 2:52am

Hong Kong can lead East Asia in meeting ageing population challenge

Hong Kong should make a serious attempt to address the problem of ultra-low birth rates and rapidly ageing population. Photo: Sam Tsang

It is investment in human capital and systems, as well as in advanced machinery and processes, that has enabled Hong Kong to stay ahead. But it now seems in danger of failing to lead the mainland.

24 Feb 2013 - 1:50am 4 comments

Land scarce Singapore looks underground for space

Storm clouds gather over Singapore on February 15 ahead of a protest against government plans to increase the island's population by as much as 30 per cent by 2030. Photo: Reuters

Already one of the most densely populated countries in the world, tiny land scarce Singapore is projecting its population to swell by a third over the next two decades. To accommodate the influx, its planners envisage expanding upward, outward and downward.

22 Feb 2013 - 7:02pm 1 comment

Singapore protest biggest since independence

Singaporeans express their opposition to government population policy. Photo: Reuters

Rally leaders, who used Facebook and other online platforms to organise participants, openly attacked the People's Action Party (PAP), which has been in power for more than 50 years and controls 80 of the 87 seats in parliament after losing two byelections in the past year.

17 Feb 2013 - 2:03pm

Information is key to wise population policy vision

Fear of criticism is perhaps one reason why former Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen failed to formulate a population policy. Photo: Sam Tsang

Government inertia is never a good idea when it comes to population and planning. This has to be especially so for Hong Kong, where fertility rates are among the lowest in the world, society is ageing fast and the workforce is shrinking. But despite the necessity to have forward-looking policies in place to ensure smooth growth and development, our city has instead lacked resolve to deal with what would seem to be an on-rushing crisis. The decision by Singapore's leaders to tackle their similar challenges head-on is reason to spur the discussion that authorities have avoided.

8 Feb 2013 - 3:25am 2 comments

Hong Kong should take its cue from Singapore for a sound population policy

Illustration: Craig Stephens

Both Singapore and Hong Kong share very similar population characteristics: a rapidly ageing population and very low fertility rates. Both worry about the negative impact of a shrinking workforce with an ageing society.

7 Feb 2013 - 2:41am 15 comments

More immigration has not seen Singapore surpass Hong Kong

Singapore government introduced a lavish package of incentives to boost fertility rate. Photo: EPA

If you take your date out to the cinema "grooming is important", and don't try to entertain her with a running commentary on the movie. It's "not cool at all".

Those two nuggets of advice for would-be romantics were gleaned from a colourful booklet titled The Art of Dating, published by the Social Development Unit of the Singapore government.

1 Feb 2013 - 5:35am 14 comments