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Population policy

Critic of one-child policy in from cold

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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