Hong Kong has seen an astonishingly sharp 40 percent drop in the birth rate over the past 30 years, according to government statistics. Put off by rising property prices and chaotic “education reforms,” young would-be parents who are not rich or highly educated enough to apply for emigration to Canada, Australia or the EU have finally decided to vote with their condoms. This is despite a call by former chief executive Sir Donald Tsang a few years ago for young Hongkongers to reproduce more passionately under his rule, suggesting three children per family. With CY Leung’s plans to tighten the border control knot against an immigration influx by clamping down on pregnant mainland women’s visas, this could mean a shortage of labor—and worse—an aging population. Back in 1981, Hong Kong was a better place to breed and raise a child. The former colony was reaping great economic benefits from Lord MacLehose, who is believed to have been the greatest colonialist in the Far East. The public housing scheme was put in place. The ICAC was working to root out corruption. Young talents and college graduates were rushing back from overseas to join the manufacturing, banking and entertainment industries. Chow Yun-fat, Maggie Cheung and John Woo budded, succeeded and became culturally exportable proud faces of Hong Kong, which was being looked after remotely by a proud Margaret Thatcher and a reviving Britain. It was a time when Cinderella had little idea about the party’s 1997 deadline. No wonder the “Family Planning Association” bombastically ran heavy community advertising campaigns to remind local parents to cap the number of children at two. The campaign had little effect at a time when the name Durex sounded almost as fresh and curious to young Hongkongers as it did to Ethiopians. The mood now is just the reverse for obvious reasons, which will cause CY Leung and Beijing a little headache. Singapore has been a role model for Hong Kong and China for the past decade, with Lee Kuan Yew attracting many fans such as Tung Chee-hwa and Hu Jintao, who have talked about copying the model of success of the proud city-state founded by Captain Raffles. But above all, it is widely recognized that eugenics is the core of Singapore’s founding father’s thoughts. Borrowing administrative experiences from Singapore means that the SAR government should subsidize each young talented man, say, a graduate from the University of Hong Kong, for his willingness to make a DGS alumna pregnant, with the help of an attractive package of incentives. This could mean a little flat on Caine Road plus free education vouchers from kindergarten to Harrow. Or perhaps more government-sponsored coverage of the forthcoming baby from Daniel Wu and Lisa S would do the trick. These measures would encourage local Hongkongers to get rid of their condoms as promptly as, God forbid, Beijing gets rid of CY Leung. Chip Tsao is a best-selling author, columnist and a former producer for the BBC. His columns have also appeared in Apple Daily, Next Magazine and CUP Magazine, among others.