Singapore’s National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan has stressed that the projected 6.9 million population by 2030 is the “worst case scenario” and not the target. It is all about planning for the worst and hoping for the best. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong also agrees with it.
Good governance is all about planning right, not gambling with numbers. After all, it is entirely within the government to decide what kind of population growth they want. Ultimately, it is going to be based on the number of people they choose to bring from overseas.
The land use plan announced by the government is all good. But, to me, that should be to cope with today’s population in Singapore, not to deal with the projected population. Singapore’s focus should be either on maintaining, or reducing, today’s population, not to further swell it.
G Joslin Vethakumar