AMENDED MOTION ON A SUSTAINABLE POPULATION FOR A DYNAMIC SINGAPORE

Editor: Below is the amended motion regarding the population white paper, unedited.

A SUSTAINABLE POPULATION FOR A DYNAMIC SINGAPORE: That this House endorses Paper Cmd. 1 of 2013 on “A Sustainable Population for a Dynamic Singapore” as the roadmap to address Singapore’s demographic challenge, and Paper Misc. 1 of 2013 on “A High Quality Living Environment for all Singaporeans” as the land use plan to support Singapore’s future population projections; and supports maintaining a strong Singaporean core by encouraging more Singaporeans to get married and have children, supplemented by a calibrated pace of immigration to prevent the citizen population from shrinking; and recognises that the population projections beyond 2020 are for the purpose of land use and infrastructure planning, and not a population target; and

calls on the Government to:

(a) place priority on resolving current strains on the infrastructure, particularly in transport;

(b)plan, invest in, and implement infrastructure development ahead of demand;

(c) ensure that the benefits of our population policies, such as better job opportunities and salaries, flow to Singaporeans; and

(d) carry out medium term reviews of our population policies and assumptions to take into account the changing needs of Singapore and Singaporeans, as well as changing domestic and external circumstances.

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