Seeking the Stork in Singapore

Increasingly worried that native Singaporeans could become extinct, the government has embarked on yet another phase of its decades-long crusade to tempt its recalcitrant citizens into making more babies. Despite a slew of cash incentives and tax rebates, more paid leave for parents and protection for pregnant mothers, Singapore’s fertile couples are still stubbornly refusing to add to the population. That caused Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to devote a large segment of his annual National Day Rally speech on August 17 to announce another batch of programs to boost fertility.

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