SINGAPORE: With a bumper crop of babies during Singapore’s Golden Jubilee last year, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said he hopes Singaporeans will continue to have more children moving forward.
Mr Lee, who is also MP for Ang Mo Kio GRC was speaking at the Teck Ghee Healthy Baby contest on Sunday (Apr 24). The event into its fifth year, there were over 140 children who participated in the event – almost double the number last year.
Organisers said they hope the initiative will promote greater community support to encourage more Singaporeans to start families. Mr Lee noted that the government has recently announced new incentives during the recent Budget.
They include a Child Development Account First Step Grant of S$3,000 and a pilot KidStart initiative for young children who need more support. There were 33,793 Singaporean babies born in 2015, the highest figure in 13 years.
Having children is "part of being a family and having a full life," said Mr Lee.
He added: "I hope that we will have many more babies. Last year we had a bumper year, mood was good, I hope we will continue to persist, have continuing success and get one step closer."
PM LAUNCHES ANTI-SCAM LIFT DECALS
Mr Lee also launched a scheme to get the public to be vigilant about internet scams. Anti-scam lift decals will be put up at 500 lift lobbies across Singapore by June to remind the public to stay vigilant.
An anti-scam lift decal. (Photo: Olivia Siong)
Police said there were 3,749 online commercial crimes in the first quarter of 2015 - almost double the 1929 cases during the same period in 2014.
Commercial crimes like credit-for-sex scams, cheating involving e-commerce and internet love scams alone siphoned more than S$17 million from Singaporeans.