While Singapore’s government tries to convince its citizens of the wisdom of its population plans, Malaysia suffers instead from the lack of a long-term and comprehensive vision that is supported by concrete measures to ensure sustainable growth.
The Singapore government recently faced public outcry following the release of a white paper on its country’s projected population growth rate. The paper forecasts a population size of 6.9 million people by 2030, which has alarmed local Singaporeans; foreign migrants currently already account for almost 1.5 million out of the 5.3 million residents, who take up jobs previously occupied by locals. (The latter is an arguable point though.)
Among the major concerns expressed online is that there are insufficient resources and infrastructure to cater to this rapid growth – already there are complaints of overcrowded public transport systems and hospitals.
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