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GE2020: Vivian Balakrishnan slams Chee Soon Juan over ‘false statement’ of 10m population plan

Jul 01, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership
SINGAPORE - Minister for Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan on Wednesday rebuked Singapore Democratic Party chief Chee Soon Juan for his "False statement" that the government plans to increase the country's population to 10 million during a televised debate.

Speaking during the debate in English between representatives of four political parties ahead of General Election 2020, Dr Balakrishnan was responding to Dr Chee's question on whether the ruling People's Action Party government has the intention to raise the population to such a level.

In its media release earlier Wednesday, the PMO said, "The National Population and Talent Division, Strategy Group, Prime Minister's Office, would like to state categorically that these statements are untrue. The Government has not proposed, planned nor targeted for Singapore to increase its population to 10 million."

The government has maintained that Singapore's population size is affected by factors, including birth rates, life expectancy and global developments, and does not seek to achieve any particular population size, the PMO said.

The PMO cited a population outlook provided in Parliament in 2018 that forecast Singapore's total population is likely to be "Significantly below" 6.9 million by 2030 given recent trends.