At 90 years old, Lee Kuan Yew is still smarter than most Western politicians half his age. The former Singapore PM commented yesterday that trends of women being more highly educated and the movement toward greater “gender equality” at the workplace have contributed to the phenomenon of a declining birth rate.
Currently, some 44.2 per cent of men and 31 per cent of women between the ages of 30 and 34 are still single and the birth rate is around 1.3 when it needs to be above 2 just to achieve normal replacement. Lee said Japan was an example of a stagnating economy caused by low birth rate.
“The choice to take a hostile stance to immigrants is something that Singapore cannot afford to make. Like it or not, unless we have more babies, we need to accept immigrants,” he added.
What Lee is really saying is that the progressive social trend towards “gender equality” has stuffed Singapore’s traditional culture and its economy. Bet you can’t guess where else the same trend is having the same outcomes.