The Singapore ruling PAP Government is set for a hidden advantage as more than 100,000 new citizens join to vote in the upcoming General Election 2015.
According to a Parliamentarian reply by Minister Grace Fu in 2013, the Singapore PAP Government expects to grant about 15,000 to 25,000 Permanent Residents applicants citizenship each year. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has emphasised several times that new citizens are required to replace Singaporeans’ falling birth rate, which is also the lowest in the world at 0.8 (2014 estimate) according to the CIA World Factbook.
As Singapore’s birth rate in 1993 is only 1.75, it is unlikely the number of Singaporeans who have turned 21 could have increased the population by more than 110,000.
Although the PAP Government is poised to lose more votes from native born Singaporeans, new citizens will be pitting against them by casting their vote of confidence for the ruling PAP party who brought them in. New citizens are also given additional incentives like exemption from National Service, and it is unlikely they will vote against the ruling PAP party.