Photo of Lawrence Wong from Ngau Kai Yan CNA

Minister of National Development Lawrence Wong told state media reporters that Singapore has not reached it’s “physical limits” when it comes to population and development:

“Singapore has yet to reach its physical limits where development is concerned. We have not reached our physical limits. There is a lot more we can do, and must do, to build our infrastructure for the future.”

The statement is in-line with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s 6.9 million population target, raising population density to be worse than Macau and Hongkong.

Singapore is currently overpopulated, with infrastructural facilities breaking down on the population stress. Most evident in public transport, Singapore trains break down twice a week with the authorities giving a range of excuses from signalling problems to track fault.

There is currently also not enough preschools for young children, with school fees hitting record high due to low supply. Hospital beds were also reported to be insufficient due to the increased population and ageing demographics. There are also not enough university places for Singaporean students, even when they qualify for course they opt for.

The current population is 5.7 million, with only 3 million Singaporeans at less than 55%. The country’s ageing population is worsened by the import of new citizens in their middle age, who also do not contribute to the replacement birth rate of 2.1.