SINGAPORE IDENTITY: Identity, Population and Manpower

With increasing life expectancy and the rise in the median age of Singapore’s resident population, Singaporeans are growing older rapidly in absolute numbers.  Our increasing longevity demands that we relook policies on several fronts, including the total fertility rate, immigration, environment, taxes and workforce related issues.

The National Solidarity Party (NSP) also wants to look at the effects of the increasing life expectancy of citizens on core Singaporean values.

We seek the views of the general public who are citizens of Singapore to help us in crafting this paper, ‘My Singapore: Identity, Population and Manpower’.

The objective of this paper is to harness  ideas and perspectives from the public that will better enable NSP to craft strategies, calibrations and recommendations for Singapore’s population policies that reflect the real needs of Singaporeans.  The paper will look at the kind of shifts that are needed in our policies, taking into account the core concerns, values and attitudes of Singaporeans.  We hope to make recommendations that will better enable Singapore to build a socially diverse, vibrant and strongly bonded population, with a good living environment, wage growth and a better quality of life.

The paper will be submitted to the Government of Singapore. We warmly invite you to share your views by filling in the questionnaire here. All personal information provided by you will be kept strictly confidential.

You may download the questionnaire here (http://pdfcast.org/pdf/singapore-identity-identity-population-and-manpower), and once completed, you may send it to sgpmine@gmail.comAlternately, you can complete the survey via the form below.

NSP will also be holding face-to-face focus group discussions with members of the public who are Singapore citizens to explore how you feel about these issues in-depth. If you would like to participate in these face-to-face discussions, please email us at sgpmine@gmail.com.

Thank you.

Yours sincerely
Hazel Poa
Secretary-General
National Solidarity Party

 

Survey: Identity, Population and Manpower

This is a survey by the National Solidarity Party. This survey seeks ideas and views from Singapore Citizens on how to build a socially diverse, vibrant and strongly bonded population, with a good living environment, wage growth and better quality of life for all.


Section A: Ageing Population


Q1. What are your financial plans upon retirement? (tick all relevant)



Q2. Are you concerned that your retirement income may be inadequate for you and your family?

 Yes No


Q3. Why?


Section B: Healthcare


Q1. Do you agree that Singapore should aspire for every citizen to be covered for basic healthcare services and that no Singapore citizen should be denied life-saving medical treatment due to lack of means to pay?

 Yes No


Q2. Do you agree that public funds should be better prioritised to enable public institutions to provide Singapore citizens with affordable and good quality healthcare?

 Yes No


Q3. Any further comments on healthcare in Singapore?


Section C: Immigration


Q1. How well have immigrants assimilated into Singaporean society in the past 5 years?


Q2. Do you think more should be done to improve assimilation and integration between immigrants and citizens?

 Yes No


Q3. If yes, what do you think should be done? If no, why?


Q4. Do you feel that there's a need for more stringent control on immigration flow?

 Yes No


Q5. According to the Government, Singapore needs a robust immigration system to attract the brightest and the best from the world, while preventing those who will not contribute to the talent pool from entering as PRs or new citizens.

Is there a need to recalibrate the current immigration system to ensure that only those that have the necessary skills can work and live in Singapore?

 Yes No


Q6. If Yes, do you support a transparent, points-based immigration system?

 Yes No


Q7. Why?


Section D: Taxes


Q1. In 1965, the life expectancy of a Singaporean was 67.09 years. In 2010, it was 81.64 years. With increased life expectancy, the Government will have to spend more on social services. And for more social services spending. the Government said that it will need to collect more tax revenue. On the other hand, income tax rates in Singapore are one of the lowest in the world.

Are you willing to support sharper progressive taxes (where the higher income earners pay a higher percentage of tax than what they are paying now) to fund more public spending on social services?

 Yes No


Q2. Why?


Q3. Estate duty is a tax on the total market value of a person's assets (cash and non-cash) at the date of his or her death. It does not matter if the person has a Will or not, the assets are still subject to estate duty. The deceased person's assets, as a whole, are called an estate.

Singapore abolished Estate Tax in 2008. Do you think Estate Tax should be reintroduced to redistribute wealth in our society, reduce the wealth gap and to fund more public spending on social services?

 Yes No


Q4. Why?


Section E: Falling Total Fertility Rate


Q1. Children from single-parent households are not eligible for some incentives which others from normal families receive. For example, the cash gift of at least $10,000 given to most children is not extended to children of single-parent families.

Should we delink incentives and benefits for Singaporean children from households with married parents and look at marriage as a separate issue?

 Yes No


Q2. Why?


Section F: Family and Marriage


Q1. What do you think can be done to support families and strengthen support for extended families?


Q2. In 2011, there were a total of 27,258 marriages and there were 7,604 divorces and annulments in the same year. Do you think the government and social support services can do more to support marriages in Singapore?

 Yes No


Q3. What would you like to see done by the government and social support services to support marriages in Singapore?


Section G: Environment


Q1. What do you think we can do to optimise our land use while ensuring a pleasant living environment?


Q2. The National Talent and Population Division, under the Prime Minister's Office, admits that the development of supporting infrastructure did not keep pace with population growth, resulting in problems like congestion on public transport and a tight housing market.

This raises the question of what else can we do to resolve the current infrastructure shortfall. Should the government increase the pace of building infrastructure?

 Yes No


Q3. Please elaborate on which areas of our infrastructure should be focused on, or other methods which you think could resolve the infrastructure shortfall.


Q4. Rate your satisfaction according to cost affordability on the following (from 1 to 5, with 1 being least satisfied and 5 being most satisfied).



Public transport
Public housing
Healthcare facilities
Social and recreational space
Green spaces (e.g. parks, wildlife, canals)


Q5. Rate your satisfaction according to service standards on the following (from 1 to 5, with 1 being least satisfied and 5 being most satisfied).

Public transport
Public housing
Healthcare facilities
Social and recreational space
Green spaces (e.g. parks, wildlife, canals)


Q6. Rate your satisfaction according to availability on the following (from 1 to 5, with 1 being least satisfied and 5 being most satisfied).

Public transport
Public housing
Healthcare facilities
Social and recreational space
Green spaces (e.g. parks, wildlife, canals)


Section H: Workforce


Q1. Particularly, in which employment sector do you wish to see improvements so that better career options and opportunities are created for yourself and your children in Singapore? Please rate a total of 5 sectors with scores between 1 to 5, with 1 being the most important to you and 5 being the least important. Please use each score only once.

Manufacturing
Construction
Services
Wholesale & Retail Trade
Transportation & Storage
Accommodation & Food Services
Information & Communications
Financial & Insurance Services
Real Estate Services
Administrative & Support Services
Public Administration & Education
Health & Social Services
Arts, Entertainment & Recreation
Other Community, Social & Personal Services


Q2. How do you suggest such improvements can be created?


Q3. Is it important that employers in Singapore build up a sustainable Singaporean core of employees?

 Yes No


Q4. Why?


Q5. If yes, how do we encourage employers to provide more good jobs for Singaporeans and build up a sustainable Singaporean core of employees? (If no, skip to Q. 6)


Q6. In which sector(s) could there be a need for foreign workers to maintain service levels at competitive costs? (tick all relevant boxes)

 Manufacturing Construction Services Wholesale & Retail Trade Transportation & Storage Accommodation & Food Services Information & Communications Financial & Insurance Services Real Estate Services Administrative & Support Services Public Administration & Education Health & Social Services Arts, Entertainment & Recreation Other Community, Social & Personal Services


Q7. If there is a need for Singapore to reduce the foreign worker inflow further, in which groups or sectors should they be reduced? (tick all relevant boxes)

 Manufacturing Construction Services Wholesale & Retail Trade Transportation & Storage Accommodation & Food Services Information & Communications Financial & Insurance Services Real Estate Services Administrative & Support Services Public Administration & Education Health & Social Services Arts, Entertainment & Recreation Other Community, Social & Personal Services


Q8. What are the personal core values you have which you will not compromise for material gains?


Q9. Why?


Q10. If you have any other concerns, suggestions, comments or questions, please share them with us:


Name

Email

Housing Type:

Salary range

Marital Status

Number of children

Age
Occupation


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