30, 500 Singaporean babies born as of 1 December this year, announced Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) Teo Chee Hean at the inaugural National Play Day Carnival on Saturday (19 Dec). The event was organised by the National Population and Talent Division and Mediacorp to celebrate parenthood in Singapore.
1,500 participated in the event with 287 strollers and set a new Singapore record for largest mass stroller walk. They completed a 1.5km route around the Singapore Sports Hub. Acting Minister for Education (Schools), Ng Chee Meng flagged off the walk, while Member of Parliament for Macpherson Tin Pei Ling, who gave birth to a boy this year participated in the walk.
“We expect that the number of births this year will be comparable to last year, which was also among the highest in 10 years, said DPM Teo. There were 33, 193 citizen births last year. DPM Teo noted that the government will work with the private sector and community to make Singapore more family friendly.
Separately, the government had introduced some measures this year to encourage more to marry and set up families. This include granting of an additional week of paternity leave, introduction of the enhanced Marriage and Parenthood package and increasing the Baby Bonus and Medisave grant sums for newborns.
Source: “30,500 babies born so far this year” (The Straits Times, 21 December 2015)