In a heartfelt address marking the Chinese New Year, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has issued a special call to action for young couples, urging them to consider expanding their families by welcoming “little dragons” into their lives. The PM’s message comes amidst concerns over the declining birth rate in the country.
Prime Minister Lee conveyed his wishes for the new year, emphasizing the significance of family and the role it plays in society. He highlighted the importance of familial support, identity, and values, emphasizing the enduring strength and purpose families provide.
Drawing upon Chinese tradition, PM Lee noted the symbolism associated with the Year of the Dragon, considered particularly auspicious in many Chinese families for its connotations of power, strength, and good fortune. Encouraging young couples to seize this auspicious time, he urged them to consider adding a “little dragon” to their family.
Acknowledging that the decision to have children is deeply personal, PM Lee addressed the broader trend of declining fertility rates globally, including in developed societies like Singapore. He cited factors such as career priorities and other interests contributing to this trend, but expressed hope that more Singaporean couples would choose to have children and do so earlier in life.
In concluding his message, Prime Minister Lee extended warm wishes to all Singaporeans for good health and happiness in the Year of the Tiger, underscoring the importance of family and collective well-being.
The PM’s heartfelt appeal underscores the government’s efforts to address demographic challenges and foster a supportive environment for family growth in Singapore. As the nation celebrates the Chinese New Year, PM Lee’s words resonate as a call to embrace tradition, strengthen familial bonds, and collectively build a brighter future for Singapore.
Sources By Agencies