Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Overpopulation. The Beginning.

As we are now just into the 3rd year of a 20 years plan by the Government to increase Singapore's population of 4.5 mil in 2007 to 6.5 mil in 2027. While the fundamentals and reasonings behind the artificial increase of the population thru immigrants MIGHT be reasonable (while still very much debatable); the effect of such sudden increase of population is starting the test the very infrastructures that is never going to catch up with the numbers.

read abt the population plans here: http://www.littlespeck.com/content/people/CTrendsPeople-070217.htm

As people are starting to feel the "heat" with the very obvious change in the composition of the people in Singapore (notably PRC Chinese; they are everywhere now); MRT seemed to get more and more crowded, HDB Housing seemed more and more difficult to acquire for new couples (when it just seems so simple just 10 years ago) and now, the sudden explosion of population is straining the hospitals.

read abt the ridiculous "solution" to overcrowding at TTSH : http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/1033252/1/.html

I'm not sure how many beds in TTSH or any other hospitals in Singapore had been added for the past few years. general feeling I got is that it had not changed much; I'm not sure how much the train frequency had increased; nor do i sure abt whether the increased in the building of HDB flats actually meets the demand - but i'm very sure all of them arent coping with the sudden increase in population.

Just like if a General wants to build a massive army, he need to consider other factors like increasing the accomodation, building the weapons and gears, increasing the amount of supplies to feed the massive army - but Singapore seemed to be lagging in those "other factors".

This trend is indeed worrying and the future seemed to be shrouded with caprice.

1 comment:

MM SZ said...

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