Did Minister Josephine Teo say that the Singapore fertility rate had declined but improved?

By February 8, 2019 February 24th, 2020 Government, Health, Local Politics

On 5 February 2019, the States Times / Singapore Herald published a post alleging that Minister for Manpower, Josephine Teo, had contradicted herself by alleging that the fertility rate in Singapore had “declined but improved”.

This is untrue.

We have reviewed the news videos of the statement by the Minister and no such statement was made.

The Minister had acknowledged the drop in the total fertility rate in Singapore. However, she had also stated that on another analysis, certain communities of the Singapore population had shown improvement in their fertility rate. She was also explaining that steps were being taken to strengthen the support for young families in Singapore.

Read about it here and here.

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