Family and Social Policy in Singapore

ANN E. WEE (National University of Singapore)


Family relationships are potent in the live of Singaporeans. The writer seeks to examine some of the trends in the patterns of the family in relations to current population policy. Family planning programme that was introduced may lead Singapore towards a chronic shortge offamily labour for such tasks us care for the invalid, especially care for the very old. To have the multi-generation family living under one roof or nearby will be helpful, but when families are small and women are at work this suggestion will not ensure that all the needs of the old and disabled can be met on a household labour basis.


Hubungan kekeluargaan sangat penting dalam masyarakat Singapura. Sehubungan dengan inipenulis cuba melihat trend dalam pola kekeluargaan dan hubungannya dengan dasar kependudukan. Program perancangan keluarga yang diperkenalkan mungkin menimbulkan implikasi yang kronis dimana Singapura akan menghadapi masalah kekurangan tenaga untuk menjaga golongan yang tidak berdaya, khususnya orang tua. Usaha menggalakkan beberapa generasi tinggal bersama dalam satu rumahtangga atau tinggal berhampiran mungkin sangat berguna tapi apabila kebanyakan wanita dalam keluarga keluar bekerja, saranan itu tidak dapat memastikan golongan yang tidak berdaya tadi dijaga oleh keluarga.

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