The new incentives to encourage families to have more children have been announced. The details can be found here.
It is disappointing to many mothers like myself to learn that the incentives would only apply to babies born after 1 Jan 09. While I understand the need of a cut-off date and that there is no way to please everybody, I do strongly feel that the increase in maternity leave from 12 to 16 weeks should be applicable to all moms who are currently still within their 4 months confinement period and babies born from the date of annnouncement. Moms that have delivered and are already back at work cannot turn back the clock while those that are still in confinement or yet to deliver should be allowed to enjoy these so-called incentives. Likewise, the baby bonus and tax incentives should be applicable to all babies born from the date of announcement.
If you wish to join in a group of moms who are rallying together to write a petition to PM Lee and Wong kan Seng, click here.
If you wish to join in the petition, please email Phylicia Yang (firstname.lastname@example.org) your name and ic number. Please let as many of your pregnant friends know.