I almost wanted to leave an abbreviated form of what I am going to write here at the PM's facebook page but changed my mind after a bit of research.
I think the smart thing to do is for the PM to withdraw the White Paper for the purpose of reworking it in view of citizens' worry and fear. Completely legitimate.
There is no point trying to claim that 6.9 million is the worst case scenario. Most people wouldn't believe him or KBW. Now the PM and his ministers, how they have carried this issue appear like that just joined politics yesterday! Looks pretty bad.
There is a useful example they can learn from Margaret Thatcher fiasco with the poll tax.
Don't cross the Rubicon. Withdraw it before the window to do so closes. Don't even let it get debated in parliament. It would be humiliating. I fear at this rate his Cabinet may not even need to be tested in 2016 over this. Down the road his MPs might revolt. Then what? What is the point of a plan if you cannot be around to implement it? Even if the PAP could be returned to power then, the PM would only be having his job because he promised to abandon it.
George Yeo recommended that the government should rebuild trust with the people first. I think he is right on this score. It is very hard work but guess who tore it down first?
Update: Feb 4, 10am
I only learned over the weekend that parliament sits today. Too late. Anyway this was my version of hope for the best but prepare for the worst. This rule should be used sparingly and best illustrated by my own family's example. We knew our mom have scant chance of beating her Glioblastoma, so we prepared for the worst with an attitude that we would be happy to waste all the money and effort. Similarly I took the same attitude with how this White Paper would hopefully be rejected. On the other hand KBW suggestion that the White Paper is the government best effort to hope for the best but prepare for the worst shows a lack of effort and sincerity because there are so many alternatives.
Those who live by this dictum do not mind being dealt with the worst they have prepared for, which is exactly what we do not want. Eve in nature, our body naturally reject transplanted organs and this government is mad enough to suggest that half of our organs would be transplanted ones when effectively more than half the residents here could be foreign in time to come. No nation can survive this. Might as well quit investing in the SAF now and throw the money to have more kids....
Yes the common sense rule of hoping for the best, getting ready for the worst are for situations where you have no resources, time and choice. Most of our Type 1 smart people are not so stupid to not understand this.