December 28, 2010
Many pregnant Taiwan women are trying to delay labour so that their births can coincide with a government bonus, a newspaper reported Wednesday.
According to the Liberty Times, two Taiwan cities - Taipei and New Taipei City - plan to give bonuses for babies born in 2011, to celebrate the centenary of the birth of the Republic of China (ROC), as Taiwan is formally known.
Under the programme, a baby born in 2011 can receive 20,000 Taiwan dollars (680 US dollars) if one parent is a citizen of Taipei or New Taipei City.
New Taipei City is a recently organized municipality with a 3.8 million population.
As the programme begins Saturday, the first day of 2011, many pregnant women in Taipei and New Taipei City want to delay their births until Saturday or later.