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Additionally, despite the fact that marriage rates are falling and people are getting married later, there is nevertheless a prevailing sense that marriage is the ‘normal’ state of affairs and that people who don’t marry have missed an important part of life, and although there is no open discrimination against unmarried people, anecdotally there is often the sense that those who don’t marry are atypical, and perhaps out of mainstream life.
This is partly due to the government policies that only enable HDB housing to be purchased by married couples (or singles over 35) as well as the conservative attitude of parents and families across all ethnic communities, and so marriage is still the desirable state in order to make a life and, more importantly, raise children.
Therefore, since the 1980s the government has been extremely proactive in both encouraging and incentivizing Singaporeans to marry and have children.
It runs the Social Development Network (SDN) which is, in essence, a state-sponsored dating agency with the aim to “promote marriage and nurture a culture where singles view marriage as one of their top life goals.” More significantly, the state offers a great many financial incentives to those who marry and have children.
These include tax exemptions, childcare subsidies and parental leave that for a middle-income, two-child family add up to around SGD2,000 in support until both children turn 7.
Much of Singapore’s nascent nationhood has been constructed on the back of the nuclear family, and its demise would not only be disastrous for the country economically, but may also spell the end of the entire Singapore ‘project’.