What we need is an environment which is supportive of families..need everyone - community, parents, grandparents, family and friends to support young families to have kids."There are already many initiatives to have babies and the government can only do so much. [Source: Bernama, April 22, 2012] Describing dating in the old days, Seah Chiang Nee wrote in The Star, “Young men had to get parental permission before they could take girls for a Saturday movie (“Back by 11pm!In 2009, the number of marriages rose for a sixth successive year. Statistics also show that both men and women are marrying later. [Source: S Mustafa, Today, June 18, 2010] Muslims in are allowed to have up to four wives.For men, the average age when they take their marriage vows is now 29.8 years. For other groups marriage is defined by law as monogamous.Among the activities has been free “date-introduction” rickshaw rides for company coworkers, dance parties, speed dating with matches made according to Chinese zodiac signs, websites that offer dates via cell-phone text messages.The government has traditionally run two matchmaking services: one for university graduates and another for people who are less educated.Three days of paid leave is promised to newlywed couples.
They would sit at opposite ends and as the music (Tennessee Waltz) started, she would encourage the boys to invite the girls to dance. [Source: Seah Chiang Nee, The Star, December 13, 2008] As part of an effort to boost Singapore’s population growth rate, the government has sponsored mixers and activities for singles in hopes that they would get married and have babies.Arranged marriages, using matchmakers and go-between, are still common, particularly among Hindus and Malay Muslims.In the late 2000, singles made up 55.7 percent of all households in Singapore, compared to 50.1 percent 10 years earlier.Some found the whole idea of government involvement in romantic affairs intrusive and smacking of Big Brother. Many of the events were sponsored by the Social Development Unit, which many Singaporeans joked stood for Single, Desperate and Ugly.