Avoid becoming a national statistic : join the SDU

No, the SDU doesn’t stand for some opposition party (Singaporean democratic union, or whatever your imagination can think of), but the Social Development Unit.

Now, I don’t have to write a thesis most people out there to know that we probably have the most interesting government campaigns. This is not without reason. The ruling party is known for being the main arbitrator of things good for the country, even if it means getting people married as soon as possible.

Yes, you heard me right. Interestingly enough, we see that certain segments of Singapore’s population are actively targeted by the SDU. Ask the university students. They know better. SDU is always a willing sponsor in most orientation camps, and the minute you graduate you are eligible for a ‘membership’ with the SDU (correct me if I am wrong). Irritating to most, but definitely useful for those who do want to find a spouse/ partner but have no means to, either because of their shy personality or their lack of social life.

Are we so useless, that we need the government to step in and find partners or spouses for ourselves? Interestingly enough, with frequent government census being produced on “unmarried singles”, it is hard not to want to avoid belonging to part of the national statistics, especially the part that says “The data suggest that about one-in-five of each male cohort and one- in-seven of each female cohort are likely to stay single in their lifetime.” Especially “especially for those in their thirties” (courtesy of the Statistics Singapore Newsletter, Vol 17 No. 1 July 1994) . Does this mean that the SDU gives up on you the minute you reach your thirties? Hmm…food for thought. Just to add to that, it costs you a full 10 bucks more if you are 30 and above, to join the SDU’s activities.
Why is this so?

I’m not putting down the SDU. It’s a fine effort for singles who are unable to find themselves a mate. But you know, sometimes it’s about helping these people to not give up on their lives so easily. I know a couple of friends who have sworn off marriage just because they have reached 30 and they don’t think that they are ‘marriageable material’ any longer. And we all wonder who helps populate such an idea. The government concentrate more on this group of people should be targeted more actively and attracted to join the SDU rather than make it more expensive for them? I think there is a need to reconsider the membership fee soon if you really want to reduce the number of singles above 30.

disclaimer : take this little article with a pinch of salt. Just food for thought.

1 Comment so far

  1. ALEXANDRIA (unregistered) on June 2nd, 2006 @ 9:40 am


    I am looking for a life partner for my sister.

    Name: Esther
    Race: Indian
    Religion: Christan, Methodist
    Occupation: Youth Councellar
    Educational Qualification: Degree, NUS
    Age: 31
    Height: 1.62
    Weight: 55 Kg

    She is looking for a Indian or Chinese Singaporean man who has local or overseas degree. A Christian who will love and cherish her for the rest of a life.

    Pse assist. Waiting for your reply.

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