Over at Liquid, a neon-lit bar not far from the business district, the young singles seem less concerned about allegations of eugenics than exasperated by government paternalism.
Derisive laughter rises from the young hipsters reclining on a red velvet sofa when the unit is mentioned.
"This is about social engineering, about maintaining the oligarchy.''He says the SDU makes an implied judgment that only university-educated people should marry university-educated people, which reinforces barriers of race and class.
Many Singaporeans, though, believe that the SDU's creation was prompted less by the overall drop in the birthrate than the relatively higher birthrate among the country's poorer Malay minority.Finding the loving, committed relationship you want shouldn’t mean throwing away your hopes, your integrity, or your heart., Joshua Harris —the guy who kissed dating goodbye—makes the case for courtship.About 3,600 members of the program married last year, Since its inception, the SDU says 50,000 Singaporeans have been married through its offices."The government isn't holding guns to people's heads it recognizes that marriage is a deeply personal choice,'' says Pamela Pung, an SDU spokeswoman."This is just a way of widening the circle of opportunities."Ms.Whether the evils of a local slang "Singlish" or the need to flush toilets after use, no social issue is too big or too small for government intervention."People actually think that the state knows best,'' says David Jones, a Southeast Asia expert at the University of Tasmania in Australia.According to the government, alarm over a low birthrate prompted the creation of the SDU in 1984.Except for one thing: The same organization also happens to be the world's only government-run dating service.Singapore's Social Development Unit (SDU) and programs like it have helped earn this tiny nation a reputation as the ultimate nanny state.As old-fashioned as it might sound, courtship is what modern day relationships desperately need.Think of it as romance chaperoned by wisdom, cared for by community, and directed by God’s Word.