Okay, this is not exactly what this writer, Daniel Chia, say, but that is the message he implies, as below
The push by the Housing Board to supply more new flats to singles is not good news for the nation (“HDB to roll out more new flats for singles”; Sept 24).
First, these flats will discourage the formation of family units.
The Government has been encouraging people to get married. But offering new flats to singles will have the opposite effect.
Second, when two singles who own such flats get married, what is to become of the units? Are they allowed to keep them?
The age criterion for ownership should be raised to 45 and the salary ceiling lowered to $2,500.
The Government should not give in to pressure from singles.
What dear Daniel doesn’t seem to be unaware (what world does his live in?) is that this is only the first time HDB actually builds HDB and give some priority to singles. Yes, the government also tried to sell some unsold HDB flats in far flung reaches of Singapore to singles some time ago. But for the longest time, the policy against singles has never changed and yet Singaporeans are not getting married at the age the governments wants them to and not having enough babies. It should be obvious the issue is more than just flats.
Worst, Mr Chia, perhaps as a Freudian slip, implies that people are getting married only to get a HDB flat because it requires two persons (ok parent-child still can), if not there is no meaning in getting married. I don’t know if this Daniel is married or not, but it looks like this is could be reflection of his own life. Perhaps he wished the government offered new HDB flats for singles so that he would not need to get married and is now really pissed about this dilemma.
And almost insidiously, it feels like another hidden agenda against gay equality. After all what does “Pressure from singles” imply? Which singles forms the biggest pressure group but LGBTs? Actually it is very easy to solve this problem, just equalise marriage and you will not have such a big “singles pressure group”.
Anyhow, for someone to say that such move will encourage Singaporeans to stay single is just plain stupid. I can imagine conversations around dinner gong like this:
Mom: When are you getting married?
Single person: I am not getting married, the government allows me to buy house as single, no point getting married.
Your current partner: Let’s get married and get a HDB flat
You: Nah, I think I prefer to stay single because I can get a HDB flat on my own without getting married to you… thanks for the offer
You: Yes!! Now that I can buy a HDB flat as a single person, I have no desires to get married and have children
To paraphrase one my friend: “Govt should not sell HDB to stupid people”