Are Singaporean women ideal candidates for marriage? (Photo: AFP)
An international dating agency believes Singaporean women are "most ideal" for marriage, according to a Lianhe Wanbao report.
The agency, which was not named but was apparently quoted by Time magazine and BBC news, said Singaporean women were ranked based on qualities such as beauty, loyalty, adherence to tradition, initiative and fluency in English.
The report surveyed 1,000 men and women across five Asian countries. They were Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea, the Philippines and Thailand.
A poll on straitstimes.com, however, showed that respondents do not agree with the agency's assessment.
Nearly three-quarters of the 1,685 voters disagreed with the agency. Half of all the voters were Singaporean male.
Wen Wei wrote on Facebook: "The report should be written as: Are Singaporean women the most pampered?"
In agreement, Massi Rites wrote: "Materialistic I must say. Majority of Singapore women seek men with cars. Public transport is a no-no", the paper quoted.
Peter, a 36-year old IT executive, told Yahoo! Singapore he is also in the 'no' camp.
He says: "A few traits come to my mind that highlights the 'strengths' or 'characteristics' of our highly valued Singapore women: self-centred, self-opinionated, inconsiderate, demanding and, last but not least, materialistic."
Executive Rachel Lim, 25, said, "I think we are opinonated but not inconsiderate. I wouldn't say it's only the women, men in Singapore have these traits too. It's the outcome of an aggressively competitive, pragmatic society like Singapore. " "Singaporean women are increasingly progressive. I feel more women here are also getting much more independent and some are not even subscribing to the notion of marriage," she said, adding that women in Thailand or Vietnam might make for more "virtuous wives".
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