A little background on the topic, I'm currently 18 and living in Singapore and there's only 2 powerlifting associations here(IPF and GPA). The registration cost for a meet usually range from somewhere around $100-$200 and that's a little costly. I've read on T-Nation that you should compete in a meet as soon as you can so you can garner valuable experience and meet like minded people.
What should I do since I can't really afford to participate in such meets? On a side note, am I the only one who think its ridiculous that a powerlifting(not exactly a big money making sport) meet registration fee can go as high as $200?
Start saving. You may also consider asking the meet promoter if he offers a student discount.
Have compete in USPA and SPF in 4 different states and have never paid over $100 not counting the once a year fed card. So not sure what fed you are looking at but there are cheaper.
Probably not that many federations in Singapore. Just gotta bite the bullet man. Save some money and do one every year.
I try and do one per year because by the time you enter, pay membership fees, food and travel, it's a big money weekend. Honestly it's the reason I don't compete more often. If I didn't have a family to take care of or a job that would afford me the luxury of doing it more, I would.
If you could get some local lifters around and just run a mock meet at the end of a cycle that might help get the competitive juices flowing.
Ask your gym to run a meet. The student gym does bench press, full meets, and off lift competitions here periodically throughout the year