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Estimated population of Singapore citizens and permanent residents - 3,163,500 as at June 1998.

Chinese            77%

Malays             14%

Indians            7.6%

Other ethnic groups 1.4%

Working Language: English

Other official languages: Mandarin, Malay & Tamil.

Planners expect the population of Singapore to reach 5.5 million by 2040 or 2050, taking into account an expected increase in the number of foreigners working here. From just 3 million in 1990, the number has swelled to 3.9 million today, including 700 000 foreigners.

A high-level working committee is now looking at ways to encourage more couples to have babies. Demographer Saw Swee Hock says that if the fertility rate continues to stay below two, the population here, minus the foreigners, will peak at about 3.3 million in 2025 and then begin to drop.


Singapore's water is clean and safe to drink from the tap. There is no need to boil it.


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Raymond Han

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The WEATHER TODAY: Partly cloudy. Showers with thunder over many areas in the late morning and early afternoon. WATER TIDES High tide  11.15am 2.6m  10.45pm 3.0m SUN Sunrise 6.57 am Sunset 7.09 pm MOON Moonrise 6.31am  Moonset  7.03pm   PSI: 40 (good) TEMPERATURE: 25-32  degrees Celsius (The weather is updated daily at 7am Singapore time)    

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     New Theme Park opens in Pasir Ris!

Coming This Weekend

Singaporean Cooking with Madam Kang

She will show you how to prepare some dishes Singaporeans eat at home.

Take a stroll with our photographer down to the Raffles Hotel in Beach Road.

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  NTUC Lifestyle World Downtown East last week opened a new Theme Park at its premises in Pasir Ris. Named ESCAPE, it is touted as Singapore's first world-class Theme Park.

  Escape has 15 thrilling rides, many of which appear for the first time in Asia. The following are some of the rides:

  Cadbury Inverter - hang upside down as it hurls you topsy-turvy at mad speeds

  Konica Red baron - whirring little planes, with their own lifting handles, all set to fly off with you

  Panasonic Alpha 8 (indoor coaster) - ride fast and wild on Singapore's first Dark Ride Coaster

  Pepsi Revolution - spins you round and round, turns you up and down

  Yeo's Flume Ride - scream through two hair-raising drops, a steep climb, then a 5-storey nosedive into water

  Yakult Kite Flyer - the world's first, a ride you'll love taking lying down, suspended in mid-air

  Pirate Ship - possibly the mother of all Viking rides.

  There are 35 outlets to keep you entertained and feed your stomach. William So concert ticket holders get free admission to Escape when they produce their concert ticket at the gate before 15 July 2000. Hurry! Hop on down for a fun-filled and exciting day. Their address? 1 Pasir Ris Close Singapore 519599.

If you have any comments or questions, please e-mail us at Our regular Mid-Week Banking Column has been held over due to the Singapore Arts Festival.

NEW WEBSITES helps you find the perfect gift for your loved ones. is the place to visit for short films by local and international directors. is an online computer-game website launched on 29 May 2000. You can play games, such as Rogue Spear, and even create your own chatrooms. is the website of homegrown music band Concave Scream. is a legal web portal which aims to meet the needs of lawyers, both in Singapore & around the world. It also offers law firms help in designing websites and putting them on the Internet.

chessgallery carries a wide range of chess sets and accessories. was launched on 25 May 2000. It is a bilingual entertainment portal with Internet radio service. or the print version, a morning tabloid, Project Eyeball, is a new newspaper set to hit the streets and the cyber-highways in the middle of the year. Coming to you from Singapore Press Holdings (SPH). is coming to you soon! This shop already has nine branches selling everything at S$1.99 each. Items range from crockery, utensils, confectionery,  household accessories, artificial flowers to Hello Kitty stationery.

BANKmates: Get a Personal Assistant to do your errands in Singapore.


The Singaporean website community Set up your company's website here. More...

We are now 640 pages thick and growing.

Public Holidays NATIONAL DAY is the next public holiday. It falls on Wednesday 9 August 2000.

General Message Board

Singapore Cemetery Warren Message Board 

BackPackers' Message Board

MyEPB bookstore opened on 1 Jun 2000 at Suntec City Mall #B1-025. It has an area of 23000 sq ft.


* Singapore Film Society's new address, effective 10 May 2000, is 5A Raffles Ave #03-01 Marina Leisureplex Singapore 039801.

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Setting up a business? Do a free Name Search first to see whether the name you want is available. Click RCB.


The 17-storey Cathay Building, which houses Cathay Cinema (opened on 3 Oct 1939), is to make way for a new 15-storey shopping-office-cinema complex. It was completed in 1941.

EscapeArtist.Com  The website on overseas living for international job seekers and expatriates.  

ExpatSingapore  For expatriates planning to relocate to Singapore. Provides excellent information on Singapore.  

ContactSingapore  Step-by-step guide to applying for a job, getting an employment pass, remuneration structure and corporate culture. 

Useful Services  Relocating to Singapore?

Singapore International Dragon Boat Festival 3 - 4 Jun 2000 at Marina Bay.

The Dumpling Festival is coming! It falls on 6 June 2000. From now till then, every Chinese family in Singapore (except those in mourning) will be busy making rice dumplings to celebrate the occasion.

AF2000 is Temasek Polytechnic's 3rd international Singapore Animation Fiesta 2000 website. The festival runs from 9 - 11 June 2000 at SICEC Suntec City.

Singapore Arts Festival 2000

1 - 25 Jun 2000

See Entertainment for more local happenings!


Tourism Board

Tourist Arrival Statistics

BackPackers' Corner

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Low Lying Areas In Singapore  Lists the flood-prone areas in Singapore.

Things you should know  Tells you things you need to be aware of. 

Good Eats

10 MUST VISIT places


Shopping Complaints


The top ten fiction and non-fiction titles sold at these bookstores last week

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 Friday 2 June 2000

Senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew will pay a working visit to China from 11 - 15 June 2000 at the invitation of the Chinese government.

Minister for Information & the Arts Lee Yock Suan yesterday opened the Festival Village at Fort Canning Park which kicks off the Singapore Arts Festival 2000.

Lecturers at the Nanyang Technolgical University (NTU) and National University of Singapore (NUS) are now free to pocket all the consultancy fees they earn, including gains from any stock options or shares given to them as pay for work done. The universities now have a pay scale of about S$3750 - S$7750 a month for assistant professors, about S$6500 - S$9550 for associate professors and about S$9550 - S$13500 for professors. The salary scales are being reviewed by a government committee looking into university administration.

Police are looking for a gunman who is believed to have robbed twice earlier this week, by blocking and forcing his victims out of their cars. On Monday, Lim Peck Hui, 24, who is said to have escaped to a neighbouring country using a fake passport, allegedly used his gun and fired three shots outside a coffee shop in Choa Chu Kang Way after being confronted by one of his victims.


Jakarta: Reports that President Abdurrahman Wahid had asked ministers to study fresh curbs to prevent the rupiah from spiralling further were downplayed yesterday by a senior adviser, who said no new currency controls were now under consideration.

Around the world

Miami, USA: Gridlock-weary motorists fell prey to two Miami residents who were charged with fraudulently selling remote-control devices that purported to turn red traffic lights to green, prosecutors said. Dubbed "Go-Boxes", the devices, which turned out to be flashing strobe lights, were advertised exclusively on the Internet and sold for US$69 - US$150, US attorney Tom Scott said. 

Courtesy of The Straits Times

News updated by 8.00 am daily.



30ml Gin

15ml Cherry Brandy

120ml Pineapple Juice

15ml Lime Juice

7.5ml Cointreau

7.5ml Dom Benedictine

10ml Grenadine

A dash of Angostura Bitters

Garnish with a slice of pineapple & cherry

The Singapore Sling was created by Raffles Hotel bartender Mr Ngiam Tong Boon.


The consumer price index (CPI) for March 2000 dipped by 0.3% compared to February 2000. Food prices fell by 1.6% due mainly to cheaper seafood, vegetables and fresh pork. The cost of transport and communications fell by 0.2% due to falling car prices.

The CPI is used as an inflation gauge by measuring the change in the prices of a fixed basket of goods purchased commonly by most households.

The Government has forecast that inflation will be within 2% this year.