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citizens and permanent residents - 3,163,500 as at June 1998.
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.
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It's Monday again and time
to reflect on the happenings in our lives over the past week.
Have you noticed that half a year has passed us by? Have you
pondered whether you have achieved what you set your mind to
achieving at the start of 2000? Yes, I am talking about your new
year resolutions for 2000.
I used to plot my goals
for three periods - the year ahead, two years ahead, & the
next five years. Then, I would track meticulously my progress in
realising the goals. The beginning of 2000 came and passed, and
I haven't any goal in sight. The two-year & five-year plans
I set myself last year have been conveniently left in the 39th
drawer of my mind. Are you also equally guilty of such behaviour?
I have tried searching for
reasons for my nonchalance towards my future nowadays. But, I
have yet to come up with a convincing reason. I just can't
convince my alter ego that I have indeed decelerated into a
lackadaisical mode. I finally found what I thought was a
passable excuse - I was getting old. You know, even old machines
become cranky and need tweaking.
Then, I read The Straits
Times yesterday. A 14-year-old schoolboy was found dead in a
macabre manner in a Housing Board flat on Friday. His hands and
feet were tied with red raffia and his mouth covered with black
cloth. What a way to go! I was shocked and thoroughly shaken.
This young chap had his life sucked out of him in the prime of
his life. The police are still looking into the circumstances
surrounding his death so I shan't comment more on it yet. Just
why have I chosen to bring this up? - It's just that here I am,
a wee bit past forty and very much alive and kicking. That young
lad didn't even get a chance to grow up.
Life can be unpredictable.
You can't be too careful. I mean, you can be careful but if your
time is up - you just have got to go. I consider myself to be
very lucky indeed. I have been fortunate to have the privilege
to enjoy life on this good earth for the past forty years. I
look forward to plenty of good years ahead. Goals are not
necessarily the be all and the end all. Certainly, goals speed
up our quality of life, but let's face it - life is beautiful
taken neat, without any garnishing.
It's already a miracle
that we are around on this earth. Set your goals by all means,
but if you should forget about them soon after, don't despair.
For all you know, it may be a blessing in disguise, for goals
add stress to our lives and not many people can take stress. Why
shorten your life in exchange for a perceived better quality of
life? Instead of setting goals to help you move ahead, why not
do more good while you are alive. Surely this won't add stress
to your life. On the contrary, you just might make more people
happy. Think about what I have said today.
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phone notification of news and stock prices.
AcmaBooks.com is a new
online bookstore launched on 17 Jun 2000. It offers about
500,000 titles at discounted prices.
debtdomain.com, founded by
a group of bankers and launched on 14 Jun 2000, lets banks and
other financial institutions buy and sell multi-million-dollar
market loans online. It charges a fee to buyers and sellers for
ice cream at their website. Popular flavours are Shhhiok! &
Coffeebreak. Also available at leading supermarkets, convenience
shops and petrol marts.
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to visit to get your joss-sticks, incense paper and Hungry Ghost
Festival food and beverages.
where you can buy and sell your property.
lets you find out all about exhibitions, conventions and
meetings happening in Singapore. You can also get free brochures
on meetings, incentive travel, conventions an the exhibition
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
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Items range from crockery, utensils, confectionery,
household accessories, artificial flowers to Hello Kitty
is a legal website coming online in August 2000. It will provide
a one-stop centre for people to find lawyers.
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Holidays NATIONAL DAY is
the next public holiday. It falls on Wednesday 9 August 2000.
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Cathay Cinema screened its last movie show on 30 Jun 2000. The 61-year-old building is
expected to be demolished to make way for a new building.
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who are Singapore citizens or permanent residents and born
between 13 Dec 1982 & 12 Mar 1983.
The total number of COEs for
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BUILDINGS TO BE PULLED DOWN
OG Albert Complex opened for business on
Friday 29 Jun 2000. It replaces OG
People's Park which opened its doors for the last time on
Thursday 28 Jun 2000. The 28-year-old OG Building at People's
Park will be demolished and a brand new 7th storey OG Building,
double the size of the existing building, will be completed in
the middle of 2002.
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Presented by Caldwell Arts Entertainment. Tickets at S$25 (adults),
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Vengaboys Live In Concert 2000
22 Jul 2000 7pm Siloso Beach, Sentosa
Singapore River Fiesta from 22 Jul - 9
Aug 2000. Venue: Singapore River.
Vocal Recital by Ying Huang (world renowned soprano) Piano: J.J. Lenna 23 July 2000
8pm Victoria Concert Hall
National Day Parade at the Padang on 9
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Monday 3 July 2000
Stanford University plans to
set up a centre in Nanyang Technological University (NTU) to train the
next generation of Asia's environmental engineering leaders here, said
Professor James O. Leckie, head of Stanford's environmental engineering
Singapore is poised to raise
its international profile by taking a seat next year on the UN Security
Council, the most powerful body of the United nations. Diplomats say the
Singapore Government is running unopposed to represent the so-called
Asian group for a two-year term beginning in January next year.
Kuala Lumpur: 15 men dressed
in army uniforms, including one who passed himself off as an army
Lieutenant-Colonel, walked into a camp in Perak and cleared out the
armoury in a daring incursion which Malaysian Defence Minister Najib
Razak called a Hollywood-style stunt. Sources say the weapons
taken in the 4.15am robbery included up to 80 M-16 and two Steyr assault
rifles, five grenade launchers, four general-purpose machine guns and
six light machine guns.
Jakarta: Ten people, who
were among the 500 packed onto a ferry that capsized off the Maluku
islands, were found floating close to an island north of Manado, in
Sulawesi, early yesterday morning.
Around the world
London: British soldiers who
were thrown into Changi Prison after the fall of Singapore in February
1942 are to get compensation from the British Government - 55 years
after Victory over Japan (VJ) Day. A senior government source told The
Straits Times: "The compensation package has not been finalised but
it could average GBP10,000 (S$26450) to each PoW who suffered at the
hands of the Japanese. There are 7,000 PoWs claiming compensation.
Details of the compensation scheme are being finalised and could take a
couple of months.
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The Singapore Sling was
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Consumer prices fell by 0.4%
in Jun 2000, as lower costs of transport, communications and clothing
more than offset rises in housing, health and education and stationery.
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.