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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: Showers with thunder over many areas in the afternoon. WATER TIDES High tide  -  1.11pm 2.7m SUN Sunrise 6.57 am Sunset 7.09 pm MOON Moonrise 8.34am  Moonset  9.09pm   PSI: 51 (moderate) TEMPERATURE: 24-32  degrees Celsius (The weather is updated daily at 7am Singapore time)    

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     Singaporean Cooking with Madam Kang

Dumpling Festival

falls on Tuesday

6 June 2000.

Take a stroll with our photographer down to the City Hall in St Andrew's Road.

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  Welcome to the Singaporean-Cooking Kitchen. Our cook, Madam Kang, is a Hokkien Singaporean housewife who cooks for an extended family of eleven, which includes four grandchildren.

  We have invited Mdm Kang to show us just what meals she prepares daily to feed her family. Over the next few weeks, you will get to see (but, sorry, not taste) the everyday dishes eaten by Singaporeans at home. This is possible because we will provide photographs to give you a better picture of the whole preparation process.

  Sit back now and peruse the menu for today's dinner:

  Stir-fried cabbage                      Fried Fish

  Stir-fried baked beans & egg      Tohfu soup

  Stir-fried eggplant  Steamed minced pork with egg

  Madam Kang is now in the kitchen. Please click the logo below to enter her kitchen.

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 is the website of the Singapore Yachting Association. You can also find useful tide tables. is the website of the Singapore Canoe Federation. is a homegrown Sign Language website. It has more than 150 pictures illustrating commonly used local hand signs in 14 categories. 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. 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 650 pages thick and growing.

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

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Singapore Cemetery Warren Message Board 

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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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Singapore Government Website   Police Ministry Of Education  Consular Matters & Migrating (known as permanent residency)

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!


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To get free copies of brochures on Singapore, including Singapore Official Guide, please click HERE.


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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 Sunday 4 June 2000

Chief Justice Yong Pung How yesterday announced that the pay scales of legal service officers would be revised from 1 July. On average, monthly salaries will go up by about 15% under the new pay structure. From that day, salaries for fresh graduates joining the legal service will start at S$2700 a month, S$300 more than the current starting pay. They can expect to earn between S$48000 and S$62000 a year, according to current recruitment advertisements. 

A POSBank manager allegedly misappropriated S$325000 from the branch she was managing in order to replace S$325000 she had allegedly taken from another branch, which she had also managed. Jaslyn Chee Lai Meng, 38, was first charged on 27 May with criminal breach of trust as an employee. She faced a second charge last Friday.

Four new judges were appointed to the Subordinate Courts recently, all previously from private practice. They are Jeffrey Sim, Earnest Lau, Foo Tuat Yuen and Abigail Ng.


Manila: Ten foreign journalists covering the six-week hostage crisis in the southern Philippines ended up being seized by Abu Sayyaf rebels and forced to pay a US$25000 (S$43000) ransom to secure their freedom. They were also stripped of their cash, wristwatches and even their shoes when they visited the Muslim rebels' jungle lair on Friday. The journalists were held captive overnight and freed after the ransom was paid the next day.

Around the world

Washington: The White House has made public the names of 12 international druglords in a further bid to undermine their operations and curtail the trade.

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.