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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.

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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Applying For A Personal Loan

  There are basically two types of personal loans: secured and unsecured. A secured loan is one in which you pledge shares, fixed deposit or property as security for the loan. An unsecured loan is a clean loan, one in which you do not have to pledge anything as security.

  Banks usually offer loans for periods ranging from two to five years. This is how we work out the maths. Say, you wish to borrow S$5000 for three years. Interest per year is, say 6% of S$5000 = S$300. Your loan is for three years, so S$300 x 3 = S$900. Total interest payable is S$900. Loan amount S$5000 + total interest S$900 = S$5900.

  Total amount payable S$5900 divided by 36 instalments = S$163.88. Your first instalment payable a month after the loan is approved is S$163.88. You need to pay 35 instalments of S$163.88 and a final instalment of S$164.20.

  The advantage in taking a personal loan is that the interest rate you are paying remains the same even if the bank's interest rate should go up during the period of your loan (i.e. in the next three years).

  Next week, we will go through the whole process of applying for a loan. We will look at every step of the loan process - application, approval, loan documentation, disbursement of the money, and loan recovery (something we hope won't happen).

If you have any comments or questions, please e-mail us at editor@getforme.com .


Eyeball.com.sg 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). 

MPH Bookstore has gone online.  It has up to 2.5 million books for your selection. Click MPHOnline.com now.

Singapore High Commission in London has launched its website.

GettingHere.com, which offers listings of short-haul tour packages tour operators want to sell off quickly, will be launched in Apr 2000. Click GettingHere.com for a preview.

New AsiaBuilders.com to provide comprehensive listings and product catalogues for the construction industry. To be launched end Apr 2000. Click AsiaBuilders.com for a preview.

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

We are now 402 pages thick and growing.

New! The new Cartier boutique has opened at Ngee Ann City #01-33 & #02-04. Tel: (65) 734 2427.

New! The new Louis Vuitton shop has opened at Ngee Ann City.

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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. 

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

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Today Thursday 6 Apr 2000

In Singapore

18-year-old Kwek Chen Siang, who spoke loudly on his mobile phone and then beat up a man who ticked him off for disturbing other moviegoers, was sentenced yesterday to 12 months' jail and three strokes of the cane.

This year's National Day Parade will be held at the Padang. It brings back a column drive-past of military vehicles and hardware through housing estates. For more information, click ndp2000.

The Preservation of Monuments Board (PMB) has identified Singapore's first skyscraper, Cathay Building, as a possible landmark for preservation, said the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) in a statement on Tuesday.

Fourteen Primary 4 students at JieMin Primary School were slapped for not bringing their science worksheets to class. Their teacher had told them to slap one another. The incident happened last Friday.


Tokyo: No policy surprises are expected from Japan's newly-installed Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori.

Johor Baru: A Johor state executive councillor has warned that the proposed move to impose a RM5 (S$2) entry fee on all Singapore-registered vehicles may result in a drop in tourist arrivals in Johor.

Around the world

London: British nurses have urged the government to introduce better legislations for body piercing and tighter controls on those providing the service, following a boom in the practice.

Courtesy of The Straits Times

News updated by 8.00 am daily.