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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 expected in the late morning and afternoon mainly over northern, eastern and central Singapore.  WATER TIDES High tide 1.07am 3.0m  3.01pm 2.6m  SUN Sunrise 6.59 am Sunset 7.07 pm MOON Moonrise 10.50am  Moonset 11.23pm   PSI: 56 (moderate) TEMPERATURE: 24-32  degrees Celsius (updated daily at 7am Singapore time)    

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  The news is out! In two years' time, the Merlion statue is moving to a new spot a stone's throw away from its present home, Merlion Park, at the mouth of the Singapore River.

  The Merlion is an imaginary creature with the head of a lion and the body of a fish. This statue of the Merlion has stood at the same spot since 1972 after it was crafted by Lim Nang Seng & Sons. The statue stopped spurting water from its mouth when its water pump stopped functioning in 1998.

  S$6 million will be spent for the development of the new home and relocation of the Merlion which is eight metres tall and weighs 40 tonnes. It will also get two new pumps costing S$200 000 each so that it can spurt water non-stop.

  The new home is on reclaimed land across the road from the Fullerton Building (Old General Post Office). It will have a viewing deck which is big enough to accommodate an orchestra.

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NEW WEBSITES is an online lingerie boutique started by two friends, Gina Toh & Laura Lee. is a personal e-organiser, scheduler, reminder (through phone & pager), and Unified Messaging Service (UMS). You can download real-time web pages to fax machines. It also has English & Chinese email readers.

AF2000 is Temasek Polytechnic's 3rd international Singapore Animation Fiesta 2000 website. The festival runs from 9 - 11 June 2000 at SICEC Suntec City. was launched on 2 May 2000. It addresses the concerns of Asian parents and has articles dealing with family planning, pregnancy, birth issues and childcare matters. It also has an ovulation calculator, gender predictor and name finder for new parents. is a website on mums for mums by mums.  dedicates itself to linking e-angels to promising Internet & Infocomm Start-Up Companies. 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)., which offers listings of short-haul tour packages tour operators want to sell off quickly, will be launched on 17 May 2000. Click for a preview.

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


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We are now 525 pages thick and growing.

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

Renamed! The Lasalle International Design School is now Raffles Lasalle International Design School.


Singapore High Commission in London has launched its website.

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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. 

Useful Services  Relocating to Singapore?

     The Singapore Jewellers' Association (SJA) has advised tourists to buy jewellery from retailers accredited with the Singapore Jewellers' Association or who carry the Jeweller Trust or Case Trust logo. Its announcement follows a series of complaints by tourists from China who told the Chinese daily, Lianhe Zaobao that they were "ripped off" by jewellers in Singapore who sold them fake products.


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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. 

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

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 Monday 8 May 2000

About 4000 households have been told by the Hosuing & Development Board (HDB) to remove all potential killer litter outside their flats. Such objects, which pose a danger to passers-by below their block of flats, include residents' potted plants perched on parapet walls, bird cages hanging from windows, or metal brackets supporting bamboo poles for laundry.

A 15-year-old Japanese boy was killed when a van hit him outside a Japanese high school at West Coast Road on Friday. Yuya Yamada was crossing the road outside the Shibuya Makuhari Senior High School when a van travelling towards Clementi Avenue 2 hit him at 3.50pm. 

The Hearing Care Centre has been opened. The hearing-impaired can get free hearing checks there. It is located within the Singapore Association For The Deaf's premises at Mountbatten Road. According to the Association, there are over 4000 hearing impaired people in Singapore. 


Manila: Muslim extremists holding 21 hostages in a southern Philippines jungle yesterday issued fresh demands for the release of their hostages, but stressed money was not one of them.

Chiangmai, Thailand: Close to 5000 angre demonstrators, twice as many on Saturday, charged down police barriers and massed outside the entrance to a hotel here where top government officials and bankers had gathered for the annual meeting of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) - forcing them to leave by the back door. 

Around the world

Moscow: Mr Vladimir Putin was yesterday inaugurated as Russian President in a lavish ceremony.

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.