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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.

 

The Editor

Raymond Han

You can e-mail him at editor@getforme.com

 

What's New on our website

CPF Contribution Rates Over The Years

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Singaporean Cooking

The WEATHER TODAY: Generally fair except for few showers in the afternoon, mainly over southern and eastern Singapore. TOMORROW'S WEATHER  Late morning and early afternoon showers are expected for tomorrow and Tuesday. WATER TIDES High tide  4.33am 2.5m  5.43pm 2.3m  SUN Sunrise 7.04 am Sunset 7.16 pm MOON Moonrise 1.39pm  1.14am  PSI: 44 (good) TEMPERATURE: 26-33  degrees Celsius (The weather is updated daily at 8am Singapore time) For more information, call Meteorological Service Singapore Tel: (65) 542 7788.    

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Explore Singapore

Take a leisurely stroll along Orchard Road with our roving photographer on Tuesday.

Coming Soon: A walk through HKL's CityLink: Singapore's first subterranean mall

Take a stroll with our photographer down to Somerset Road & Orchard Boulevard. Just follow the Stamford Road route.

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Mdm Kang's Kitchen Chilli Crabs

  The standard of English, both spoken and written, in Singapore has been steadily deteriorating over the past twenty years. This is due, perhaps, to the emphasis on the second language, which is the mother-tongue, at its expense.

  The true English-speaking generation of students, which grew up in the seventies, are now in their forties. Some of them are English teachers. Students who have had the privilege of learning from them picked up good English skills.

  Many of those who grew up after the seventies spoke the mother-tongue more often than English and as a result, carried a less-than-sufficient command of English into adulthood. Some became teachers. Without a good grounding in English, these teachers could not possibly nurture good English students. So, as the years went by, subsequent generations of students taught by the students of such teachers moved into adulthood without acquiring proficiency in English. Things get from bad to worse because the standard of English picked up by each graduating class from each graduating teacher dropped steadily over the years.

  Today, English Language teachers are required to attend grammar courses. This confirms that the Ministry of Education is indeed aware of the need to build up the English Language among the ranks of its English teachers. Not many students take up English Literature nowadays - a sure sign that all is not well. More...

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NEW WEBSITES

Interauct.com is an online and procurement solutions service provider

dchee.com for local designer Doreen Chee's dresses and bags.

Inuovi.com is the website of local makeup label Inuovi.

FirstIndependent.com.sg is the website of independent financial planners. It offers unit trusts, money market funds as well as stocks to investors.

Asiaxis.com is a financial portal launched in late June 2000. It provides immediate mobile 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 successful deals.

njoyicecream.com sells ice cream at their website. Popular flavours are Shhhiok! & Coffeebreak. Also available at leading supermarkets, convenience shops and petrol marts.

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).

one-99shop.com 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.

wwlegal.com is a legal website coming online in August 2000. It will provide a one-stop centre for people to find lawyers.

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

SporesCity www.sporescity.com 

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

We are now 896 pages thick and growing.

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

General Message Board

Madam Kang's Kitchen Message Board

Singapore Cemetery Warren Message Board 

BackPackers' Message Board

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.

GOVERNMENT SNIPPETS

National Service for all males who are Singapore citizens or permanent residents and born between 13 Dec 1982 & 12 Mar 1983.

Ban Hin Lee Bank Berhad has merged with Southern Bank Berhad and the combined entity is now known as Southern Bank Berhad. 

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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.

     National Library Board's Annual Book Sale 15 - 16 Jul 2000   Singapore Expo Hall 4B   10am - 8pm

You can browse through some 250,000 volumes of books and magazines and then buy whatever you fancy at S$2 each for adult fiction & non-fiction books, and S$1 each for all other books. You can also buy magazines, which are available in bundles of 12, at S$5 per bundle. Use the free bus shuttle available at Tanah Merah MRT Station from 9.30am - 10pm daily. The National Library Board's website is Just A Click Away at NLB.

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, flying into Singapore, getting an employment pass, and applying for visas for your spouse and children. 

Useful Services  Relocating to Singapore?

Harvard Din & Tonics 2000 a cappella with a twist at Chijmes Hall, 8pm on 17, 18, & 19 Jul 2000. Presented by Caldwell Arts Entertainment. Tickets at S$25 (adults), S$20 (students). Hotline: (65) 332 6274/332 6285 or click CaldwellArts.

Vengaboys Live In Concert 2000  22 Jul 2000  7pm Siloso Beach, Sentosa

Singapore River Fiesta from 22 Jul - 9 Aug 2000. Venue: Singapore River.

A 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 Aug 2000.

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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. 

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Top Ten TIMES Bestsellers

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Sunday 9 July 2000

The Housing Board (HDB) has to be firm with people who throw rubbish out of the window, and is justified in saying it would take back the flats of three HDB residents convicted of killer-litter offences, said Deputy Prime Minister Lee Hisen Loong yesterday.

Singapore Airlines is suing the family members of ex-employee Teo Cheng Kiat, hoping to recover some of the millions which he had embezzled over 13 years.

Asia

Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian authorities have identified 44 extremists Islamic groups claiming to possess mystical powers of invincibility, just days after an armed Muslim cult sparked the country's worst security crisis in years.

Around the world

Washington: An interceptor rocket failed to destroy a mock warhead that roared over the Pacific in an anti-missile test watched by the world, dealing a sharp blow to Pentagon plans to fit a controversial missile shield over America by 2005. 

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SINGAPORE SLING

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.

ECONOMY

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.