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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: Slightly hazy and warm. Showers with thunder are expected in the morning, mainly over northern, western and central Singapore. WATER TIDES High tide  0.28pm 2.6m  11.41pm 2.8m  SUN Sunrise 6.56 am Sunset 7.07 pm MOON Moonrise 8.02pm  Moonset  7.34am   PSI: 48 (good) TEMPERATURE: 26-34  degrees Celsius (updated daily at 7am Singapore time)    

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     New IDD operator joins the action in Singapore

Night Bazaar

at Tanglin Mall

20 May 2000

5pm - 11pm

collectibles, antiques, junk, phone-cards...

Take a stroll with our photographer down to Victoria Theatre.

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  New telecom operator has started offering International Direct Dialing (IDD) services to companies and residents in Singapore. To use their service, you need to register with them first. Thereafter, to call overseas, just dial their IDD service 248 5555 and key in the required country code, area code and phone number. It's as easy as that. 

  Those of you who had a bad experience with a previous operator, believed to have stopped operations in February 2000, need not worry. Circle dot com (S) Pte Ltd was licensed by the Telecom Authority of Singapore in March 2000.

  Circle dot com also has pre-paid calling cards which allow users to just dial a four-digit number from any tone-dialling phone to connect to the rest of the world. What makes their cards appealing is they allow you to transfer any remaining value in your used cards and also let you choose your language for listening and responding to automated voice prompts. MORE.

If you have any comments or questions, please e-mail us at .

NEW WEBSITES, which offers listings of short-haul tour packages tour operators want to sell off quickly, was launched on 17 May 2000. provides web hosting as well as e-mail services.

Bonfield for second-hand branded watches. They buy, sell, restore and repair watches.

wakai koi specialises in Japanese Koi. specialises in Arowana, an ornamental fish.  specialises in Victorian, period and modern wedding gowns. is an emergency online medical information storage website. It provides a LifeCard on which is printed an access code allowing medical personnel to access your medical information on the Internet or by fax. You get an ID and password. aims to provide unbiased information, performance comparison,  and portfolio management for all unit trusts & funds available in Singapore.

Charity1cent is The Charity1cent Initiative Website which provides complete resources on websites donating to charity. is an online lingerie boutique started by two friends, Gina Toh & Laura Lee.

AF2000 is Temasek Polytechnic's 3rd international Singapore Animation Fiesta 2000 website. The festival runs from 9 - 11 June 2000 at SICEC Suntec City. 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). 


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 569 pages thick and growing.

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

Int'l Discus Competition & Home Aquarium Show at Great World City 17 - 21 May 2000

The Great Singapore Sale is on from 26 May - 9 Jul 2000

Singapore Arts Festival 2000

1 - 25 Jun 2000

See Entertainment for more local happenings!


Singapore High Commission in London has launched its website.

NEW: Subscribe to our Weekly Internet Edition mailing list so that we can keep you informed of the latest happenings in Singapore. To subscribe, click SINGAPORE.

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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?

  Reports by two Singapore American School students that they were the victims of abduction attempts have led the school to warn parents to be on guard. The private school in Woodlands, in a circular sent out to parents some weeks ago, alerted them to a report by an 11-year-old student in February that a woman had tried to abduct him. The boy, who was walking home from school, said the woman had driven up in a green mini-van and offered him a lift. When the boy declined the lift, she got out of her car and tried to grab him.


Tourism Board

Tourist Arrival Statistics

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

Shopping Complaints

Qing Dynasty antique porcelain exhibition at Yue Hwa from now till 21 May.


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

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 Friday 19 May 2000

In the last two days, two men are believed to have drowned at the Bedok Jetty. On Wednesday afternoon, the body of sub-contractor Lim Puang Ang, 46, was seen floating on the water. The morning before Mr Lim's body was found, another body was seen floating near the jetty. Mr Chua Min Hwee, 19, is believed to have drowned when he went cycling and swimming at the park. 

Sentosa's Horse Riding Centre, Singapore's only public riding centre which opened in November 1999, has bought five Australian horses which can carry people who weigh more than 65kg. According to Mr Francis Koh, the general manager of Sentosa Enterprises, more than 100 people weighing over 65kg are waiting to join the SRC. With the new addition, the centre can now give riding lessons to more than 400 people, compared to the present 150.


Manila: Bomb explosions ripped through two southern Philippine islands yesterday, including one where Muslim extremists are holding 21 hostages, killing at least five people and injuring nearly 70 others.

Tokyo: Japanese airlines are using adhesive tape and other restraining devices to control   the increasing cases of unruly behaviour on domestic and international flights. 

Around the world

Chicago: Laughing gas may help smokers to kick the habit, according to a preliminary study carried out by psychiatrist Carlo Bayrakdarian of the Weill Cornell Medical College of New York Presbyterian Hospital. He reported the results on Wednesday at a meeting of the American Psychiatric Association.

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.