Permits & Passes
|Estimated population of Singapore
citizens and permanent residents - 3,163,500 as at June 1998.
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.
Utilities Board Estimates for 2001
|World War II Compensation for ex-POWs
|New Parliament House
|DATING: Unfaithfully Yours by Lisa
New prefixes for I/Cs of those born in 2001 &
Remember the prefix
"S" for our Identity Card numbers? Many of us
have - a for long time - thought that the prefix letter
"S" stands for "Singapore". Well, news
for all of us - The "S" stands for this century,
the 20th Century, which includes the years 1901 to 2000.
"S" doesn't stand for
Ha! Ha! I only found
this out just yesterday. Next week will mark the end of
this century, and the start of the 21st Century, i.e. 2001
- 2100. As the letter "T" comes after the letter
"S" in the alphabet, "T" will be the
new prefix used in front of Identity Card numbers
belonging to those born in 2001 and beyond till the year
2100. Confused? Just remember, it works this way - the 1st
Century AD starts with the letter "A".
Therefore, the 21st Century will have the 21st letter in
the alphabet - "T".
So, if you have
children due to be born next year, or friends/relatives
becoming Permanent Residents next year, they will be the
first batch of Singaporeans with I/C numbers bearing the
prefix "T". Come 1 Jan 2001, the identity card
numbers are reset to 0000001. This means that the first
I/C issued therefore will bear this I/C No. T0000001/E,
which differs from the very first I/C number, S0000001/I,
which was issued in 1966. The last letter in the I/C
number, "I" is just a check-digit, to ensure the
I/C number is not entered into the computer wrongly.
long-term visit passes are not left out in this change.
Identification numbers of these foreigners now bear the
prefix "F". From next year, new passes issued to
them will have Identification numbers with the letter
"G" in front.
enables users to compare quotations from several insurance
companies, and then purchase online an insurance policy using a
credit card. It now offers motor insurance, but eventually will
also offer travel, medical and home owner's insurance.
is the website of the new S$400 million Fullerton Hotel in
is the website of Thomson Jazz Club, the only organisation
dedicated to the promotion of jazz music. It is home to the
Thomson Big Band - the premier large-scale jazz ensemble in the
provides professional gift-giving advice when shopping for
business, for an individual or for yourself. Business gifts
including namecard cases, namecard holders, desktop sets and
golf accessories. Offer best-in-industry 30-day return policy,
personal monogram service, free gift-wrap and customised gift
message tags. Free delivery in Singapore.
Ethelon.com is the website of
Icon.Net, an Application Service Provider which delivers
business tools and applications over the Internet for small and
medium sized Asian businesses under the brand name of Ethelon.
Ecourts.com.sg is the
website of Courts, the lifestyle store which lets you buy
furniture, furnishings, appliances and computers on hire
World66.com is the open-source
travel portal. Interactive guides to hundreds of destinations,
SPCA is the website of the
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Singapore.
is the website of William Lai & Alan Wong Advocates &
Solicitors - Singapore Lawyers.
Click New Websites for the rest of the
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Holidays CHRISTMAS DAY is
the next public holiday. It falls on Monday 25 December 2000.
12 and still counting That's the number of MediaCorp Studios artistes
so far to have resigned to cross over to rival MediaWorks set up
by the SPH group.
Circus - The Modern Art of Circus Opens 16 Dec 2000 Taipan Big Top (fully-airconditioned)
in The Park at Bugis Village. Tue to Fri 8pm Sat and Sun 2.30pm
& 8pm (No performances on Mon) Tickets at S$40 (Cat 1),
S$30 (Cat 2), S$25 (Cat 3), S$19 (Cat 4) Tickets from SISTIC at Tel:
(65) 348 5555 or click SISTIC
On Ice 2000
19 - 22 Dec 2000 Singapore Indoor Stadium 2pm, 5pm, & 8pm. 18 Dec 2000 Mandarin only
Admission is free.
Tickets from SISTIC at Tel: (65) 348 5555 or click SISTIC (after 5 Dec)
30th Anniversary Superstar Concert
2000 Singapore Indoor
Stadium 7pmTickets at S$50,
S$80, S$120, S$160 Tickets available
at all SISTIC outlets. Call SISTIC's hotline: (65) 3485555 or
Opens 5 Jan 2001 Kallang Theatre
Presented by Action Theatre Tickets from SISTIC at Tel: (65) 348 5555 or click SISTIC
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