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Chinese                     77%

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Other ethnic groups 1.4%

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Hi again

  My father-in-law passed away last Wednesday and I was busy with the wake, and subsequently, the funeral yesterday. We discovered that he had made a nomination in 1966 for his CPF* money and the nominee wasn't anyone in the family. He got married in 1959 and because the nomination was made after his marriage, it was a valid nomination in the eyes of the law. In simple terms, this means that all his CPF money goes to the person named as nominee (the beneficiary) regardless of whether that person is related to him or not. Such is the CPF law in Singapore. It also means that his family members - wife, & children - have no right whatsoever to the CPF money.

  Sounds cruel, doesn't it? I mean, a person dies, and his family members have to pick up the tab for the funeral expenses, which in this case amounted to S$14000, and someone else gets to enjoy life with the CPF proceeds. I made an enquiry at CPF's helpline but it didn't make matters easier. I was told that the CPF Board sends out statements of account every half-yearly to all members. In the statement is a line in which the nomination date is mentioned. In my father-in-law's case, according to the CPF representative, in the last 34 years he did not change his nomination although he had been receiving such statements. My retort that my father-in-law couldn't read or write English didn't convince that person on the other end of the line. Her reply was that he could have got someone to read the statements for him.

  We could go on and on without reaching anywhere so I thanked her and hung up. I checked CPF Board's website and found that it encouraged members to make a nomination to ensure the loved ones are protected. Apparently, CPF Board was doing the right thing on the Web. But, what about those cases, such as my father-in-law's, in which dependants are left out in the cold? I am quite sure there are many such cases out there, mainly because of ignorance on the part of the CPF member. Who's going to help them resolve the problem? 

  Perhaps, the CPF Board should send out letters to its members every year to remind them to nominate their loved ones, if they have forgotten to do so. It could save a lot of heartaches. My purpose in relating this case is to remind you, if you have not done so, to nominate your spouse as the beneficiary of your CPF money, for that money is separate from your estate if anything happens and does not automatically go to your spouse and children.

  Anyway, in my father-in-law's case, it was a spot of luck that although he had gone through the traditional Chinese wedding in 1959, his marriage was only registered with the Registry Of Marriages in 1980. That means, his nomination, which was made in 1966 before the registration date, is null and void in the eyes of the law. What a lucky ending  for his family! But what about the hundreds of families out there which are not so fortunate?

  *Central Provident Fund - compulsory contribution to this fund from a worker's salary.

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Eastciti.com was launched on 18 Apr 2000. It is a lifestyle website, big on stars, with video, music, TV and movies online.

Moneycast.com.sg has an online stock game in which you can win a grand cash prize of S$10 000. The Game is divided into 6 weekly contests and starts on 17 Apr 2000. 

Venomclub.com has been launched. You can now view the action in this nightspot without leaving your computer. Six cameras pan the dance floor and lounge areas from 10.30pm - 3am, Tuesdays to Sundays.

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). 

GettingHere.com, which offers listings of short-haul tour packages tour operators want to sell off quickly, will be launched on 17 May 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.

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Today Monday 24 Apr 2000

In Singapore

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.

Taxi fares may go up in the months to come, following the price hikes in bus and MRT rides announced on Thursday.

Asia 

Hongkong: Chinese officials executed deputy mayor, Li Chenglong, 48,  yesterday for massive bribery and was preparing to arrest former vice-minister of public security, Cheng Kejie, in a stepped-up campaign against rampant corruption, said reports. 

Around the world

Washington: Six-year-old Elian Gonzalez was reunited at Andrew's Air Force Base with his father, Mr Juan Miguel Gonzalez,  yesterday.

Courtesy of The Straits Times

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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.