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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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  We interrupt our Housing Loan feature to bring you news regarding POSBank accounts. New charges come into operation from 1 June 2000. They are:

  1. New savings accounts can be opened only with a minimum deposit of S$500. Existing & new savings accounts must have a minimum daily balance of S$500 per month, otherwise a monthly fee of S$2 will be charged.

  2. For current accounts, cheque books will cease to be free. Each cheque book will attract a fee of S$10 (50-leaves type). A fixed monthly fee of S$2 is charged for the operation of the current account. Existing & new current accounts must have a minimum monthly balance of S$500, otherwise an additional monthly fee of S$2 will be charged. 

  However, the new charges will be waived for the following:

  a. Personal savings accounts (individually held with no linkage to a current account) by customers who are below 21 years old, and those who are 62 years old and above.

  b. POSB First Accounts (for children below 5 years old)

  c. POSB Save-As-You-Earn Accounts

  For more information, please call the bank at Tel: (65) 1800-334 0220 or visit their website which is Just A Click Away at

  LATEST! DBS customers with only one savings account would not have to pay the new charges until a new CPF deposit scheme is in place, said DBS chairman S Dhanabalan on 5 May 2000

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We are now 475 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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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?

     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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 Thursday 27 Apr 2000

In Singapore

New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark will be in Singapore today and tomorrow on a working visit.

Three men who died when they went down a Chulia Street manhole on Tuesday may have been killed by toxic fumes produced by sludge or decomposed material.

The Consumers Association of Singapore (CASE) has criticised DBS Bank's reasons for imposing charges on POSBank account holders. It said in a strongly-worded letter yesterday that "it would appear that the charges are geared towards the improvement of the bottom line" and not "the promotion of account consolidation and electronic banking services as expressed".


Manila: The Philippines military deployed about 1000 soldiers to the Sulu islands in the southern Philippines yesterday as it prepared to rescue 21 hostages abducted from the malaysian resort island of Sipadan.

Around the world

London:  A huge army of child pickpockets, mainly girls aged about 10, is targeting Asians and other holiday makers in London's popular tourist areas. Hundreds of tourists have been robbed in the past few weeks and police have set up special squads to try to catch the small criminals. Nearly all the young pickpockets are the children of Eastern Europe asylum seekers, who have flooded Britain.

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.