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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: Showers with thunder over many areas in the afternoon.  WATER TIDES High tide 4.41 am 2.1m  7.56 pm 2.0m  SUN Sunrise 6.58 am Sunset 7.07 pm MOON Moonrise 2.08 am  Moonset 2.27 pm   PSI: 53 (moderate) TEMPERATURE: 24-32  degrees Celsius (updated daily at 6am Singapore time)    


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     Post Office Stamp Dispensers (SAM)

Take a stroll with our photographer down to the Raffles Hotel.

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  When in Singapore, you need not worry about the post office's opening hours. You just need SAM or Self-Service Automated Machine. This machine serves you 24 hours a day every day. It's a mini post office; with it you can weigh your letters, purchase the right postage and even pay your utilities and phone bills.

  This machine accepts coins but doesn't give you your change, so if you overfeed it, it will just give you more stamps. It also accepts NETS (an ATM card which you can get at some member banks if you hold an account).

  SAMs can be found at the following post offices, shopping centres and MRT stations: Ang Mo Kio Central, Ang Mo Kio MRT Station, Bedok Central, Bukit Batok Central, Bukit Merah Central, Bukit Panjang, Choa Chu Kang MRT Station, Clementi Central, Comcentre, Hougang Central, Junction 8, Jurong East (Blk 253), Jurong West, Killiney Road, Kitchener Road, Liang Court, Marine Parade, Pasir Ris Central, Raffles Place MRT Station, Serangoon Garden, Singapore Post Centre, Taman Warna, Tampines Central, Tang Plaza, Tanjong Pagar, Toa Payoh Central, Yishun Central, and Yishun MRT Station.

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NEW WEBSITES  dedicates itself to linking e-angels to promising Internet & Infocomm Start-Up Companies. provides comprehensive listings and product catalogues for the construction industry. 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. 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)., which offers listings of short-haul tour packages tour operators want to sell off quickly, will be launched on 17 May 2000. Click for a preview.


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

We are now 487 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.

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?

     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.


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. 

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

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 Saturday 29 Apr 2000

Mediacorp asks 210 workers to go. Media industry is moving too fast and those who are unable to adapt to the changes have to go, says the company. Eight in ten of those asked to leave were men, aged 40 years and above.

The Deputy Managing Director of publicly-listed Eltech Electronics has been found guilty of insider trading. After a four-day trial last month, a district court ruled that Lee Tat Meng, 49, did have inside information when he dumped 246000 Eltech shares in the market in November 1995.


Manila: The extremist Abu Sayyaf group yesterday threatened to behead the foreigners among the 21 people it is holding hostage on the southern Philippine island of Jolo.  

Around the world

Los Angeles: Researchers, who produced six healthy cows through cloning, found that cells taken from the cows showed rejuvenation that was the reverse of the premature ageing reported in the case of Dolly the cloned sheep, according to a report yesterday.

London: Violent and abusive pupils in British schools will, in future, be thrown into "sin bins" to stop them disrupting the education of other classmates. The "sin bins" will be established by the British governmet at 1000 city and rural schools with the worst discipline problems. The sin bins are  secure, self-contained buildings where  trouble-making louts are taught by specially-trained mentors.

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.