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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.


The Editor

Raymond Han

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Singapore Universities

Food Stalls Suspended From Business

New Motorcycles for Sale

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Global Cities

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Top 50 Schools (Express)

Speakers' Corner at Hong Lim Park

Pioneer Class of 2000: Singapore Management University

Abstract of Currency Notes & Coins In Circulation

Singapore National Songs

Top Ten Books at POPULAR Bookstores

Top Ten Books at W.H.Smith Bookstore 

Singapore Crime Situation for Jan - Jun 2000


CPF Services - Milestones

CityLink: Singapore's First Subterranean Mall

Tax Collection Statistics

Environment: Water



Newly Registered Public Accountants

CPF Contribution Rates Over The Years

HDB Flats Built Over The Years

Vehicles: Top 10 Sellers

The Straits Times' history

National Service Registration Dates

Health Questions & Answers

List of cinemas

24-hour Outlets

Free English Lessons

ERP Rates for cars

Golden Mike Awards

Recent Property Sale Transactions

The WEATHER TODAY: Showers in the afternoon mainly over northern, eastern and southern Singapore. TOMORROW'S WEATHER  Morning showers on Friday and late morning & early afternoon showers on Saturday. WATER TIDES High tide 10.43am 2.1m  9.37pm  2.5m  SUN Sunrise 7.05 am Sunset 7.15 pm MOON Moonrise 5.04pm   Moonset 4.35am  PSI: 50 (good) TEMPERATURE: 24-31  degrees Celsius (The weather is updated daily at 8am Singapore time) For more information, call Meteorological Service Singapore Tel: (65) 542 7788.    

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     Mid-Week Banking Column: Citibank Rupee A/c


Rated P(G) Presented By Drama Box

Stroll along Orchard Road - the shopping heart of Singapore    

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Mdm Kang's Kitchen Chilli Crabs

Citibank Rupee Checking Account

  It is common place for banks in Singapore to offer checking accounts in foreign currencies to customers. Such accounts are not popular because every transaction, whether a deposit or withdrawal attracts a charge, such as commission or service charge.

  Moreover, customers banking in foreign currency cheques (other than bank drafts) find it just takes too long for the cheques to clear as such cheques (except USD) have to be cleared through the bank branch in the country that issued the cheque in the first place - and that could take as long as a month. So customers need to take a long hard look and weigh the advantages and disadvantages before reaching a decision.

  Along comes Citibank with its Rupee Checking Account. There is no need to think over opening such an account at all. You just have got to get their Rupee Checking Account as the conveniences far outweigh other factors. More .....

We received our 400,000th hit on 22 Aug 2000!

Letters to the Editor

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Coca-Cola Enjoy!

NEW WEBSITES is a recruitment website for job seekers and companies seeking employees. is the official website of the Sydney Olympics 2000. Officials predict a staggering total of 6.5 billion hits for the site. is devoted to enriching the lives of seniors. It is the Internet arm of Senior Life, a bi-monthly magazine. is a career website that searches for a suitable "match" between their clients and candidates. It was established in 1993.

Bikers Homepage fulfils all your motorcycling needs in Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. Info, rides, ads, links, tours, pics, hangouts, and much more.  is a search engine. is an online grocery shop launched on 23 Aug 2000. They deliver during working days but you can get free delivery with orders exceeding S$30. You can also return unsatisfactory goods within 7 days. is a travel website with bargain fares from the region (Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Australia & New Zealand). It is an e-commerce initiative of Chan Brothers. is a community messageboard for people living in Singapore & Hongkong. Post or view messages on schools, work and play. or the print version, a morning tabloid, Project Eyeball, is a new newspaper which hit the streets on 12 Aug 2000. Brought to you by Singapore Press Holdings (SPH). has gone online! This shop already has nine branches selling everything at S$1.99 each. Items range from crockery, utensils, confectionery,  household accessories, artificial flowers to Hello Kitty stationery. is a legal website coming online in August 2000. It will provide a one-stop centre for people to find lawyers.

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 1,206 pages thick and growing.

Public Holidays DEEPAVALI is the next public holiday. It falls on Thursday 26 October 2000.

General Message Board

Madam Kang's Kitchen Message Board

Singapore Cemetery Warren Message Board 

BackPackers' Message Board

Registration for national service for all male Singaporeans and permanent residents born between 13 Dec 1982 and 12 Mar 1983 started on 31 Jul 2000 and ends on 29 Sep 2000. For those born between 13 Mar 1983 & 12 Jun 1983, registration starts on 2 Oct 2000 & ends on 24 Nov 2000.


New Schools Registered:

Linguabridge Language Centre  35 Selegie Rd #05-13 Parklane Shopping Mall Singapore 188307 Supervisor: Mdm Xu Xue Qing

Syscom School of Business & Technology  545 Orchard Rd #08-09 & #08-09A Far East Shopping Centre Singapore 238882 Supervisor: Maj. (NS) Chew Choon How

Change of Address

*British Chamber of Commerce  10 Collyer Quay #03-04 Ocean Bldg Singapore 049315 (22 Jul 2000)

*University of Dubuque Alumni  51 Bras Basah Rd #01-02 Singapore 189554 (19 Jul 2000)

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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 economy grew by 8.8% in the first half of this year, Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong revealed on 8 Aug 2000 in his National Day message.

The Singapore Economy

Current issues affecting our community:

Baby Incentives Package

Scholarship Bond-Breakers Debate


School Discipline: Put the cane in our teachers' hands

Speakers' Corner at Hong Lim Park to open on 1 Sep 2000

Storm over Hainan Kopi Tales


Food Stalls Suspended From Business

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, flying into Singapore, getting an employment pass, and applying for visas for your spouse and children. 

Useful Services  Relocating to Singapore?

International Guitar Festival 2000 from 31 Aug - 3 Sep 2000. Includes seminars and workshops.

"You're A Good Man Charlie Brown"  Directed by Roberta MacDonald   A Musical Dinner Theatre Experience brought to you by Caldwell Arts Entertainment & Golden Apple Dinner Theatre 16 - 31 Aug 2000 CHIJMES Hall

Creating an Original Musical - The Chang & Eng Experience  8 Sep 2000  The Courtyard, National Library at Stamford Rd  7pm Free Admission.     Ekachai Uekrongtham and Ken Low, two of the creators of Chang & Eng, share the process of creating Singapore's longest running homegrown musical.

Invisibility Rated P(G) and performed in English and Mandarin  Presented by Drama Box Written by Quah Sy Ren  Adapted & Directed by Sim Pern Yiau     Performed by: Alvin Chiam, Caroline Fernandez, Zelda Tatiana Ng & Yeo Yann Yann  13 - 17 Sep 2000, 19 - 23 Sep 2000  8pm

Lantern Festival 2000  31 Aug - 13 Sep 2000  Chinese Garden  9am - 10pm      Over 3,000 lanterns from Guangdong and Jiangsu provinces in China are on display. Other attractions include cultural shows and a food fair. Tickets at the door: S$7 (adult) & S$4 (child)

See Entertainment for more information on local happenings!

5 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.


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Tourist Arrival Statistics

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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 - disasters, drowning cases, Hotel New World... 

Good Eats

10 MUST VISIT places


2nd-hand Watches

Shopping Complaints


Fireworks Display


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

Top Ten KINOKUNIYA Bestsellers

 Top Ten BORDERS Bestsellers

 Top Ten MPH Bestsellers

Top Ten TIMES Bestsellers

Top Ten POPULAR Bestsellers

Top Ten W.H.SMITH Bestsellers

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Thursday 31 Aug 2000

An Indonesian teenager who hacked into a National University of Singapore research institute's server from abroad, and modified it, was slapped with a fine of S$15,500 in the Juvenile Court yesterday. The 15-year-old private student was found unsuitable for probation as he would not be allowed to remain in Singapore.

Education statistics, released yesterday, showed that students from different ethnic groups made good progress in important national examinations and subjects, such as English, mathematics, science and the mother tongue. At the PSLE and O levels, Chinese students streaked ahead of the national average pass rates. It was only at the A levels that Indian students had the highest pass rates of 88.6%, a whisker above the national average of 86.5%. Chinese students came a close second with 86.6%, with Malays at 80.3%.

A 68-year-old retired quantity surveyor who failed to check his sub-tenant's immigration status, was yesterday jailed for six months for harbouring an illegal immigrant. Ang Joo Kwee, alias Wee Joo Kwee, had checked his tenants' work permits and immigration status with the authorities before he let out the apartment. But he did not verify the immigration status of his sub-tenant, Chen Choon Lian, 41, whom one of his tenants subsequently took in. 

Four police officers were charged in court yesterday with taking bribes from illegal gambling den operators in return for tipping them about police raids. The four are: Staff Sergeant Wesley Yeong Cheng, 50; Sergeant Toh Tiong Lin, 30; and former police sergeants Claudio Dang Peck Seng and Phua Leng Seng, both 26. All of them are from Ang Mo Kio headquarters' crime control unit. All are on bail at amounts ranging from S$5,000 to S$35,000.


New Delhi: India's obsession with the Gandhi name erupted again yesterday as the media greeted the arrival of Mrs Priyanka Vadra's baby boy, born in a New Delhi hospital on Tuesday afternoon. The 2.76 kg infant is the grandson of Rajiv Gandhi. Mrs Vadra is the 28-year-old daughter of Rajiv and Sonia Gandhi. She is married to businessman Robert Vadra.

Beijing: Chinese police were out in force in several towns in the southern province of Jiangxi, nearly a week after armed police brought an end to a riot by 20,000 farmers who ransacked government buildings, beat up officials and smashed houses over high taxes. An official at the police department in Jiangxi's Fengcheng City said many of the city's police officers remained stationed at Yuandu, the flash point of the riot, to back up the town's small police force. Yuandu was calm yesterday, a school teacher and farmers said. Nearby towns, including Baitu, where the Yuandu unrest spread, were also calm, officials said.

Manila: The Philippines yesterday came under renewed pressure to get tough with Muslim extremists after its policy of restraint lencouraged them to add an American tourist to their growing list of captives. The government indicated that it will try to negotiate for the release of 24-year-old Jeffrey Craig Schilling.

Around the world

London: Instructions and advice on dealing with the minorities are contained in a handbook to be issued to every one of the 25,000 police officers in London. The issuing of the handbook is a recognition that there are 33 national groups of more than 10,000 people in London and that at least 340 different languages are now spoken in the city. Metropolitan police chiefs hope the book will help its officers deal with London's wide-ranging religious and ethnic communities in a more politically-correct way. Its issue follows a judicial report that there was "institutional racism" in the London police force.

Washington: 76 police officers were killed in the line of duty in the United States during the first half of this year, an increase of 13% over the same period last year, two national police groups say. Of the 76 officers killed, 26 were shot to death, 24 died in road accidents, 6 were struck down by cars while outside their own vehicles, 5 were killed in aircraft accidents and the rest died of various causes, including drowning and stabbing.

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The Straits Times

The Straits Times' history

Newspapers In Singapore

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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.