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MALAYSIA QUALIFIED FOR ASIAN FINALS, SINGAPORE HAPPY TO HAVE BEATEN BRUNEI

So, what excuses are the FAS going to come up with this time? Our neighbours Malaysia, whom we always accuse of champions of their own kampung football in the M-League, have actually made it through to the Final rounds of the AFC U-23 competition in China next year.

And just to show how good they were, the Malaysian youth team came out top in their qualifying group.

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SG WANTS TO BE NY OF ASIA. SURE OR NOT?

The top diplomat, Kishore Mahbubani, was speaking at a seminar at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, and said Singapore is poised to be the best city in Asia, because not only does it have the best civil servants, best airport, best military, best educational system, it is also comfortable with Chinese civilization, Indian civilization, Islamic civilization, and Western civilization. It will become the NY of Asia.

Seriously? What does New York represents? A melting pot of many different cultures? Or more like a city that has more people than it can house comfortably, where crime rates are high, racial slurs are not uncommon, property prices are the highest in the country, public transportation has reached a breaking point and the police are helpless in solving crimes. So, Singapore is going to be the New York of Asia.

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PROPORTION OF MUSLIMS TO OVERTAKE CHRISTIANS IN SINGAPORE BY 2050

Washington-based Pew Research Center has released results of a poll which suggests that there are increasingly more religious people than free thinkers in the Asia-Pacific region, whereas North America and Europe are experiencing a decline in religious belief and a projected spike in the proportion of people unaffiliated with any religion. According to the report, The Future Of World Religions: Population Growth Projections, 2010-2050 published on Thursday, in Singapore, Islam and Hinduism are projected to make the highest gains, with Muslims replacing Christians as the second-largest faith group by 2050.

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JUST HOW MUCH TIME DO S'POREANS SPEND STREAMING PORN?

So, how long can Singaporeans, uh, last on porn sites? Well, according to stats recently released by a porn site, Singaporeans clock in an average of 9 mins 50 secs on the site. That's a far cry from one of the top performers, China, which clocks in an average of 14 mins 34 secs.

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PRC PROFESSOR: MALAY CAN BECOME AN INTERNATIONALLY-USED LANGUAGE

A professor at the Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU) is confident that the Malay language which is spoken by over 300 million people, has its own strengths to become an important international language of communication. Director of the Chinese-Malay Studies Centre at BFSU, Prof Dr Wu Zong Yu said in the economic, political and social context, Bahasa Melayu would become more important, particularly in the Asian region, with the completion of the proposed Asean railway project from Nanjing in China to Singapore.

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SINGAPORE BEATS SRI LANKA TO BECOME ASIAN NETBALL CHAMPIONS

Singapore maintained its supremacy in Asian netball after beating Sri Lanka 59-41 in the Asian Netball Championships final on Sunday (Sep 14) held at the Singapore Sports Hub's OCBC Arena. It was like a rerun of the 2012 final, with four-time champion Sri Lanka eager to avenge its defeat to Singapore. Led by their towering goalshooter Tharjini Sivalingam, who stands at 2.07m tall, the visitors started strongly and dominated the first quarter.

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NUS, NTU among Asia's top universities in QS ranking

Two of Singapore's universities have cemented their place among Asia's best, according to an annual survey. The National University of Singapore (NUS) was named Asia's top university, while Nanyang Technological University (NTU) jumped three places to seventh, its highest ever position.

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