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FANDI'S SON IRFAN NAMED ONE OF WORLD'S TOP 40 YOUTH FOOTBALLERS

The naming of Irfan Fandi as one of world football’s top 40 young talents by Britain’s The Guardian newspaper has come as a surprise to the 17-year-old’s father, Singapore football icon Fandi Ahmad. Speaking to TODAY, Mr Fandi, who is currently head coach of the LionsXII, said he hopes his eldest son will go on to become a successful and dedicated professional footballer. Irfan was named in a list of top 40 young talents in world football, alongside five others from the Asian region: China’s Li Zhongyi, Japan’s Daisuke Sakai, South Korea’s Seo Jung-hyun, Vietnam’s Phan Thanh Hau and Daniel Da Silva from Australia.

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OUR CPF SYSTEM IS THE MOST ROBUST & RISK-FREE IN THE WORLD

In Finance 101, we all know that “with risk comes return”. However, the CPF system dissolves this theory entirely as it advocates that “without risk, there are still decent returns”. Do note that our pension fund not only provides an almost full-proof retirement plan for Singaporeans, but it does not put a heavy burden nor potentially bankrupt the Government of Singapore. This robust system is unprecedented and there are no other systems that can be compared to ours.

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Siemens study: Singapore has best public transport system

Commissioned by Siemens, the study by Credo entitled “The Mobility Opportunity” presented today in Singapore looked at transportation networks in 35 major cities around the globe and assessed how prepared cities were to meet future challenges such as population growth and higher competition. With a high capacity system able to meet demand with minimal crowding and high levels of user functionality, Singapore is well able to cope with future growth, the study said. The country was also praised for its long-term planning – helped by highly integrated governance – reliability and punctuality levels as well as provision of air-conditioning on almost all of its public transport vehicles.

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Malaysia among 10 best in world on corruption prevention

An international authority on administration and prevention of corruption regards Malaysia as among the 10 top nations globally which are successful in implementing effective strategies and efforts to curb corruption. International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA) programme and activity co-ordinator Professor Alan Doig said the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) was on the right track to emerge as the best anti-corruption agency in the world.

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