Tag Archives: SINGAPORE

Singapore no longer top expat choice

Aside from being the most pessimistic place in Asean, Singapore also dropped to third place in an annual survey on the most desirable countries for expatriates to work. The nation lost its crown in the recently released Expat Explorer survey by HSBC and fell behind China and Germany amid concerns among respondents over job market security, integration with locals and the rising cost of living.

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Property market slowdown forces home renovation companies to close

The slowdown in the property market, under the weight of policy measures and loan curbs, has impacted the home renovation industry in Singapore. The Renovation and Decoration Advisory Centre said, in the past two weeks, three to four of such companies have told them that they are thinking of calling it quits.

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Singapore’s fourth-quarter home price posts 1st drop in 2 years

Singapore’s fourth-quarter home prices slid for the first time in almost two years, trimming annual gains to the smallest since 2008 as mortgage curbs cooled prices in the Southeast Asian city. The private residential property price index fell 0.9% in the three months ended December, more than the 0.8% drop based on preliminary data announced on Jan. 2. The decline in suburban housing values was 1%, more than the 0.6% slide in the earlier report, according to a government statement today.

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MALAYSIAN WRITER: SINGAPORE DRIVERS MUST ABIDE TO OUR LAWS

OF late, there has been a series of road accidents involving Singapore-registered vehicles on Malaysian roads. The disregard for our traffic laws by some drivers from the neighbouring country is cause for concern. Just yesterday, I saw a Singapore-registered vehicle speeding in the right lane on the North South Expressway near Sungai Buloh.

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Singapore: Why is Ayer Rajah Expressway AYE instead of ARE?

So I actually asked Land Transport Authority, not expecting them to entertain such a Bo Liao (frivolous) question. It's good to know someone in the government actually has a sense of humour too. Forgive our delay in replying to your 5 December email query but we did need some time to find the source to answer your question. The acronym for expressways is derived from the first letter of the first two syllables, followed by the first letter of the last word.

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NUS rolls out ‘grade-free’ system for its freshmen

In a bold move by the National University of Singapore (NUS) to reduce the obsession with grades, how its freshmen perform in exams may no longer count in their final mark. The initiative, already in place at its medical school, will be rolled out in phases to other faculties, which could include law and engineering, from as early as this year, revealed NUS president Tan Chorh Chuan.

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Balance Surveillance With Public Discourse

Surveillance measures have their merits and have indeed been useful in past instances, but their gradual expansion in Singapore should not go unchallenged (Jan. 18). In an unstable world perpetuated by Rumsfeld’s “unknown unknowns” – terrorism, conflicts, general instability – it is assumed that people feel safer and more secure under watchful eyes, electronic or otherwise. Over the weekend Second Minister for Home Affairs S. Iswaran encouraged owners of private buildings to strengthen protocols for video surveillance, and also recognised AMK Hub for adding 20 new cameras to its 110-strong CCTV contingent.

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Anonymous Hacker Threatens to Attack Singapore Government Social Media Profiles

The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) has advised the public not to be alarmed if they notice “any unusual activity on Government social media channels”, in response to a cyber threat issued by a person claiming to be from the hacktivist collective Anonymous. The person had published a “press release” on Pastebin last Thursday, demanding the release of the five men who were arrested for vandalising a wall in Singapore.

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What is happening to my country?

I am beginning to feel despondent about Singapore, the country that gave me so many opportunities to build my home, educate my children and lead a safe and secure life. But in the last few years I am seeing a different Singapore, one that moves clumsily from one error to another with alarming regularity. The system is creaking, even cracking. The journey down the slippery slope started in 2008 when the country’s most wanted man, terrorist Mas Selamat, slipped out of a detention centre in the simplest of ways – by jumping out of a toilet window.

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