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Growing class divide simmering in “Crazy Rich” Singapore

Last Thursday (18 Oct), the 2018 Global Wealth Report published by Credit Suisse Research Institute (CSRI) ranked Singapore 9th in the world in terms of household wealth per adult, giving it the highest rank in Asia. Average wealth is at a high level in Singapore – USD283,120 per adult in mid-2018, compared to USD114,720 in 2000. The rise was mostly …

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Tale of 2 “Ah Ma”s in Singapore

Ravi Philemon, an opposition candidate for Hong Kah North posted an encounter during the 2015 GE on his Facebook page yesterday (19 Oct). He recounted coming across 2 Ah Mas (elderly grandmas) during his campaigning 3 years ago. "This is an untold story," Mr Philemon wrote. "While campaigning in Jurong West (Hong Kah North) for the General Election 3 years …

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Singapore has 183,737 millionaires with 1,000 “crazy rich”

According to the 2018 Global Wealth Report published by Credit Suisse Research Institute (CSRI) yesterday (18 Oct), Singapore is now ranked ninth in the world in terms of household wealth per adult, giving it the highest rank in Asia. It is now even higher than Hong Kong, which was ranked above Singapore in 2000. Wealth per adult in Hong Kong …

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A new Orchard Road on the horizon, says Senior Minister Chee Hong Tat

Orchard Road is in line for a revamp, says Senior Minister of State for Ministry of Trade & Industry Chee Hong Tat at ITB Asia 2018 on 17th October. As part of the latest strategies to attract tourist to Singapore, Mr Chee said that plans are being made to transform Singapore’s famed Orchard Road into more than just a shopping …

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Founders’ Memorial to be built at Bay East Garden

In a press release today (19 Oct), the Founders’ Memorial committee has declared that a five-hectare site at Bay East Garden will be allocated for the "home of the Founders’ Memorial". The memorial is to commemorate the values and ideals of Singapore’s pioneering PAP leaders. The site will include a garden, within which an indoor gallery will be built including …

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Jurong West Hawker Centre is revising its tray refund programme, following feedback

The operator for Jurong West Hawker Centre, Hawker Management said in a statement that customers will be charged a deposit for using trays. This follows the call-out by KF Seetoh on Facebook on the policy of hawkers paying their customers 20 cents for returning food trays. The management had also received several complaints for stallholders about the tray-return programme that …

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Documentation of diphtheria and measles vaccination required for foreign-born children applying for long-term immigration passes

Foreign-born children will have to submit documentation of diphtheria and measles vaccination as a prerequisite for the application of long-term immigration passes in Singapore with effect from 1 February 2019, announced the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Thursday(18 October). In a press release, MOH stressed that vaccination confers a person protection against infectious diseases, and is especially important for children as they …

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