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  1. Wt_know

    Singapore Census 2020

    means what ar? are we on track ... no 10x no talk? https://www.msn.com/en-sg/news/singapore/population-growth-slowed-higher-proportion-of-singles-in-singapore-census/ar-AAL5VJ0?li=BBr8Cnr
  2. Latest post to this saga: click here http://www.mycarforum.com/topic/2695472-singapore-should-plan-for-population-of-10m/page-22?do=findComment&comment=5613410 http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singap...tal/827992.html what are your views? considering the previous hoohaa about the population white paper.
  3. An old article I came across in another forum. My apology if this has been posted before. Bernie Madoff's recent Ponzi scheme has drifted out of the world
  4. http://www.business-standard.com/article/e...21700123_1.html Nayanima Basu | New Delhi February 17, 2013 Last Updated at 12:17 IST Govt decries CECA violation by Singapore The country has imposed restrictions on inflow of foreign workers, which is going to affect Indians working there Those of you planning to make it big in Singapore might be in for a setback. Singapore recently made certain changes to its Employment Pass Framework law to reduce inflow of foreign workers significantly to create more job opportunities for local professionals. The move is expected to impact even those Indians working there at present across various sectors. The amendments, made on a proposal by its Ministry of Manpower, has armed the Singapore government to bring down the foreign share of the total workforce to around one-third while encouraging employers to invest in productivity in return for incentives in the form of tax breaks. The move came as a recent Singapore's policy paper predicted that its population would grow by 30 per cent to 6.9 million by 2030, with immigrants making up nearly half that figure. The paper led to demonstrations in Singapore yesterday, a rare happening in the country, in protest against rise in immigrants. The step has irked India as the new law does not give India a preferential treatment incorporated in the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CECA) between the two countries, operational since 2005. This stance by the Singapore Government is expected to affect Indians working as middle-level managers, executives and technicians. Speculations are rife that India might take up the issue with World Trade Organization
  5. You can't keep the rich down for long. Global wealth made a remarkable comeback in 2009, increasing by 11.5% to $111.5 trillion. That's according to a new report, The Boston Consulting Group's Global Wealth 2010 Report, released Thursday by Boston Consulting Group. The report breaks down wealth by region and by country, creating a geographic portrait of where the world's wealth is accumulating and at what rate. North America posted the largest absolute gain in households with assets under management. Its wealth totaled $4.6 trillion (a 15% jump over 2008). But the largest percentage gain occurred in Asia-Pacific, where wealth skyrocketed by 22%, or $3.1 trillion. That's nearly double the global rate. Latin American household asset growth rose by 16% to $3.4 billion, and Europe, despite the massive debt problems it now faces, was the wealthiest region with more than $37 trillion in assets under management, an increase of 8.8% from 2008. Millionaires Hold 38% of Global Wealth Boston Consulting Group's report includes a revealing list countries with the highest percentage of millionaire households, but before getting to that, here are some interesting tidbits: The number of millionaire households in the world represents less than 1% of all households. Even so, these most fortunate ones owned about 38% of the world's wealth in 2009, up from 36% in 2008. In North America, Africa and the Middle East, millionaire households represented more than half of the wealth in those regions. Another juicy morsel: The number of millionaire households rose by 14% in 2009 to 11.2 million, and the U.S. had by far the most millionaire households, with 4.7 million. But that doesn't mean millionaires are crowding U.S. streets or that sumptuous yachts dominate the nation's waterways. In fact, you're more likely to find those conditions in Singapore, which had the highest percentage of millionaire households in the world. Yes, that puts Singapore at the top of Boston Consulting Group list of the top 10 countries with the greatest proportion of millionaire households. You may be surprised by the full run-down: 1) Singapore Population: 4.7 million Percentage of Millionaire Households: 11.4% Who would think the tiny Republic of Singapore would be crammed with so many millionaires? The country, all of just 247 square miles, has emerged from the recession and has rebounded in a big way. Its GDP, exports and manufacturing are all rising, and so, too, are home prices. That has led Singapore to boast the highest concentration of millionaires anywhere on the planet. Among its very rich: Ng Teng Fong, a real estate tycoon, and Wee Cho Yaw, who runs United Overseas Bank, one of Singapore's big lenders. 2) Hong Kong Population: 7.1 million Percentage of Millionaire Households: 8.8% Hong Kong, the home of Li Ka-shing, who runs conglomerates Cheung Kong and Hutchison Whampoa, had 205,000 millionaire households in 2009 and takes the number two spot for percentage of millionaire households. Hong Kong's close relationship with mainland China brings benefits and risks, but it's been good for many of the wealthiest, who made their money by investing in a real estate market that has no shortage of swanky hotels and malls. 3) Switzerland Population: 7.6 million Percentage of Millionaire Households: 8.4% The Swiss economy is recovering from slow growth during the recession, but a good many of its citizens thrived during the upswing, bringing it to third place in percentage of millionaire households. The country boasts 285,000 of them, up 19.5% from 2008. Driving the recovery: manufacturing, rising exports and consumer spending. Among the country's rich: Swiss biotech tycoon Ernesto Bertarelli, who is, perhaps, better known for winning the America's Cup in 2003. 4) Kuwait Population: 2.8 million Percentage of Millionaire Households: 8.2% The rising price of oil has led to more millionaires in this tiny country. With some 100 billion barrels of crude, Kuwait has been growing rapidly. But the oil-dependent nation now plans to spend up to $140 billion over the next five years to diversify away from oil and to attract more investment -- a move that could help it ascend this list's ranks. Such a strategy may help billionaire Nasser Al Kharafi, chairman of one of the most diversified and largest conglomerates in the Arab world. His food division, Americana, has the Middle East franchise rights to KFC, Wimpy, TGI Fridays and Pizza Hut, among others. 5) Qatar Population: 841,000 Percentage of Millionaire Households: 7.4% Qatar's economy expanded by about 8.7% last year, thanks to growth in the natural gas business. That helped the country, already the world's largest gas exporter, to emerge from the global economic crisis pretty much unscathed, leaving many of its millionaire households in good stead. Among its megarich: Bader Al Darwish, with a fortune of about $1.7 billion. Al Darwish runs Darwish Holdings, which operates businesses including real estate, investments and retail services. 6) United Arab Emirates Population: 4.9 million Percentage of Millionaire Households: 6.2% As the world's third-largest oil exporter, the UAE's economic growth is expected to rise to 3.2% this year, after posting a 1.3% increase in 2009,. Like others, its oil business has generated wealth among its citizens. It also helps that UAE isn't expected to suffer from the eurozone debt crisis. The country is home to Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair and his family, who run Mashreqbank and the second-largest flour milling company in the Mideast, as well as megamalls. 7) United States Population: 310.2 million Percentage of Millionaire Households: 4.1% The 4.7 million U.S. millionaires in 2009 was up by 15.1% over 2008. But as a market percentage, the U.S. falls relatively low on the top 10 list. The country, which is home to two of the world's wealthiest people, Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, saw its economy bounce back in 2009 from the year before as the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 40%. By the end of 2009, the economy grew at its fastest pace in more than six years, even though many businesses put the brakes on hiring. 8) Belgium Population: 10.4 million Percentage of Millionaire Households: 3.5% Suffering from spiraling debt andpolitical problems, Belgium still managed to hold on to a number of millionaires. The country has set a goal of getting its budget deficit to 4.8% of GDP in 2010, which is far below Europe's average. But Belgium's total debt will rise above 100% of GDP, placing it behind only Greece and Italy. The debt crisis in Europe will also likely take a toll on the country's economy in 2010. The good news is that Belgium has a trade surplus, and household savings are high. Among its richest: Albert Frere, who founded the media, utilities and oil conglomerate, Compagnie Nationale a Portefeuille. 9) Israel Population: 7.4 million Percentage of Millionaire Households: 3.3% Unlike other markets, the story in Israel wasn't about rising real estate values or credit, but about gains in technology, which some say will help lead the country to continued economic growth. While 2009 was a good year for the economy, the current eurozone crisis could hurt Israeli exports because about 33% of them go to Europe. Rich man in Israel: shipping tycoon Sammy Ofer, worth north of $6 billion. 10) Taiwan Population: 23 million Percentage of Millionaire Households: 3% Taiwan may be last on the top 10 list -- but that's still quite a feat. The country was hit hard by the recession mostly because its economy depends on trade. But as the world economy skittishly improves, Taiwanese families have seen their fortunes rise. The country now has some 230,000 millionaire households. That's an increase of 22.1% over 2008. One of its richest is Terry Gou of Foxconn, a maker of electronics for Apple (AAPL), Nokia (NOK), Nintendo and others. That company has been in the news recently because 13 of its workers have committed suicide or tried to. Sources: Population figures: The CIA World Factbook Percentage of millionaire households: The Boston Consulting Group's Global Wealth 2010 Report. Original Link
  6. Thaiyotakamli

    100 people in this world...

    After watching the video, i realised we are fortunate to live in Singapore
  7. https://sg.news.yahoo.com/video/rat-infestation-blankets-ground-near-224930374.html Another symptom of deteriorating living environment with the wholesale import of people..... and people sleeping on the job until kena face-booked.
  8. Hmm, Ah Lui is a very efficient minister who has already concluded that the above red and blue suggestions are unfeasible. PS: Those who post "tuck yew... tuck yew", you know he's watching hor.
  9. Singapore's private car population has fallen to its lowest level since 2011, and the shrinkage could continue. The latest available figures from the Land Transport Authority show that there were 598,219 cars as of the end of last month - down from 600,176 last year. The number stood at 607,292 in 2013, and 605,149 in 2012. The car population is now at its lowest since 2011, when there were 592,361 cars on the road. The shrinkage is a rare occurrence in Singapore, where a quota system allows the vehicle population to grow annually at a pre-determined rate. Observers said the contraction is a sign that the supply of certificates of entitlement (COEs) is lagging behind actual replacement demand. Since 2010, COE supply has been formulated largely by the number of cars scrapped in the preceding months. This often does not correspond with the number of cars scrapped in the following months. For instance, last year's May-July COE quota for cars was determined by the 7,083 cars scrapped from February to April. But actual scrappage from May to July was higher at 7,514. Over time, this leads to a population shrinkage http://straitstimes.com/news/singapore/transport/story/fewer-cars-the-road-coes-play-catch-20150226
  10. For the first time in more than 10 years, we are seeing fewer vehicles on the roads, which is attributed to government's intent to cut annual growth rate from 3 per cent down to nought-point-five. Singapore's rental car population in contrast grew by 6.5 per cent, effectively doubling the rental fleet over a nine-year period. A rental co spokesman puts the demand down to large number of foreigners coming here to live and work. Given a smaller annual vehicle population growth rate vis-a-vis an expending car rental population, we could safely infer a small percentage of Singaporean motorists have given up on car ownership. Should the trend continues we might see an easing of COE premiums gradually over the coming years when the bulk of vehicles reached their 10th year mark. Let's pray...
  11. Adrian Lim | MyPaper | Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014 SINGAPORE - The average age of Singapore's passenger-car population is the oldest in a decade, and motor workshops and automotive parts suppliers are seeing a boom in business. Last year, the average age of the car population hit 5.57 years, after steadily climbing from 2.67 years in 2007. It is a trend which industry players said will persist, as high certificate of entitlement (COE) prices and loan curbs make people hold on to their cars longer. The average age of 5.57 years is the oldest in a decade, and up from 4.89 years in 2012, going by an analysis provided by global automotive supplier ZF to MyPaper. The analysis was based on Land Transport Authority (LTA) statistics, which also showed that the number of cars aged between nine and 10 years nearly tripled last year, to 23,039 from 8,089 the year before. Cars aged between eight and nine years also showed a marked increase, to 84,212 from 29,983. Aftermarket workshops and parts suppliers are seeing a surge in business. Mr Joey Lim, managing director of Harmony Motor, said that compared to three years ago, business volume has increased by around 50 per cent. "It's definitely due to the ages of the cars. People are keeping their cars for longer, and have to spend more on maintenance. We are seeing more repair jobs related to wear and tear," he added. His operations are at "maximum capacity" and he has difficulty hiring more car mechanics due to the foreign labour curbs. Mr Markus Wittig, ZF Asia-Pacific's regional general manager for aftermarket sales, said the company has seen "double-digit growth" in sales annually for the last three years, with Singapore being a key contributor. ZF supplies components to car manufacturers such as Ford, Audi and BMW, and has about 20 dealers in Singapore which serve up to 200 workshops. Mr Wittig added that Singapore drivers cover about 20,000km a year, much more than their counterparts in Britain and Australia, who cover only 10,825km and 14,000km, respectively. Additionally, the high frequency of stop-and-go traffic here also significantly increases the rate of wear and tear of a car's undercarriage, he noted. Transport expert Lee Der Horng from the National University of Singapore said that in the past, when COE prices were comparatively lower, owners tended to change their cars every three to five years, or when warranty periods were up. They also took advantage of periods of low interest rates to buy a new car and take out a new loan. Professor Lee said a supply glut in COEs can be expected in the next two to three years, as the huge numbers of older cars reach the 10-year mark and will likely be deregistered. "Depending on whether the Government releases the scrapped supply back, the COE price may become unstable," he said. Additional reporting by Lim Yi Han.
  12. Almost half the growth rate of past 10yrs! Look at the chart... New population target
  13. ShepherdPie

    Population Query on ONEMAP

    http://www.straitstimes.com/breaking...nemap-20130617 Government just introduces a new function for Onemap to allow user to study the demographic of the country. the Central area are relatively less dense than the OCR ... And looks like it probably easier to get into school like Ai Tong/ MGS / RGS than Nan chia , Rosyth, yulang.. looking at the distribution of 0-4 year olds.
  14. The 3G is getting slower thru a bottleneck due to the over demand of subscription & 4G is also not that fast too.our island is small with so many ISP zapping their waves in the air.wifi is still the best speed after all.
  15. vasantham debate on foreigners 6.9mil wah, only vasantham got balls sia! very epic, very candid, no holds barred one! got substitles
  16. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/06/...N0B65NW20130206 Whoa... mai sng sng... Someone on the ball planning public protest!! Who's going??? PS - Mods, if this is considered another dupe thread, then pls do the necessary.
  17. they conduct a live poll, and get this! hahaha a nice slap in their face
  18. Okay.. i think we have to live with the increase of population.. so let's think positive.. 1) bigger promotions by merchants.. 2) more 24hr shops 3) .....
  19. Bloomberg-Singapore's Pop bubble Singapore
  20. Sounds familiar? http://www.theglobalist.com/storyid.aspx?StoryId=8321 Bernie Madoff's recent Ponzi scheme has drifted out of the world’s headlines. However, there is another even more costly and widespread scheme — "Ponzi Demography" — that warrants everybody’s attention. While it may come in many guises, Ponzi demography is essentially a pyramid scheme that attempts to make more money for some by adding on more and more people through population growth. While more visible in industrialized economies, particularly in Australia, Canada and the United States, Ponzi demography also operates in developing countries. The underlying strategy of Ponzi demography is to privatize the profits and socialize the costs incurred from increased population growth. The basic pitch of those promoting Ponzi demography is straightforward and intoxicating in its pro-population growth appeal: “more is better.” However, as somebody who has spent a lifelong career as a demographer, including 12 years of service as the director of the United Nations Population Division, I find that more is not necessarily better. As has been noted by Nobel laureate economists Joseph Stiglitz and Amartya Sen as well as many others, current economic yardsticks such as gross domestic product (GDP) focus on material consumption and do not include quality-of-life factors. Standard measures of GDP do not reflect, for example, the degradation of the environment, the depreciation of natural resources or declines in individuals’ quality of life. According to Ponzi demography, population growth — through natural increase and immigration — means more people leading to increased demands for goods and services, more material consumption, more borrowing, more on credit and of course more profits. Everything seems fantastic for a while — but like all Ponzi schemes, Ponzi demography is unsustainable. When the bubble eventually bursts and the economy sours, the scheme spirals downward with higher unemployment, depressed wages, falling incomes, more people sinking into debt, more homeless families — and more men, women and children on public assistance. That is the stage when the advocates of Ponzi demography — notably enterprises in construction, manufacturing, finance, agriculture and food processing — consolidate their excess profits and gains. That leaves the general public to pick up the tab for the mounting costs from increased population growth (e.g., education, health, housing and basic public services). Among its primary tactics, Ponzi demography exploits the fear of population decline and aging. Without a young and growing population, we are forewarned of becoming a nation facing financial ruin and a loss of national power. Due to population aging, government-run pensions and healthcare systems will become increasingly insolvent, according to advocates of Ponzi demography, thereby crippling the economy, undermining societal well-being and threatening national security. Low birth rates, especially those below replacement levels, are considered a matter of national concern. Without higher fertility rates and the resulting population growth, the nation, it is claimed, faces a bleak and dreary future. So Ponzi demography calls for pro-natalist policies and programs to encourage couples to marry and to have more children, which will lead to the promised sustained economic growth. In addition to financial incentives and other benefits for childbearing, appeals are also made to one's patriotic duty to have children in order to replenish and expand the homeland: “Have one (child) for mum, one for dad and one for the country.” In addition to measures to increase fertility levels, Ponzi demography also turns to immigration for additional population growth in order to boost companies' profits. The standard slogan in this instance is “the country urgently needs increased immigration,” even when immigration may already be at record levels and unemployment rates are high. Among other things, increased immigration, it is declared, is a matter of national security, long-term prosperity and international competitiveness. Without this needed immigration, Ponzi demography warns that the country’s future is at serious risk. Another basic tactic of Ponzi demography is a pervasive and unrelenting public relations campaign promoting the advantages and necessity of an increasing population for continued economic growth. Every effort is made to equate population growth with economic prosperity and national progress. "Economic growth requires population growth" is the basic message that Ponzi demography wants the public to swallow. No mention is made of the additional profits they reap and the extra costs the public bears. Attempts to question or even discuss Ponzi demography are denigrated and defamed to such an extent that concerns about population growth become radioactive. Politicians, journalists and environmentalists, for example, choose by and large to sidestep the entire issue. When confronted with environmental concerns such as climate change, global warming, environmental contamination or shortages of water and other vital natural resources, the advocates of Ponzi demography typically dismiss such concerns as unfounded and overblown. And they claim there is no scientific basis, or they obliquely stress “innovation,” ingenuity and technological fixes as the only appropriate and workable solutions. Many are complicit with Ponzi demography or at least tacitly support its goals. Few politicians, for example, are able to resist promises of campaign financing, the appeal of increased numbers of supportive voters, prospects of increased tax revenues and the political backing of pro-natalist and pro-immigration lobbyists and special interest groups. Many environmental groups are also reluctant to take up or even touch the volatile subject of population growth, especially those that have been burned on this issue in the past. Such groups fear possibly offending some members and donors, which might undercut their organizations and efforts. Despite its snake-oil allure of “more is better,” Ponzi demography’s advocacy for ever-increasing population growth is ultimately unsustainable. Such persistent growth hampers efforts to improve the quality of life for today’s world population of nearly seven billion people as well as for future generations. Moving gradually towards population stabilization, while not a panacea for the world’s problems, will make it far easier to address problems such as climate change, environmental degradation, poverty and development, human rights abuses and shortages of water, food and critical natural resources. Fortunately, most couples around the world have chosen — or are in the process of choosing — to have a few children rather than many and to invest more in each child’s upbringing, education and future well-being. Nations need to make the same vital transition with respect to their populations. The sooner nations reject Ponzi demography and make the needed gradual transition from ever-increasing population growth to population stabilization, the better the prospects for all of humanity and other life on this planet.
  21. don't want to sound xenophobic (again) but somehow i feel there's a link between the car population and government's open-door policy between 2006 and 2011 perhaps the authority should present some stats showing how many PRs and foreigners own cars in Singapore it will not really be fair to us with shrinking COEs qty and its soaring prices
  22. Caravan

    Target: 7 million population?

    Source: http://sbr.com.sg/economy/news/top-4-secto...ming-population
  23. Singapore gearing up for 6 Million population despite infrastructure adequacy in question as well as skyrocketing property prices, and other social issues. Questions unanswered, yet. --- --- TODAY
  24. From CNA: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/sin...1236698/1/.html SAF uses technology to counter lower birth rate & ageing population By Imelda Saad | Posted: 12 November 2012 1429 hrs SINGAPORE: The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) has been affected by Singapore's declining birth rates and ageing population. National Service (NS) enlistees are drawn from eligible male Singapore citizens and permanent residents. In a reply to Parliament, Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said in the 1990s, about 15,000 NS men were enlisted into the SAF each year. From the year 2000, Singapore experienced higher numbers as children given birth by cohorts of baby-boomers came of enlistment age, including those born in the 1988 Dragon year. As a result, SAF enlistments increased and reached a peak of about 21,000 in 2011. But going forward, due to an ageing population and declining fertility trends, SAF enlistments are expected to gradually taper and revert to levels in the 1990s, of about 15,000 each year. But even with these enlistment numbers, Dr Ng said Singapore's long-term projections till 2040 indicate that the SAF will still be able to mobilise about 300,000 soldiers from regulars, full time national servicemen (NSFs) and operationally ready NS men (ORNS), if needed. Dr Ng added the SAF has taken into account its manpower requirements over the long term through its transformation towards a 3rd-generation SAF. That is, through advances in technology and with more effective systems and platforms, which require fewer men to operate. Dr Ng said: "Beyond investing in technologically advanced platforms, we also leverage technology to network our platforms together to provide us greater synergy in training and operations. "So one example is the recently inaugurated community for command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence. Another important factor driving up the overall capability and productivity of the SAF lies in the rising quality of our servicemen." "As a whole, the higher quality of our NS men combined with the advanced platforms and effective use of technology to network our systems, will ensure that the SAF continues to be an effective military force and a strong deterrent against any aggression," he added. - CNA/xq
  25. and we are now 'learning from HK' on the urban planning matter. are we not capable, have we too many undesired flops? or we are well on top of our game? or neither? --- Senior civil servants to discuss population and healthcare issues with Hong Kong counterparts Singapore Permanent Secretaries are in Hong Kong SAR from 5 to 6 November 2012 to discuss population, ageing and healthcare issues. This is the fourth year public sector leaders from the two Civil Services are meeting to exchange views and experiences on issues of mutual interest. Leading the six-member Singapore delegation is Mr Peter Ong, Head of the Singapore Civil Service. The delegation will be hosted by Mr Raymond Wong, Permanent Secretary for the Civil Service and the programme will involve engagements with 11 Hong Kong Permanent Secretaries and other senior officials. During their visit, the Singapore delegation will call on Mrs Carrie Lam, Chief Secretary for Administration and Mr Paul Tang, Secretary for the Civil Service. They will also be visiting the City Gallery to learn about Hong Kong