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Benefits of Being a Singaporean Citizen

Singapore is known to be one of the richest countries in the world. It boasts of tall skylines and modernization of its own kind, of undisputed success by which even foreign nationals can attest to. From what used to be a swampland, it now became a leading city-state in Asia and across the globe.

The Legatum Prosperity Index, which gives rankings on affluent countries based on income and wellbeing, placed Singapore in the 17th spot. Numerous factors suggest why the city-state is successful; it has a strong economy, workers’ wages are stable, and probably one of the most defining factors is that the government truly cares about the people.

The government has formulated various ways to help the citizens. Though other countries generally do so, Singapore seems to have taken the game on a different, much more serious level. In their efforts, they have committed to establish programs that encourage people’s stability and improvement.

Education
Citizens in Singapore has significantly lower tuition fees compared to foreign students and special permanent residents, whether at a private or government-funded institution. A government initiative known as Edusave Scheme maximizes the citizen’s opportunities that includes the following such as: a pupils fund for primary or secondary level students and various scholarships for students who excel in academics and non-academics endeavors.

Health Care
The city-state is known to put their people first. Health care is one of the top priorities of the government and gives out assistance in many forms. One is the Medifund, which is an endowment fund available to Singapore citizens who are having difficulties paying for their medical expenses. Another is the Medisave, a form of account savings, which can be used to pay the hospital bills of the holder and immediate members of the family in case of need.

Leave Benefits
Filing leave of absences at work is eligible for different situations in Singapore. Citizens are entitled to qualify for taking a maternity leave; for pregnant mothers, paternity leave; which is usually a week-long per year, and childcare and infant care leave; for tending after newborn and little children.

Parenthood Incentives
Singapore citizens who are parents of newborns receive 6,000 SGD for the first two children, and it only gets higher for the succeeding births. Each newborn also immediately gets a Medisave account with grant upon birth. Married citizens, as well as working mothers, enjoy tax relief off their incomes. This is because of a government initiative which encourages couples to bear more children.

Housing
Singapore citizens who are over and above 21 years old are already qualified to purchase flats from the Housing and Development Board. They can also avail the government’s housing loans and grants with a concessionary interest rate.

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Singapore With The Most Air Links

If you travel in and out of the city, you should know that Singapore is the most connected (among its 10 member grouping) in terms of air links. There are about one hundred twenty flights that depart from Changi Airport heading for other ASEAN capitals every day.

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Kuala Lumpur is the second with ninety one daily flights followed by Jakarta that offers about seventy flights every day. This data is given by Sabre, a consultancy company. Here are other details of the data given by Sabre:

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  • Factor leading to the success of Singapore: Traffic liberalization lead to the success of the city-state. Traffic liberalization means giving the countries access to new markets and extra flights. As the region pushes for traffic liberalization, experts say that there will be more opportunities. Ultimately, the success of traffic liberalization is not only for the benefit of carriers but also for the consumers. Think of it this way – the liberalization will lead to more flights especially with budget carriers in the picture. With this, consumers can enjoy cheap fares.
  • Looking at the future: Indonesia finally signed a deal to permit other ASEAN airlines to make unrestricted flights to Jakarta. The “yes” of Indonesia is a positive thing after years of being reluctant. To date, Manila is the only ASEAN capital who has yet to join the campaign of removing air restrictions in support of traffic liberalization.

Travelling will be more attractive this time. You deserve to enjoy the world as it is and the airlines are helping you realize you dream of seeing the world.

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International Crashworthiness Conference 2014

Malaysia is the host of the International Crashworthiness Conference 2014 (ICRASH 2014) which is a first. Previous hosts were Melbourne, London and Kyoto. The conference tackled road accident and road safety in the region. The conference commenced on August 25 and culminated on 28 August 28 2014. The venue is in Riverside Majestic Hotel.

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The conference started by highlighting number of road deaths in Southeast Asia. According to the World Health Organization, Thailand has the highest number of road deaths gathering 38.1 deaths out of 100,000. Thailand is followed by Malaysia with 25 deaths out of 100,000. In the region, Singapore is the safest road use nation.

Singapore only recorded 5.1 deaths out of 100,000 people. The efforts of the government to keep road users safe paid off. Going back to the ICRASH 2014, the regional average of road deaths is 17.91 out of 100,000. The figures were alarming so the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS) gave a statement saying that road accidents are more of attitude than infrastructure.

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The director general of MIROS Professor Wong Shaw Voon said that many road victims were men than women. Road users would break the law and if accidents happen, they blame it on the environment or the infrastructure. There are even others who think that road accidents or deaths are destined. This kind of thinking or attitude is wrong.

The point here is safety. Road users should practice and observe preventive measures to be safe. If you are on the road, it pays to be vigilant and slow down. Remember that the faster you travel, the higher the risk of accident.

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Starting Salaries for Fresh Graduates

Every year, thousands of graduates flood the industry to look for a job. Here in Singapore, fresh graduates will see small rise in their starting salary. This is good news for graduates this year. This is revealed by Hay Group, a management firm, on August 26, 2014.

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Hay Group recently concluded its annual pay survey. The group presented the average monthly starting salaries for fresh graduates. Here are the starting salaries for fresh graduates:

  • Second upper honours: For fresh graduates who garnered second upper honours, they should expect S$2,939 per month. This is 1.6% higher compared in 2013.
  • Second lower honours: For fresh graduates who garnered second lower honours, they should expect S$2,852 per month. This is 2% higher compared in 2013.
  • Without honours: For fresh graduates without honours, they can expect S$2,741 per month. This is 2% higher compared in 2013.

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You should know that the top-paying sector is in the field of engineering. Engineering offers regular pay of S$2,888 per month. Engineering is followed by Legal (with S$2,856), Information Technology (with S$2,816), Project Management (with S$2,813), Production (with S$2,767), Finance and Accounting (with S$2,765), Corporate Affairs (with S$2,755), Property Management (with S$2,750), Research and Development (with S$2,738), Quality Assurance (with S$2,708), Logistics/Supply Chain (with S$2,703), Health and Environment (with S$2,694), Human Resources (with S$2,689), Marketing (with S$2,685), Administration/Support/Service (with S$2,685), Product Development (with S$2,677), Sales (with S$2,658), Customer Service (with S$2,637), Management Trainee (with S$2,605) and Call Centre (with S$2,602).

Additionally, according to the survey conducted by Hay Group, 1 out of 5 employers put a monthly premium (of S$214) for university graduates. This will surely inspire the fresh graduates.

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Singaporeans are Expecting Better Service

We subscribe to a telecommunications company to ensure an undisrupted service. We pay for that service but unfortunately, these companies are not perfect. The truth is that early on February 05, 2014, SingTel subscribers endured intermittent troubles which was due to a server anomaly. The services were restored after twenty minutes though.

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The SingTel problem was not the beginning. On February 04, 2014, reports said that M1 subscribers also endured disruptions. Subscribers cannot send/receive text messages. As if it was not enough, subscribers cannot make calls and even surf the internet in the morning.

The disruptions were recognized by the Minister of Communications and Information. On February 5, 2014, Minister Yaacob Ibrahim issued a statement that telecommunications companies should improve how they assist and update their customers should there be disruptions.

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Singaporeans are expecting better service from telecommunications companies. Twenty minutes of service disruption can paralyze the whole country. Transactions will be put on hold and many things will be incomplete. To compensate the flaws of M1, the CEO (Chief Executive Officer) Ms Karen Kooi sent an apology through text. In the text message, she said that they will deal with the disruption services seriously.

She also said that the company is doing its best to further improve the network. In fact, she told the subscribers that they can enjoy free text messages, MMS and mobile calls on February 9, 2014. Subscribers gave feedbacks saying that M1 could do so much better in terms of giving updates; communicating to subscribers about the restored or resumed service should be thought about. The Minster assures the public that IDA (Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore) will look into the disruption to ensure that their network run flawlessly.

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