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Singapore's medical standards, being one of the highest in Asia, have made it the regional centre for medical excellence.

Growth into the future will be based on a total approach as Singapore is further developed as the regional hub for medical and healthcare services, with a strong R&D base, while aiming to become a strategic global manufacturing centre.


Singapore’s well-established healthcare system comprises a total of 13 private hospitals, 10 public (government) hospitals and several specialist clinics, each specializing in and catering to different patient needs, at varying costs.

Patients are free to choose the providers within the government or private healthcare delivery system and can walk in for a consultation at any private clinic or any government polyclinic. For emergency services, patients can go at any time to the 24-hour Accident & Emergency Departments located in the government hospitals.

Singapore's medical facilities are among the finest in the world, with well qualified doctors and dentists, many trained overseas.

Pharmaceuticals are available from numerous outlets including supermarkets, department stores, hotels and shopping centres. Registered pharmacists work from 9am till 6pm, with some shops open until 10pm.

Most hotels have their own doctor on 24-hour call. Contact the Front Office or Room Service for assistance. For an ambulance, dial 995.

Expatriates and Foreigners

The following is a guide for foreign expectant mothers who wish to give birth in Singapore:

Application to Deliver in Singapore

1. The expectant mother must apply to the Singapore Immigration and Registration (SIR) office for permission to deliver in Singapore through a local sponsor, before her arrival.

2. The local sponsor, who must be a Singapore citizen or Permanent resident, should produce the following documents upon application:

  • A copy (original) of duly completed Form 14, Form V39 and Form IMME 555 (download these forms at www.sir.gov.sg and the explanatory notes). Every applicant (including children) has to complete a set of these forms.
  • Applicant’s marriage certificate (original and photocopy)
  • Local sponsor’s identity card or valid re-entry permit
  • Letter from a medical officer stating applicant’s expected date of delivery and whether there are any expected complications in the pregnancy
  • Letter from the expectant mother's country’s Embassy or High Commission stating that her newborn child will follow the parent’s nationality and a valid travel document of that country will be issued to the newborn child
  • Applicant’s valid travel document.
  • Local Sponsor will furnish a Security Deposit upon approval. The amount is between S$1000 - S$5000, depending on the applicant’s nationality.

Registration of Birth

After the baby is delivered, his/her birth could be registered with the Birth Registration Centre at the following places :

1. PR Services Centre
5th Floor, SIR Building
10 Kallang Road Singapore 208718
Tel: 6391-6100
2. KK Women's & Children's Hospital
3. East Shore Hospital
4. Gleneagles Hospital
5. Mount Alvernia Hospital
6. Mount Elizabeth Hospital
7. National University Hospital
8. Singapore General Hospital
9. Thomson Medical Centre

For births in other hospitals, the baby’s birth has to be registered at the PR Services Centre within SIR building, and those who are not born in hospitals (eg. at home or in cars), the mother has to obtain a Notification of Live Birth from the doctors/midwife/ambulance staff who delivered the baby

Birth registration must be done within 14 days to 42 days from the date of birth, including Sundays and public holidays. If registration is done after 42 days, a letter of explanation stating the reason for late registration must be submitted for the Registrar/Registrar General's approval. After approval has been given, the birth will be registered and the Birth Certificate will be issued.

The following documents are required to be produced at the time of birth registration:

  • Notification of Live Birth, issued by the Hospital
  • Both parents' Identity Cards, if they are Singapore residents
  • Original marriage certificate
  • Both parents' passports, entry permit and embarkation/disembarkation card issued by Immigration Department (for foreigners)
  • A letter of authorisation from the parents of the child (if someone else registers the birth on behalf of the parents)
  • A fee of S$18.00 is payable for birth registration. Some hospitals may charge an administrative fee for the service provided on top of the S$18.00

Child's name must be furnished at the time of birth registration. Ethnic characters of the child's name in Chinese/Jawi/Tamil can be included in the Birth Certificate. This is optional but parents/informants must ensure the accuracy of the ethnic characters furnished. For Chinese children who have been given a name in full Hanyu Pinyin version, the Chinese characters of his name must be reflected in the birth certificate.

Medisave, Medishield & Medishield Plus

 

These three schemes help Central Provident Fund (CPF) members and their dependants pay for hospitalisation expenses.

Medisave

Every working individual (Singapore citizen or Singapore Permanent Resident) including the self-employed, is required by law to contribute to the Medisave portion of his CPF account. Medisave funds can be used to pay for hospitalisation expenses for himself or his dependants. Dependants are defined as one’s spouse, children, parents and grandparents who must be Singapore citizens or Permanent Residents.

Medisave can be used to buy Medishield, a medical insurance scheme, for himself and his dependants. It can also be used to buy a non-CPF medical insurance such as Incomeshield but you cannot have both Medishield and another non-CPF medical insurance.

Medishield & Medishield Plus

This is a low-cost medical insurance giving you and your family financial protection against the expenses of medical treatment in the event of prolonged or serious illnesses. The premiums can be paid from Medisave. Members purchasing Medishield Plus get a higher insurance coverage.

For more information, please contact:

Central Provident Fund Board
79, Robinson Road, CPF Building
Singapore 068897
Tel : (65) 1800 227 1188
Fax: (65)-6225 8732
Email : cpfboard@cpf.gov.sg
Website : www.cpf.gov.sg

Singapore Medical Association
2 College Road, Level 2, Alumni Medical Centre
Singapore 169850
Tel : (65) 6223 1264
Fax: (65) 6224 7827
Website : www.sma.org.sg

Ministry of Health
16 College Road
College of Medicine Building
Singapore 169854
Tel : (65) 6325 9220
Fax: (65) 6224 1677
Email : moh_info@moh.gov.sg
Website : www.moh.gov.sg

Prescriptions

Prescriptions from overseas doctors are not valid for use in Singapore. The pharmacies require a prescription from a local registered medical doctor to be able to fill the prescription. The patient should go to a registered local medical practitioner and consult a doctor. The patient should also bring along his/her prescription from overseas so that the doctor can prescribe him the necessary drugs.

If the specific brand of drug is not available in Singapore, the doctor may be able to switch to a therapeutically equivalent drug which will not compromise the treatment of the illness or disease. The patient can obtain his new supplies of drugs from the doctor himself /herself or get a prescription from the doctor and have it filled at the private pharmacies.

Private and Public Hospitals


Alexandra Hospital 
Address: 378 Alexandra Road Singapore 159964
Phone No: 64722000 Fax No: 63793880
Ang Mo Kio Community Hospital
Address: 17 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 9 #02 & #04 Singapore 569766
Phone No: 64538033 Fax No: 64541729
Bright Vision Hospital
Address : 5 Lorong Napiri Singapore 547530
Phone No: 62485757 Fax No: 68810702
Changi General Hospital
Address : 2 Simei Street 3 Singapore 529889
Phone No: 67888833 Fax No: 67880933 Copyright
East Shore Hospital
Address : 321 Joo Chiat Place Singapore 427990
Phone No: 63447588 Fax No: 63454966
Eye Hospital (Day Surgery Centre)
Address : 126 Balestier Road Singapore 329681
Phone No: 62990464 Fax No: 62996148
Fortis Healthcare Singapore
Address : 302 Orchard Road #18-02/03 Tong Building Singapore 238862
Phone No: 66725942 Mobile No: 97210174
Fortis Surgical Hospital
Address: 19 Adam Road Singapore 289891
Phone No: 6361 0230
Gleneagles Hospital
Address : 6A Napier Road Singapore 258500
Phone No: 64737222 Fax No: 64751832
HMI Balestier Hospital
Address : 363 Balestier Road Singapore 329784
Phone No: 62533818 Fax No: 62510530
Khoo Teck Puat Hospital
Address : 90 Yishun Central Singapore 768828
Phone No: 65558000 Fax No: 66023700
KK Women's & Children's Hospital
Address : 100 Bukit Timah Road Singapore 229899
Phone No: 62934044 Fax No: 62937933
Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital & Nursing Home
Address : 705 Serangoon Road #01-00 Singapore 328127
Phone No: 62993747 Fax No: 62992406
Mount Alvernia Hospital
Address : 820 Thomson Road Singapore 574623
Phone No: 63476688 Fax No: 63561151
Mount Elizabeth Hospital
Address : 3 Mount Elizabeth Road #02-00 Singapore 228510
Phone No: 67372666 Fax No: 67371189
National Healthcare Group
Address : 6 Commonwealth Lane Level 6 GMTI BUILDING Singapore 149547
Phone No: 64718900 Fax No: 64712129
National University Hospital
Address : 5 Lower Kent Ridge Road Singapore 119074
Phone No: 18007725555,67795555 Fax No: 67795678
Raffles Hospital
Address : 585 North Bridge Road Singapore 188770
Phone No: 63111111 Fax No: 63112383,63112389
Ren Ci Hospital & Medicare Centre
Address : 50 Jalan Tan Tock Seng Singapore 308438
Phone No: 63850777 Fax No: 6358090 Singapore
Singapore General Hospital
Address : 1 Hospital Drive Singapore 169608
Phone No: 62223322,63214610 Fax No: 62245484,62249221
St Andrew's Community Hospital
Address : 1 Elliot Road Singapore 458686
Phone No: 62419956 Fax No: 64493265
St Andrew's Mission Hospital
Address : 250 Tanjong Pagar Road #04-02 Singapore 088541
Phone No: 62265105 Fax No: 62265104
St Luke's Hospital For The Elderly
Address : 2 Bukit Batok Street 11 Singapore 659674
Phone No: 65632281 Fax No: 65618205,65613625
Tan Tock Seng Hospital
Address : 11 Jalan Tan Tock Seng Singapore 308433
Phone No: 62566011 Fax No: 62527282
Thomson Medical Centre
Address : 339 Thomson Road Singapore 307677
Phone No: 62502222,62569494 Fax No: 62534468
View Road Hospital
Address : 10 View Road Singapore 757918
Phone No: 62697336 Fax No: 63651002
Woodbridge Hospital / Institute Of Mental Health
Address : 10 Buangkok View Singapore 539747
Phone No: 63850411 Fax No: 63851050

Services provided by Singapore’s public and private hospitals are highly regarded by the locals and expatriates residing in neighbouring countries. Both public and private hospitals are equipped with the latest medical equipment to maintain a high standard of medical service. Singapore General Hospital, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, National University Hospital, Gleneagles and Mount Elizabeth are recognized as benchmarks for healthcare delivery standards in the region.

Gleneagles, Mount Elizabeth and Thomson Medical Centre are full fledged hospitals that are private hospitals and fees are relatively higher that of the government hospitals including Kandang Kerbau, National University Hospital, Singapore General Hospital, Changi General Hospital, Tan Tock Seng and Ang Mo Kio Community Hospital.

Five of the government hospitals provide acute care services with multi-disciplinary acute inpatient and specialist outpatient services as well as 24-hour accident and emergency services. Also, there are 6 speciality institutes for ophthalmology, dermatology, oncology, cardiology, neuroscience and dentistry. The tertiary specialist care on cardiology, renal medicine, haematology, neurology, oncology, radiotherapy, plastic and reconstructive surgery, paediatric surgery, neurosurgery, cardiothoracic surgery and transplant surgery are centralised in two of the larger general hospitals which are the Singapore General Hospital and the National University Hospital. The other five government hospitals provide special functions such as maternity, mental, infectious and sub-acute care services.

Foreigners seeking inpatient services can choose to be warded in single-bed rooms, two-bed rooms and four-bed rooms of private hospitals. They will only have a choice of single (A class) rooms or two-bed (B1 class) rooms in government hospitals. Medical fees in government hospitals are relatively lower than in private hospitals but non-Singaporeans will pay a 30 percent premium over the fees charged to the locals.

Specialist Centres


Parkway Cancer Centre

Parkway Cancer Centre offers comprehensive cancer treatment with a highly skilled, multi-disciplinary team comprising consultant medical specialists, nurses, counsellors and other para-medical professionals to meet the specific needs of cancer patients.

Mount Elizabeth Hospital
Address: 3 Mount Elizabeth, Mount Elizabeth Hospital Level 2, Singapore 228510
Tel: (65) 6737-0733
Fax: (65) 6737-7002

Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre
Address: 3 Mount Elizabeth, Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre #13-16/17, Singapore 228510
Tel: (65) 6733-8118
Fax: (65) 6733-8389

Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
Address: 38 Irrawaddy Road, Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre #05-52/53/54/55, Singapore 329563
Tel: (65) 6684-5522
Fax: (65) 6694-0706

Gleneagles Hospital
Address: 6A Napier Road, Gleneagles Hospital #01-35, Singapore 258500
Tel: (65) 6472-2662
Fax: (65) 6475-9221

Gleneagles Hospital
Address: 6A Napier Road, Gleneagles Hospital Level 2, Singapore 258500
Tel:65) 6470-3328
Fax:(65) 6476-6393

Gleneagles Hospital
Address: 6A Napier Road, Gleneagles Hospital Level 3, Singapore 258500
Tel: 65) 6473-8688
Fax: (65) 6479-2309

Email: enquiry@pcc.sg
Website: http://www.parkwaycancercentre.com

Singapore Sports And Orthopaedic Clinic

Our Professional Orthopedic Specialist, Dr. Kevin Yip, has more than 20 years experience in treating orthopedic problems ranging from common orthopedic problem, sport injuries to degenerative changes of orthopedic problem. Be assured that you will be receiving professional treatments that suit your needs.

Address: 6 Napier Road, #02-12 Gleneagles Medical Center, Singapore 258499
Tel: (65) 9734 3087

Email: feedback@bone.com.sg
Website: http://www.orthopaedics.com.sg/

Singapore also has centers for special treatments of eye, heart and skin problems namely: Singapore National Eye Centre, Singapore Heart Care Centre National Skin Care Centre.

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Real Estate

elitehill:
If you have some questions with regards to real estate business feel free to ask. Thanks.

Re: Was this some form or scam, or just an 'awkward approach

PNGMK:


I wonder if they still drive cars. I always felt odd, with us, penny pinching and sweating it out using public transport to reach the location to view a HDB and then swarmed by dozens of other potential tenants waiting eagerly for the agent to arrive and then he would always arrive late in a spanky car and then after taking a round of the house, ask all of us what our best offer was giving us the looks "Only 2k aha, cannot lah, already have offer for 2.3k, do you want to increase your offer?"

Good point.

Re: initial information needed

JR8:
Mein Gott , was für ein episches Liste!
Welcome to the forum, I’ll have a go at some of your questions :)



First I’d suggest deciding on what area might work best for you...
‘GUIDE: Where should I/we consider living?’
viewtopic.php?t=101985
I won’t pre-empt how you might reply to that by making any suggestions at this point.

I heard rent on standard level is min 2.500 SGD / month.
is that sufficient or is a 3.000 / 3.500 SGD more reasonable?


Sounds like you’re looking for a condo, so it’s unlikely you’d find anything meeting your requirements almost anywhere in the country for $2.5k. But rather than trying to do this process in reverse, and since you have no fixed budget yet, fill in the questionnaire and lets see if we can decide upon ‘reasonable needs’ and hence budget...


As above.

cost of living
what is the cost of living factor compared to Germany?
what is the 'expat bonus' for moving from Europe to Singapore? (balancing relocation, cultural shock etc)


A link to a COLA database has been provided above by another poster.

Salary package
+15 years working experience in Europe and Asia
Job: developing APAC sales region, start-up team (copy-paste from HQ)
are any 'initial kick-of bonus' annual 'mbo bonus' 'annual salary increasing rates' usual ?
at which level the package starts to be suitable?


I’m not sure what some of these are. IME it seems to run more along the US/UK model. I.e Basic Salary + variable bonus + benefits. You don’t get a raise beyond inflation unless you take on greater responsibilities.
When a company is hiring, the budget for the basic salary has already often been fixed, or fixed within a set range as part of a departmental, > division, > total corporate budget for the year ahead. So there’s not usually huge flexibility with that number. Variable bonus is just that, perhaps you will have KPIs to meet, or they will give you some idea how any bonus might be calculated. Lastly benefits, this seems to be where there can be room to negotiate.
I should also say that there is a difference between doing an ‘internal corporate transfer’ and negotiating for a position in a new company. The former tends to more of a fixed package on the table kind of situation. The latter offers more latitude to negotiate.


taxation
I read about 182 days rules, 8-15% tax + double taxation agreement with Germany is in place.
how is taxation handled?


I don’t recall there being witholding taxes on salary here. AFAIR you get paid gross and are responsible for your own tax return and payment each year end. But I’m sure this is covered in one or other Help topics here.
Having accountants to do your returns is one ‘benefit’ you can definitely request. It is a huge benefit to you, and because they will probably use their accountants/auditors to do the work, the cost to the company is not very much. Indeed when I was in employment here Deloitte+Touche did my returns for me /as a courtesy/for goodwill for the company. The thinking is: If you are expected to be working your nuts off (and you will be) you don't have time to learn about the entire tax-code of a foreign country.

insurances
are global health insurances working in Singapore well - any additional needed (e.g. teeth, emergency)?
pension insurance - are expats automatically paying into Singapore's pensions funds - how are the domestic pensions steered? Do you have recommentions?


You need health insurance as medical costs here are high. .
Nope. You won’t be paying into any local pension. If you are currently under a German corporate scheme, you might explore whether contributions to that can continue during your time here. IME it is far better to keep an established scheme going, than pausing it and having pension ‘fragments’ scattered elsewhere around the world. For locals they pay into ‘CPF’, but this this won’t apply to you, and ... that’s about it.
I’ve never had any household or legal or other such ‘domestic’ insurance here. And it’s not a thing you see discussed either, QED?

mobility
flight packages:
What is your experience and recommendation: economy or business? 2x / year?
I will be frequent flyer to APAC, but need of course flights to Germany.

Most people I know don’t visit home more than once a year (some less often, and some hardly at all). So I wouldn’t plan for more than once a year. Depending on where you are based it might turn out to be one hell of a journey. Frankfurt and Munich are not so bad as the flights are direct, but god forbid you have to start by making a domestic connection on LH (the joys of a missed connection and having to overnight in some hotel in a business park on the fringes of FRA). .


taxi allowances or car?
As my German package includes a company car I would require a car - but I know about the high vehicle expenses.
So to get a feeling for the value of a car in Singapore, please share your opinion:

‘Taxi allowance’ – I’ve never heard of such a thing. If you want a taxi you pay for it yourself.
Just because you have a car in Germany does not entitle you to one in your package here. Furthermore you do need a car here. If they offer you one fine, but be aware that they are $$$ and it might be considered a ‘taxable benefit’. Everything to do with cars is super expensive. It’s like owning a Bentley or Maserati in Europe, absolutely everything from filling the tank to parking to insurance to a simple oil change is going to cost you BIG-time!




If you get a car it will cost a fortune and you’ll hardly use it (beyond your commute). After several years here we have just recently bought our first car, a hatchback with 2 or so years left on it’s COE (10 year road license). So I’ve seen how the project changes from visions of travel far and wide to something a little narrower. That said you can get to places that would be something of a challenge by taxi. But I’d suggest that at least initially your focus is likely to be on Downtown, home, work, and perhaps the territory in between each of those.
Furthermore you should note that the public transport here is superb and cheap!


I don’t remember any of that at a corporate level here. ‘Staff development’ is not something I encountered in Asia. If you wish to study in your own time, then I don’t see a problem, that is more the attitude IME.

Good luck, hope the weather here isn’t proving too much of a shock to the system!!

Re: Was this some form or scam, or just an 'awkward approach

Wd40:


I wonder if they still drive cars. I always felt odd, with us, penny pinching and sweating it out using public transport to reach the location to view a HDB and then swarmed by dozens of other potential tenants waiting eagerly for the agent to arrive and then he would always arrive late in a spanky car and then after taking a round of the house, ask all of us what our best offer was giving us the looks "Only 2k aha, cannot lah, already have offer for 2.3k, do you want to increase your offer?"

Re: Advise needed for newborn baby

kcsyfne:
Hi, would like to seek some advice on the options available.

My wife had just given birth to our first baby 2 weeks ago. Both of us are Malaysian PR at the time of my child birth.

I have registered my baby birth with ICA and in the process of getting the Malaysia passport for him.

In the meantime, I've gotten the approval letter on my citizenship application and will be completing the process in weeks time.

What is the option for me to proceed to get my baby SG citizenship as my initial plan is to get him registered as SG citizen upon birth but due to early delivery everything is in the another way round now.

Thanks.

Hi, i'm also a malaysian. I submitted my application as a family end of July 14. May i know how long have you waited for the result? Did you applied together with your wife or only for yourself?

Re: [need advice] I lost my job and my landlord is kicking me

x9200:

So I don't get this bit from you and SMS. If it is a private property (say condo), a foreigner can own it. Why can't they rent it (or a room) out? Is that explicitly prohibited?

Note that OP never said this was HDB. Later posts make me believe you're right for this case because of shadiness, but your statement here implies that all foreigners just cannot sublet a unit even if they own it.

Yep, it's perfectly legal to own and rent out a condo unit even without any longer term residential status in Singapore.

Right with no legal residency status and that was my understanding as well, but the implication from SMS (who is pretty tuned in) is that MOM may not like the additional income if you're here on an EP. It seems counterintuitive, but I can see the point MOM may raise.
MOM could be IMHO only concerned if this was de facto an income targeted lease (so like what JR8 is doing back in the UK). If this is to pay the loan only I don't think MOM will be after such LL.
Besides, if the case of an income lease, MOM, IMHO should be concerned regardless the LL is on EP or not. Or shouldn't be really? MOM's perspective should be based on the job market protection.

Re: 3-7 December with 2 pre-scholl kids

abbby:
Hello everyone,

I`m trying to make a good plan for our 3,5 day in Singapore. We are travelling with 2 small kids (4 and 5 years old). Look at our schedule please and give some advice, because I`m lost in so many web pages about Singapore :)

3 Dec 11.30 am we`re landing, our hotel is V-Bencoolen.


7 Dec 6 pm we are leaving Singapure

We would like to see:

1. Aquarium (or Underwater World and Dolphins Lagoone, which is better for kids, who love fish and reefs?)



RWS: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set ... 771andtype=3

Universal Studios: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set ... 771andtype=3

SEA Aquarium: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set ... 771andtype=3


2. ZOO (is there special attractions during weekend?)

- You can cover Zoo and River safari back to back as they are located next to each other, about 2-3 hours each location. There are a few different animal shows in the Zoo daily, get a brochure to find out the time slots as not to miss any of them. The Zoo has a water playground, so bring everyone's swim wear along.

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set ... 771andtype=3


3. Jurong Bird Park

- Not sure if you need to visit bird park if you are already visiting the zoo and river safari, as bird park features mainly birds, unless you're a bird lover. Also have a water playground like the zoo.

4. River Safari

- You can do it together with the zoo. Same location. Try the Amazon boat ride for an additional fee.

5. Legoland (is there special attractions during weekend?) How to get there in low cost?



6. Garden By the Bay



7. The Botanical Garden




Is it realistic to see it all during this time?

- Possibly.

Where can I buy the cheapest city passes?

Is it cheaper to take public transport for our family or the taxi?
Is there any problem with finding a tourist information in the city? Connecting with wireless will be very expensive for us.



I`m searching at groupon.sg and deal.com.sg is also, it safe and easy to buy tickets there? Should I print my ticket from e-mail or is it necessary to pick up the ticket from specific place in Singapore?

I will be so gratefull for answering my doubts.

Best regards

Monika
Poland

Re: [need advice] I lost my job and my landlord is kicking me

sundaymorningstaple:
Case in point. If you are a citizen and want to buy an HDB from the government, you cannot already own a private property at the same time. Only after you have owned the HDB and lived in it as a residence for at least 5 (I think - although I've heard 10) years can you buy a private property, but there is still some codicil about living in the HDB vrs living in the private property (which they see as an investment and not the primary residence). So, yeah, while it counterintuitive, it is definitely a possiblity on the little red dot.

edited to add the link to clarify from HDB:

http://www.hdb.gov.sg/fi10/fi10325p.nsf ... enDocument

Re: initial information needed

xmj:



Awww.....that's nice. We hope that you'll continue to be part of our little Singapore expats community for many, many, years to come.

:cool:





:wink:


:-) Thanks. Decision will be before x-mas.

Re: initial information needed

xmj:

That is something I already hated in China: especially on rainy days no taxis available.
Is that a problem in here -and if ses, how to solve?

It is indeed a problem in Singapore also. Comparable to Shanghai. Same solution as Shanghai also: luck or ’关系‘

Ok.

Re: In global talent survey, Malaysia races ahead of Asian n

ecureilx:


BTW, is this Malaysia's future ??



The world is not getting more civilized, is it?

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfre ... ip-erdogan

maybe 'they' are on to something :D

Re: Malaysia - they do take a step ahead and then takes half a step behind with this kind of statements

After a while, they will get there, I think so

As of now, they have improved the benefits for Expats working in MNCs immensely .. including complimentary MM2H as enticement, in some cases !!

Re: [need advice] I lost my job and my landlord is kicking me

JR8:


Right with no legal residency status and that was my understanding as well, but the implication from SMS (who is pretty tuned in) is that MOM may not like the additional income if you're here on an EP. It seems counterintuitive, but I can see the point MOM may raise.

Consider the amount of SGn property that is sold to foreigners with no status here. If such people later get a job here, do they then either have to occupy their own investment, or sell up? Hmmm.

Re: In global talent survey, Malaysia races ahead of Asian n

Aragorn2000:


BTW, is this Malaysia's future ??



The world is not getting more civilized, is it?

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfre ... ip-erdogan

Re: Was this some form or scam, or just an 'awkward approach

the lynx:
A friend got approached at Raffles MRT station the same way (right before she walked into The Sail where she rented with her husband). A pair of smartly dressed man and woman (presumably both are agents) asked her if where she would like to consider moving to a larger unit for almost the same rental fee she has been paying. She was tempted but like you, she doesn't take proposition from random strangers too kindly (especially from property agents on top of that!).

When she said the usual no-sorry-not interested line, one of them whipped a *scroll* listing addresses in River Valley, Holland Village, Orchard etc available for rent. :o

Re: Was this some form or scam, or just an 'awkward approach

nakatago:


Schadenfreude