Carrefour to pull out of Singapore - pulls out of more non-strategic countries to free up cash to cut debt and fund the revival of its struggling European hypermarkets - Free Malaysia Today (2012/08/28)
Tiny Singapore risks economic gloom without big baby boom - among Southeast Asian neighbors, Singapore's fertility rate (1.2) and that of Thailand's (1.66) are both below replacement but the populations are growing in Indonesia (2.23), Malaysia (2.64) and the Philippines (3.15) - Reuters (2012/08/30)
Singapore among most competitive economies in Asia - World Economic Forum: scored second globally behind Switzerland, the same one-two order the small, banking-centric economies occupied in last year's rankings; Hong Kong jumped two spots to nine - Wall Street Journal (2012/09/05)
Sabahans and Sarawakians below 35 barred from working in Singapore - Singapore work permits for Malaysians above the age of 18 are issued except for male natives from Sabah and Sarawak whose age limit has been raised to 35; an "administrative punishment" after a series of crimes and fights involving rowdy native Sabahans and Sarawakians in the republic - The Star (2012/09/10)
A Singapore with more .sg than .gov? - more power placed in the hands of the local community, less in the grip of central governments; and some regimes have found it difficult to cut back on welfare despite ballooning deficits and the threat of national bankruptcy - Asia One News (2012/10/29)
Singapore's freshwater obsession - the country relied heavily on neighbouring Malaysia to transfer water, a situation that caused diplomatic tension between the two and spurred concerns the Malaysian government may one day turn off the tap - Aljazeera (2012/12/09)
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