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Man Jailed & Fined For Killing Pedestrian

16 Jul

SINGAPORE: A man who drove a car without a valid licence and ended up killing an elderly pedestrian was jailed 11 months and fined S$2,000 on Monday.

22-year-old Shawn See Joo Song was also disqualified from driving all classes of vehicles for 10 years.

He pleaded guilty to three charges, which include causing the death of 65-year-old Mislia Ahmad by a rash act, driving a car without the consent of the owner and driving without a valid licence.

The court heard that See failed to give way to the victim who was crossing the road at Tampines Street 45 in December last year.

See was turning right from Tampines Street 45 into Tampines Avenue 9 when he collided into her.

The court heard that he had also turned his head to speak to his passenger while making the right turn.

The victim was taken to Changi General Hospital where she was pronounced dead shortly after.

For committing a rash act, See could have been jailed up to five years and fined.

The maximum punishment for taking and driving any motor vehicle without the consent of its owner is three months’ jail and S$1,000 fine.

Those who are caught driving without a licence can also be jailed up to three months and fined S$1,000.

– CNA/ck

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Values, Understanding The Purpose & Good Habits Essential To Sustaining Volunteerism

15 Jul

SINGAPORE: Inculcating correct values, understanding the purpose of volunteering and building habits are essential to sustaining volunteerism beyond school days.

Acting Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports, Chan Chun Sing, said this at a youth dialogue session on Saturday.

The session, co-organised by the National Youth Council, was aimed at discussing how volunteering rates could be sustained among people in the workforce and those starting families.

But Mr Chan added the changing face of volunteering efforts also needs to be acknowledged.

About 80 university and polytechnic students attended the session.

The dialogue session comes at a time when surveys have found a “bath-tub” effect in the volunteering trends among Singaporeans – that is a high level of volunteerism during their school days, a period of decline in their mid-20s, and then back up in their mid-40s.

Suggestions varied from setting up a centralised platform highlighting volunteering opportunities to providing some radical incentives.

One area Mr Chan focused on was the Community Involvement Programme (CIP), which is compulsory for secondary school students.

“CIP is a means to an end. Even if we bring hundred people through, ten, twenty fellas continue the journey, it’s still alright, because we have catalysed something in some people, and through this, it will spread,” Mr Chan said.

But after the session, Mr Chan also acknowledged the concept of incentivised volunteerism.

“We would like people to come forth without any material pursuits, or any sense that they want to get something tangible in return, but that is idealistic. We know that many of the volunteers, even among the participants today, many of them started off on a structured programme, with some kind of incentive but actually from there, they have graduated from truly volunteering their time without incentive structures in place, and I’m actually open to having both approaches tried out for different parts of the sector, because I don’t think it’s a one side fits all, and I’ve seen both approaches work in different sectors as well,” he said.

Chen Yingyi, VP & Co-founder, Voluntarius, said: “There is this trend where volunteers come forward to volunteer because they want to gain something in return, for example, if they want to build up their portfolio, but personally I find there is nothing wrong with that.”

Ms Chen said that’s because both the volunteer and those that receive the services, benefit.

– CNA/ck

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7,000 New & Existing Students Expected To Apply For Tuition Fee Subsidy

10 Jul

SINGAPORE: Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs Dr Yaacob Ibrahim said Mendaki expects about 7,000 new and existing students to apply for its Tertiary Tuition Fee Subsidy scheme (TTFS) this year.

The scheme is an educational subsidy covering the tuition fees of Malay students in tertiary institutions.

In the last four years, 2,000 were eligible for the scheme.

This year, the eligibility criteria will be relaxed, so more will stand to benefit.

Previously only Malay students from a family with a monthly household income of S$3,000 and below qualify.

With the introduction of per captia income and the new criteria, Malay students in a typical four-member household with a monthly income of S$6,000 and below would now qualify.

Dr Yaacob Ibrahim said: “The scheme is quite benign in favour of students rather than towards the government or Mendaki. If you’re into the scheme despite changes to your family income, you will continue to qualify. If you’re out and there’s a change in your family income and you qualify, you’ll come in.

Dr Yaacob also added that initial calculations show there may be a chance that they have to dip into its reserves to maintain their other programmes.

– CNA/ck

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M&S Posts Sliding First-Quarter Sales

10 Jul

LONDON: British clothing-to-food retailer Marks & Spencer said on Wednesday that sales sank in the group’s first quarter in difficult trading conditions.

Total sales fell 0.7 per cent in the 13 weeks to June 20, compared with the same period of the previous financial year, M&S said in an official statement to the London Stock Exchange.

Sales at British stores meanwhile slid by 0.9 per cent in the company’s first quarter. And they tumbled by 2.8 per cent on a like-for-like basis, which strips out the impact of new floor space.

Food sales in Britain grew 0.6 per cent in the reporting period, but clothing and general merchandise slumped by 6.8 per cent — the worst performance since December 2008.

“Our food business has again performed strongly. General merchandise underperformed in a difficult trading season,” said chief executive Marc Bolland in the earnings update.

“We are pleased with the performance in multi-channel and our key international businesses, which are continuing to make good progress.”

The weak sales performance will meanwhile increase pressure on Bolland at the company’s annual meeting later today, amid growing expectations that many shareholders will vote against his large pay package.

– AFP/ck

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Man Jailed For Underage Sex & Housebreaking Offences

29 Jun

SINGAPORE: An unemployed man was jailed three and a half years on Friday for having sex with a minor and breaking into a church.

Twenty-three-year-old Zulkifri Said pleaded guilty to two counts of underage sex, and one count of housebreaking.

Zulkifri knew the girl, who was 13 years old at the time of the offence, through online social site Facebook in March 2010.

They became a couple shortly after and were in a relationship for eight months.

They had unprotected sex at HDB staircase landings in Toa Payoh and Jurong.

In March this year, Zulkifri also broke into Calvary Bible Presbyterian Church at Tao Ching Road and made away with S$1,470 in cash and valuables.

Zulkifri and co-accused, 22-year-old Muhammad Herwan Abd Hamzah, used a pair of scissors to force open the sliding window of the church.

They then stole an assortment of items, including digital cameras and a USB port.

Muhammad Herwan was jailed two and a half years in April this year.

– CNA/cc

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City Harvest’s Founder Kong Hee & 4 Others Arrested

26 Jun

SINGAPORE: Five members of City Harvest Church (CHC), including its founder Pastor Kong Hee, have been arrested for alleged criminal breach of trust and falsification of accounts of the church.

The other four members are John Tan Yee Peng, Lam Leng Ham, Chew Eng Ham and Sharon Tan.

The five were questioned by the Commercial Affairs Department (CAD) on Tuesday.

Kong Hee was seen leaving the Police Cantonment Complex at 4pm.

The five will be charged in court on Wednesday.

CAD said it commenced an investigation on 31 May 2010 into certain financial transactions of CHC after receiving information of misuse of church funds.

The Commissioner of Charities (COC) began its inquiry into the charity on the same day under the Charities Act over alleged misconduct and mismanagement of the building fund which had been raised and earmarked for specific purposes.

The COC said financial irregularities of at least S$23 million from the charity’s funds had been discovered. These funds were used with the purported intention to finance the music career of Ho Yeow Sun, who is Pastor Kong’s wife and co-founder of the church.

The COC found that there was a concerted effort to conceal this movement of funds from the charity’s stakeholders, saying it is concerned about the misconduct and mismanagement in the administration of the charity.

With the consent of the Attorney General, the COC has suspended eight persons, including the five arrested on Tuesday, from the exercise of their office or employment as governing board members.

The other three are Ho Yeow Sun, Kelvin Teo Meng How and Tan Su Pheng Jacqueline.

All eight have been suspended from their executive memberships in the charity with immediate effect.

The COC said it will also consider taking further courses of action against these individuals in order to protect the charity. This may include the removal of these persons from their office as trustee, governing board members, officers, agents or employees of the charity.

With the suspension, the eight persons will be prohibited from taking part or being involved in managing or representing the charity on any matters, or attending any of the charity’s Annual General Meetings, Extraordinary General Meetings and Board Meetings.

Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs Teo Chee Hean has stressed that the charges filed by CAD are against the five individuals from the City Harvest Church regarding the use of church funds.

He said the charges are not filed against CHC itself and the church is free to continue its church services and activities.

Mr Teo added that CAD carries out investigations when it receives information that a criminal offence may have been committed.

CAD had previously investigated the National Kidney Foundation and Ren Ci.

As the matter is now before the courts, Mr Teo said the law should be allowed to take its course and the public should avoid speculation or making pre-judgements that may unnecessarily stir up emotions.

– CNA/al/wm

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Terbuai ‘kuasa Sakti’ Udit & Alka

26 Jun

FILEM Bollywood dan lagu-lagunya sentiasa bersatu. Tanpa lagu maka akan pincanglah sesebuah filem Hindustan yang selalunya bersifat muzikal. Lebih penting lagi, andai tiadanya penyanyi latar filem, maka sesebuah lagu dalam filem Hindustan itu tidak akan lengkap.

Proses ini sudah berlaku sejak zaman awal penerbitan filem Hindustan lagi iaitu pada dekad Raj Kapoor & Nargis, Shammi Kapoor & Aska Parekh, Anil Kapoor & Sri Devi sehinggalah Shah Rukh Khan & Kajol.

Lihat saja penangan filem popular zaman ini seperti Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (KKHH) dan Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham.

Menyentuh mengenai emosi Bollywood, mendengar lagu saja, kita terus terbayangkan wajah hero dan heroinnya asyik menyanyi dan menari di taman flora, tepian pantai, lereng bukit hinggalah kawasan pergunungan.


Meskipun kita sedia maklum superstar Hindi semuanya hanya sekadar ‘miming’ dalam filem mereka, kita tetap terpesona dan hanyut dalam perasaan.


Itulah kuasa sakti penyanyi latar filem Bollywood yang menyanyi mengikut skrip dan jalan cerita yang ditetapkan bagi sesebuah filem.

Sejak dulu Bollywood menyandarkan harapan kepada penyanyi latar filem seperti Mohd Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Boshle, Mukesh, Kishore Kumar. Zaman ini barulah muncul Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik, Kumar Sanu, Sonu Nigam dan Kavita Krishnamurthi.

Ahad lalu bertempat di Dewan Utama, Istana Hotel, Restoran Authentic North India Cuisine tampil membawakan Udit dan Alka.

Mereka adalah penyanyi latar lagu filem KKHH dan K3G yang diterbitkan 14 tahun lalu. Ia filem maha karya arahan Karan Johar. Pasti kita teringatkan cinta tiga segi antara Rahul Khanna (lakonan), Anjali (Kajol) dan Tina (Rani Mukherji).

Dalam persembahan yang berlangsung lebih tiga jam itu, hampir 2,000 peminat yang memenuhi dewan itu tidak berganjak dari kerusi masing-masing. Suara gemersik Alka membuatkan peminatnya terpana.

Tampil dengan mengenakan busana merah hati dengan rambut mengurai melepasi bahu, ia membuktikan kehebatannya sebagai ratu penyanyi latar filem Bollywood ketika ini.

Awalnya, lebih 10 lagu dinyanyikan namun masih belum puas mendengar kemerduan suaranya. Dia menyanyikan lagu yang pernah dinyanyikannya dalam filem KKHH, Mann, Kaho Naa.. Pyaar Hai, Pardes, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Akele Hum Akele Tum, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham.

Suaranya pernah dipinjam oleh Hema Malini, Rekha, Shabana Azmi, Sridevi, Madhuri Dixit, Raveena Tandon, Manisha Koirala, Juhi Chawla, Kajol, Tabu, Rani Mukerji, Preity Zinta, Karisma Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai, Priyanka Chopra, Sushmita Sen, Bipasha Basu dan Katrina Kaif.

Pengalamannya membuat persembahan nyanyian di pentas antarabangsa memberi kelebihan kepadanya kerana Alka mudah mesra dengan peminat dan berkomunikasi dengan baik. Sayangnya dia lebih banyak berkomunikasi dalam bahasa Hindi. Bagaimanapun apabila mendengar peminatnya ketawa memecah keheningan dewan, fahamlah yang dia sedang berkata-kata sesuatu yang lucu.

Selesai persembahan Alka, segmen kedua Udit muncul dengan gaya seorang aksi hero Hindustan. Ternyata suaranya bagaikan tidak sepadan usia yang sudah menjangkau 57 tahun. Suaranya nyanyian selalu dipinjam kepada aktor yang lebih muda daripadanya, Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Akshay Kumar dan ramai lagi hero lain.

Masih segak orangnya, selepas setiap kali dia menyanyi, Udit akan mengesat peluh dan menyisir rambutnya. Sikapnya itu mendatangkan usikan kepada Alka yang pada segmen ketiga mereka berdua berduet.

Udit juga menyanyikan lagu daripada filem yang meminjamkan suaranya seperti KKHH, Dil To Pagal Hai, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jeyenge, Mohabbatein, Kaho Naa… Pyar Hai, Kal Ho Naa Ho, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Lagaan, Veer Zara, Mujhse Dosti Karoge dan Tere Nam. Keramahan dan kelincahan Udit menghangatkan persembahannya pada malam itu.

Segmen yang paling dinantikan ialah nyanyian duet mereka berdua. Alka muncul lagi di pentas dengan menggayakan sari rona biru kehijauan dan Udit pula mengenakan jaket dan seluar rona putih melambangkan warna kegemaran yang sering digayakan oleh hero Bolllywood dalam filem lakonan mereka.

Ketika itu jarum jam sudah pun menunjukkan angka 12 tengah malam tetapi tidak sedikit pun menggusarkan peminat. Mereka terus terpaku mendengar alunan merdu Alka dan Udit. Bagi mengakhiri persembahan, mereka menyanyikan lagu Koi Mil Gaya yang dinyanyikan Shah Rukh Khan dalam filem KKHH.

Meskipun selepas tiga jam berlalu, masih belum puas kerana terlalu banyak lagu merdu mereka. Bayangkan sepanjang pembabitan Udit sebagai penyanyi latar, dia menyanyikan beribu lagu. Begitulah juga dengan Alka, yang menyanyi sejak tahun 1980-an.

Sekadar cadangan, peminat akan lebih menghayati sekiranya penganjur menayangkan aksi nyanyian hero dan heroin dalam filem lakonan mereka setiap kali Alka dan Udit menyanyikan lagu yang berkaitan. Tentu situasi pada malam itu akan lebih meriah kerana nostalgia lama terimbau kembali.

Sejak beberapa tahun lalu mereka berdua menjayakan konsert di seluruh dunia dan buat kali pertama mereka berdua mengadakan konsert bersama di Kuala Lumpur.

Sempena kedatangan mereka ke sini, mereka dianugerahkan ikon personaliti jenama The Brandlaureate Awards 2012 berdasarkan pencapaian dalam bidang seni suara.

Anugerah itu disampaikan Tunku Bendahara Kedah, Datuk Seri Utama Tunku Anuar Sultan Badlishah dan isteri, Toh Puan Bendahara Kedah, Toh Puan Noor Suzanna Abdullah. Beliau juga adalah Pengerusi Jemaah Pemangku Sultan Kedah.

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Borak Lokasi: Api Cemburu Luna & Elia

21 Jun

SIAPA yang tidak ingin diri mereka disayangi. Pun begitu, soal kasih sayang adalah perkara yang tidak boleh dipaksa serta dibeli dengan wang ringgit.
Lumrah kehidupan manusia, kasih sayang itu harus hadir dengan keikhlasan. Namun tidak semua insan di dunia ini bernasib baik memperoleh kasih sayang sejati yang diimpikan.

Mengungkap perihal kasih sayang ini, Suhan Movies & Trading Sdn Bhd tampil menerbitkan drama bersiri terbaru, Aku Tak Percaya Cinta untuk siaran TVi (saluran 180 RTM di Astro). Ia mengisahkan dua gadis yang dibesarkan ibu bapa angkat mereka saling bersaing merebut kasih dan perhatian keluarga antara satu sama lain.

Bagaimanapun, Luna dan Elia tidak pernah tahu realiti sebenar diri mereka sebagai anak angkat kepada pasangan Mahadi dan isterinya, Mirza. Mereka dibesarkan bersama seperti adik-beradik kandung tetap masih wujud api cemburu di dalam hati Luna dan Elia. Mereka juga tidak pernah sependapat.

Sama ada soal keluarga mahu pun perniagaan yang diurus, apa yang diutamakan mereka adalah siapa lebih mendapat perhatian?


Masing-masing mahu diberi lebih kedudukan oleh ibu bapa mereka. Apapun, dalam soal jodoh dan cinta nampaknya Elia nyata lebih bernasib baik berbanding dengan Luna.


Elia dijodohkan dengan anak orang kaya, Irshad. Walaupun berstatus tunangan orang, Irshad sebenarnya sangat menyukai Luna. Pun begitu, Luna pula enggan mempercayai cinta kerana kegagalannya dalam perhubungan yang lalu. Bagi Irshad, apa pun terjadi dia akan tetap berusaha memburu cinta Luna.

Di pihak Elia sendiri, gadis ini nekad mempertahankan cintanya terhadap Irshad. Lalu, bertambah parahlah sengketa antara Luna dan Elia sehingga mereka bermusuh. Kisah cinta tiga segi yang berlaku membuatkan Elia menganggap Luna mahu merampas Irshad daripadanya. Justeru, pelbagai konflik muncul.

Walaupun tampil sederhana dan agak kasar, Luna lebih bijak berbanding Elia serta menyerlah dalam banyak perkara. Namun kelebihan Elia pula adalah dia lebih feminin, lembut dan sangat menjaga perasaan ibu bapa mereka. Jadi, sukar untuk mereka berdua mengalah kerana sedar kelebihan masing-masing.

Sampai bilakah persengketaan itu berlanjutan?

Bagi menterjemahkan karya ini kepada siri televisyen 13 episod, Rosyam Nor selaku penerbit memilih pengarah berpengalaman, Harris Fadzillah Abd Samad, menerajui penghasilan drama itu. Apatah lagi, Harris juga sudah terbiasa menghasilkan drama untuk RTM dan cukup memahami garis panduan yang ditetapkan.

Harris ketika ditemui di lokasi penggambaran drama itu di Lorong Titiwangsa 2, Kuala Lumpur, baru-baru ini, memaklumkan memahami konsep penyiaran drama RTM bagi saluran TVi yang menjurus untuk golongan remaja, menjadi cabaran padanya menjalin kerjasama dengan pelakon baru dan berwajah segar.

“Sebenarnya tidaklah sukar bekerja dengan mereka (pelakon baru). Cuma, sebagai pengarah saya harus lebih memberi bimbingan dan tunjuk ajar sekiranya berasakan lakonan ditonjolkan tak sampai. Bagaimanapun, dari segi komitmen saya berikan pujian kepada mereka kerana disiplin masing-masing amat baik.

“Pun begitu, tak dinafikan pada mulanya saya sebenarnya agak risau untuk memikul tanggungjawab sebagai pengarah sebaik melihat senarai nama pelakon yang terpilih. Ini kerana apabila membaca skrip drama ini, saya melihat jalan cerita yang diketengahkan agak berat. Apatah lagi, watak utama dilakonkan bintang baru.

“Ini pertama kali saya bekerjasama dengan finalis program Pilih Kasih 3, iaitu Reen Rahim, Sura Sojangi dan Nizen Ayob. Risau juga mulanya tetapi syukur mereka berjaya , menampilkan persembahan memuaskan. Sebagai orang baru bidang seni, tak dinafikan mereka memiliki kelemahan yang perlu dibantu.

“Apapun, sepanjang sebulan kami bekerjasama menyiapkan drama ini mereka nyata menunjukkan minat untuk belajar serta bersikap rendah diri. Mereka boleh menerima teguran yang diberi serta kami juga saling berbincang. Secara tidak langsung, saya selesa bekerja dengan mereka walau pun pelakon baru,” katanya.

Harris yang pernah mengarahkan drama seperti Dewa Cinta dan Kemboja Putih sudah berpengalaman 20 tahun bekerja di belakang tabir. Katanya dia sentiasa bersikap terbuka bekerjasama dengan pelakon baru. Menurut Harris, bakat pelakon baru harus digilap dari sekarang untuk menjadi generasi pelapis.

Jelasnya, pembabitan pelakon baru untuk diketengahkan dalam penerbitan drama tempatan penting berikutan industri seni juga semakin berkembang maju. Oleh itu, adalah wajar bagi bakat baru diberi peluang dan ruang untuk mereka mengetengahkan bakat kerana sampai apabila perlu bergantung pada artis terkenal sedia ada.

Barisan pelakon drama Aku Tak Percaya Cinta adalah Izzue Islam (Irshad), Sura Sojangi (Luna), Reen Rahim (Elia), Hafizzuddi (Mahadi), Norseha (Mirza), Fazlina Datuk Ahnmad Daud (Shiren), Nizen Ayob (Kamil), Mahmud Ali Basha (Datuk Omar), Tasha Aziz (Datin Ruby), Azza Elite (Mariam), Rashid Jaafar (Pak Jamal), Maimon Mutalib (Mak Gayah) dan Bil Azali (Norman).

INFO:

DRAMA: Aku Tak Percaya Cinta

TERBITAN: Suhan Movies & Trading Sdn Bhd

PRODUSER: Rosyam Nor

PENULIS SKRIP: Sharifah Abu Salem

PENGARAH: Harris Fadzillah Abd Samad

PENOLONG PENGARAH: Eez Jalaluddin

PENGURUS PRODUKSI: M Rawi Muhamad

PENOLONG PENGURUS PRODUKSI: Zaleha Ali

KESINAMBUNGAN (KONTI): – TO’A HASHIM

PROPSMAN: Fadirul Anuar Shaari

PENOLONG PROPSMAN: Mohammad Syafiq Asyraff

JURUSOLEK ARTIS: Afiena Edura

PENOLONG JURUSOLEK: Puteri Nurzahira Hikmi

WARDROBE : Eryn Luqman

HANDYMAN/ JURUGEGAS – Khairul Anuar Abd Rahman

JURUKAMERA: A Mohd Azmil (Amir)

PENOLONG JURUKAMERA : Che Mohd Azwan Che Ghusop

PENATAAN CAHAYA: Mohd Zamri Jabit

PENOLONG PENATAAN CAHAYA: Muhammad Hasbullah Zahi Azhar

PENATA AUDIO: Zamir Bahauddin

PELAKON: Izzue Islam (Irshad), Sura Sojangi (Luna), Reen Rahim (Elia), Hafizzuddi (Mahadi), Norseha (Mirza), Fazlina Datuk Ahnmad Daud (Shiren), Nizen Ayob (Kamil), Mahmud Ali Basha (Datuk Omar), Tasha Aziz (Datin Ruby), Azza Elite (Mariam), Rashid Jaafar (Pak Jamal), Maimon Mutalib (Mak Gayah) dan Bil Azali (Norman)

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Students Prefer NUS & NTU Scholarships: Survey

14 Jun

SINGAPORE: A survey has found that students prefer scholarships issued by local universities to those awarded by government agencies or companies.

Over 2,700 ‘A’ level and International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma graduates, final year polytechnic students and undergraduates in their first two years of study at the National University of Singapore (NUS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Singapore Management University (SMU) took part in the online survey, which was conducted from March to April.

The National University of Singapore retained the top spot as the most popular scholarship provider among top ‘A’ Level and IB diploma graduates who scored at least 3 As for H2 subjects or 39 points and above for IB examinations. This is the second year NUS has been ranked top.

The Nanyang Technological University moved up one spot to take second place this year.

The Public Service Commission, which was ranked second in last year’s survey, took the sixth spot this year.

Scholarships given out by Changi Airport Group, Singapore Airlines and the Economic Development Board were ranked third, fourth and fifth respectively.

The survey was carried out by BrightSparks, a scholarship, higher education and career portal.

It said university scholarships remain popular with students as they allow them more freedom in the course of study and are largely bond-free.

“Both of which are attractive to our bright young students looking to have the best of both worlds – the prestige and financial benefits of a scholarship, as well as the ability to decide what to study and which career path to embark on. We expect this trend to continue in the future,” said Mr Lim Der Shing, CEO of JobsCentral Group that owns BrightSparks.

The survey also found that four in 10 students voted Business Administration as the most popular course of study, followed by Accounting (28.8%) and Engineering (28.6%).

The top five most popular industries to work in are banking and financial services, airline/travel, public service, healthcare and auditing/accounting.

As for the expected salary for their first job, 55.4 per cent of ‘A’ level and IB graduates said they expect to earn more than S$3,000 per month.

One in 10 expects to make more than S$4,000 per month after they graduate.

– CNA/al

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High Demand For Kallang-Whampoa & Sengkang BTO Projects

31 May

SINGAPORE: Kallang-Whampoa and Sengkang appear to be the most popular areas in the latest Build-To-Order (BTO) launch in May.

Four-room units in Sengkang were especially popular with the units oversubscribed by 1.7 times.

There was also high demand for these units in Kallang-Whampoa despite the relatively high prices of between S$460,000 and S$590,000.

As of 5pm on 31 May, close to 3,500 applicants had applied for more than 4,600 BTO units.

The next BTO launch will be in July.

– CNA/ck

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