About Singapore

Located at the southern-most tip of mainland Asia, Singapore is at a geographical vantage point linking businesses, ideas, research and cultures from all around the world. With a reputation of being known as “that little red dot”, Singapore’s compact size has become one of the main reasons behind her success story. From a small fishing village, Singapore has grown into a thriving cosmopolitan centre, bustling with vibrancy and unique cultures. Its former role as an Entrepot trading centre has diminished over history, as Singapore increased her manufacturing, tourism, transport, research, biomedical and numerous other sectors.

In fact, Singapore has one of the busiest ports in the world with over 600 shipping lines connecting Asia to all parts of the world, our world renowned Changi Airport was also the first to host the inaugural A380 Airbus flight, not to mention hosting the first ever night-time Formula-One race along the streets of our Central Business District. Singapore has also long been a major supplier of electronic components to several of the world’s leading companies and is an important financial centre of Asia. These are just some of the countless examples of Singapore’s world-acclaimed infrastructures and facilities. With regards to our healthcare scene, Singapore has the highest density of JCI-accredited public hospitals, making up one-third of Asia’s total number of JCI-accredited hospitals. With a modern public healthcare infrastructure system comprising of 7 JCI-accredited hospitals, 6 national specialty centres and an extensive network of polyclinics, Singapore has made quality medical care accessible not just locally but also regionally and globally.

As one can see, Singapore has a long reputation of pushing boundaries and breaking records. This spirit of growth and change can be attributed to the diverse cultures and beliefs that make up our nation’s cosmopolitan society. Regarded as one of the most stable societies in Asia with a long-held emphasis on racial and religious harmony, Singapore’s population of 4.4 million residents is indeed multi racial, multi lingual and multi-cultural---with the four major races being Chinese, Malay, Indian and Eurasian. This unique blend of diversity has created an environment where foreigners have found ease and comfort in making Singapore a home, away from home. Just recently, Singapore was ranked as the most globalised nation by A.T. Kearney/Foreign Policy Magazine Globalisation Index consecutively for two years in 2005 and 2006. This is evidenced by the fact that Singapore has one of the largest expatriate communities in the world.

Despite being a competitive and diverse society, this well-known Garden City of Asia is also a city of entertainment. Beyond the facade of business, one will be able to unwind and experience a side of Singapore that can only be described as unique. Our high standards of living, stable economic and social environment, extensive communication and transportation network, endless shopping districts, numerous avenues for recreation and relaxation, one will definitely be spoilt for choice. Moreover, with major international events happening all throughout the year and with two new Integrated Resorts in the pipeline, Singapore is indeed an ideal destination for everyone--- whether you are a tourist, businessperson, professional or simply looking for somewhere to settle down.

So welcome to Singapore, a window to Asia and a gateway to limitless possibilities.

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Quick Guide to Singapore

Moving to a new country comes with its fair share of coordination and effort. Here are some resources to help you while you settle in with us.

Visas and Employment Passes

Foreigners will be required to apply for an Employment Pass (EP) if they wish to work in Singapore. However, should you be offered employment, MOH Holdings will handle your application on your behalf.

For more information on Employment passes, please proceed to Contact Singapore : Visas or you may also refer to the Ministry Of Manpower site at http://www.mom.gov.sg.

Relocating to Singapore

For those of you intending to do some major shifting, here is a quick guide of service providers who will be able to help you settle in. The list includes movers, real estate firms, orientation tours, culture/language training. Contact Singapore : Relocation.

Accommodation

Singapore offers a wide range of good quality housing to suit your needs and budget. Ranging from public apartments built by the Housing Development Board of Singapore to private condominiums or houses, Singapore definitely has many options to offer. For more information, you may visit http://www.hdb.gov.sg or Contact Singapore : Accommodation.

Getting Around

Regardless of whether you’ve been to Singapore before or this is going to be your first time, Singapore’s vibrant and ever-changing environment will never cease to offer year-long events ranging from street performances to Broadway musicals; from fireworks festivals to The Great Singapore Sale.

Singapore’s various landmarks and places of interests are also easily accessible by an island-wide public transport system, comprising of Buses, Taxis, Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) and Light Rapid Transit (LRT).

For more information on some of Singapore’s attractions, you may wish to visit Singapore Tourism Board’s “Uniquely Singapore” website at Visit Singapore.

As for information on our transport system, please visit Contact Singapore : Getting Around, or the various service providers’ websites at SMRT and SBSTransit.

Food

With a reputation of being known as a Food Paradise, newcomers definitely do not need to worry about looking for food to suit and excite one’s palate. With our diverse cultures and cosmopolitan setting, this self-professed nation of food-lovers will be more than happy to introduce you to a gastronomic variety of flavours from all around the globe.

Here are a few guides to some of Singapore’s famous eating outlets and also to obscure gems hidden away within the quiet corners of our island. http://hungrygowhere.com and Makansutra.

Schooling for Kids

If you are traveling with kids, you can rest assured that your child will be able to receive a comprehensive and structured education here in Singapore. In fact, Singapore has one of the best education systems in the world, consisting of a wide variety of schools to cater for everyone - including neighbourhood schools, Junior Colleges, Polytechnics, national sports school, International schools etc. All of which are closely monitored under a standardized national education system.

For more information, you may visit Contact Singapore : Schooling or proceed to the Ministry of Education Website at http://www.moe.gov.sg.

Permanent Residency in Singapore

We understand that some of you may eventually wish to call Singapore your home after spending some time here. Your first step will be to apply to become a Singapore Permanent Resident (PR).

For more information on PR application procedures, you can visit the Immigration & Checkpoint Authority website at http://www.ica.gov.sg.

Income Tax

Both Locals and Foreigners working and residing in Singapore are liable for personal income tax. The amount of taxes is assessed, via a sliding scale, on income derived in or remitted to Singapore.

For more information on rates, relief schemes, bonuses and payment modalities, please visit the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore website at http://www.iras.gov.sg.


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