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    Quote Originally Posted by taneepak View Post
    Very good selective immigration policy that produces world champions! Now, Singapore may want to also go for China's second string men paddlers. With enough incentives, who knows, Singapore may conceivably one day become double TT champions.
    But don't just dump badminton. Here you have three great sources, Malaysia, Indonesia and China.
    If you have the determination and also money why not?
    Oh you want to be our advisor to tell us what to do?

    Why don't you start with your own backyard first and see how successful you can be?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loh View Post
    Oh you want to be our advisor to tell us what to do?

    Why don't you start with your own backyard first and see how successful you can be?
    Loh, don't be too modest. If you can do it once you can do two another time, because there is nothing like success breeding success.
    But what I am concerned is that badminton is now allowed to fall after earlier glories even though badminton is more popular than table tennis in Singapore.
    After all Singapore is not a true table tennis country as it is not played at a high level as badminton is.
    Somehow, it is hard to associate Singapore with table tennis. Badminton is closer.
    If we look into the future 10 years ahead, maybe badminton will dethrone table tennis. In 10 years time it will be more difficult to recruit players from a wealthier China.
    Do I make sense?

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    Maybe we can send people for re-education and rehab as in Mao China.

    It reminds me of the story of the fox who couldn't reach grapes which grew too high,

    and concluded that he didn't want them anyway as they were sour.

    Maybe second childhood, nothing good to say even when credit is due, like the people I see in the old folk's home.

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    Default KALLANG SLASHINGS: Five nabbed, two at large

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    Jun 2, 2010

    Slash-and-rob gang behind attacks

    By Teh Joo Lin & Mavis Goh


    FIVE men who carried out what police described as a 'cruel' and 'inhumane' spate of attacks in the Kallang area on Sunday have been arrested after an operation involving more than 100 policemen.

    The five, all Sarawakians who worked here as cleaners and odd-job labourers, went on a planned orgy of violent theft which has rarely been seen here.

    The men, some of whom stayed at a Syed Alwi Road lodging house, are believed to have hatched their crimes with two others. The gang went on a knife-wielding rampage that left one person dead, two others in intensive care and another with half his palm hacked off - all for $400 cash and three cellphones.

    Police have mounted a huge manhunt in several areas for the remaining two suspects who are believed to be part of the same gang.

    The gang may also be responsible for one or two other similar slash-and-rob incidents in the area recently.

    Said Criminal Investigation Department (CID) chief Ng Boon Gay: 'What the group had done was very violent. They not only robbed people of some small items... some mobile phones and cash... they caused harm and killed one of them. These are all innocent victims. They had nothing to do with the culprits.'

    The gang selected its quarry at random, stalking each one before pouncing on them with knives. All four were slashed and hacked before the gang made off with their belongings. -- ST PHOTO: BRYAN VAN DER BEEK
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    Default Table tennis world champs take centrestage at Sports Awards

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    By Patwant Singh

    SINGAPORE: The Singapore paddlers, who won big at the World Table Tennis Championships, were again the big winners - this time at the Singapore Sports Awards.

    Feng Tianwei, Wang Yuegu and Sun Beibei beat reigning champions and world number one China 3-1 in Moscow on Sunday to become world champions.

    On Tuesday, world number two Tianwei received the Sportswoman of the Year award at the Singapore event.

    Tianwei, together with team mates Wang Yuegu, Sun Beibei, Yu Mengyu and Zena Sim, also took home the Team of the Year (Event) award.

    While victory against the Chinese was a great achievement, the players admit that it will be tougher to beat the Chinese at the 2012 London Olympics.



    A win to celebrate, not gripe over

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    SINGAPORE - The Singapore women's table tennis team wrote one of the biggest sports stories of the year when they beat the previously unbeatable Chinese at the world championships in Moscow on Sunday.

    Feng Tianwei, Wang Yuegu and Sun Bei Bei were magnificent in the final, and two days on, the excitement surrounding their victory had predictably not died down.

    The women were the centre of attraction last night at Fairmont Singapore, as the nation's best athletes were honoured for their achievements last year's at the annual Sports Awards Night.

    While they have mostly been feted for their magnificent triumph, there have been rumblings in certain quarters over the fact all three players, along with reserves Li Jiawei and Yu Mengyu, are China-born table tennis players.

    Speaking to MediaCorp last night, bowler Remy Ong hit out at the critics.

    Said the two-time sportsman of the year: "They (the critics) are going to say something no matter what. What these critics have to remember is that the ladies flew the Singapore flag with the victory."

    Pang Xue Jie, 17, is already a member of the men's table tennis team.

    The teenager was quick to brush off talk that Singapore-born table tennis hopefuls had limited opportunities with so many graduates of the foreign sports talent scheme.

    "They (adopted Singaporeans) provide me with the added motivation to keep improving myself, he said.

    "It's good to have players at a higher level as sparring partners. That's vital if you want to reach the top level."

    Former sprint star Canagasabai Kunalan had nothing but praise for the table tennis team.

    He hoped Singaporeans would not focus on the "negative feedback".

    "Embrace the win as well as their talent because, after all, they are Singaporeans and in a way they are doing a service for the country." Adhe Sarariany Andi Djohar


    For now, they can bask in the glory. The Singapore Table Tennis Association (STTA) is hoping that the nation would share in the glory on National Day.

    The association would be happy if the paddlers can be awarded the National Day Award.

    Meanwhile, the STTA has set up a special fund to look after the paddlers' interests after they retire from the sport.

    Channel NewsAsia understands that the Olympic Pathway Programme (OPP) is contributing S$50,000 to the fund.

    STTA president, Lee Bee Wah, said: "Everyday, we are working on it. The amount is not quantifiable because there are some very interesting proposals that come from private sector. For example, they say they want to put up special addition like merchandise or certain cards and then the proceeds will go into this fund. I'm also very happy to announce that we manage to get additional funding from OPP for this STTA sports fund."

    Besides the paddlers, other Singapore Sports Awards winners included the Mixed Junior Dragon Boat team. They were one of the 17 teams who were given the merit awards. It is the Mixed Junior Dragon Boat team's first-ever award.

    Swimmer Quah Ting Wen was presented with a special award for the Most Inspiring Young Athlete. This is only the third time a special award has been presented to an athlete in the history of the Singapore Sports Awards.

    Singapore's sailing fraternity had plenty to cheer about, with both the Sportsboy and Sportsgirl awards going to young sailors Darren Choy and Elizabeth Yin.

    The 2010 International Olympic Committee (IOC) Trophy "Sport - Inspiring Young People" was awarded to Singapore's first Olympic medallist, weightlifter Tan Howe Liang. He won a silver medal at the 1960 Summer Olympics.



    World champions feted

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    05:55 AM Jun 02, 2010

    by Low Lin Fhoong

    SINGAPORE - Feng Tianwei claims her life has not changed since the women's table tennis team clinched their historic 3-1 victory over China at the world championships in Moscow on Sunday.

    Reality, though, is a different story.

    The world No 2, who captured so many Singaporean hearts with her gutsy displays against China's aces Ding Ning (No 4) and world No 1 Liu Shiwen in the final, has not had time to tuck into her favourite dishes like chicken rice and pepper crab since returning home on Monday night.

    "Actually, the only thing I've done is media interviews since I got back, but I don't think my life has been any different," Feng told MediaCorp at the sidelines of the Singapore Sports Awards at Fairmont Singapore last night.

    The star of Singapore's stunning win over multiple world and Olympic champions China received thunderous applause from guests when she collected her Sportswoman of the Year trophy from Singapore National Olympic Council president Teo Chee Hean and Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports.

    There was also loud cheers for Wang Yuegu, and Li Jiawei, Sun Beibei and Yu Mengyu, who were not present last night, were not forgotten.

    Deputy Prime Minister Teo praised the paddlers, when he said: "The table tennis women have given us a lot to be happy about, and excited about in 2010."
    Online portals here and in China buzzed with talk of the team's conquest.

    All five members of the team were born in China, but Wang stressed she is all Singaporean.

    "I have been here for seven years and I don't feel that I am a new immigrant ... this is home," said the 29-year-old, who represented the women when she received the Team of the Year award (Team Event).

    "I can sing the national anthem, especially after singing it so many times at the SEA Games in Laos," she pointed out, with a laugh.

    Team-mate Zena Sim, 20, spends all of her training hours at the Singapore Table Tennis Association (STTA) premises at Toa Payoh with Feng and Wang.

    The Singapore-born calls them "family". Talking about Feng, the Auckland University of Technology
    student said: "Sometimes, she will mix English with Chinese when talking to me, and it's not too bad.

    "Singaporeans should see them with an open mind and open heart and they are trying very hard to integrate."

    There was more good news for the table tennis women yesterday, when STTA president Lee Bee Wah revealed that the Olympic Pathway Programme - a Government initiative focused on helping athletes achieve success in the Olympic Games - has pledged $50,000 to their Sports Fund.

    The money will go towards helping STTA's national players in their development and careers after retirement.

    "We started this fund to help when they retire and we already have some well-wishers who have pledged money and we are talking to some in the private sector," she told MediaCorp.

    Right now, Feng and Wang are focusing on the Commonwealth Games in October, the Asian Games in November, and the 2012 Olympics.

    Wang is also planning to marry her fiance, a German of Taiwanese descent, whom she got engaged to earlier this year.

    "I was intending to get married this year, but I haven't had the time because it's such a busy year so I'll have to wait until everything is over," she said.

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    Default 3 Sarawakians charged

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    By Elena Chong

    A MAN from Sarawak was charged with the murder of a construction worker while two others were accused of gang robbery.

    No plea was taken from general worker Micheal Garing, 22, who allegedly committed murder by causing the death of Indian national Shanmuganathan Dillidurai, 41, with three others at an open field along Kallang Road on Sunday.

    In the same court, Sylvester Barogok, 26, and Shahman Milak, 21, both also from Sarawak, were charged with committing gang robbery of a mobile phone, cash of $32, a work permit card and an ez-link card from Mr Raja Kana Kazi under an overhead bridge at Sims Drive last Friday evening.

    The duo were allegedly with Micheal, Hairee Landak, 19, Tony Imba, 31, and Donny Meluda, 19, one or more of whom were armed with a parang.

    All three were remanded at Central police division lock-up for further investigation. They will appear in court on Wednesday.

    If convicted of murder, Micheal faces the death penalty. The maximum punishment for gang robbery is a jail term of five to 20 years and not less than 12 strokes of the cane.

    No plea was taken from general worker Micheal Garing (above), 22, who allegedly committed murder by causing the death of Indian national Shanmuganathan Dillidurai, 41, with three others at an open field along Kallang Road on Sunday. --ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW
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    Default NATIONAL DAY PARADE: Something old, something new

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    School band will be first to team up with police and military at parade

    By Bryan Toh & Jermyn Chow

    A SCHOOL band with a history nearly as long as Singapore's will make its debut at this year's National Day Parade (NDP).

    Swiss Cottage Secondary School's 37-member National Cadet Corps (NCC) band will be the first school band to team up with the military and police bands to provide the music for the 30 marching contingents at the country's 45th birthday bash on Aug 9.

    The ceremony and parade will be held at the Padang on the theme, 'Live Our Dreams, Fly Our Flag'.

    Colonel Loh Kean Wah, the event chairman, also disclosed other details yesterday.

    In another first, concrete fragments from demolished buildings will be laid across the Padang to reinforce it to take the weight of 3,100 participants from 39 organisations, as well as President S.R. Nathan's open-top vehicle.

    Upon leaving the Padang, the 30 marching contingents will head for Marina Bay, giving the standing streetside crowd of 100,000 in the Esplanade and Marina areas a view.

    (From left): Jerome Wong, NCC band drum major from Swiss Cottage Secondary School; Major Philip Tng, the Singapore Armed Forces Band's senior director of music; and Deputy Superintendent of Police Amri Amin, the SPF Band's director of music. -- ST PHOTO: MALCOLM KOH
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    Default MediaCorp to air "live" 4 World Cup matches

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    03 June 2010 1023 hrs

    SINGAPORE : MediaCorp will air "live" the four key matches of the 2010 FIFA World Cup on MediaCorp's free-to-air Channel 5 and HD5.

    This follows an agreement with SingTel and StarHub.

    MediaCorp Channel 5 and HD5 will air "live" the opening match, two semi-final matches, and the final match, with next-day encores.

    Telecast Details:

    Opening (South Africa vs. Mexico)
    June 11, Fri, 10pm ("live")
    June 12, Sat, 11.30pm (encore)

    Semi-Final 1
    July 7, Wed, 2.30am ("live")
    July 8, Thu, 12mn (encore)

    Semi-Final 2
    July 8, Thu, 2.30am ("live")
    July 9, Fri, 12mn (encore)

    Final
    July 12, Mon, 2.30am ("live")
    July 13, Tue, 12mn (encore)
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    Default Exhibition showcases Singapore's history after self-government

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    By Surekha A. Yadav

    SINGAPORE: The year was 1960 - a year of optimism and promise after Singapore achieved self-government.

    And the spirit of that year will be revived in an exhibition assembled by two young curators.

    There was this grand piano belonging to Zubir Said - the man who gave Singapore its National Anthem 'Majulah Singapura'.

    He used it to compose the familiar tune in 1959.

    And there was a portrait done in 1992 showing Mr Lee Kuan Yew taking the oath of office as Singapore's first prime minister in 1959.

    These are some of about 300 displays of the new exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore - 'Singapore 1960'.

    It looks at the history of Singapore in that one significant year.

    The two curators behind the exhibition want to capture the sense of promise and potential of a young society.

    Ms Priscilla Chua, Assistant Curator of National Museum of Singapore, said: "It's been very interesting what we find out from our research. 1960 was a very vibrant and dynamic year where there was this real sense of hope and optimism, I mean, people really believed there was this destiny they all shared and they were working towards it - towards their future."

    The curators found the experience personally rewarding.

    Mr Jason Toh, Curator of National Museum of Singapore, said: "The issue that keeps cropping up is the issue of multi-culturalism. In school, I used to think why sing such cheesy songs about being one nation and that sort of thing. After working on this exhibition, I can understand why this was such a big issue at that time."

    For Jason, the collection of 'sarong kebayas' stands out - as it says something about the quest for a common identity.

    Mr Jason Toh added: "In 1960, there were articles calling for a national dress whether or not sarong kebaya can be representative of that national dress, regardless of your race you can be wearing the sarong kebaya and look good in it."

    The exhibition is open from 3 June to 22 August
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    Default S'pore top country for business, barriers in rest of ASEAN: study

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    HANOI : Singapore is the best place in the world to carry out business. Singapore ranked the best place to do business in the world, but barriers remain for the rest of ASEAN: study, a study released in Vietnam on Thursday said.

    The World Economic Forum index ranked 125 countries based on their performance in four main areas: market access, border administration, transport and communications infrastructure and general business environment.

    Singapore kept the top rank it held in last year's study, but five other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) fell.

    Vietnam improved from 89th to 71st largely because of its accession to the World Trade Organization three years ago, Thierry Geiger, a co-author of the study, told a news conference.

    But he said barriers to trade in ASEAN "remain many and significant", primarily in border administration and transport infrastructure.

    The study said Malaysia "stands out positively" at 30th position, compared with 28th last time, while Thailand is at 60, down from 50 a year ago, and Indonesia ranked 68th, from 62nd.

    The Philippines sunk to 92 from 82, and Cambodia hit a "very low" 102, down from 92, the study said.

    Data from ASEAN's other members, Laos, Brunei and Myanmar, was not included in the study.

    ASEAN is working towards establishing by 2015 a single market and manufacturing base of about 600 million people.

    The World Economic Forum, a Geneva-based independent organisation, released the study ahead of its World Economic Forum on East Asia in Ho Chi Minh City from Sunday.


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    Quote Originally Posted by taneepak View Post
    In 10 years time it will be more difficult to recruit players from a wealthier China. Do I make sense?
    Whole life invested in TT or baddy, and if cannot make CHN national 5-person team, where do these prospects go to plough their trade? Most retire early and never heard of again. With 1.3B population and TT being national sport, we are dealing with a huge pool of world class players. These players do not have a second skill to fall back on, so if CHN becomes wealthy** like you say, is there a place for these players to earn a decent living, playing what? Sing offers an opportunity for these players to continue to play out their dream, win-win for both. Playing TT or baddy nowadays are fulltime jobs and needs lots of $$$ for coaching, subsistence and most importantly, world class competition for experience. A rich country like Sing can offer that.
    ** On CHN being wealthy, well define rich to the 1.3B masses. Rich government, I agree. Rich citizens, forget it. Less than 1% are rich, majority are poor. CHN advantage is cheap labour and an under-valued Yuan to maintain her competitiveness. A CHN with high living standards (i.e. high salary), like in USA, Japan and other developed nations would be detrimental to CHN, cost of manufacturing and everything go up, unemployment as well.
    On the contrary, I see more CHN prospects may want to follow the lead to migrate to Sing, HK or other nations, seeing what these Sing (ex-CHN) girls have accomplished. Heck, LJW, FTW done quite well for themselves, bring the S$ back to CHN, can provide a good retirement than playing hopelessly for nothing in CHN.

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    I just returned from Singapore yesterday and I dare say u got excellent Drs and Medical services. (went for my knee and painful tendons )

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    Quote Originally Posted by OneToughBirdie View Post
    Whole life invested in TT or baddy, and if cannot make CHN national 5-person team, where do these prospects go to plough their trade? Most retire early and never heard of again. With 1.3B population and TT being national sport, we are dealing with a huge pool of world class players. These players do not have a second skill to fall back on, so if CHN becomes wealthy** like you say, is there a place for these players to earn a decent living, playing what? Sing offers an opportunity for these players to continue to play out their dream, win-win for both. Playing TT or baddy nowadays are fulltime jobs and needs lots of $$$ for coaching, subsistence and most importantly, world class competition for experience. A rich country like Sing can offer that.
    ** On CHN being wealthy, well define rich to the 1.3B masses. Rich government, I agree. Rich citizens, forget it. Less than 1% are rich, majority are poor. CHN advantage is cheap labour and an under-valued Yuan to maintain her competitiveness. A CHN with high living standards (i.e. high salary), like in USA, Japan and other developed nations would be detrimental to CHN, cost of manufacturing and everything go up, unemployment as well.

    On the contrary, I see more CHN prospects may want to follow the lead to migrate to Sing, HK or other nations, seeing what these Sing (ex-CHN) girls have accomplished. Heck, LJW, FTW done quite well for themselves, bring the S$ back to CHN, can provide a good retirement than playing hopelessly for nothing in CHN.
    Well said. For all you know FTW may well remain in Singapore, marry a Singaporean man and have kids all made in Spore. So the TT DNA will remain in Spore like our famous Jing Junhong, "who has been appointed deputy head coach of the national women’s team to assist recently-appointed head coach, Zhou Shusen" with STTA and who has given birth to a boy some years ago.

    Our HK friend is just plain jealous that Singapore can make it big in World TT.

    Please refer to my post below on Jing:

    http://www.badmintoncentral.com/foru...-has-made-good

    and to get to know the stars, activities and programmes of the STTA:

    http://www.stta.org.sg/Ourstars.aspx?CatID=1

    BTW a repeat of our giant-killing action over ex-World Champs CHN, will be shown in Spore's Channel 5 this Sunday, 6 June at 3 pm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiloo View Post
    I just returned from Singapore yesterday and I dare say u got excellent Drs and Medical services. (went for my knee and painful tendons )
    Hi Kiloo, good to know you have had a pleasant stay in Singapore recently.

    Wish you a speedy recovery!

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    Default MediaCorp to telecast Singapore's table tennis win over China

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    SINGAPORE: MediaCorp will telecast on Sunday the historic win by Singapore women's team over China in the recent World Team Table Tennis Championships in Moscow.

    Singapore's trio of Feng Tianwei, Wang Yuegu and Sun Beibei rocked the sports world when they beat reigning champions and world number one China 3-1 to become world champions.

    The media group says it has just secured the telecast rights of the event.

    It explains that "live" telecast rights were not made available to free-to-air broadcasters.

    Channel 5 will air the event in its entirety at 3pm on June 6, with an encore telecast at 9am on June 12.

    MediaCorp says its extensive TV coverage of recent SEA Games, FINA Arena Swimming and the recent AFC Asian Cup Qualifier featuring the Young Lions underlines its firm support of the sporting achievements of Team Singapore athletes.

    The group says it will continue to bring key competitive events and matches to viewers, subject to broadcast rights considerations

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    Default Resorts World Sentosa unveils world's first garden in a casino

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    By Sharon See

    It is a breath of fresh air in more ways than one.

    At the 1,100 square metre Garden Court, there is ample daylight and six waterfall features. And patrons can dine al-fresco even within the casino.

    With eating being a national hobby of most Singaporeans, they can also eat to their heart's content.

    There is a wide variety of cuisine and promotions, starting with Penang hawker fare, which will last for two weeks.
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    Default JCube mall goes green

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    By Victoria Barker

    COME early 2012, people living in the western part of Singapore will have a spanking new place to get their retail therapy fix.

    A new mall, JCube - formerly known as Jurong Entertainment Centre (JEC) - is in the works at the intersection of Jurong East Central 1 and Jurong Gateway Road.

    To be twice the size of JEC, JCube will boast five levels of retail and a rooftop landscaped plaza.

    And best yet, the $200-million project will also be doing its bit for the environment, with the help of a slew of energy-saving and eco-friendly features.

    Its Olympic-sized 30m by 60m ice-skating rink that will be located on the third level, for example, will come with a "grey-water recycling system", which will reuse the water generated from the ice rink. A rainwater harvesting tank will also be put in place.

    The rink takes the place of JEC's Fuji Ice Palace. Complete with a 463-seat viewing gallery and changing rooms, the rink will be fully equipped to host international ice-skating and ice-hockey events and competitions.

    Of its eco-friendly bent, Mr Simon Ho, chief executive officer of CapitaMall Trust Management Limited, which owns the development, said: "We have always been actively pursuing the design and development of 'green' malls...such as Plaza Singapura.

    "Apart from being a responsible corporate citizen...going 'green' also makes good business sense by enabling us to reduce our energy and water usage, which will result in savings." The mall is in the early stages of construction, which began last month after stalling in 2008, when high construction costs and the competitive market for resources crippled the building industry here.

    Though JCube's tenants have yet to be confirmed, it promises a good mix of shops that will appeal to every sensibility. Think high-street labels, the latest gadgets, beauty services, and a number of enticing dining and entertainment options - in the form of round-the-clock food-and-beverage outlets, pubs and bars (some of which will be located around the ice rink) - all under one roof.

    Throw in a multi-screen cineplex and a supermarket, and, really, there's no reason to go anywhere else.

    For residents in the area, JCube will be a welcome addition.

    Tutor Liyana Mahmood, who lives in Jurong East, usually goes to Orchard Road shopping centres to scour for fashion deals and to watch movies.

    "Hopefully, the new mall will have some trendy shops so that I do not have to travel so far to do my shopping," the 24-year-old said.

    "I'm excited to see what it hasto offer."

    Come early 2012, people living in the western part of Singapore will have a spanking new place to get their retail therapy fix. -myp
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