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07-29-2011, 05:23 AM #4897
In Bukit Jalil, a Lion dance to savour
Once again, Singapore qualifies for third round
by Shamir Osman
04:46 AM Jul 29, 2011
KUALA LUMPUR - Hands shooting up into the air, all at once Singapore's Lions broke into dance on the Bukit Jalil green. But it was not before a firecracker shot out of the stands that it became clear what had actually happened.
Referee Takayama Hiroyoshi had already blown the final whistle to signal the end of the match, a 1-1 draw with Malaysia sending Radojko Avramovic's charges into the third round of World Cup qualification for the second consecutive time, after Singapore's debut at the last qualifiers.
The angry clap of another firecracker sent the Lions into a dancing frenzy as water bottles came raining down from the three-tiered Bukit Jalil stands like confetti.
Livid Malaysian fans continued to boo and hurl one bottle after another, but the Lions continued their prance out on the pitch, unfettered, even hurling Avramovic up into the air.
It has been a wretched time for all in the Singapore football fraternity, a limp AFF Suzuki Cup campaign last year saw the Lions crash out in the group stages to end a torrid 2010, a year that saw both fans and belief abandon the team.
But a World Cup qualifier against defending SEA Games and ASEAN champions, Malaysia provided the ideal stage for redemption, and the Lions finally started to dance in harmony to the rhythm of Serb tactician Avramovic.
An imperious attacking performance with Hariss Harun and Mustafic Fahrudin in perfect sync in the midfield brought a 5-3 win at the Jalan Besar Stadium last Saturday, but the backline appeared wobbly.
Last night the Lions slinked flawlessly on the green, easing from defence to attack, led by the old heads, with the young ones falling in step and showing glimpses of future stardom.
Aleksandar Duric was a mammoth in attack, pegging the Malaysian defence back, and winning one header after another.
It was his flicked header that set Shi Jiayi free to slot home the equaliser in the 72nd minute after Safee Sali had given Malaysia hope, scoring with a crisp shot 13 minutes into the second half.
Daniel Bennett made amends for a poor first leg showing, standing tall in defence alongside 19-year-old Safuwan Baharudin, who played like a seasoned pro, as did 21-year-old goalkeeper Izwan Mahbud.
Carrying a knee injury, Juma'at Jantan took one knock after another, but he soldiered on, still enough in the tank to break out into dance at the final whistle.
The result will see Singapore again play at the top table of Asian football against Japan, Korea and the Middle East nations in the third round of qualifiers, a draw in 2014 World Cup host nation Brazil tomorrow deciding Singapore's opponent in this group stage.
The top two teams in each group will go on to play in the fourth round, another group stage where the top two from each pool will qualify for the Brazil finals in 2014.
"Everyone was disciplined and played their best, they've really done tremendously," said Avramovic, who will create history when he leads out the Lions to their second appearance at this stage, after he masterminded the first four years ago.
Led by Duric and Bennett, the team emerged from the dressing room after the Malaysian fans had left the stadium to greet the travelling Singaporeans.
In the cavernous Bukit Jalil Stadium, now echoing with tunes of Singapore chants, the Lions danced again.
Photo by ERNEST CHUA
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07-29-2011, 08:47 AM #4898
The goal scorer....
Qiu Li (born in Shenyang, Liaoning, China),
Shi Jiayi (born in Shanghai, China),
Fahrudin Mustafić (born in Novi Pazar, Bulgaria),
Aleksandar Đurić (born in Doboj, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina)
07-30-2011, 06:32 AM #4899
We are indeed proud of them who helped Singapore advance further in the World Cup. They gave their all in the match against Malaysia.
Of course we do not have the luxury like France's World Cup team.
This gives you an idea of why Singapore can also survive and be successful sometimes.
We knew right from the start that we can never do everything on our own. We need talented outsiders who are willing to help us improve and build up a strong nation and a viable economy.
I'm sure you know that many of our first generation leaders of independent Singapore are foreigners, many of whom came from Malaysia. We still have many foreign talents, including ex-Malaysians, who have become Singapore citizens and staking their future in Singapore.
Of course this is nothing special for ever since Singapore became the Lion City, the small fishing village became prosperous and grew in size as foreign workers from China, India, Indonesia and Malaya emigrated to make Singapore their settlement of preference. The British brought in many more of such foreign workers until today foreign talents are still welcome.
Perhaps this is the hallmark of Singapore, a place for like-minded foreigners, irrespective of their backgrounds, who choose to stay and contribute to the betterment of Singapore in all areas of human endeavour.
Last edited by Loh; 07-30-2011 at 06:34 AM.
07-31-2011, 09:31 PM #4900
Singapore breaks another Guinness World Record
The Lion City rolls out the world's longest table
28 July, 2011
Easy does it ... here's what it takes to construct the world's longest table top.
It’s no surprise that food was involved in Singapore’s latest Guinness World Records triumph. On July 23, a 160-meter-long table was constructed on Race Course Road to break the record for the world's single longest table made with one, continuous tabletop.
Organized as part of the Singapore Food Festival -- which came to a close on July 24 -- the feat was in line with the festival’s theme of curry and spices.
The attempt on the record was achieved in the presence of 3,200 spectators. Afterwards, 550 people paid S$100 for the privilege of sitting down to dinner at the table, while 700 others dined at a VIP area.
Catered by 20 of Singapore’s best Indian restaurants, eateries such as Gayatri, Jaggi's Northern Indian Cuisine and The Banana Leaf Apolo restaurant whipped up a total of 20 dishes including freshly made thosai, stews, fish-head curry, tandoori prawns and chicken masala.
According to G Shanmugam, president of Indian Restaurants Association of Singapore, who organized the record attempt, the table was originally planned to be 120 meters but extended due to the popularity of the event.
Singapore’s other Guinness World Records include the Longest Badminton Rally -- 96 players hitting a shot in one continuous rally -- and the fastest text messager, 18-year-old Jeramy Sng Gim, who typed out “The razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human.” in 41.40 seconds. Phew.
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07-31-2011, 09:48 PM #4901
Singapore Lions to face China, Iraq and Jordan
Aug 1, 2011
By Terrence Voon
SINGAPORE has been drawn to meet China, Iraq and Jordan in the third round of qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
The Lions, who beat Malaysia 6-4 on aggregate in the second round, were amongst the bottom seeds when the draw was held in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday morning.
Brazil's legendary Zico, along with rising star Lucas from Sao Paolo were on hand to conduct the Asian Zone draw, which placed Singapore in Group A.
The top two teams from each group will progress to the fourth stage.
Singapore's campaign will kick off with an away tie against China on Sept 2, and end on Feb 29 against Iraq.
Singapore has been drawn to meet China, Iraq and Jordan in the third round of qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. -- PHOTO: MEDIACORP
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07-31-2011, 10:01 PM #4902
Singapore shines as consumer business hub
Aug 1, 2011
Leading conglomerates move key functions like global management of their brands here
By Aaron Low, Economics Correspondent
P&G IN S'PORE
•Regional headquarters for operations in Asia Houses most of P&G's regional business units and regional functions
•Also runs perfume plant manufacturing facility in Tuas (photo) and customer service centre in Alexandra Road
•Employs more than 1,600 people of 20 different nationalities
•Invested $250 million in January to build mega innovation centre at Biopolis. The 32,000 sq m facility, due for completion in 2013, will make P&G the largest private sector representative there
HOME TO BIG NAMES
Household and personal care
Unilever, L'Oreal, Johnson & Johnson, Kimberly Clark, Estee Lauder, Reckitt Benckiser.
Food and nutrition
Nestle, Kraft, Coca-Cola, Danone, Suntory
LVMH, Gucci, Chanel, Hermes and Levi's
Flavours and Fragrances (F&F)
Givaudan, IFF, Takasago, Firmenich and Symrise
SHOPPERS around the world know the beauty products SK II, Lux and Pond's but few know that these blue-chip brands are developed, managed and marketed from Singapore.
It is not a one-off development. Leading consumer companies have been increasing their presence in Singapore, moving key functions such as global management of their brands here.
Led by consumer conglomerates Unilever and Proctor & Gamble (P&G), the consumer business sector has been rapidly expanding over the past three years, said the Economic Development Board (EDB).
Estee Lauder, Nestle, Kraft, Levi's and Chanel also have also a strong presence here.
Some are using Singapore as a second headquarters as demand for consumer goods in Asia is tipped to explode.
According to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, Asia's consumer goods market - it covers everything from cosmetics to foodstuffs, fashion and electronics - will more than double to US$56 trillion (S$67.3 trillion) by 2030.
Read the full story in Monday's edition of The Straits Times
07-31-2011, 10:04 PM #4903
Consumer research institute to be set up
Aug 1, 2011
$77m centre will help make S'pore a global hub for study of pan-Asian consumer trends
By Aaron Low
'Singapore's multicultural environment and strategic location in the heart of Asia will allow us to gain a better understanding of what drives Asian consumers, and how their unique tastes and cultures impact buying decisions.'
THE Economic Development Board (EDB) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) will spend $77 million over five years to set up an Asian consumer research institute.
Based at NTU's Business School, the Institute on Asian Consumer Insight (ACI) plans to have 20 researchers in five years, studying and researching trends related to consumers in the region.
Taking the helm as director of ACI will be Professor Bernd Schmitt, who founded the Centre on Global Brand Leadership at Columbia Business School.
ACI will offer education programmes for market researchers, including postgraduate degrees and executive development programmes, according to a joint press release by EDB and NTU.
NTU president Bertil Andersson said ACI would establish Singapore as the place to go to gain insights into the Asian consumer.
'Singapore's multicultural environment and strategic location in the heart of Asia will allow us to gain a better understanding of what drives Asian consumers, and how their unique tastes and cultures impact buying decisions,' he said.
Read the full story in Monday's edition of The Straits Times
07-31-2011, 10:12 PM #4904
Post S'pore-M'sia match, ugly sniping goes online
Aug 1, 2011
Fan war rages on Web as football fraternities call for restraint on both sides
By Terrence Voon
SINGAPORE'S World Cup qualifying tie against Malaysia concluded four days ago, but an online war is still being waged by football fans from both sides.
The latest salvo was fired yesterday by hackers, who replaced the homepage of the Singapore Cars Online website with an image of Malaysian striker Safee Sali. They also left a message accusing the Singapore team of 'cheating' and 'acting', after the Lions' 6-4 aggregate win over their Causeway rivals.
But Mr Vincent Tan, the website's administrator, told The Straits Times yesterday that he would not be making a police report. 'It's nothing major - just some frustrated people who needed to let out how they felt,' he said.
The website has since been restored, but the battle is continuing elsewhere.
Social networking sites and online forums such as Kallang Roar as well as the Football Association of Singapore's (FAS) Facebook page are buzzing with reactions from both sets of fans. On the citizen journalism website Stomp, a photograph of Malaysian supporters holding up a defaced Singapore flag has triggered angry responses from netizens.
Malaysian fans, incensed by what they felt was the Lions' time-wasting tactics during the second leg of the second-round qualifier in Kuala Lumpur, have also created a Facebook page mocking the Singapore national side.
Hackers replaced the homepage of the Singapore Cars Online with a message accusing the Singapore team of 'cheating', while a photograph of Malaysian supporters holding up a defaced Singapore flag (above) has incensed netizens. -- PHOTOS: MUGILAN RAJASEGERAN, STOMP
07-31-2011, 10:18 PM #4905
Getai goes glam
Aug 1, 2011
Chinese variety show, usually held in heartland, hits town for first time
By Amelia Tan
SHOPPERS in Orchard Road last night were stopped in their tracks by loud Chinese music blaring from the plaza in front of Ngee Ann City.
A large crowd gathered there for a 3 1/2-hour getai show, a variety performance more usually staged in the heartland at this time of year.
For the first time yesterday, the raucous mix of songs, dances and cross-talk graced Singapore's shopping belt to kick off this year's Hungry Ghost Festival.
But organiser Aaron Tan of Lex(s) Entertainment Productions, in a bid to make the show more appealing to tourists and a younger crowd, tweaked the getai formula.
Only one of the 24 songs was in Hokkien. The hosts, such as getai artiste Wang Lei, spoke mostly in Mandarin and Hokkien, and even occasionally in English. And the raunchy costumes, stage antics and crude jokes were left out.
The performers included Tan Kai Qing, 16, who was named Best Newcomer in the awards given to getai performers in 2009 by Stomp, the citizen journalism website.
Read the full story in Monday's edition of The Straits Times.
Singing duo Bao Bei Jie Mei performing last night on the stage in front of Ngee Ann City mall in Orchard Road. -- ST PHOTOS: TED CHEN
07-31-2011, 10:23 PM #4906
Aug 1, 2011
Crowds hit Hari Raya Bazaar on opening day
By Jamie Ee
THOUSANDS of shoppers thronged the Hari Raya Bazaar at Geylang Serai on its opening day on Sunday.
Most of the 700 stalls, selling everything from food to carpets, were already up and running, despite it being the first day.
This year, efforts were made to improve the bazaar layout and enhance safety of shoppers, said Dr Fatimah Lateef, an MP for Marine Parade GRC, who officially opened the bazaar at Geylang Serai on Sunday.
For instance, shopping aisles were widened and stall fronts were positioned away from the roads to prevent the crowds from spilling onto the roads, she said.
A key message for this year's bazaar is also to maintain cleanliness. Dr Fatimah, who was accompanied by litter-free ambassadors made up by grassroots leaders and residents, visited bazaar stalls to talk to stallholders and distribute educational materials on safety and cleanlines.
She noted that litter was inevitable for big-scale events like bazaars, but said there was a need to inculcate good behavior among those running the stalls, as well as patrons.
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07-31-2011, 10:29 PM #4907
Singapore Sailing Federation unveils report
Aug 1, 2011
By May Chen
THE Singapore Sailing Federation unveiled its Olympic Pathway Taskforce report on Sunday after six month of review and research.
The report, devised by a 15-member panel that included SingaporeSailing president Benedict Tan, chief executive officer Tan Wearn Haw and two past Olympic champions Evgeny Braslavets and Igor Mativienko of Ukraine, is a master plan that aims to groom local sailors for Olympic success.
Its key findings revealed that success at the junior level is no guarantee for Olympic glory, and that while we have talented local sailors, they have much to catch up on in terms of fitness and international exposure.
Recommendations from the report also showed that at least seven to 10 years are needed to win Olympic medals, and that sailors who wish to triumph at that level need to train full time at least three to four years prior to their targeted Games.
SingaporeSailing also gave out its annual awards last night, awarding Kimberly Lim the Sailor of the Year award.
Said the 15-year-old: 'Last year was quite a good year for me, I was satisfied with my results. This is icing on the cake.'
List of winners:
- Sailor of the Year: Kimberly Lim
- Team of the Year: Justin Liu and Sherman Cheng
- Rookie of the Year: Audrey Yong
- Most Improved Sailor of the Year: Elisa Yukie Yokoyama
- Club Coach of the Year: Lynnette Leong
- Official of the Year: Richard Cai
- Volunteer of the Year: Mervyn Kwok
- Club of the Year: Singapore Management University Sailing Club
SingaporeSailing also gave out its annual awards last night, awarding Kimberly Lim the Sailor of the Year award. -- ST PHOTO: NURIA LING
07-31-2011, 10:46 PM #4908
Record number of entries at toy-making competition
By Alvina Soh | Posted: 31 July 2011 1855 hrs
SINGAPORE: About 100 primary schools took part in Singapore's only toy-making competition.
The annual competition saw a record 4,088 submissions from budding toy inventors.
Nine-year-old Yang Ya Jie has a problem with household chores.
Out of sheer necessity to make cleaning easier, the primary school student said she created her own mini cleaning machine using a bottle and a tennis ball.
The machine, which sweeps up eraser dust and pencil shavings, helped her clinch one of the top prizes of the competition.
"My mother always nags at me about cleanliness. These are the things that I hate most - my mother's naggings and cleaning my table. So that was how the idea of a cleaning machine was born," said Yang, a Bukit View Primary School student.
Another winning entry by 12-year-old Goro Horie is a doll that can also be a sauce dispenser.
The Teck Whye Primary School student said: "I got the inspiration from the bicycles and the gears. I needed sound and action and light so I thought if I could use gears, I could change the energy into every form."
And it isn't just all child's play.
The Science Centre said the competition, now in its 14th year, has grown more sophisticated.
And some creations are proving to be quite marketable.
"They can improve on the versions and some of the toys may be further developed. So it's like a prototype stage, and some of them can be quite fun. And if you put in more thought, they can become possible bestsellers in the future," said Associate Professor Lim Tit Meng, Chief Executive of Science Centre Singapore.
The winners received their awards on July 19 at the Science Centre from Minister of State for Defence and Education Lawrence Wong.
- CNA /ls
Yang Ya Jie's mini cleaning machine
Goro Horie's 'doll' sauce dispenser
07-31-2011, 11:19 PM #4909
Celebrity chef tours at MBS
By Lynda Hong | Posted: 31 July 2011 1922 hrs
SINGAPORE: Marina Bay Sands (MBS), which has been posting record profits this year, has started a food tourism project to attract more visitors from the region.
The Asia's Dining Destination Programme kicks off from Sunday.
Visitors to the MBS can now take a tour into the inner space of some of its celebrity chefs.
Top chefs like Frenchmen Guy Savoy are thrilled about being able to give visitors a flavour of what excites them.
"The restaurant is a space of good life. And good life is not only the food; it's also the smile, it's the many, many things around the food for the well-being of every guest," said celebrity chef Savoy.
MBS said all its 27 restaurants and seven celebrity chefs will be participating in the Asia's Dining Destination Programme.
"The important facet is we expose MBS to new markets and bring food tourism into Singapore, to experience what we have under one roof," said Tamir Shanel, VP of F&B at Marina Bay Sands.
MBS is also partnering United Overseas Bank (UOB) which has 2.7 million card members from countries such as Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore.
F&B contributed some US$45.4 million or 6 per cent of revenue for MBS in the last quarter.
With the latest project, it hopes to turn F&B into an even bigger money spinner.
The programme will be on for a year.
Asia's Dining Destination Programme at MBS
08-01-2011, 12:14 AM #4910
Chua, Zainal team up to revive squash
by Low Lin Fhoong
04:46 AM Jul 30, 2011
SINGAPORE - Names such as Zainal Abidin, Peter Hill, Anthony Chua and women's national champion Mah Li Lian still roll off the tongues of many local fans here as they recall the glory days of Singapore squash.
At its peak in the '80s and '90s, squash was a gold mine for Singapore sports. At the 1985 World Team Championships in Cairo, the men's team of Hill, Chua, Alex Tay and Zainal finished sixth overall.
When the sport was introduced to the SEA Games in 1991, the men's and women's teams returned home from Manila with all four gold medals on offer and repeated the feat when the biennial games were hosted here in 1993.
But faced with a decline in popularity and facilities, the sport has struggled to make an impact at the senior level since.
Former national player Chua hopes to turn back the clock. The 48-year-old, who is currently a business process consultant, started the Singapore Squash Revival Movement (www.sportingcatalyst.com) early this year to renew interest in the sport.
With former team-mate Zainal - six-time East Asian champion and 1986 Sportsman of the Year - signed on as an adviser, Chua has designed a training system called Train EA-Z for children aged between seven and 12 to develop their basic skills.
In an interview with Today, Chua said: "Hopefully this will be a catalyst for the revival of the sport. I started talking to the community, friends and former team-mates and thought, maybe I should not wait anymore to do this.
"We do not have a Nicol David (world No 1) like Malaysia to inspire people, so we have to start with young kids.
"My ultimate goal is for Singapore to have a world class player within the next 10 years. I'm excited about the possibility of squash being in the 2020 Olympic Games, but what would excite me more is to see someone from Singapore competing there."
Former squash king Zainal was happy to lend his support and expertise: "I support what he's trying to do as he's doing it for Singapore squash."
Chua, who holds a Level 1 certification awarded by the Asian Squash Federation, intends to run the programme full-time if he meets his initial recruitment target of 24 players. He also hopes to work with the Singapore Squash Rackets Association (SSRA) on an advanced programme for those aged 13 to 19.
A special fund has also been started to finance coaching programmes for children who are unable to afford the fees and to support higher education via grants and scholarships. For details, log on to www.sportingcatalyst.com. Low Lin Fhoong
08-01-2011, 03:00 AM #4911
S'pore continues to attract quality investments: EDB
By S Ramesh | Posted: 01 August 2011 1244 hrs
SINGAPORE: Singapore continues to be attractive for multi-national companies to set up headquarters and take advantage of growth in Asia.
That was the message from Mr Leo Yip, Chairman of the Economic Development Board (EDB).
Speaking to Channel NewsAsia on EDB's 50th anniversary, Mr Yip said prospects for Asia also remain bright despite the slower growth in the last quarter for Singapore.
He said global companies look out for three things when deciding where to invest and root their presence.
These are - where in Asia to invest for maximum growth, where to stage their headquarters, and where in the region to innovate and launch products for the global market.
On all three counts, Singapore has come out tops.
Mr Yip said this is also because of the EDB's willingness to do all it takes to keep Singapore in the lead.
He said: "Our economy today looks very different from what it was 10 years ago and very clearly quite different from when we started in 1961. The last few years, the investments have been innovation intensive. High-value added activities are brought into Singapore.
"In sectors like energy and chemicals today, we have a lot of investments focusing on speciality chemicals (which are) very complex processes. In the aerospace sector, we are moving from maintenance, repair and overhaul to manufacturing aeroplane engines and design of aeroplane engines."
My Yip said giving Singapore that edge over other countries in attracting global investments is also down to what he called the "EDB psyche".
"And we are quite clear, in each of the industries that we have chosen to compete in, we need a competitive strategy, we need a winning strategy, how do we win, either by being technologically ahead or by having a very strong differentiating capabilities. That's in the psyche of the EDB," he said.
My Yip also shared that companies are also looking at Singapore in the area of talent, as they build up their talent pool with a global perspective but with an Asian depth to understand the Asian market.
He said: "Where would companies select in Asia as a location, for them to attract, to develop, and deploy their talent? Singapore has become quite interesting in that respect. Many Chinese, Indian companies are starting to look at Singapore to be their international headquarters, a place to build up their international capability, a place to do innovation and familiarise themselves with the global marketplace."
The recent recession has given further confidence to investors.
Mr Yip said: "Even though the world economy was not in good shape, it gave confidence to companies that this is the place to continue to be when the global economy recovers, and that was indeed the picture every company saw. We saw that in the way investments that were deferred during the recession were quickly reinstated once the global economy started to recover.
"Every recession would present challenges. We would need to face up to them and we need to be there together with the unions, workers and companies to deal with the challenges that every downturn presents. But every downturn presents an opportunity and we need to see beyond the recession to present ourselves in a strong way that companies find attractive and valuable. When the economy recovers, which it will, companies would translate that confidence into investment decisions which happened the last time."
Mr Yip also said that global companies appreciate the continued political stability in Singapore following the recent General Election, and know the country will continue to have a first rate business operating environment.
Singapore skyline (Photo by: Hester Tan, channelnewsasia.com)
08-01-2011, 11:53 PM #4912
Symbolic walk for pioneer students of NUS University Town
Aug 2, 2011
By Leow Si Wan
More than 1,000 freshmen and seniors took a symbolic walk across the College Link, the link connecting Kent Ridge Campus and UTown, on Monday morning. -- ST PHOTO: SAMUEL HE
MORE than 1,000 freshmen and seniors took a symbolic walk across the College Link, the link connecting Kent Ridge Campus and UTown, on Monday morning.
National University of Singapore (NUS) president Tan Chorh Chuan said: 'Today marks the start of a new academic year as well as a major milestone in the history of NUS.
'With the completion of the state-of-the-art Education Resource Centre, the initial phase of UTown is now complete.'
About half of the graduates and undergraduates have already moved into the residential colleges.
For the first phase of its development, UTown is expecting 1,200 undergraduates and 1,700 graduate students.
08-02-2011, 12:01 AM #4913
Last 12 stations of Circle Line to open on Oct 8
Aug 2, 2011
By Royston Sim
THE final 12 stations on the western arc of the Circle Line will open on Oct 8.
These 12 stations, which run from Marymount to Harbour Front, complete the 33.3km, 28-station Circle Line.
Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew made this announcement on Monday afternoon after riding a train from Labrador Park station to Caldecott Station with about 150 government officials and grassroots members.
The fully-opened Circle Line is expected to relieve congestion on the North-South and East-West MRT lines by 10 to 15 per cent. Daily ridership is expected to be 400,000.
Mr Lui also said that an additional 13 trains will be delivered for the NS and EW lines around 2014 to 2015. Coupled with the 22 trains that will be added by the end of this year, these trains will enhance both lines' capacity by 25 per cent.
He added that SMRT and the Land Transport Authority are finalising plans to add more train trips to improve off-peak frequencies. These improvements are expected to be announced next week.
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