Multiculturalism: Singapore’s foundation

Multiculturalism: Singapore’s foundation

Due to Singapore's history as a trading port British ships on their way to India, the city-state is a unique mixture various ethnic influences, both from Britain and from other Asian countries. Most relevantly, Chinese and Indian workers moved to Singapore to work at the harbor. Today, a mix of various languages, traditions and religious is prevalent all over the state. Thanks to this foreign influence, Singapore is now one the most diverse cultures in the world, and a mix of traditions and local customs, including Chinese, Malay, Indian and Western influences.

Singapore stands out for policies around multiculturalism, which are both a recognition of the city's demographic realities and something that shapes them. This includes the management of race, culture and religion.

Although there is freedom of religion, there are some exceptions. Singapore is home to many religious with an important relevance on the country: Islam (Malay), Hinduism (Indians), Buddhism, Taoism, and folk religion (Chinese), along with a substantial number of Christians of various denominations.

Whether Singapore follows the premises of multiculturalism or is actually a melting pot, the city-state is the combination of Asian and European cultures. Shaped by Malay, South Asian, East Asian and Eurasian cultures, Singapore has been described as a country where “East meets West.”

Multiracial and multi-religious harmony is the foundation of Singapore's progress and success, said President Tony Tan Keng Yam, who highlighted it is vital for Singaporeans to protect this multiculturalism.

“We cannot take multiracial peace for granted,” he said. “There is a big challenge for us in order to maintain our multiracial, multi-religious harmony, and we have to continue to work at it in order to promote understanding.”

Tan also mentioned his visit to the recently opened mosque Masjid Yusof Ishak at Woodlands, where he joined about 400 congregants for an iftar (breaking of fast) session.

He highlighted that the iftar event was “special” for him, since it was held in the mosque named after one of Singapore's presidents. “He is a strong promoter of multiculturalism and multiracial understanding. I think all of us can be inspired by his example. He embodied it and did a lot during his term of office to bring all the different races and faiths together,” said Tan.

He emphasized the mosque's key role in reaching out to other communities as well. He met with members of the Mosque Management Board and toured a heritage gallery highlighting the late president Softy Ishak's legacy. One of the galleries in the mosque chronicles the Rahmatan Lil Alamin Foundation and its projects.

Yummy Pancakes In Singapore

Yummy Pancakes In Singapore

Yeah! Are you searching for the yummy pancakes outlets, just have a look at us, then we will take you to the right place to have a delicious Pancake. The latest news for the Singapore Pancake lovers is that there is an opening of the Pancake outlet in Singapore. Here are the ten places to visit, and to enjoy the delicious Pancakes. A pancake is a thin and round shaped cake, which is prepared with eggs, milk and batter ( a liquid form of mixture with one or more flours,) This Pancake will be served in all timings and in all climates. These cakes are served with a variety of toppings like chocolate flavor, fruits, meat and fruits also. Here are the ten places where you can get luscious cakes.

Kyushu Pancake (in photo)

The Kyushu Pancake outlet was recently opened in Singapore in the month of May. This Japanese chain has outlets in Tokyo, Taipei and now in Singapore. The first outlet for Pancakes in Southeast Asia is Thomson Road. The Pancake is unique in its taste, and it is with the ingredients mixed in it. Kyushu Pancakes are prepared with all fresh raw material and without using emulsifier. This is good for health and even young children can also consume this. This Pancake uses buttermilk flavor where children like this very much. The Kyushu Pancake received national award and also Agricultural & Aquacultural division award. It is always better to have a cake which is rich in its ingredients and safe because of exclusion of pesticides free ingredients.

Specialized Pancakes:

The Pancakes outlet which is situated in the Prinsep street is well known for its delicious cakes with meat stuffings. This outlet provides the cakes with beef, garlic prawns and chicken chunks. Those who like to have a delicious cake with meat stuffings, start to Prinsep street and enjoy the cake.

Kitchener Road Pancakes Outlet

This bakery is originated from Malaysia. This bakery has different varieties nearly 100 crepes and cakes which are famous throughout the world are available at this outlet. The prices range from $11 to $20. The toppings and ingredients used in these cakes are blue berries and cheese.

Paddy Hills

This bakery is located in South Buona, this outlet is famous to prepare the cakes with soft and crispy and ingredients in this are ricotta and cheese. These cakes are available from $19 onwards.

Slappy Cakes

People who live on the Grandstand club road and Sentosa Gateway can enjoy the delicious slappy cakes. These cakes are prepared with different types of batter, buttermilk, peanut butter and so on. The toppings are in sweet and juicy, one can order according to their taste.

Atlas Coffeehouse

People who like to have a pancake with cheese and ricotta. Then visit Atlas cake to have a delicious pancake. This café is well known for its banana and butterscotch with honeycomb topping cakes.

Clinton Street Banking Co.

New York based, bakery which had opened its branch in Singapore, last year is famous for pancakes. The cakes prepared to have three varieties of toppings like banana walnut, chocolate flavor and blueberries. Those who prefer to have these toppings can visit this bakery and enjoy the Pancakes.

Dean & Deluca

American Pancakes, in Singapore? Wow! Fantastic, those who are fond of pancakes with maple syrup and cream can visit this bakery and enjoy the American Style in Singapore. How great to hear?

Dutch Baby Café

This café is located on Paragon Orchard Road, The pancakes available in this cafe are to be taken quickly before they cool. These are available from 16$ to 17$, which are featured along with a drink.

Food for Thought

The cakes available in this café are priced from $14 per piece. The customers have a chance to choose the toppings which are of different tastes.

Hoshino Coffee Singapore

Hoshino Coffee has many outlets in Singapore . Those who prefer the pancake with ice cream toppings can visit this coffee outlet and can enjoy the pancake. The prices of the cakes range from 10$ to $12.

Enjoy the different Pancakes of different countries in Singapore with reasonable prices. Start to have a delicious Pancake. 

Online alert to help autistic boy

Online alert to help autistic boy

Neighborhood Police (NPC) Centre for Sengkang is utilizing social media for community reach out. The team at Sengkang created memes as well as videos that garnered over 16,000 likes for the Facebook page, highest of all 35 NPCs in whole of Singapore. The online effort for outreach enabled NPC to solve unheard cases. An example is a neighborhood “bully” roaming Sengkang. NPC officers for Sengkang first received one private message on its page on Facebook detailing one teenage boy cycling around recklessly and harassing pedestrians. The truth was beyond expectation as the boy had been autistic and the family is in dire financial status. NPC officers assisted by linking the family with Social Development Ministry and Mental Health Institute as well as Family Centre located in Sengkang.

The boy's condition improved thereafter, and complaints were nonexistent. Inspector Kevin, deputy person in charge for the Policing Unit (CPU) had been actively monitoring social media information and conducting roadshows and talks at school assembly. NPC is constantly on alert to contain situation from spiraling out of control, referring specifically on the incident involving the autistic boy. The team reached out for the residents for more details and managed to find out the boy's special needs. The team worked tirelessly to seek information from the father by explaining the whole situation and feedback on the son, and managed to convince the father to open up about the son's autism conditions which may cause the son to act violently. It is then that they found out the family also needed financial assistance. The team coordinated efforts to raise fund from financial aids and medical subsidies. They helped the mother secure a job as well. 6 officers from CPU received PS21 Star Award for Team Service during the Public Service Excellence Awards Ceremony. Officers were happy to see improvement on the boy and the family. CPU always looks out for solutions for long term.

Facebook page posting feed for suspect's images has contributed the nailing of offenders. Some surrendered voluntarily while many came to offer vital information on the suspect's whereabouts. NPC attributed the victories as being active around social media platforms. A total of six strong members are responsible for monitoring Facebook page posting every day. Memes as well as creative videos are created to attract higher amount of viewers. The Facebook profile page has come a long way since being set up on December 2012, with only 2,000 likes. The five times increase in likes can be attributed to the CPU team's effort to create entertaining yet insightful materials. The contents are all modern and resonate with current pop-culture. The page is constantly updated once in few days. Unique materials are posted for every updates.

More people, especially Sengkang residents have been approaching CPU to divulge information due to the page on Facebook. There was a particular case where a man insulted a women, and a civic minded resident provided information to NPC when the rude man's photos was published on Facebook. The suspect knew his picture was exposed online, hence decided to give in voluntarily after two days. Stern warning was provided to the man. Another case involved illegal usage of stranger's ATM card to withdraw money. The illegal act was committed by a woman. CCTV footage revealed an accomplice, which is also another woman during the taking place of the crime. The culprits surrendered almost immediately after catching wind that their photos were published on NPC's Facebook profile page. Another case was a theft occurring at a grocery shop where a thief stole groceries from the store. Similar to the previous cases, the suspect's photos were uploaded to the Facebook profile page, with the source being taken from CCTV footage. The neighbours of the thief reported on the thief's whereabouts and the culprit was arrested after only 2 days.

Online media is the new information center and the Police Force for Singapore (SPF) adapted to the modern approach. Social media has been utilized since 2009 to engage with the public. Alll 35 NPCs have maintained their own page on Facebook. It has been a richly rewarding solution from the public outreach via social platform media. The top 3 NPC page on Facebook with highest likes are Sengkang at top spot, Punggol claiming 2nd spot and Ang Mo Kio at 3rd spot.

Working while Studying

Working while Studying

This day, finding a work, especially the matches one with someone's skill might be a tough challenge. An Education Minister of Singapore has found this program, which now is being tested at the university degree. He implemented this program after research from the Swiss and German system. This system found a match to be inserted into the curriculum of the universities, as it will boost their knowledge and start up the early training for the work ground after they graduate. This program also makes an active and positive involvement from the company and make advantages between the related side.

The university has given the opportunity to the company by letting them teach the student while they still try to reach their degree. The company will actively do the research in order to create a knowledge to be fit in perfectly with the curriculum for the students. It looks like they give the apprenticeship training system for the new apprentice, but the different is from where they started to learn. This way, a company will have a chance to produce more competent student to have an ethical culture of work later. The company can also recruit the potential and match skilled student to work for their company after they graduate. All they need to do is make an interesting job offer for the student to place them on.

When the company gets their advantages, students also have their advantages by following this program. They have been prepared early to get into the work world so they will run easily to enhance their skill for the company when the time comes. The necessary skills are being taught to them to add their potential. This way, they will not mismatch their ability versus the work field in which they will work in.

The students will learn the theory in the classroom, and implemented their knowledge in practice in the company. They will be paid too for what they worked for. This is happening to be a reality simulation of the world of work. They will peek the inside of the company to which they will be worked in, and they will adapt to it. Hopefully, they can work and get along with the company after graduate.

The university will have advantages too, to teach the students while they're still teaming up with the university will help them to have more courage and set their goal from the future graduation. They will be set properly in the work field which matches their talent and skill.

The government taking a place too for this program, as to choose which company to be selected for this program, along with the university. The Education Minister also said that this program will be matched goodly with this century where business didn't just offer the internship but taking more chance to shape it into the curriculum, together with the university.

One of the students also said that he is interested in such a program and looking forward to attending the class. He also said that it will be worth to have his education skill and the work field skill to be tailored together.