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by ututu
Tue, 08 Jan 2013 11:49 am
Forum: PR, Citizenship, Passes & Visas for Foreigners
Topic: Re-apply PR for spouse 2nd time
Replies: 62
Views: 16505

Good point here. As for US in the US most of the times 401k is optional and is slightly more complicated than Singapore CPF. 401k is heavily used as a tax saving and investment tool in USA which is different from Singapore. There also are ways to withdraw it. Those of us who have worked in US know ...
by ututu
Tue, 08 Jan 2013 11:46 am
Forum: PR, Citizenship, Passes & Visas for Foreigners
Topic: Re-apply PR for spouse 2nd time
Replies: 62
Views: 16505

Wd40, US 401ks are completely private. You can withdraw them at anytime for any reason, it's just that you have to pay income tax at a penalty rate to compensate for the tax advantages you gained by parking your money there. I'm guessing most of those someones giving up their PR with no intention o...
by ututu
Sun, 30 Dec 2012 7:58 am
Forum: PR, Citizenship, Passes & Visas for Foreigners
Topic: Re-apply PR for spouse 2nd time
Replies: 62
Views: 16505

The definition of Permanent Resident is "one who decides to stay IN SINGAPORE PERMANENTLY. The commonly used definition is applicable here as well. Permanent Resident never has to be renewed. It is exactly what it says. You want to leave, you need a re-entry permit. Simple really. Even if your re-e...
by ututu
Sat, 29 Dec 2012 4:10 pm
Forum: PR, Citizenship, Passes & Visas for Foreigners
Topic: Re-apply PR for spouse 2nd time
Replies: 62
Views: 16505

Unfortunately, I feel really stunned by this thought. When you take PR of a country that is supposed to be a very well thought decision where you want to make that country your home. I used to think the phrase 'Permanent Resident' itself was quite obvious. I wish someone was to tell my fellow count...
by ututu
Sat, 29 Dec 2012 9:36 am
Forum: PR, Citizenship, Passes & Visas for Foreigners
Topic: Re-apply PR for spouse 2nd time
Replies: 62
Views: 16505

Which answers what I've long suspected when you first arrived here several years ago. You have your meaning of "Permanent Resident" which should have been translated as "Abusers Semi-Permanent Resident". Obviously, if the economy were to tank here a lot would move, but you are not concerned with he...
by ututu
Sun, 23 Dec 2012 3:52 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Working language
Replies: 43
Views: 11000

You confuse practical necessity to learn with necessity to speak. Take a look at the original post and what it is about. If the meeting is held by all non-English speaking people it would be plain stupid to enforce English unless this serves to learn English as well. There are countries that value ...
by ututu
Sun, 23 Dec 2012 9:35 am
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Working language
Replies: 43
Views: 11000

There are four official languages for business in Singapore. Chinese (Mandarin), Bahasa Melayu, Tamil and English. You need to be conversant in all four and some of the local dialects (Hokkien) and possibly some of your workers languages (Tagalog and Hindi) if you want to be taken seriously here. W...
by ututu
Sun, 23 Dec 2012 9:11 am
Forum: PR, Citizenship, Passes & Visas for Foreigners
Topic: PR Application Advice
Replies: 38
Views: 19424

IS absolutely spot on. There is no need for a qualified FT like him on a median salary to stay in Singapore. His other point - applying for PR was a mistake is also spot on - unless you REALLY intend to stay and suffer with the Sinkies there is no need for PR (i.e. if you're good enough to get a jo...
by ututu
Fri, 21 Dec 2012 3:03 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Working language
Replies: 43
Views: 11000

There are four official languages for business in Singapore. Chinese (Mandarin), Bahasa Melayu, Tamil and English. You need to be conversant in all four and some of the local dialects (Hokkien) and possibly some of your workers languages (Tagalog and Hindi) if you want to be taken seriously here. W...
by ututu
Wed, 19 Dec 2012 11:51 am
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: More strike
Replies: 31
Views: 11061

Sg.yahoo.com is a Singapore based company..... yeah - I agree that puzzled me too. But maybe sg.yahoo.com is not really Singapore based? Andrew is one of TOC guys (The Online Citizen) and I think he is well aware of gahmen regulations and squeeze they tried to put on online media. Unfortunately for...
by ututu
Thu, 13 Dec 2012 5:48 pm
Forum: PR, Citizenship, Passes & Visas for Foreigners
Topic: Renewal of REP for those PRS who surrender their Son's PR
Replies: 42
Views: 21575

Firstly I'm astonished the son got an LTVP at all. I don't think the parents REP is at risk but the son almost certainly will be seen as an NS defaulter - what's his status on deferring NS or doing NS? Don't worry about WD40 - he's just feeling a bit of friction. Son is not a PR anymore, so he is n...
by ututu
Mon, 10 Dec 2012 9:37 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: High-speed trading firms rob traditional investors
Replies: 45
Views: 15332

Let it crash. It won't evolve Excuse me, what value does software create on its own??? Unless it is a computer game, it is ALWAYS intermediary (including MS Word, Excel etc)! It's a tool. Hammer also doesn't have any value on its own just like tank of gas, or bag of floor, it can't be directly cons...
by ututu
Mon, 10 Dec 2012 11:06 am
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: High-speed trading firms rob traditional investors
Replies: 45
Views: 15332

Let it crash. It won't evolve otherwise. In any case, they don't put a knife to your throat to force you to take a credit. But that's not about HFT anymore, isn't it? If not financial industry, there would've been jungle instead of Singapore as it is now. So maybe it's not so bad. :) Buffet's annua...
by ututu
Mon, 10 Dec 2012 10:34 am
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: What are you favorite American TV Series?
Replies: 47
Views: 16478

Breaking Bad
Game of Thrones
The Mentalist
by ututu
Wed, 07 Nov 2012 8:49 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: foreign manpower tightening
Replies: 243
Views: 146338

A lot of the rest of the work force supplies Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam are all going to start causing a problem for Singapore. May be Malaysia and Thailand but certainly not Indonesia & Philippines. Last two are complete and utter disasters as far as infra & physical se...

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