Expats Rank Singapore Top Destination for Work

Expats Rank Singapore Top Destination for Work
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Expats ranked Singapore the top destination in the world, ahead of New Zealand, Sweden, Germany and Australia. Singapore provides the right balance of career opportunities, lifestyle and a stable economy, according to an HSBC survey released on September 23.

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Singapore: Top Destination for Expats

CNA reports, expats ranked Singapore the top destination in the world, ahead of New Zealand, Sweden, Germany and Australia. Singapore provides the right balance of career opportunities, lifestyle and a stable economy, according to an HSBC survey released on September 23.

This survey polled nearly 22,000 respondents from 39 countries, of which 79 percent of expats are confident about Singapore’s economy. In additions, 59 percent believe that Singapore is a good place for their career advancement, and 53 percent believe they are able to acquire new skills more in Singapore than at home.

65 percent of them feel that their children’s health and well-being have improved since they moved to Singapore.

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Malaysia: New Opposition Alliance Pakatan Harapan Formed

After the break-up of the Pakatan Rakyat alliance, jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim’s Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) and the Chinese-based Democratic Action Party (DAP) have joined forces with the newly formed Parti Amanah Negara (PAN) to form a new alliance called Pakatan Harapan (Alliance of Hope). PAN is a splinter party of the Islamist Parti Islam Se-Malaysia (PAS).

Pakatan Rakyat ceased to function in June after PAS, one of the parties in the alliance, severed ties with the DAP over differences which arose over the PAS’ push for the implementation of an Islamic penal code in Kelantan. This has led to the collapse of Pakatan Rakyat alliance this June.

Currently, the major goal of the new alliance is to set up the new pact’s framework and draft a common policy as well as to avoid three-cornered fight at all costs in the next general election.

Leader of the opposing party Wan Azizah Wan Ismail says, “I am not going to sugar-coat, we have our differences from the beginning but how are we going to do as responsible political parties and leaders to change the government and not only change the prime minister?"

“We have to change the institutions. So why not we come together as responsible leaders of opposition come together and save Malaysia."

Even PAS, the Islamic party, which is not included in Pakatan Harapan, does not rule out the possibility of working with the new opposition alliance for the sake of the next general election.

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Indonesia: 34 Injured in Commuter Train Collision in Jakarta

On September 23, about 34 people were injured in a collision of two trains in Central Jakarta.

This accident occurred at around 4 pm. The trains involved in the accident were Commuter Line K115 and Commuter Line K1156, one serving the Jakarta-Bogor route and the other Jakarta-Bekasi. They collided at Juanda Station in Central Jakarta.

According to the Jakarta police, there were 34 people injured, and a train driver was still stuck in the wreckage.

The injured were rushed to several hospitals in the area, including Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital and the Gatot Subroto Army Hospital.

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Compiled by Eric Wong and Vic
Edited by Olivia Yang

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