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Monday, February 9, 2004

Singapore Needs More Monkey Business

SINGAPORE (AP) - People in strait-laced Singapore were urged Monday to act like monkeys - the Chinese zodiac sign for the coming Lunar year - for the sake of their country.

Singaporeans could foster an economic recovery this year by behaving more like monkeys, Deputy Prime Minister Tony Tan said in a Lunar New Year message reported in The Straits Times newspaper....

And in a related story:
SINGAPORE (AP) - What does romance, Singapore-style, smell like?

Two new perfumes, a floral scent for her and a musky aroma for him, were launched Friday in Singapore as part of an annual government-backed campaign aimed at boosting marriage and birth rates in the city-state.

The perfumes, both dubbed "Romancing Singapore Eau de Parfum" come in small Italian glass bottles and were created by local university students as "a gift to the nation," a statement on the Romancing Singapore campaign Web site said.
Government officials are hoping that more Singaporeans will be led to the bedroom this year to help remedy the city-state's need for babies.

Deputy Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has said the falling birth rate is among the administration's top three priorities for 2004.

Singapore recorded its lowest-ever birth rate last year, with just 37,633 babies born -- far less than the 50,000 it needs to meet its economic, defense and labor requirements.

The yearlong romance campaign is backed by the Ministry of Community Development and Sports and will also sponsor social events such as a tango competition, a couple's marathon and a river race -- all designed to promote family by bringing single people together.
courtesy OscillateWildely

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