Back in 2013, some people might have registered with this company called Singapore Company Register (or Data Register Pte Ltd) thinking that it is related to ACRA and had to pay $490 annual fee. I blogged about this entity several times. Read here and here.
The company, now called “Data Register Pte Ltd”, is allowing those who mistakenly subscribed to them to unsubscribe and get a refund. But here’s the catch, you need to do it between 29 February and 11 March 2016. That’s only 10 working days.
If you are interested in getting your money back, visit their FAQ to find out more. Good luck!

WHEREAS it is the inalienable right of a people to be free and independent.
AND WHEREAS Malaysia was established on the 16th day of September, 1963, by a federation of existing states of the Federation of Malaya and the States of Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore into one independent and sovereign nation.
AND WHEREAS it was also agreed by the parties to the said Agreement that, upon the separation of Singapore from Malaysia, the Government of Malaysia shall relinquish its sovereignty and jurisdiction in respect of Singapore so that the said sovereignty and jurisdiction shall on such relinquishment vest in the Government of Singapore.
AND WHEREAS by a Proclamation dated the ninth day of August in the year one thousand nine hundred and sixty-five the Prime Minister of Malaysia Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj Ibni Almarhum Sultan Abdul Hamid Halim Shah did proclaim and declare that Singapore shall on the ninth day of August in the year one thousand nine hundred and sixty-five cease to be a State of Malaysia and shall become an independent and sovereign state and nation separate from and independent of Malaysia and recognised as such by the Government of Malaysia.
Now I LEE KUAN YEW Prime Minister of Singapore, DO HEREBY PROCLAIM AND DECLARE on behalf of the people and the Government of Singapore that as from today the ninth day of August in the year one thousand nine hundred and sixty-five Singapore shall forever be a sovereign democratic and independent nation, founded upon the principles of liberty and justice and ever seeking the welfare and happiness of her people in a more just and equal society.
(Signed) LEE KUAN YEW Prime Minister of Singapore
Dated the 9th day of August, 1965.

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Happy 50th Birthday Singapore!

This is the kind of thing that makes your blood boil, especially if you have served national service for 2 or 2 1/2 years and spend part of that time doing NDP.
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This sign was posted at the entrance of Kallang Leisure Park yesterday morning (4 July). It was National Day Parade Combined Rehearsal 3 day. Although the parade is held at The Padang this year, the mobile column need to form up at the carpark next to Kallang Leisure Park. Heard form some sources that it was raining in the morning and some NSF went into the mall to seek shelter. The wet uniform and muddy boots might have dirtied the mall, which caused the building management to paste the sign at their entrance.
This kinda stinks. Those guys are serving their nation service. They burnt their weekends for the nation’s birthday celebration. Instead of being nice to them and thanking them for their service, the building management ban them from entering like how some malls ban dogs.
If the soldiers dirtied the floor, get someone to clean it. Or even better, provide water at the entrance of the mall for them to clean their boots before entering. After all, NSF are their biggest group of visitors during NDP rehearsals.
It is disappointing to see the management of Kallang Leisure Park banning NDP uniformed personnel from entering. NSF deserved to be treated better.

The 28th SEA Games just ended yesterday and Team Singapore recorded a historic medal haul of 84 Gold, 73 Silver and 102 Bronze. This haul surpassed Singapore’s record of 50 Gold, 40 Silver and 74 Bronze when the Games was hosted in Singapore in 1993. This impressive performances also boosted Singapore’s standing to second position on the medal tally – our highest ranking since the 1975.
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Singapore, being the host nation, field its largest team ever of 747 athletes and 347 officials. 421 athletes made their first appearance at the SEA Games.
Of the 36 sports which Team Singapore participated in, Swimming achieved the highest medal count of 42 (23 Gold, 12 Silver and 7 Bronze medals). Swimmers Joseph Schooling and Quah Zheng Wen were among the most bemedalled athletes at the Games with nine Gold medals and 12 medals respectively, winning one in every event they competed in.
There were also many breakthrough performances to celebrate. The synchronised swimming team won their first Gold medal in their sport in the Team Free Combination event. Sprinter Shanti Pereira broke the national record and clocked her personal best timing in the Women’s 200m finals, contributing a Gold medal to Athletics’ achievement of 9 medals (3 Gold, 3 Silver and 3 Bronze medals) and at the same time, breaking a 42-year medal drought in this event.
Windsurfer Audrey Yong beat the odds and sailed a consistent regatta to win Singapore’s first gold medal in a women’s windsurfing event. The Sailing team marked their best SEA Games outing ever with 10 gold, 7 silver and 1 bronze medals.
Also on the water at Bedok Reservoir, water-skier Mark Leong set a Games Record, National Record and Personal Best in the Men’s Slalom event, adding on to the four waterski Games records. The canoeists also set a record haul of seven Gold medals. Other teams who have impressed were from Rhythmic Gymnastics, Equestrian, Wushu and Netball, among many others.
Congrats Team Singapore!

By now you should have heard about the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal near the capital of Kathmandu on April 25th. More than 2,000 people have died across the region, including in Nepal, India and Bangladesh, and thousands more were injured.
Facebook is asking its users to donate to the International Medical Corps. User of the social media network will see a message at the top of their News Feed with an option to donate.
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Facebook will match every dollar donated up to $2 million. Facebook’s matching funds will be distributed to local relief and rescue organizations working to provide immediate and ongoing relief. Visit facebook.com/nepalearthquakesupport for more information.
Besides asking for donations, Facebook has also activated its Safety Check feature. Safety Check is a simple and easy tool to inform your Facebook friends that you are safe. Millions of people have been marked safe and tens of millions of people were notified that someone they know has been marked safe.

The Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) has brought a further 1,000 charges against Data Register Pte Ltd (previously known as “Company Register Pte Ltd”) for issuing business correspondence in October and November 2013 which did not state its company name and registration number.
These 1,000 charges are in addition to the earlier 104 charges brought against the company in January 2014. Each breach carries a maximum fine of S$1,000.
From November 2013 to January 2014, ACRA received over 2,000 queries from companies in relation to the correspondence they had received from Data Register Pte Ltd. In those correspondence, Data Register Pte Ltd requested companies to verify their details through its website, failing which their data would be deleted. Many members of the public informed ACRA that Data Register did not state its company name or registration number on its business correspondence and that they had dealt with Data Register thinking it was a government agency.
You can read more about Data Register Pte Ltd (previously known as “Company Register Pte Ltd”) here and here.