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Singapore Marks UN International Year of Co-operatives With Limited Edition Stamp Series

Singapore Marks UN International Year of Co-operatives With Limited Edition Stamp Series

Update: Press releases are posted up at the bottom of the page. I have also corrected a minor typo error: I had typed SNOF instead of SNCF in the last paragraph.

My friend, Amanda currently works in Singapore National Co-operative Federation. She managed to get me in for the press conference for the release of the new stamps by SNOC. Little did she know that I have some stamp books sitting somewhere in storage at home (My room has just gone through a makeover and almost all my stuff got shifted). It was pretty much interesting experience as it was the first formal press release I attended.

The purpose of the stamp release is to mark the United Nations International Year of Co-operatives (IYC) 2012 with a series of day-long celebratory events on 9 June – starting with the launch that day, of five Limited Edition stamps to mark 86 yers of co-operatives in Singapore.

The first-of-its-kind stamp series will be launched by President Tony Tan at the Marina Barrage where the IYC 2012 will be celebrated by 15,000 members of the co-operative movement, their families and the public, at a large-scale event, ‘Cop-opalicouz’.

Singaporeans have been benefiting from the Co-operative Movement ever since Singapore’s first co-operative, the Singapore Government  Servants’ Co-operative Thrift and Loan Society (currently known as The Singapore Government Staff Credit Co-operative Society) in 1925. Co-operatives, such as NTUC’s Fairprice, have been moderating the prices of goods and services, providing loans and credit lines for Singaporeans at affordable prices and rates. In Singapore, more than 1 in 3 Singaporeans are members of co-operatives, benefiting in forms of rebates and/or dividends.

The stamps were released on 31 May 2012. However there is a second day when the public are able to purchase First Day Covers as well, 9th June 2012 during its official launch event at the Marina Barrage.

Stamps are not the only way that SNCF is raising awareness on the Co-operative Movement. Attendees of Co-opaliciouz will come together for a  mass reading of one of the Co-operative Children’s Book by Emily Lim, encouraging Singapore’s young to develop the character building value of co-operation. The children books will have post reading activities for the children to work on and the questions within the books will get both parents and children to come together and explore the spirit of co-operation while raising awareness of co-operatives.

Press Release:
IYC – Media Release for Coopaliciouz

From Singapore Marks UN International Year of Co-operatives With Limit, posted by on 6/04/2012 (5 items)

Devolution of service by SingTel

Devolution of service by SingTel

SingTel just released a press release on a revamp on the pricing structure of the data enabled mobile plans for their users:

Flexi Lite Flexi Value Flexi Plus Flexi Premium
Monthly subscription $39.90 $59.90 $99.90 $205
Local outgoing minutes 100 200 500 2000
Local SMS 800

(previously 550)


(previously 650)


(previously 700)


(previously 2000)

Local data bundle

(previously 12GB)

2GB 3GB 4GB 12GB
Excess usage and data cap

(previously $2.76/MB)

$5.35/GB (w GST) for 3G subscribers. Applicable to 4G subscribers during promotion from 1 July to 31 Dec 2013.


$10.70/GB (w GST) from 1 Jan 2013 for 4G subscribers.


This mirrors the price plans in USA where the infrastructure is not able to support the massive numbers of users. Why this plan seems like a devolution of service to me?

  1. Instead of solving the overcrowded base station issues, they decided to cap the usage of the consumer. $12 million spent on can be put to much better use. SingTel is a telecommunication provider, not a information provider.
  2. The trend of usage of SMS has been going downhill ever since applications like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger are made available to consumers for free. Providers are struggling to retain the SMS usage rates. The increase to 800 SMS serves as a weak  consolation prize for the users.

Good news is that this revised pricing plans are applicable to new and recontracting lines from 1st July 2012 onwards. Hence, if you want to stick to your current plans and not mind getting phones at non-contractual price, do not recontract your plans (that is if SingTel decides not to change their mind on not applying this on lapsed lines).

Press release on the next page