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Managing Human Resources in Asia-Pacific, 2nd Edition by Pawan S. Budhwar, Arup Varma

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Human Resource Management in Singapore

Klaus J. Templer, David T. W. Wan and Naresh Khatri

Introduction

Singapore is an island- and city-state at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula with a total population of 5.18 million as at the end of June 2011. Singapore is truly cosmopolitan: 3.26 million are Singapore citizens (with an ethnic composition of 74.1 percent Chinese, 13.4 percent Malay, 9.2 percent Indian, and 3.3 percent others), 0.53 million are foreigners with permanent resident status and 1.39 million are non-resident foreigners (Singapore Department of Statistics, 2011). The common language of business and daily parlance is English.

Since its independence in 1965, Singapore has achieved tremendous economic advancement. From earning ...

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