10 Acronyms Only Singaporeans Can Come Up With

In a country where acronyms rule, the latest abbreviation takes the cake.

A professional mediation organisation, Singapore International Mediation Institute – or rather unfortunately SIMI (hokkien for what) – opened on Nov. 5, 2014. People can consult SIMI on matters regarding mediation. We propose they call themselves Singapore International Mediation Institute Dealing Against Incredibly Judgemental Idiots or SIMI DAIJI.

Before you go SMLJ, here are 10 other abbreviations only Singaporeans can come up with.


1. The forced one

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MATADOR – Man-portable Anti-Tank, Anti-DOoR

Someone must have been pointed at with the MATADOR during the weapon’s naming process. Otherwise, how do you explain this?


2. The morale booster



ASPIRE -Applied Study in Polytechnics and ITE Review

Trying to convince the masses that a degree isn’t the key to success in Singapore? The acronym must conjure up some hope then.


3. The unpronounceable 

iFWLB – Internet Foreign Worker Levy Billing system

The Ministry of Manpower might have the answer to why this system is shortened.


4. The absolutely no link one

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APPLES – Application for Passport On-line Electronic System

Sounds like a partnership between Immigration and Checkpoints Authority and Health Promotion Board. An apple a day keeps the passport extended?


5. The painful obvious one

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e-XTEND – Extension of Short Term Visit Pass

Shouldn’t it be ESTVP? Well, at least it’s obvious.


6. The paying-tax-is-such-a-breeze acronym



EASY – e-Services Authorisation System

Remember to file tax for your organisation. It is EASY. Come to think about it, IRAS will never use EVADE or SIAM.


7. The acronym that made people think of a name to fit into it



SPUR -Skills Programme for Upgrading and Resilience

Sometimes it’s easier to think of the acronym first. It’s like buying a frame first before you develop the photograph.


8.  The whacked one


LUP – Lift Upgrading Programe

LUP, hokkien for whack, is a must for the Housing Development Board. If not, sure LUP by netizens.


9. The sinner


SIN – Singapore

Well, someone is angry.


10. The Do you know?



SPRING Singapore -Standards, Productivity and Innovation Board

Now you know.


Source: http://mothership.sg

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