13 Telegram Channels To Follow In 2021

Whether you’re new to Telegram, or have long used it as an alternative chat platform, here are several government-related channels to follow to be a citizen who’s engaged and in the know.
Telegram comes with numerous features and channels that will keep you up-to-date with the latest information.

Telegram has become more than just a text-messaging app with an abundance of channels that provide timely and useful information. Compared to the more commonly used WhatsApp, Telegram allows for broadcast channels, polls, bots and more granular notification settings.

From important COVID-19 updates to resource exchanges with neighbours, here are 13 Telegram channels every Singaporean needs.

TIMELY NEWS UPDATES

Gov.sg

If you want the latest updates on COVID-19, this is the channel to follow. Besides daily COVID-19 updates, the Gov.sg Telegram provides the latest news on education, employment, healthcare and housing too.

NEA Singapore

Even with the ongoing COVID-19 situation, dengue remains a threat. Stay vigilant by keeping up with the latest dengue news from the National Environment Agency. You’ll also get updates on hawker centre cleanliness and tips for living the green, sustainable life.

LTASingapore

With the Land Transport Authority’s Telegram channel, you’ll find updates for your everyday commute like train operating hours and new bus services. The channel also has some unique offerings, such as a sticker pack of the Thoughtful Bunch characters, throwbacks to old bus models and news of enforcement on party buses, which are modified buses for groups of revellers – a no-no in these COVID-19 times.

SG Ministry of Manpower

This channel is ideal for employers, human resource teams and job seekers who want to stay updated with Singapore’s employment landscape. Here you’ll find reports on the jobs landscape, job opportunities in various industries, and advisories and guidelines from MOM.

FOR THE EXPLORERS

URA Singapore

Calling local history buffs and architecture enthusiasts! The official Telegram channel of the Urban Redevelopment Authority provides iconic landmarks to visit and the quirky facts about our local attractions. 

NParks Buzz

The National Parks Board’s Telegram channel is a must-have for nature lovers and explorers. Discover Singapore’s hidden sanctuaries, newest park connectors and interesting wildlife to look out for on your weekend hike.

Challenge Singapore

Challenge is the one-stop site for public officers in the Singapore Public Service. Subscribe for articles on digital transformation in the Public Service, citizen engagement, and other useful tips and trends for work, plus inspirational stories of fellow public officers and lifestyle trends.

National Library Singapore

Do you know the difference between the public libraries and the National Library? The latter offers more than books to borrow. Delve deeper into the National Library’s materials and discover more about its resources for researchers, talks by librarians and other events, highlights from the National Archives, and many more.

GET INVOLVED

REACH

If you’re looking to share your thoughts on national issues, programmes and policies, REACH's Telegram channel is one to follow. The channel announces nationwide polls and discourses you can participate in. It also provides timely updates and soundbites from government live streams and advisories.

Singapore HDB

Looking to buy a new home or renovate your current digs? Learn more about Singapore’s HDB purchase processes, home financial planning, Build-to-Order exercises and get interior design ideas.

GovTechBytes

Technology affects all of us. To keep up with the latest moves in the tech world, subscribe to this channel by the Government Technology Agency of Singapore to stay up to date on the latest tech news, digital innovations and transformative public services.

CPF Board

With good financial planning, you can make the best out of your earnings and savings. Get bite-sized financial tips and learn more about your CPF by following the Central Provident Fund Board’s official Telegram channel.

SG PAssion Deals

SG Passion Deals is the Telegram channel of PAssion Card, a membership card of the People’s Association. You’d be surprised at how many good deals your PAssion Card has to offer – from discounts at various eateries to registration privileges for courses to learn new skills.

The channel also runs contests for exclusive giveaways and shares ideas of things to do to spend your free time, keep fit or connect with your community.

Other channels to check out

Singapore Budget by the Ministry of Finance
Get the latest annual Budget updates here.

SkillsFutureSG
Know what skills are in demand and how to gain them.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Best for those who closely watch international relations.

With this slew of Telegram channels, keeping up with the news, ideas and trends will be so much easier.

  • POSTED ON
    Jan 19, 2021
  • TEXT BY
    Kate Ling
  • ILLUSTRATION BY
    Ryan Ong
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