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Columbarium near home? No big deal, say some S’poreans

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UOB’s $181m suit over ‘inflated housing loans’

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Johor project’s size not cut, says developer

Dad lied about address in P1 registration

The 35-year-old man indicated that he lived at an address that was within 1km to 2km of the school when registering his daughter under Phase 2C of the Primary 1 registration exercise in 2013. His identity card also…

Blocks with no LUP: Some households voted ‘no’ due to cost

For most people, elections are about the only time they get to cast their vote on public policy. But for the better part of a decade, a group of Singaporeans could exercise their democratic rights when it came…

Lift upgrading lifts spirits of many residents

Leaving her Serangoon Central flat for some fresh air used to be a daunting task for wheelchair user Chong Kong Yi, 95. The biggest obstacle: the stairs leading from her 13th-floor HDB flat to the lift one floor…

Brick-and-mortar sales suffer as e-retailers win over shoppers

Internet retailers are seeing faster growth, while sales of brick-and-mortar stores here are flatlining, as more consumers in Singapore head online for better bargains and rarer finds. Last year, online spending here exceeded $1 billion, up 13 per…

S’pore Environment Council chief quits to join private sector

The CEO of the Singapore Environment Council (SEC) is stepping down from the helm of the green group to join the private sector. Mr Jose Raymond, 43, who took over the reins of the council in Sept 2011,…

Soft landing to safeguard interests of all

The minister in charge of housing moved boldly of late to manage expectations over where property prices are headed this year. MND Minister Khaw Boon Wan said that if 2015 were to see a repeat of last year’s…

Strays not necessarily abandoned pets

SPCA thanks Mr Phil Roberts for his concerns (“Wrong to leave animals on streets”; Dec 30). We agree that abandoned pets should not be left in the environment suddenly to fend for themselves, and condemn any act of…

Prioritise crowd control measures

Fortunately, stampedes have not happened in Singapore, but there have been times when I feared the worst. In this respect, I echo Mr Leong Weng Hoe’s call for better crowd control measures here (“Better crowd control needed after…

LTA: Any form of illegal parking poses a threat

The editorial (“Tackling illegal parking holistically”; Dec 29) suggested that not all illegal parking offences should be subjected to a tiered system of penalties, as some offences are less severe than others. Illegal parking, in whichever form, poses…

Making allowances for parents will worsen traffic congestion

I disagree with Ms June Chen’s suggestion (“Give parents parking near day-care centres more leeway”; Mon). All motorists should be treated equally under our traffic laws, and no individual or group should be given preferential treatment. By parking…

Stalled trains: Measures to ensure passenger safety

Mr Larry Chong Tuck Lai asked about safety measures for passengers on board a fully packed and driverless Circle Line train (“How can passengers help themselves in a train breakdown?”; last Fri). There are smoke detectors, similar to…

Electric vehicles not for cycling paths

I often exercise at East Coast Park and have noticed the growing use of electric-powered scooters and similar vehicles on cycling paths. These vehicles sometimes move at high speed, despite there being signs prohibiting their use. It is…

What Singaporeans need to know about home loan refinancing in 2015

Back in 2011, I was convinced banks installed revolving doors just for home loan customers. People refinanced more often than we got to change underwear in NS. It was an industry norm; you’d pick the cheapest loan for…

You could be paying more interest on your home loan than necessary – How and when to start refinancing

Despite what people still think, ostriches do not bury their hands in the sand at the sign of danger. They’re smarter than that. Yet, when it comes to money, many of us may think ignoring a problem is…

More homeowners look to refinance loans as SIBOR inches up

More homeowners who took housing loans from banks are now looking for refinancing options. Loan specialists said they have been getting more inquiries since the recent spike in SIBOR (Singapore Interbank Offered Rate). Homeowners whose mortgages are tied…

Analysts: SIBOR remains well below historical levels

The three-month Singapore Interbank Offered Rate (SIBOR) reached 0.63 per cent on Wed, compared to 0.45 per cent on Jan 2. SIBOR is a key benchmark used to determine various lending rates. While the recent increase may signal…

Chinese temple with columbarium in Sengkang to cost $20 million

Building a temple with a columbarium in Sengkang will cost developer Life Corp almost $20 million, according to documents filed by the company. The land tender bid cost $5 million and the construction itself will cost $15 million.…

Columbarium builder committed to run temple at Fernvale Link

The company that is planning to build a columbarium in Fernvale Link has affirmed its commitment to running a Chinese temple at the site to serve the community, the authorities said yesterday. HDB and URA said that the…

5 things to know about the Nagore Dargah Indian Muslim Heritage Centre

The Nagore Dargah Indian Muslim Heritage Centre in Telok Ayer on Tues launched a new gallery that focuses on the history of the Indian-Muslim diaspora here. Featuring storyboards and a multimedia display, visitors will learn about various aspects…

Why allow flash mob at airport?

Last Sat’s article (“Saying ‘yes’ in a flash mob moment”) reported on a flash mob of about 100 people who sang and danced near the check-in counters at Changi Airport T1, as part of a marriage proposal. This…

Consider grace period for parking near school zones

With the start of the school term and many primary schools going single session, it is inevitable that the traffic volume near schools is high around drop-off and pick-up times. Most schools are unable to accommodate all parents’…

Smokers must have their space

Mr Anthony Dass suggested that smoking should be banned in all eating places, including coffee shops (“Smoking offences: Outsource checks”; last Sat). A couple of months ago, another reader objected to his neighbour smoking at the balcony of…

Heftier housing loans amid SIBOR hike

Home owners who took out floating-rate loans instead of fixed-rate loans on their houses are expected to pay higher monthly interest rates, following the sharp increase of the three-month Singapore Interbank Offered Rate (SIBOR) yesterday. Based on Bloomberg…

More precise info needed in flat brochures

I refer to the report “Columbarium news irks future residents of Sengkang flats” (Jan 5). HDB and URA should be more transparent and precise in their brochures. The clause that there might be a columbarium created uncertainty and…

Upgrade Mount Vernon Columbarium instead

Having grown up along the former Bidadari Cemetery and the Mount Vernon Columbarium, I used to think I would just “cross over” to the other side of the road when my time is up. Sadly, with the plans…

New mobile app to help reduce utility consumption, lower utilities bill

A new mobile app has been launched as part of a joint pilot between SP Services, EMA and PUB to help consumers reduce energy and water consumption, lower their utilities bill and conserve the environment. The new app…

Columbarium near home? No big deal, say some S’poreans

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His home is a stone’s throw from Puat Jit Buddhist Temple in Sengkang. The temple is next to Nanyang Thong Hong Siang Tng Temple and Chee Hwan Kog Temple, both of which have columbariums. But Jamal Sulaiman, 45,…

UOB’s $181m suit over ‘inflated housing loans’

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UOB has launched a $181 million suit against a subsidiary of Indonesian giant Lippo Group and seven individuals, claiming they conspired to get inflated housing loans. The loans were for the purchase of 38 condominiums at the high-end…

Johor project’s size not cut, says developer

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The developer of Malaysia’s controversial Forest City in the Strait of Johor has denied reports that the 1,600ha reclamation project has been shrunk to a quarter of its size following directives by the Department of Environment (DOE). Country…

Short-term rentals’a boon for tourism and home owners’

Allowing short-term rentals here will boost Singapore’s tourism and help home owners make ends meet, a local business association has argued. The Sharing Economy Association (Singapore) (Seas) raised these points in a paper it has sent to the…

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