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Do Singapore neighbourhoods risk death by cappuccino?

By all accounts, gentrification should not exist in Singapore, at least not in the conventional sense of the term, which refers to the displacement of a lower-income population from a neighbourhood by new groups of middle and upper…

Managing transport expectations

While the move is reasonable, the latest public transport fare increase is at odds with the lower costs being enjoyed by private motorists as a result of the oil price plunge of nearly 60 per cent since June.…

Perennial Venture acquires $870 million Singapore Tower

Perennial Real Estate Holdings led a venture that acquired Singapore’s 50-story Axa Tower for S$1.17 billion ($870 million) and may construct new medical suites at the property. The new owners may also sell parts of the 1 million…

Municipal Services Office app gets more than 10,000 users since it was launched on Sun

More than 10,000 people have registered to use MSO mobile app and 900 cases have been reported via the service since it was launched on Sun. The smartphone application, named OneService, provides a common platform for the public…

More light-up shelters to curb second-hand smoke

Smokers in Nee Soon South are set to get up to 50 more designated public spots where they can light up, following a successful year-long pilot scheme. Six 3m by 3m shelters have already been erected in the…

Anonymous tip-offs: HDB need not reveal identity

HDB is not required to disclose the identity of anonymous callers who provide tip-offs or the contents of private investigation reports used against an errant flat owner, the High Court has ruled. Explaining why he dismissed the bid…

Pipe diversion works clouded water supply at Changi Airport T3

Pipe diversion works caused water in a water tank at Changi Airport’s T3 to turn cloudy on Thurs afternoon, Changi Airport Group (CAG) said. Reports say some F&B tenants saw brownish water coming from taps from about 3pm.…

New public drinking laws: What you need to know

The Liquor Control (Supply and Consumption) Bill was passed in Parliament on Fri. It states that alcohol cannot be consumed in public places between 10.30pm and 7am every day, and take-away alcohol can only be sold up till…

MPs support liquor control Bill but call for flexibility

Seventeen members of Parliament debated the Liquor Control (Supply and Consumption) Bill during its second reading on Fri, and most agreed the proposed liquor law will benefit Singapore provided it is implemented properly. However, some MPs such as…

Liquor laws passed: Public drinking between 10.30pm and 7am will be banned

The Liquor Control (Supply and Consumption) Bill has been passed in Parliament. Under the new laws, the public will not be allowed to buy alcohol for take-away or consume alcohol at public places from 10.30pm to 7am daily.…

Iswaran: 47 cases of rioting, 115 cases of serious hurt linked to liquor consumption last year

There were 47 cases of rioting and 115 cases of serious hurt linked to the consumption of liquor (alcohol) last year, revealed Second Minister for Home Affairs S Iswaran in Parliament today, as he explained the impetus for…

The secret of profiting from old houses

My neighbor Sam runs his own family business that specializes in additions and alterations work for old houses. Apart from his business, Sam also has a flair for property investment. Once he shared with me his secret of…

Show-flats should accurately depict units

We thank Ms Tsang Ngai Wing Guen for her feedback (“Stricter rules on show-flats needed”; last Sat). It is important for developers to be transparent by providing accurate upfront information on housing units in sales documents, and we…

Glass curtains for safety

Mr Allein Moore said allowing condominium residents to install grilles at their balconies would ruin the architectural integrity of the development and reduce the value of the property (“Allowing condo ‘cages’ could reduce value of property”; Mon). These…

Safety features in place at condo

Often, on a controversial issue, there is more to it than meets the eye. Unfortunately, when emotions get in the way of facts, opinions tend to take on an uncalled-for character, such as when Mr Rajasegaran Ramasamy deemed…

Councils shouldn’t be ‘exclusive country clubs’

There have been previous instances of condominium MCs denying the requests of unit owners, or subsidiary proprietors, to install safety grilles (“Family wins case to install grille in condo balcony for child’s safety”; last Sat). This brings to…

Fire engine crew made misjudgment while leaving mall

We refer to Ms Lee Kay Yan’s letter (“Burning question over stuck fire engine”; Tues). On the afternoon of Jan 19, a SCDF fire engine was at VivoCity for a fire safety inspection. The fire engine traversed the…

Village revival

Changi Village, depending on who you ask, is either one of these things: an old fishing village, a gateway to Pulau Ubin, or a nasi lemak supper haunt. But its generally idyllic kampung spirit might have been jolted…

Dollars and sense of art stage

Five years on, Singapore’s flagship art fair Art Stage Singapore has grown from strength to strength and made an impact beyond the event. When the fair began in 2011 with the backing of government agencies such as EDB…

M+S hold back sales to reward early buyers

Developer M+S is holding back on selling remaining units at a major project for two years, in hopes of fetching a better price later. Tan Sri Azman Yahya, chairman of M+S, told ST that 521 units in Marina…

Rents rise in trendy districts

Hipster cafes, ice cream parlours and quirky retail shops have found their way into the Republic’s heartlands. According to analysts, their rising popularity over the years has pushed up and in some cases even doubled shop rental rates…

Future Fernvale Lea residents mostly relieved over no-go for commercial columbarium

Future residents of Fernvale Lea were mostly relieved after being told that the building of a commercially run columbarium close to their new homes will not be happening now. But some were still uncomfortable with the idea that…

Never thought a for-profit firm would vie for non-profit venture, says Khaw

MND Minister Khaw Boon Wan was pressed on the Sengkang columbarium controversy by six other MPs in Parliament yesterday. Here are some highlights: Both Mr Seng Han Thong (Ang Mo Kio GRC) and Mr Zaqy Mohamad (Chua Chu…

Brownish tap water at Changi Airport Terminal 3; F&B outlets affected

F&B outlets at Changi Airport’s T3 had to halt sales of drinks and soup on Thurs due to issues with the tap water. F&B operators found light brown water flowing out of their taps at about 3pm, and…

Property owners responsible for fire insurance

The onus is on property owners to ensure they have the financial means to repair and restore their properties if they are damaged in a fire, MND said in Parliament today.This is in response to a query on…

Artificial turf not ruled out for National Stadium

The National Stadium’s pitch will be a natural one, for June’s SEA Games at least, but MCCY Minister Mr Lawrence Wong, has not ruled out the possibility of artificial surfaces in the future. However, the minister said additional…

Lui: MRT system designed to protect commuters in case of fire, smoke

The MRT system in Singapore is designed to protect commuters in case of fire or smoke in tunnels or trains, Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew said in a Parliamentary reply yesterday. This was in response to MP for…

Dry spells in first quarter gave rise to more fires last year

The number of fire incidents last year rose 14.2 per cent, from 4,136 cases in 2013 to 4,724 cases. SCDF largely attributed the increase to a spike in vegetation fires during the extended dry spell between Jan and…

Govt may ban sale of alcohol in glass bottles, impose conditions in some areas

Special conditions can be imposed on liquor licensees such as not allowing alcohol to be sold in glass bottles if the situation in a particular neighbourhood calls for it. Second Minister for Home Affairs and Trade and Industry…

Shared duty in school zone road safety

I applaud the efforts to increase road safety in school zones, through measures such as better signs to warn motorists to slow down. (“Steps to boost road safety in school zones by 2018”; Jan 29). This will help…

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