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Free entry for walk-in and drive-in visitors to Sentosa as part of SG50 celebrations

As part of Sentosa’s SG50 celebrations this year, visitors who walk, drive or take a taxi to the island resort may enter for free. From Mon until Dec 31, those who enter Sentosa via the boardwalk will not…

Geylang Lorong 3 residents uncertain about future

Surrounded by HDB flats, next to the Kallang Paya-Lebar Expressway is a cluster of old terraced houses, the size of two football fields. Built in 1960, the mix of residential homes and foreign worker quarters at Geylang Lorong…

Motivating transport operators to change

The usual approach of fining public transport operators for disruptions is a slap on the wrist. Other forms of penalty have been suggested (“Train disruptions: Time for novel punishments” by Mr Sum Siew Kee; Mar 5). However, the…

Women-only cabins not working elsewhere

I am a frequent user of KL’s suburban trains from KL Sentral, and these have women-only cabins (“Women-only cabins not practical in Singapore”; yesterday). The other cabins are usually jam-packed with men and families travelling together. Who suffers?…

Find other ways to protect women

Women-only cabins on MRT trains are impractical and unnecessary (“Women-only cabins not practical in Singapore”; yesterday). So, the issue of a trade-off between economic efficiency and commuter safety is, therefore, irrelevant. MRT trains are only one form of…

Shop rentals: HDB replies

We refer to the letter from Mr Heng Mok Koon (“Allow flexibility in HDB shop rentals”; Feb 27). Under HDB’s e-bidding system for letting shops, details of properties available for bidding are posted online. Bidders can submit their…

No Cleaner Day: Constituencies make a clean sweep to tackle litter

Some MPs who have started cleanliness initiatives in their constituencies said they have seen results. The initiatives include giving cleaners days off and monthly litter-picking sessions. The MPs also hope to ride on their town council’s plans to…

‘Steady progress’ made in reducing train service disruptions: PM Lee

Despite a recent series of disruptions to service, “steady progress” has been made to reduce train downtime, PM Lee Hsien Loong said. In a FB post on Thurs night, Mr Lee said that maintaining and building Singapore’s public…

Community Disputes Resolution Tribunals to be set up under new Act

Neighbours with disputes can soon turn to a tribunal for help. Under a new law aimed at resolving difficult spats between neighbours, a tribunal judge can order both parties to attend mediation sessions. The tribunal can also impose…

Middle-earth comes to Singapore

If you’re a huge Hobbit fan but can’t go to New Zealand just yet, you can experience a piece of Middle-earth right here in Singapore. A life-sized hobbit hole now stands in the departure hall of Changi Airport…

Cycling velodrome being explored

The possibility of constructing a cycling velodrome in Singapore is an idea that is being studied very seriously, said MCCY Minister Lawrence Wong during his Committee of Supply speech in Parliament yesterday. “It is not a trivial matter…

Larger childcare centres to meet demand in estates with younger families

To meet the high demand for childcare centres in estates with younger families, larger centres will be built to add 2,400 new childcare places over the next few years, announced MSF Minister Chan Chun Sing in Parliament today.…

New home, more places at day activity centres for adults with disabilities

Some 140 places at day activity centres will be added for adults with disabilities, bringing the total number to almost 1,200. A new day activity centre for adults with autism and their caregivers will be completed by this…

Civilians to start assisting police in noise nuisance cases under pilot project

From the second half of this year, civilians could be attending to complaints to the police about noise nuisance in Tampines North and Boon Lay. This is part of a pilot to have civilians assist police as community…

Fire at Police Cantonment Complex this morning

A fire broke out in an equipment trailer in the parking bay of the Police Cantonment Complex this morning, said the police. Police said that SCDF were alerted at 8.23am. There were no injuries. SCDF said the fire…

More buy in-store than online: Survey

Brick and mortar retailers still have the march on their online counterparts, going by a recent consumer survey. The poll of 1,002 Singaporeans found that 56 per cent of respondents indicated that their most often-used method to buy…

Parliament passes changes to Land Acquisition Act, State Lands Act

Changes to two Acts were passed in Parliament on Fri to help the Government better plan for the long-term use of Singapore’s underground space. The Land Acquisition Act was amended, giving the Government flexibility to acquire a specific…

First specialised Furniture Hub to be built in Sungei Kadut

A new furniture hub is set to be the first specialised high-rise and multi-tenanted development for furniture companies and related service-providers in the furniture industry. The JTC Furniture Hub will be developed as a new building of its…

Overhaul of rail system overdue

The many breakdowns on our rail transport system have shaken the trust and confidence that commuters have in it. Equipment failures, disruptions and security breaches have now become regular features, despite repeated assurances from the operators that the…

MCL Land awarded tender for Jurong West site

A residential site at Jurong West St 41 (Parcel B) has been awarded to MCL Land (Vantage) after the developer submitted the highest bid of $338.12 million in the tender exercise which closed on Tues. Launched for sale…

Selling your house in a buyer’s market

With the series of measures implemented by the government to cool down the property market, sales activity in the housing sector has been slow. Buyers are also more cautious now given the increased supply of properties in both…

Is Singapore REITs’ stellar run about to hit a wall?

Singapore’s REITs have long defied predictions they would stumble amid expectations for rising interest rates, but analysts say the day of reckoning may soon arrive. “Although S-REITs are financially well-positioned to weather a moderate increase in interest rates,…

5 reasons why you’d be silly to ignore commercial property in 2015

Let’s say you’ve squirrelled away a hefty sum of money and have been thinking of plonking it down on a property investment. Uncles at your local coffeeshop have been filling your head with all manner of praises for…

Singapore residential market: correlation with crude oil prices?

Recent headlines have been dominated by the volatility of global crude oil prices. In early Feb, oil prices hit a 52-week low at around USD 44 per barrel, more than 50% down from a 52-week high of around…

MCCY to spend S$2.71 billion in 2015

MCCY is expected to spend S$2.71 billion this year, up 39.8 per cent from last year, largely because of spending on SG50 celebrations, the SEA Games and ASEAN Para Games. Other key initiatives include: 1) Heritage survey to…

New facilities to make healthcare more accessible

To make primary care more accessible and affordable to Singaporeans, MOH yesterday announced a suite of new facilities that will ramp up capacity across various fronts. A new Primary Care Centre will be built in Sembawang as a…

ITE slashing raises questions about campus security

The slashing at ITE College West raises questions about campus security measures. The victim was supposedly not even a student of the college, but it was reported that he used to roam the campus often. Why was this…

Tighter security on ITE campus after slashing

The slashing of a teenager at ITE College West on Tues was an isolated incident, but security patrols have been increased and measures are being reviewed as the school works with police on the case, said its principal.…

LRT failure raises many questions

The almost 24-hour shutdown of full services on the Bukit Panjang LRT has proven once again that major incidents can be caused by seemingly insignificant elements. A relatively small component called a tie-breaker a form of electrical circuit…

Port expansion at Pasir Panjang being accelerated

Expansion plans for the Pasir Panjang container port are being accelerated to cater for growth at the port. Phases 3 and 4 will be fully operational by the end of 2017, two years ahead of the original plan,…

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