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‘Third bridge to Singapore is a necessity’

Two business groups have called for a third link to Singapore. Johor Indian Business Association president P. Sivakumar said a third bridge was “no longer an option” due to traffic congestion along the Johor Causeway and Second Link.…

Move to allow cyclists on footpaths draws mixed reactions

Bicycles may soon be allowed on footpaths, and some Singaporeans say they welcome the move, if cyclists stay within the speed limit. “If footpaths are wide enough, and the cyclists are careful, I think it’s perfectly alright,” said…

Orchard Road bus priority boxes start from Mon

Many buses along Orchard Road serve only alternate stops along the road. However, this means a bus not serving a stop often has to wait unnecessarily behind one that is, especially during peak hours. The waiting bus could…

Cutting emissions by tapping the sun

Singapore plans to curb its greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and is moving to meet the target by tapping more of the sun’s energy. Solar power usage here has gone up almost 30-fold since 2009, statistics from EMA…

Ray of hope in bid to tap more of sun’s energy

The world is intensifying its search for more renewable energy sources in a bid to curb greenhouse gas emissions, and a new discovery by scientists in Singapore could help it better soak up the sun. They have created…

Sharing footpaths safely a shared civic responsibility

The active mobility advisory panel’s recommendation to allow bicycles and most mobility devices on footpaths is a bold move. It is also timely, given the growing popularity of cycling here and the proliferation of PMDs. Although riding on…

Memories of Yunnan Garden

As a long-time Jurong West resident and a NTU alumnus, I was pleased to learn of plans to rejuvenate the little-used Yunnan Garden (“NTU to turn part of lush campus into a public park”; Mar 4 ). When…

Questions remain over how proposed e-scooter, bicycle laws will be enforced

While cyclists and those with PMDs have welcomed the Activity Mobility Advisory Panel’s proposed new regulations for the safe sharing of paths, pedestrians are concerned whether the rules could be enforced. For example, some wonder how the authorities…

Features for a better bus ride — how about trains next?

As a regular user of public transport, I am relieved that changes are being implemented so that commuters can enjoy smoother rides (“New double-decker buses to have two exits, two staircases”; Mar 12). With an additional exit, bus…

Make effort to inform relevant authority of dirty lifts

I agree with the letter “S’poreans must play their part to ensure lifts are not abused” (Mar 14). Keeping our lifts clean is part of ensuring they are not misused, and Singaporeans are key to keeping the condition…

Singapore expensive? Think again

I refer to the report “S’pore ranked world’s most expensive city for 3rd year running” (Mar 11). I would suggest that the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) raters live in the real Singapore for a while, and not loll…

Code of conduct puts pedestrians’ safety first

Always give way to pedestrians; slow down and be prepared to stop when approaching bus stops or where there is a lot of people; and keep left unless overtaking. The 21-point code of conduct for cyclists and users…

Train service resumes on EWL after track fault

Train service on the EWL was delayed during the morning rush-hour on Fri due to a track fault. At 7.09am, SMRT posted a tweet about the delay, telling commuters travelling towards Joo Koon station to expect additional travelling…

Residents worried about Woodlands jungle brothel

Call it a “rubber plantation”, if you will. In one corner of a small jungle in Woodlands, there are used condoms and condom wrappers strewn all over the ground. The hundreds of condoms are a by-product of a…

Tesla v LTA debate throws up some hard questions

The latest story to propel Singapore into the global limelight was the curious incident of a Tesla car and LTA. LTA is now reportedly working with Tesla engineers to assess if its test on the EV was conducted…

5-room flat in Bukit Merah sold for $900,000 in Feb

A 13-year-old HDB flat in Bukit Merah was sold on the resale market for $900,000 last month, according to figures from HDB website. This is the most expensive transaction for a five-room flat in the area so far…

Electric bikes should be registered: Advisory panel

Users of motorised bicycles could soon be required to register their bikes, if recommendations made by an expert advisory panel are taken on board by the Government. The move is designed to aid enforcement against errant riders and…

Power of pop-up stores

In spite of being in a quiet corner on the third level of Orchard Gateway, the pop-up store for women’s fashion label Love, Bonito has been drawing crowds since it opened in mid-Dec last year. Reception to the…

Reprieve for property developers unlikely

It seems unlikely that the government will offer property developers any reprieve in this month’s Budget, industry watchers believe. MND was very direct in its reply on Feb 29: “It is too early to relax the measures now.…

Industrial vacancy rates spook sellers

Faced with manufacturing gloom and rising vacancy rates, industrial property owners have been eager to offload their units. Amid waning confidence, more sellers could be opting to let go of their industrial properties even if they have to…

The 2016 HDB grant summary

Buying a HDB flat is probably one of the biggest milestones in your life. It’s a Singaporean coming-of-age ritual that shows that you can afford to put a roof over your head, and that you’re ready to begin…

Property cooling measures to be eased in Q4: report

Analysts are still holding out that some property cooling measures will be relaxed within the year, even though policymakers have reiterated that home prices are still too high to merit an easing. According to a report by UOB…

Can CapitaLand Mall Trust survive 2016’s volatile equity market?

CapitaLand Mall Trust (CMT) is poised to dominate the retail REIT scene in 2016, with positive rental reversions and increased tourist arrivals playing to its favour. According to a report by RHB, CMT is likely to enjoy mid…

Property prices to stagnate as population growth slows to a crawl

Home prices in Singapore are feared to stagnate on back of continued low population growth and high space supply, according to a report by JLL. This chart shows that the number of new residents has dropped steeply since…

Singapore’s housing market among the weakest: Knight Frank

Prices of private residential properties in Singapore continued their downward trend, falling by 3.6 percent in the fourth quarter of 2015 from the previous year, according to Knight Frank’s latest Global House Price Index. On a quarterly basis,…

South Beach wins top design award

South Beach, Singapore’s biggest mixed-use development, has won the only Platinum SG Mark, presented at this year’s Design Business Chamber Singapore (DBCS) SG Mark awards. Jointly developed by City Developments Limited (CDL) and Malaysian-based IOI Properties, the iconic…

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