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Firm, director fined a total of S$215,000 for unlicensed estate agency work

A company and its director were fined a total of S$215,000 on Wed for conducting property transactions without a licence, the largest fine ever meted out by the court for unlicensed estate agency work. Franks Property, which is…

Wake-up call on work safety

Ten years ago, laws were reformed to improve workers’ safety following three high-profile workplace accidents in 2004, including the collapse of Nicoll Highway. The enactment of the Workplace Safety and Health Act meant the maximum fine for companies…

Demarcate footpaths and cycling tracks clearly

Over the past months, I have come across many instances where cyclists would either deliberately or inadvertently cycle on cement footpaths reserved for pedestrians. Similarly, pedestrians also encroach upon the cycling tracks. Such occurrences occur on a daily…

Heed tell-tale signs of wall cracks

Short of an earthquake, wall plasterings and well-designed concrete structures are highly unlikely to fall without first showing tell-tale signs (“Plaster falls 12 storeys from HDB blocks in Hougang”; Nov 28 and “Sunshade dislodged at Tampines block had…

Don’t overburden escalators by walking on them

Escalators in MRT stations should not be functioning like staircases. The main issue is that those doing so are overburdening the escalators. Also, commuters who are right-handed will then be able to hold on to the railings on…

Remove cap on clinics in commercial developments to rein in rentals

Cooling measures on medical properties alone won’t help to lower costs (“Time for cooling measures on medical properties?” by Mr Lionel Loi Zhi Rui; Dec 17). Rather, the Government should be more proactive in helping general practitioner clinics…

Extend Proximity Housing Grant to singles living near their parents

I applaud the Proximity Housing Grant for encouraging inter-generational contact and the strengthening of familial bonds (“Proximity grant a boon for over 5,200 households”; Dec 11). However, there seems to be a misconception that married couples and singles…

Bedok centre’s recipe for success

Two years after its relocation to a larger site and transfer of management to NTUC Foodfare, Bedok Interchange Hawker Centre (BIHC) remains popular with diners. The hawker centre was busy when ST visited it yesterday. Even at about…

More hawker centres to be run by social enterprises

In a bid to keep prices low, NTUC Foodfare currently sets the ceiling for some basic dishes at its Bukit Panjang centre, and monitors price rises of these at the Bedok centre. Social enterprises look set to play…

Limited scope for reversal of property measures for now

With the US Federal Reserve signalling a faster pace of interest rate hikes next year, should Singapore continue to stand pat on property cooling measures? Whether these measures should be tweaked has been a perennial question bogging the…

Property market showing signs of life

At first glance, Singapore’s broader property market appears gloomy, with vacancy rates in offices and malls climbing and residential prices falling. But analysts say markets in various sectors are showing signs of life with increased office investments, robust…

A challenging year

The sluggish economic conditions along with its downside factors continued to plague overall sentiment in Singapore’s office market this year, casting a cautious business outlook. With a supply glut looming as additional office spaces are set to enter…

Recap of 2016

Another year is ending and a new one begins. Many analysts thought 2016 would be a turning point for Singapore’s property market, and expected the cooling measures to be relaxed. However, the government repeatedly said it wasn’t the…

Get the Guru View: Popular new sites for 2017

Oversupply and remnant stock plague Singapore’s private non-landed residential market, and all eyes are on how developers will make their moves in 2017. We take a look at the upcoming projects pipeline. Almost 15,000 non-landed private residential units…

Eye on Changi Village: Eastern Village life

Changi Village is unique in more ways than one. Despite being famous for its food (and infamous for other things, but I will get into that later) and often touted as an ideal weekend spot, it has never…

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