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Will carbon tax really clean up our environment?

While there has been intense discussion and debate on the scarcity value of water and the raising of water rates, little has been said about how we can prevent carbon emissions from diesel cars, buses and lorries. The…

Introduce coin-operated water dispensers in condos to wash cars

With the hike in water price and the drive to reduce water wastage, let us get serious about the matter. I urge all management councils of condominiums and ECs to install coin-operated water dispensers at all carparks within…

Why is S’pore still struggling with the water issue?

Various ministers have described the water issue as “existential” and one concerning “national security”, and stressed the need to make Singaporeans feel the full price of our water scarcity. What I don’t understand is why, in this age…

Government to pilot Enterprise District concept in Punggol

The Government will pilot a new Enterprise District concept in Punggol as part of its push to create new growth centres all over the island. MND Minister Lawrence Wong made the announcement in Parliament on Tues. Speaking during…

S$5m fund to improve productivity among MSO agencies: Grace Fu

MSO will set aside up to S$5 million a year to support inter-agency projects which develop technological initiatives. The initiatives should focus on enhancing productivity in the delivery of municipal services by MSO’s partner agencies. Speaking in Parliament…

Real estate sector to get Industry Transformation Map

The real estate sector is the latest to have an Industry Transformation Map (ITM) developed for it, to help it transform and prepare for future challenges. This was announced on Tues by Minister of State for National Development…

Singapore’s elderly to get more help with financing new homes

Elderly flat buyers will be able to make payment upon key collection and enjoy temporary loans when buying new homes, announced MND on Tues. A new Deferred Downpayment Scheme (DDS) and Temporary Loan Scheme (TLS) will help ease…

Allow auto-flush system in toilets for disabled only

Many suggestions have been put forward following the announcement of the pending increase in water prices. The toilet auto-flush system in commercial buildings is a top water waster in my opinion, and should be discontinued. Able-bodied Singaporeans can…

MOM stops work on Braddell flyover

MOM has issued a stop-work order against Feng Ming Construction (FMC), the main contractor of the Braddell Road flyover project, after a random spot check on Feb 23. This means the completion date for the flyover project, designed…

Singapore’s grand old dames

Giants have always lived among us and in the Singapore Botanic Gardens, a meranti melantai was already dwarfing all when Sir Stamford Raffles landed in Singapore in 1819. This species was once common in the forests that used…

OCBC joins home loans war among local banks

A fierce home loans battle among the local banks has intensified, with OCBC Bank joining the fray with a tempting new mortgage offer. The package, rolled out on Sat, is pegged to the bank’s variable internal rate, or…

Town council says student’s effort to cover HDB staircase in gold foil ‘not permissible’

The Jalan Besar Town Council is reaching out to an arts student who covered the 20th floor staircase of a Jalan Rajah flat with gold foil to explore future collaboration, although it made clear what she did was…

Man stole copper wires from mall to finance wife’s chemotherapy

At his wits’ end because his wife’s chemotherapy bills were taking a toll on his finances, a technician stole earth cables fixed to the ceiling of Golden Landmark Shopping Centre in 2006 to sell. The law caught up…

Three-fold drop in incidents of falling trees since 2001

The number of incidents involving falling trees and branches has dropped three-fold since 2001, Senior Minister of State for National Development Desmond Lee said in Parliament on Tues. Responding to questions from NCMP Dennis Tan on tree management.…

Shorter wait for young couples buying flats for first time

The first batch of around 1,000 new flats with a shorter waiting time of two-and-a-half years will be launched in non-mature estates next year, and at least 95 per cent of the larger units — four-room or bigger…

Farmers to get grants to boost productivity through tech

Food farmers will get more help in adopting technology and navigating the administrative procedures to grow their business, Minister of State for National Development Koh Poh Koon said on Tues. From Apr, they can get partial grants to…

Senior managers could be taken to task for workplace safety violations

The authorities are considering spelling out by law the clear role of corporate officers in ensuring workplace safety, Minister of State (Manpower) Sam Tan announced in Parliament yesterday. Speaking during the debate on the budget of MOM, Mr…

Fast-track launch of meter giving real-time water data

We are already mindful of the scarcity of water in Singapore and that the state is working towards self-sufficiency with NEWater and desalinated water (“Price hike debate should remind S’poreans of water’s importance: PM”; Mar 3). Clearly, this…

Include loose parts in playgrounds

We refer to the report “No child’s play: Making playgrounds safer for children in Singapore” (Jan 12, CNA) about new safety standards for playgrounds. We agree with Playpoint MD Jason Sim that when a playground is too safe,…

Are office rents poised to bottom out this year?

Singapore’s office rents are expected to bottom out this year, according to a report from OCBC Investment Research. To recall, core Grade A CBD office rents decreased by 2.2% QoQ to $9.10 psf/month in 4Q16. OCBC noted that…

Oakwood Studios Singapore opens its doors

Oakwood Studios Singapore officially opens with a redefined serviced apartment experience. Located just off Orchard Road, the new serviced apartments comprise 98 units of studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments. All apartments have fully-equipped kitchens, stylish interiors and tech-enabled…

115-room Tristar Hotel goes on sale

Tristar Hotel, a four-storey hotel with 115 rooms in District 15 has been put up for sale via EOI, said Knight Frank. The guide price for the 99-year leasehold property is in the range of $73 million to…

Lian Beng secures $435m contract to build industrial complex

Construction firm Lian Beng Group has secured its biggest work contract valued at $435 million from HDB for the construction of a high-rise multi-user industrial complex at Kim Chuan Road at Defu South. The building contract was awarded…

HDB launches mixed-use site in Bidadari estate

As part of the future development of Bidadari estate, HDB launched a mixed commercial and residential site at Upper Serangoon Road for sale via public tender on Mon under the second half 2016 GLS programme. HDB revealed that…

S’pore remains 3rd most expensive Asian city for construction

Singapore is still the third most expensive city for construction in Asia, behind Hong Kong and Macau, revealed the latest Intl Construction Costs Index published by Arcadis, a leading global design and consultancy firm for natural and built…

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