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‘Deep-seated cultural issues’ partly to blame for train disruptions: SMRT Group CEO

While rail operator SMRT has been focused on improving train infrastructure over the years, mistakes have been made and there are “deep-seated cultural issues” within the company that have contributed to the major disruptions since 2011. SMRT’s president…

SMRT steps up anti-flood checks, overhauls maintenance team structure following NSL tunnel flooding

To prevent a repeat of the underground MRT tunnel flooding two weekends ago, rail operator SMRT has put in place several flood protection measures. All sensors and water pumps will be checked monthly from now on, rather than…

MRT breakdowns: Refocus, reform, restore and do not fear change

I refer to the article, “How to ease the crowds during major MRT disruptions? Options are limited, experts say” (Oct 9). Train disruptions are not new to Singaporeans, and most of us have moved on to find ways…

Float switches at Bishan MRT likely faulty before Oct 7 flooding, bottom of water storage pit lined with sludge

In a sign of how poorly SMRT maintained its anti-flooding system, investigations revealed the rainfall on Oct 7 would have filled only 13 per cent of the stormwater pit under the entrance to the Bishan MRT tunnel. Instead,…

Improve the flow of traffic at security checkpoints

We all understand that security checks are important and people are ready to co-operate with security officers when requested. At the Airport Logistics Park of Singapore (Cargo Complex), where I am working, all vehicles are subjected to security…

Are we maintaining our national infrastructure well enough?

We have read about water pipes bursting in Bukit Batok recently, and materials being used on walls of buildings that do not meet fire safety standards. Our trains also fail on a regular basis. Singapore is now more…

SingNet slapped with $500,000 fine for Dec 3 broadband service disruption

IMDA today announced that it has imposed a $500,000 financial penalty on SingNet, a subsidiary ISP of SingTel, for a fibre broadband service disruption that occurred on Dec 3, 2016. The disruption caused SingNet to be in contravention…

80-year-old grandmother has 7 children but she sleeps on Chinatown streets

She has seven children and 18 grandchildren but an 80-year-old woman in Singapore has been spending her nights out on the streets. Madam Tan Kim Guan roams the streets of Chinatown during the day and sleeps on public…

SMRT maintenance team at Bishan ‘failed us’ during NSL disruption: Khaw Boon Wan

Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan lambasted the SMRT personnel in charge of anti-flooding measures at Bishan MRT, even as he apologised for the massive NSL disruption earlier this month that affected some 250,000 commuters. “The incident on the…

SMRT apologises for NSL disruption in Oct, resolves to do better

Train operator SMRT apologised to members of the public on Mon for the breakdown on the NSL earlier this month, saying that it is determined to learn the lessons from the incident. The apology by top SMRT management…

Man fined $2,000 for allowing rented flat to be used as brothel

A man was fined $2,000 in the State Courts on Mon for letting prostitutes operate in his rented flat. Lau Syen Chao, a 31-year-old Malaysian, pleaded guilty to one count under the Women’s Charter for allowing a place…

Singapore home sales drop as ‘hungry ghost’ month spooks buyers

Singapore home sales fell in Sept as developers marketed fewer projects in a month considered inauspicious by Chinese homebuyers. Developers sold 657 units last month, down from a revised 1,246 in Aug, according to URA data released Mon.…

Skyline Luge Sentosa unveils new tracks and chairlift as part of $14m upgrade

Visitors to the Skyline Luge Sentosa can expect more twists and turns with the addition of two new luge tracks to the 12-year-old attraction. Bringing the total number of tracks for the attraction to four, the new tracks…

Boy’s drowning at Bukit Batok Civil Service Club a ‘tragic misadventure’, says coroner

Four minutes after getting into a lap pool at the Bukit Batok Civil Service Club, an eight-year-old boy became motionless and was facing downwards, a coroner’s court heard. After Muhammad Adil Mohd Shafiee was pulled out of the…

Tuas mega port will boost Singapore as a maritime hub: PM Lee Hsien Loong

While Singapore has enjoyed much success as a maritime hub, it cannot rest on its laurels, said PM Lee Hsien Loong in a FB post on Mon. PM Lee wrote that while Singapore has a port in a…

Efforts to flush out dirty public toilets

NEA and Restroom Association agree that owners of premises need to put in place an effective cleaning regime to ensure the cleanliness of public toilets. The owners should also ensure that toilet facilities, including soap dispensers and hand…

Set aside special area for wheelchairs to enter trains

Last week, while I was travelling on the NSL towards Jurong East, I saw an unaccompanied old man in an electric wheelchair attempting to enter a train. The above-ground station platform was not in alignment with the train,…

Floating solar farms at reservoirs a powerful idea

I applaud PUB’s idea to test energy yield from Tengeh Reservoir to evaluate the feasibility of tapping renewable electricity using floating solar PV systems. This effort to boost the electricity supply using Singapore’s reservoirs is pragmatic and productive.…

Repacking benches available at Changi Airport

We thank Mr Chia Boon Teck for his suggestion (Let travellers pack, unpack with dignity; Oct 11). We agree with Mr Chia that airports should make it easier for passengers to repack their bags. Hence, at Changi Airport,…

Do away with need to select carpark location in parking app

The new Parking.sg app offering payment via mobile phones requires the motorist to select the carpark he is at. Why provide motorists with the opportunity to make a mistake? When the location function is on, the system is…

More community spaces proposed for car-lite, green ‘neighbourhoods of the future’

Car-lite neighbourhoods potentially served by self-driving vehicles that take residents to and from nearby MRT stations. Bigger green spaces and wider sidewalks for pedestrians and cyclists. Buildings that are “sensitive” to the natural and built-up landscape. These are…

‘Bad luck’ that DTL disruption happened during open house, says Transport Minister Khaw

It was “bad luck” that train service was temporarily disrupted during Sun’s preview of new stations along the DTL, said Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan on Mon. A train fault near Hillview station suspended train service between Bukit…

McDonald’s Singapore introduces mobile phone lockers, table service at Marine Cove outlet

McDonald’s has introduced mobile phone lockers and table service at its flagship Marine Cove outlet in Singapore to help families rediscover quality time together, the fast-food chain said on Mon. The mobile phone locker, the first-of-its-kind in Singapore,…

In high-rise Singapore, take a risk-based approach to fire safety

Fire safety has dominated discussions following news reports of the fire at an industrial building at 30 Toh Guan Road in Singapore. It also wasn’t that long ago when an incinerator that caught fire in Tuas got Singaporeans…

LTA looks at making crossings safer for pedestrians

Even as jaywalking-related accidents have risen, recent cases of cars knocking down pedestrians who had the right of way bring into question the safety of designated crossings. LTA is taking steps to rectify this for at least one…

Big dreams for mini-libraries

On a grass patch, between a pavilion and a playground, a blue cloud-shaped box stands almost a metre off the ground. Closer, one can see a variety of books inside it, from Fight Club to The Internet For…

Kampung Admiralty stirs to life as residents move in

Every time a new resident moves into Kampung Admiralty, Mr Heng Gee Choo would rush out to greet them. The 64-year-old, who is one of the first to move in to his studio apartment at Singapore’s first “retirement…

Nim Gardens, Ridgewood owners form collective sales committees

The en bloc fever is stoking more property owners into action, spurring another batch of sites to hop on the bandwagon of collective sales attempts over the weekend. To kick-start the process, collective sales committees (CSC) were formed…

4 reasons a private property may be more affordable than most Singaporeans think

Most Singaporeans tend to overestimate the price of a private property. Right now, there are probably some of you who estimate the price of a suburban condo to be somewhere from $2 million, to two times the national…

How big will Singaporean homes get?

Here is why Singaporeans and Singapore PRs will be condemned to even smaller homes. If you think a 600 sqft studio apartment is small, wait till you see the 400 sqft studio units. But of course, a certain…

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