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SMRT asks staff to admit to lapses during amnesty period ahead of audit

SMRT has asked rail staff to own up if they have been cutting corners in their work and assured them that they will not be penalised. But only if they admit to any breaches during the “amnesty” period,…

Home-sharing clouds recovery prospects for Singapore hotels

Singapore’s hotel industry is starting to recover after three years of declining room rates as the number of visitors to the city-state continues to rise. Hotel owners such as CDL Hospitality Trusts, Far East Hospitality Trust and OUE…

2 men struggle to capture 2m-long snake found at Chua Chu Kang HDB block

Two men were seen struggling to capture a large snake found at the void deck of a HDB block in Chua Chu Kang on Thurs night. The incident occurred around 10pm at Blk 484C, Chua Chu Kang Ave…

Found: Powerful ways of reusing waste

Professor Wang Chi-Hwa is a firm believer in second chances, and breathing life into waste matter. Inside his laboratory are bags of waste, including animal manure, which he has been experimenting on for the past five years. Recently,…

CCs should focus on community building

CCs were formed to support government initiatives and these would include addressing the welfare, health, social and recreational needs of residents. With a greying population, the need to promote healthy lifestyles becomes paramount. And CCs can play a…

Get to the bottom of the matter

We have spent much time and money building a world-class MRT system. The misconduct and negligence of some staff have hurt the reputation and integrity of SMRT. We should not condone such acts of dishonesty and dereliction of…

Sack staff behind latest MRT lapses

The SMRT team responsible for maintaining the pump system that malfunctioned, which allegedly signed off without doing the job, must be fired if the investigations confirm this. A stern warning or cutting of bonus is not good enough.…

Workers show no pride in their work

The falsification of records in SMRT’s maintenance points to a deep-rooted problem – that these workers do not care about their work or organisation. Blaming the entire chain of command and cutting bonuses of workers will not solve…

Time to face up to reality

The revelations of ongoing critical and serious lapses in SMRT have clear and wide implications. It has been more than five years since group CEO Desmond Kuek took over the reins. Granted, most of the blame was levelled…

SMRT needs to end ‘blaming’ culture

I am rather perturbed by what appears to be a culture of blaming employees within SMRT whenever a breakdown occurs. SOPs comprising simple routines and mundane work, when overlooked, could lead to catastrophic failures and engineering disasters. If…

Establish protocol for handling snakes found in urban areas

The incident two weeks ago is just one of several recent cases of snakes being found in urban areas. The reticulated python is native to Singapore and is protected by certain laws. The man, believed to be from…

Start ‘block watch’ programme to stop heartland vice

There have been several cases of foreign women coming to Singapore on social visit passes, and making a quick buck through vice – the most recent case being those nabbed in a four-room flat in Jurong West. Our…

Developers want to win all the time

It was not too long ago that property developers in Singapore were lamenting their poor sales and asking for the abolishment or reduction of the Government’s cooling measures. It, therefore, seems strange that these same developers are now…

Fare move to ease congestion

PTC announced on Mon that as part of its annual transport fare review, weekday train trips before 7.45am will cost up to 50 cents less from Dec 29. This is part of a bid to reduce peak-period crowds…

Track weakest link in rail operations

The saga of SMRT’s failures is leaving Singaporeans in ascending states of disbelief. Two major breakdowns in 2011 occasioned a public inquiry – a serious indictment of any service organisation in Singapore. Since then, lapses big and small…

Commuter badly bruised after leg was stuck in MRT platform gap

A regular morning commute last Wed left a 25-year-old finance professional badly bruised, after her leg was wedged in the gap between the train and the station platform at City Hall MRT Station. Ms Koh, told TODAY she…

SMRT’s amnesty period ‘unusual’, full disclosure needed, governance experts say

The “amnesty” period that rail operator SMRT has given its employees to come clean about breaches is “unusual”, corporate governance and transport experts said, adding that there should be a full disclosure of the outcome. It appears that…

Flooding of MRT tunnels to be addressed in Parliament

The flooding incident at Bishan MRT Station last month will take centre stage when Parliament sits on Mon, with MPs filing a slew of questions on the topic for oral and written answers. A total of 11 MPs,…

Pipe leak disrupts water supply at Tampines bus interchange and nearby food court

The water supply at the Tampines bus interchange and a nearby food court has been disrupted, after a pipe at a nearby construction site began leaking on Fri morning.
 TODAY understands that the water supply to the two…

Kampung Glam set to undergo a digital facelift

Imagine tucking into a dish of murtabak at Kampung Glam’s famous Zam Zam restaurant while reading about the eatery’s history since 1908 on a mobile app. With a few flicks, map your route to the old school bakery…

More communal gardens in the heartlands as part of new national master plan

More public gardening plots will be installed in parks across Singapore as part of the new national gardening master plan announced on Fri. A total of 160 gardening plots will be launched at HortPark, and another 200 across…

Online retailer Love, Bonito opens first flagship store

Popular Singapore online retailer Love, Bonito opened its first flagship store in 313@Somerset on Thurs. Occupying a 4,603 sqft space on the second floor of the mall, the store will open to the public on Sat. The new…

Landed home sales headed for best showing in 5 years

The number of landed residential property transactions spiked in the first 10 months of this year, putting the full-year number on track to be the best showing in five years. Property consultants attribute the surge in landed housing…

Trump says Broadcom is moving headquarters to US from Singapore

President Donald Trump said semiconductor company Broadcom is returning its headquarters to US from Singapore. Broadcom CEO Hock Tan joined Trump Thurs in the Oval Office for the announcement. Tan said the move to domicile the company in…

Hiap Hoe acquires Orchard Towers shops and offices for $162 mil

Hiap Hoe is acquiring 21 shops and 38 offices at Orchard Towers. The property group said it had entered into a sale and purchase agreement to acquire a 100% stake in Golden Bay Realty from AFP Land –…

Wun May Ling steps down as Pollux Properties’ CIO

Wun May Ling steps down as Pollux Properties’ CIO. She is to pursue other career opportunities. Miss Wun, 42, was appointed on June 1, 2017 and was responsible for the Group’s finance and treasury function, including engaging and…

Parc Botannia in Sengkang to launch at prices starting from $548,000

Parc Botannia, the last residential project to launch in 2017, will open its showflat to buyers on 11 Nov, said developers Sing Holdings and Wee Hur Holdings. The consortium was awarded the site last year after beating out…

Collecting shophouses for the next generation

Julian Davison, anthropologist, architectural historian and former Lee Kong Chian Research Fellow is a recognised architectural historian. He is also author of books such as Singapore Shophouse and Black & White — The Singapore House 1898-1941, based on…

The challenges of building age-friendly communities in Singapore

They say that old is gold, and in Singapore’s case, a rapidly aging population could mean lucrative opportunities for private property developers. One in eight Singaporeans were senior citizens above the age of 65 in 2015, and this…

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