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Online grocers struggle to make a mark in Singapore

Despite the boom of online shopping in Singapore’s retail sector, Singapore’s online grocery retailers couldn’t seem to find a way to break into the supermarket sector. CGS-CIMB, citing a Euromonitor report, reported that the online sales of Singapore’s…

Changi Airport should offer free buggy rides to passengers who need help

Changi Airport provides free Skytrain services connecting the various terminals, as well as travelators for visitors to get to different areas within terminals. However, to reach the gates at the far end of the terminals, families with children,…

Do MPs and grassroots volunteers pay for parking?

First, a news bulletin to clarify some of the information and misinformation swirling on social media about parking for civil servants, MPs and grassroots volunteers. Do civil servants pay for parking at work premises? In general, yes. If…

More S’pore home owners opting for defect inspection services, but is industry in need of checks?

Spending a few hundred dollars to ensure their new homes are in good condition and to avoid future repair costs has become a must-do for Singaporean home owners. Many are signing up in droves for home defect inspection…

Johor fully supports federal government’s decision to scrap HSR project: Chief Minister

The Johor government fully supports the federal government’s decision to scrap the KL-Singapore HSR project, said Chief Minister Osman Sapian on Sun. Osman added that the federal government’s decision to scrap the project was appropriate and in line…

Some Orchard Road condos miss out on property gains

Some transactions in the luxury homes market within the Orchard Road area are still making losses. Given that the area is a coveted prime spot, why aren’t home prices fetching much more? Take Cuscaden Residences, for instance. This…

10% of eligible Jurong homes have switched power retailers

Customised electricity plans have been an option for some households in Jurong for the past two months, although only a fraction of those eligible have opted to buy electricity from a retailer other than SP Services. EMA declined…

End of the line for the HSR? The losers and winners

In 2015, mainboard-listed leisure and hospitality player Genting Singapore opened a 557-room hotel in the Jurong Lake District (JLD). At the time, some commentators questioned the decision to build the hotel so far from its integrated resort in…

Will Prima Tower landmark be conserved?

For the past 41 years, Prima Tower Revolving Restaurant in Keppel Road has been gently revolving on its perch 60m above ground, sited on top of tall cylindrical wheat silos. The landmark, which offers sweeping views of the…

Vadai stall a family affair at Geylang Serai bazaar for nearly 30 years

His family first started selling vadai – a type of savoury Indian doughnut – at the Ramadan bazaar in Geylang Serai almost 30 years ago. But last year, Mr Suriyah Selvarajah almost called it quits after losing money.…

Stall rentals going up and up at Geylang Serai bazaar

The rising cost of stall rentals at the Geylang Serai bazaar has been an issue for several years now. The cost of renting a 2.7m by 2.7m stall now stands at $20,000, up from $10,000 four years ago.…

JTC stalwart sheds light on projects as agency turns 50

As someone who helped reclaim Jurong Island and who spearheaded the Jurong Rock Caverns project, Mr David Tan is understandably grounded. “The questions we always ask ourselves (for our projects) are… Is it commercially viable? Is it technically…

New gallery on Singapore’s sustainability efforts opens at Marina Barrage

With all that talk about climate change, what can a person do to help? A new Sustainable Singapore Gallery, launched on Sat at the Marina Barrage, aims to provide some answers. One of the exhibits, for example, is…

Kwong Wai Siew Peck San Theng columbarium in Bishan opens gallery to showcase 150-year history

More than two-thirds of the current Bishan town was once occupied by a village and a cemetery. The story of Kampong San Teng is now being told in a new $700,000 heritage gallery at the grounds of Kwong…

Unpopularity of electric vehicles goes beyond cost: Christopher Tan’s reply to Tesla’s Elon Musk

Electric vehicles (EV) are unpopular the world over, not only in Singapore – and the reason goes beyond cost, said ST senior transport correspondent Christopher Tan in a reply on Sun to Mr Elon Musk, CEO of electric…

‘Completely legitimate’ for Malaysia to develop Middle Rocks within intl law: Ng Eng Hen

The Malaysian government’s plan to expand Middle Rocks into an island is “completely legitimate” if it complies with intl law, said Singapore’s Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen on Sun. Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad had said last week that…

Bike-sharing firms should have enough data by now to adjust supply to demand

The concept of shared bicycles is one of the best in recent times. It is an easy and environment-friendly transport option which is convenient for anyone to embrace. However, the number of shared bicycles in circulation seems to…

Curing the ills of a shared economy

The shared economy business (SEB) is a business model focused on the sharing of underutilised assets in ways that increase efficiency. While the SEB in theory sounds like the panacea for future economic development, empirical evidence indicates otherwise.…

‘Cannot sell … so they burn’: What’s next in the uncertain future for plastic waste in Singapore?

If you think putting your plastic waste into the blue bin means it will automatically be recycled, think again. China’s announcement last July that it no longer wanted to import “foreign garbage” has created problems within the global…

How FOMO in the past becomes a regret today

The most shocking news this week is the sudden announcement of Malaysia to terminate the KL-Singapore HSR project. When Dr Mahathir declared that “Malaysia’s decision to scrap the HSR project is final”, his words immediately shattered the dreams…

9 reasons to buy a shophouse (instead of a condo)

Few things get more attention than a shophouse for sale — and for good reason. In 2014, median shophouse price in Singapore peaked at $3,824 psf on land area. Due to the implementation of the TDSR loan curb,…

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