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Singapore must become self-sufficient in food

Over the years, I have believed in the importance of water as part of our Total Defence strategy. During World War II, one of the reasons the British army had to surrender was that the Japanese army had…

JTC launches remaining industrial sites for 2018

In a bid to provide more location choices for businesses and companies, JTC on Wed released four sites for sale under the second half 2018 IGLS Programme. Specifically, there are two land parcels available for tender. These comprise…

En bloc sites, then and now

As the year draws to a close, we are looking back at some of the most prolific en bloc sales that took place in recent years, and the sites on which the new projects are currently being developed.…

Singapore home prices up 8.8% YOY in Q3

Residential property prices in Singapore rose 8.8 percent year-on-year during the third quarter of 2018, revealed a Knight Frank report. The city-state was ranked 28th in Knight Frank’s Global Residential Cities Index Q3 2018, while Chinese city Xi’an…

Shared-bicycle users frustrated with lack of two-wheelers, three months after enforcement of licensing regime

Regular cyclist Nicholas Tan used to see shared bikes “everywhere” in Tampines, where he lives, and had gotten used to riding one home from the MRT station each day. These days, it has become almost impossible for him…

To compromise for what?

There are two questions I often get from my blog readers and workshop participants. “You said you only buy an investment property if the yield is 5 percent after expenses. I have gone for many flat viewings but…

Shared bicycle users who park indiscriminately to face additional charges, ban periods

From 14 Jan, users of shared bicycles who fail to properly park at designated parking areas will be charged an additional $5 by the respective service operators. Those who indiscriminately park any shared bicycle in public places “three…

More than 100 contractors taken to task since Jan for flouting drainage regulations: PUB

In the first 11 months of this year, 128 contractors have been prosecuted and fined for a total of 203 offences involving unauthorised alterations and interference to the public drainage system or flouting Earth Control Measure (ECM) regulations.…

What happens to your BTO flat after a divorce?

No one would want to go through a separation or a divorce as soon as they have already made plans to settle down and build a family of their own. In Singapore, the usual practice that most young…

Agrotech gives scope for food security

Demand for everyday necessities, not least eggs and fish, surges naturally during festive seasons. Hence, it is not unexpected when Malaysia announced that it was imposing temporary restrictions on the export of certain varieties of wild-caught fish and…

‘No cycling’ sign taken down from underpass

Initially, there were “No riding of bicycle” and “Fine $1,000” signs in the underpass next to High Street Centre so cyclists were made to push their bicycles. But it seems like these signs have been taken down as…

Close Mandai Road at night to protect wildlife

I am deeply saddened by the loss of another sambar deer and I am also very concerned about the safety of motorists using Mandai Road. It is very unfortunate that similar accidents have happened repeatedly in the same…

Think out of the box to tackle tree-falling problem

I refer to the recent incident of tree-toppling that injured several SMRT employees. I have no doubt that NParks is doing its utmost in ensuring the health and stability of the trees under its care throughout Singapore. However,…

Can drones force closure of Changi Airport?

That a few drones can incapacitate one of the world’s busiest airports has pointed lessons for us. Is Changi Airport – rated among the best in the world – similarly vulnerable to such low-tech disruptions? More importantly, can…

Set up inter-ministry committee to study drone use

In the case of the tsunami tragedy, drones were used to save lives, while in the case of Gatwick Airport, drones caused immeasurable inconvenience to air travellers. I feel that LTA, HTA, SCDF and RSAF must come together…

Gaw Capital Partners said to be buying Robinson 77 for about S$710m

An entity controlled by Hong Kong private equity property group Gaw Capital Partners is understood to be buying Robinson 77 for about S$710 million from a fund managed by CLSA Real Estate. The price works out to about…

Singapore’s only turtle and tortoise museum to relocate to Yishun in 2019

The Live Turtle and Tortoise Museum – which has been at the Chinese Garden for about 18 years – will relocate to the ORTO leisure park in Yishun next year. Despite some “little hiccups” and delays, the construction…

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