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New automated, contactless temperature-taking system rolled out at government buildings

In a bid to make temperature taking more efficient, safe and cost-saving, GovTech has developed a new automated self-help temperature-scanning system, which has been deployed in more than 30 government buildings and community facilities in less than two…

Japan Food Town shuttered on Feb 29, lease terminated by landlord Isetan for ‘non-payment of certain sums’

Japan Food Town, the cluster of Japanese restaurants on the fourth floor of the Isetan department store at Wisma Atria, closed down on Feb 29. In a filing to SGX dated Jan 31, Isetan issued a notice to…

HDB touts 10-year plan to green public estates

HDB aims to reduce public estates’ annual energy consumption by 15 per cent by 2030. This is part of the ministry’s 10-year goal to make HDB towns “more sustainable and liveable”, MND Minister Lawrence Wong said. To date,…

More housing support for seniors and unwed parents; Re-Offer of Balance Flats exercise to be scrapped

Public housing will become more affordable and easier to apply for, with new housing support announced by MND Minister Lawrence Wong on Wed. He also said that HDB will scrap the standalone ROF exercise, with immediate effect. Instead,…

Higher energy performance standards for green buildings; S$19 million to support construction sector SMEs to digitalise

A new Singapore Green Building Masterplan which is being worked on will bring Singapore closer to its 2030 goal to green 80 per cent of GFA of its buildings. The new masterplan will raise the minimum energy performance…

New QR code initiative to speed up process of providing feedback on municipal issues

MSO has launched an initiative to simplify the way residents can report issues. Under the programme, called OneService Lite, QR codes can be scanned at places where residents frequent, such as HDB lift landings. They can then send…

New emissions scheme from April 2021 to incentivise use of cleaner commercial vehicles

A new scheme aimed at promoting the adoption of cleaner and newer commercial vehicles will take effect from Apr next year. The Commercial Vehicle Emissions Scheme (CVES) will classify a variety of commercial vehicles into three categories resulting…

New Deposit Refund Scheme to encourage recycling of beverage containers

NEA will implement a Deposit Refund Scheme for beverage containers by 2022, announced Senior Minister of State for Environment and Water Resources Amy Khor on Wed. This will be the first phase of EPR approach for managing packaging…

Mandatory cleaning standards to be introduced, starting with childcare centres, schools and hawker centres

Mandatory cleaning standards are set to be introduced in Singapore, beginning with higher-risk premises such as childcare and eldercare facilities, schools and hawker centres, announced Senior Minister of State for Environment and Water Resources Amy Khor on Wed.…

About 14,000 hawkers to get a month’s worth of rental fees waived amid COVID-19 outbreak

About 14,000 hawkers will get the equivalent of a month’s rental waived, as MEWR and NEA assist hawkers with operating costs during the current COVID-19 situation. The waiver will apply to all stallholders in the 114 hawker centres…

Government agencies, developers advised to take ‘sympathetic view’ of construction project delays: BCA

With the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak, BCA has advised government agencies to take a sympathetic view of construction project delays and grant requests for extension of time for their completion, The Minister of State for National Development Zaqy Mohamed…

New grant to help HDB residents in need of direct lift access: Lawrence Wong

A new lift access housing grant of up to $30,000 will be made available to help those with medical or mobility issues buy a new or resale HDB flat with direct lift access. This was announced by MND…

$24.8m package to sway 1- to 3-room HDB households towards energy and water-efficient appliances: Masagos

A $24.8 million “climate-friendly household package” will be introduced to help those living in one-, two- and three-room HDB flats invest in energy and water efficient electrical appliances. “These households will receive a once-off $150 voucher to purchase…

Project Wolbachia: Louis Ng says residents asking why release mosquitos that will bite them

MP Louis Ng on Wed shared concerns from residents of his Nee Soon GRC regarding a pilot project to curb the population of dengue-producing mosquito. The MP asked MEWR Minister Masagos Zulkifli during the ministry’s COS debate for…

3 important lessons we learned from coronavirus

1) The big boys are playing the musical chair game again – See who ends up holding the hot potatoes when the music stops. Knowing the uncertainties ahead, developers and property agents are doing whatever they can to…

Fed interest rates lowering may drive home loan rates south

The Fed interest rates lowering is expected to have an impact in Singapore. Interest rates were lowered by half a percentage point by US’ Fed on Mar 3rd. The Fed interest rates lowering is the third since 2019…

CCTVs to be installed at all licensed food establishments that provide catering services

All food establishments that are licensed to provide catering services must have CCTVs installed from the first quarter of 2022, announced MEWR Minister Masagos Zulkifli on Wed. “SFA will be introducing new measures to safeguard food safety. Premises…

Singapore to have 100% green waterworks by 2021, as PUB aims to reduce carbon footprint

Singapore will be one of the few countries in the world to boast a fully green waterworks system following the completion of a large-scale floating solar panel system at Tengeh Reservoir. The 60 MWp floating solar PV system…

PUB to start studying ways to protect City-East Coast and Jurong Island coastlines

PUB will start conducting studies this year on how to protect specific segments of the coastline along City-East Coast and Jurong Island, as it steps up to take on a new role next month, of coordinating Singapore’s efforts…

Independent investigation into TEE International unearths potential legal breaches: PwC

A summary report by external investigator PwC Risk Services on Mainboard-listed TEE Intl has revealed several potential breaches of the Companies Act as well as possible non-compliance with SGX Listing Rules and the Code of Corporate Governance. TEE…

S-REITs’ income hit by virus crisis

The income and operations of S-REITs in the retail and hospitality sectors could be dented as consumers continue to hold back on shopping and eating outside amidst the COVID-19 outbreak. In order to soften the effects of the…

URA closes tenders for sites at Canberra Drive and Fernvale Lane

URA closed tenders for two residential sites at Canberra Drive and one site at Fernvale Lane. The two sites at Canberra Drive attracted a top bid of $644 psf ppr and $650 psf ppr from Oasis Development and…

Unfair to pass sweeping judgment against plastics

Environmental activists condemn plastic and its use, as it causes irreparable damage to the oceans and marine life, but they overlook human irresponsibility. It is unfair to pass sweeping judgment against plastics. No other material could perfectly replace…

Still no satisfactory solution for neighbour disputes

The residents in the two high-profile cases of neighbour disturbances can finally heave a sigh of relief and celebrate their well-deserved peace of mind (‘Neighbours from hell’ move out, ending years of dispute, Mar 1). However, there are…

Tough action the way to deal with noisy neighbours

The report (‘Neighbours from hell’ move out, ending years of dispute, Mar 1) captured succinctly how miserable life can be when one has inconsiderate neighbours. An aunt of mine is one such victim. When I visited her recently…

Help available to resolve neighbour disputes

We refer to the letter on neighbour disputes by Ms Ng Mei Kee (Inter-agency task force needed for neighbour disputes, Feb 27). Neighbour disputes are the most common disputes in the community. If neighbours are unable to resolve…

Modern comforts unnecessary in rustic place

I am puzzled by Mr Freddie Gerald Stewart’s suggestions that a toilet, pavilions and more benches atop Bukit Timah Hill would enhance the experience at the summit (More can be done to enhance experience atop hill, Feb 29).…

Pigeons attacked with blow darts, Acres appeals for info

Two rock pigeons were shot down with blow darts at 864 Jurong West St 81. The case of animal cruelty was brought to the attention of Acres when a concerned member of the public rescued an injured pigeon…

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