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Man and woman arrested for forging certificates to cheat PUB over reservoir permits

A 67-year-old man and a 31-year-old woman employed by him have been arrested for tricking PUB into giving their company permits to operate boats in reservoirs. On Mon, the police said that they received a report from PUB…

Firms rush to be ready for 1-month closure of workplaces

As Singapore puts in place a “circuit breaker” to fight a new wave of coronavirus infections, many businesses are scrambling to make preparations ahead of tomorrow’s closure of workplaces for one month, while some firms are planning to…

Coronavirus: Workers describe crowded, cramped living conditions at dormitory gazetted as isolation area

Fear is growing at a dormitory designated as an isolation area because of an infection cluster, with workers saying they do not have masks, and are living in unsanitary and crowded conditions. At least six workers at the…

Coronavirus: Dorm operators say curbs tough but needed for workers’ safety

Tough, but necessary – that was the consensus among dormitory operators on restrictions announced yesterday to control the local spread of the coronavirus at foreign worker dormitories. Under the new rules, all foreign workers cannot leave their dormitories…

Coronavirus: Malls less crowded day before ‘circuit breaker’ measures kick in

Singaporeans were still venturing out to shopping malls and megastores to get what they need the day before “circuit breaker” measures kicked in, although the mad rush over the weekend was not apparent. There were no long queues…

Oxley to recognise revenue of $2.4 bil from Singapore projects

Oxley Holdings has sold nearly three quarters of its Singapore development portfolio as of Mar. Based on its effective stake in all these projects, it will be able to recognise $2.4 billion in revenue in the coming two…

What about the landlords?

Along with the Resilience Budget and Solidarity Budget, the government passed a new bill to defer contractual obligations to allow retail tenants to defer rental payments for six months. The new bill also ensures that landlords pass on…

May 2020 HDB BTO sales launch: Location guide – Bukit Batok; Choa Chu Kang; Pasir Ris; Tampines; Tengah

1) Pasir Ris – 1,070 units (2-room Flexi, 3-room, 4-room & 5-room) – Since 2011, Pasir Ris had not had a BTO launch. What this means is that this BTO launch is likely to be heavily subscribed for…

Solidarity Budget: Will SIRS, rebates and relief payments be enough?

If you have a stake in property, here’s how the Solidarity Budget will make a difference. Alas, no direct relief was announced for real estate developers even as the authorities ordered condo sales galleries to shut and all…

Property agents: Here’s your Covid-19 gameplan

One of the key things driving everyone’s discomfort for Covid19 is uncertainty. With the rest of the nation starting to see the impact of Covid19 in our home, work and daily life, we cannot help but wonder what…

Migrant workers’ dorms were always ticking time-bombs. Singapore’s failure to act sooner is inexcusable

Nearly two months have passed since early Feb, when the first cases affecting migrant workers were reported. Since then, Covid-19 clusters have mushroomed in workers’ dormitories. The largest, at the S11 Dormitory @ Punggol, went from four cases…

Delivery firms need to evolve, keep pace with demand surge

An increasing number of people will have to order in food and groceries during the coming months. The cost of ordering in can be exorbitant, especially if a person lives alone. For example, a simple packet of chicken…

Have priority delivery slots for elderly

The experience of Forum contributor Liang Teh Hai showed that providing priority hours at supermarkets for the elderly and vulnerable groups didn’t quite go as planned for various reasons (Experience with dedicated hours for senior shoppers disappointing, Apr…

No hurry to go cashless in Singapore

The coronavirus is spread mainly through respiratory droplets between people. There is little evidence to suggest that currency notes and coins could be carriers of the virus. Governments worldwide are telling their citizens to stay at home and…

New restrictions will push people in the right direction: Experts

People may find it hard to change their social behaviour and practise safe distancing to avoid helping spread Covid-19, but experts say the new stricter restrictions that will kick in tomorrow will give them a push in the…

Amidst chaos and confusion, migrant workers describe fears over safety and salaries

In Singapore, more than one-third of the recent COVID-19 clusters have emerged from migrant worker dormitories. Just last night, the government announced that two dormitories housing more than 20,000 migrant workers would be gazetted as isolation areas to…

66 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore; 2 new clusters at Little Gems Preschool and Kranji Lodge

Singapore reported 66 new COVID-19 cases on Mon, bringing the national total to 1,375, MOH said. Two new clusters were identified, according to the ministry. They are Little Gems Preschool at 3 Ang Mo Kio St 62, and…

No further help for private landlords or developers, but government support measures combined could soften blow on real estate market

“The most significant parts of the Solidarity Budget are assistance schemes that would strengthen the job security of employees and the self-employed in Singapore,” says Nicholas Mak, head of research & consultancy for ERA. “Retailers, especially those in…

MOM says working to improve conditions for S11 Dormitory, Westlite Toh Guan residents

Gazetting two dormitories as isolation areas is an “enormous undertaking”, but the authorities are working hard to ensure the well-being of affected workers, MOM said on Mon. This comes a day after the S11 Dormitory @ Punggol and…

COVID-19: Enforcement officers in HDB estates to ensure compliance of safe distancing measures

Officers will be deployed in HDB estates to enforce safe distancing measures during the month-long “circuit breaker” period, said MEWR on Mon. From Tues, the Government will deploy enforcement officers to discourage loitering and gatherings in public places,…

Suntec City waives April rent for mall tenants amid enhanced ‘circuit breaker’ rules

All retail tenants at Suntec City will get a rental waiver for the month of Apr to cope with temporary closures and disruptions, the mall announced on Mon as it stepped up support for its tenants ahead of…

Covid-19: UniverCell Mobile Market shop in Little India found to be severely overcrowded, ordered to close

MOH has ordered the immediate closure of UniverCell Mobile Market, a shop selling mobile phones and accessories in Serangoon Road, after finding it to be severely overcrowded and lacking proper crowd mgmt controls. The ministry added that it…

Covid-19: One Pasir Ris Pri School student, another from Tampines North Pri School infected in separate cases

One student from Pasir Ris Pri School and one student from Tampines North Pri School have tested positive for Covid-19, separate letters to parents from the respective principals on Sat. In the letter to Pasir Ris Pri School…

Resilience of on-demand delivery startups tested amid Covid-19 crunch time

Startups in Singapore’s on-demand delivery ecosystem – spanning food and grocery delivery, and last-mile logistics – are bracing for a surge in demand and tougher operating conditions amid the shutdown of most workplaces and a freeze on dining…

Bleeding badly, F&B operators appeal to PM Lee for urgent help

An informal grouping of over 500 restaurants has sent an urgent letter to PM Lee ahead of the Solidarity Budget in Parliament on Mon. The letter appeals for immediate targeted measures to stem the bleeding in an industry…

Singapore’s cramped migrant worker dorms a ‘perfect storm’ for rising coronavirus infections

As Singapore sees a rise in coronavirus infections among its migrant worker population, rights groups are calling on the authorities to improve the living conditions of these workers, pointing to how they are housed in dormitories that are…

Genting Singapore’s RWS suspends non-essential services till 4 May

RWS is temporarily suspending all guest offerings from 6 Apr to 4 May, Genting Singapore announced. This includes USS, SEA Aquarium, Adventure Cove Waterpark and Dolphin Island, and the casino. This follows the Multi-Ministry Taskforce’s directives to cease…

Port of Singapore remains open amidst stricter measures

Port of Singapore will remain open for cargo operations and will continue to provide essential marine services, including bunkering, ship stores and ship supplies. The announcement came on the back of the additional precautionary measures issued by MOH…

5 dengue deaths since start of year; 2020 cases more than double the same period last year

Five people have died from dengue this year, as the number of cases weekly “remain high”, NEA said on Mon. As of 3pm last Fri, there were 5,033 dengue cases in Singapore this year – more than double…

Jurong Pioneer JC closes ahead of full home-based learning after 2 canteen vendors contract COVID-19

Jurong Pioneer JC will close the school on Mon and start full home-based learning a day earlier on Tues after two canteen vendors tested positive for COVID-19. In a message to parents on Sun, the JC said both…

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