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Forging a new norm in sectors that rely on foreign labour

A new norm must be forged in the construction sector as well as other industries which rely heavily on foreign labour, skilled or unskilled. For skilled labour, it is not too difficult as it is only a matter…

Range of services, staffing determine which firms remain open

I refer to the letter by Ms Lim Pei Pei, “How are certain shops chosen to remain open?”, published on Wed. The circuit breaker measures aim to reduce the number of workers who have to work on site…

Speed up home-ownership process for those living in rental flats

While it is commendable that HDB has come up with an initiative to help needy families get their own homes, there are some areas that need to be addressed (HDB team guides rental flat families in buying their…

Miss old Singapore? Watch Royston Tan’s unseen videos of nostalgic places online

Like everyone else, Singaporean filmmaker Royston Tan has pressed pause on his daily, hectic routine during the ongoing “circuit breaker” period. And with a lot of free time on his hands to take stock, he went about packing…

COVID-19: Singapore confirms 528 new cases, an additional death and 12 more clusters

MOH on Thurs confirmed 528 new COVID-19 cases and one more death due to the virus in Singapore. This brings the total tally here to 16,169 – the highest recorded in SEA. The ministry also identified 12 additional…

Tiong Bahru rats living large in Singapore’s circuit-breaker period

With fewer humans out during the ongoing “circuit breaker” partial lockdown of Singapore, another species is looking to fill the void. Emboldened rats have been spotted in the Tiong Bahru neighbourhood, with residents reporting increased sightings of the…

Covid-19 outbreak brings migrant workers from margin to centre of Singapore’s attention

In less than a month, the number of coronavirus cases in Singapore has increased 15 times, swelling from 1,000 to more than 15,000 cases. With foreign workers in dormitories accounting for most of the new cases reported this…

How do you move a cinema online? For the projector, it starts with community

“How do you translate community during a shutdown?” Karen, one of the co-founders of The Projector, echoes my question, more to herself than to me. There’s a long pause. Nearly three weeks have gone by since the entertainment…

Migrant worker hospitalised in Sengkang Hospital had laid tiles in ward, PM Lee says in May Day message

The S11 Dormitory in Punggol is Singapore’s largest Covid-19 cluster, with over 2,400 cases to date. It is supported by SKH, which is just 3km away. Some of the S11 residents had in fact helped to build Sengkang…

Outbreak in dorms could take a few weeks to come under control: MOH chief health scientist

It may take a few weeks before infection numbers in worker dormitories become low enough to signal that the Covid-19 outbreak is under control in those quarters, said MOH’s chief health scientist, Professor Tan Chorh Chuan. The numbers…

Coronavirus: Changi Airport T2 proceeds with plans to suspend operations from May 1

Changi Airport’s T2 will be closed for 18 months from Fri as the airport cuts costs during the coronavirus outbreak and gets a head start on planned upgrade works. The last plane – NQ802 operated by Air Japan…

Coronavirus: Shoppers at FairPrice supermarkets must scan NRIC for entry

Customers going grocery shopping at all FairPrice outlets will have to scan their NRIC for entry in support of contact tracing purposes. The measure, which is on top of temperature taking, has been progressively rolled out at selected…

Waste dumping case shows graft’s serious consequences

As a supervisor at a Sengkang West worksite, he had the authority to allow entry to authorised vehicles for regulated unloading of waste. But Malaysian Jeffrey Chin Jen Len abused this authority and took almost $90,000 in bribes…

Majority of Singaporeans opt for contactless payments: survey

Almost nine in 10 (89%) Singaporeans are increasingly using tap-and-go payment methods amidst the pandemic to reduce contact with people and surfaces, according to a Mastercard consumer poll. COVID-19 has brought concerns about cash usage in the Lion…

Analysts cautious on ARA Logos Logistics Trust despite Q1 upturn

Despite a slight improvement in performance q-o-q, analysts anticipate significant headwinds for the newly renamed ARA Logos Logistics Trust (ALOG) due to near-term uncertainties associated with the Covid-19 pandemic. 1QFY20 portfolio occupancy improved 1.8 per cent to 97.1%,…

Siloso Beach Resort to house healthy migrant workers moved out of dormitories: SLA

Siloso Beach Resort on Sentosa island has been designated to house migrant workers as part of the Government’s efforts to mitigate the spread of Covid-19, said a spokesperson for SLA. “All necessary measures are put in place, with…

BCA’s ban on exercise and dog-walking in condominiums makes no sense

I refer to the report on BCA’s clarification that residents may exercise or walk their dogs in public areas that are freely accessible, but not in condominiums’ common areas during the circuit breaker. BCA explained that this is…

COVID-19 testing, foreign worker dormitory conditions to be discussed in Parliament

Issues related to the COVID-19 outbreak in Singapore will be front and centre when Parliament sits on Mon. MPs have submitted dozens of questions ranging from issues to do with COVID-19 testing, living conditions in foreign worker dormitories…

COVID-19: McDonald’s Singapore extends closure of restaurants indefinitely

McDonald’s Singapore has extended its closure after it was initially set to reopen on May 5, the restaurant said in a FB post on Thurs. It did not specify when its stores would reopen, but said they would…

Fire breaks out at Changi Village Hawker Centre

Members of the public helped extinguish a fire that broke out at Changi Village Hawker Centre on Thurs morning. A video posted on FB showed smoke and large flames engulfing one of the stalls in the hawker centre,…

Behind the price declines in the Core Central Region

URA data showed that CCR suffered the biggest quarterly decline of 2.2% in 1Q2020. In comparison, the city fringe (RCR) and suburban areas (OCR) saw 0.5% and 0.4% q-o-q declines over the same three months respectively. The 2.2%…

Circuit-breaker deals in April

The first weekend of Apr marked the launch of Kopar at Newton, where 77 units were sold at an average price of $2,350 psf. Other developers also used those first few days of Apr to push sales of…

May new home sales likely to hit 11-year low with circuit breaker extension

The combination of Covid-19 pandemic and extended “circuit breaker” measures has led projections of monthly new home sales to mimic a limbo dance: how low will it go? New home sales in Apr are likely to be about…

Four-bedroom unit at The Sail offered for $4.6 mil

Property auctions will be cancelled for another month as Singapore sits through tighter “circuit breaker” measures until June 1. Even so, deals can be found in private treaty lists. A four-bedroom apartment at The Sail @ Marina Bay…

Resale unit at Montview reaps $969,400 profit

The seller of a unit at Montview, along Mount Sinai Drive, made the top gain of $969,400 over the period from Apr 14 to 19. The 1,227 sqft unit on the eighth floor was bought for $930,600 ($758…

EC site at Yishun Avenue 9 launched for sale

HDB has released an EC site at Yishun Ave 9 for sale by public tender. The 231,575 sqft site is under the Confirmed List of the 1H2020 GLS Programme. The 99-year leasehold site can potentially yield about 600…

Singtel, StarHub-M1 bag 5G licences; some see pandemic hobbling roll-out

The first 5G operating licences were provisionally handed out on Wed, in a move that analysts lauded as a shot in the arm for telcos. That’s even though they warned that the coronavirus pandemic could pose financial challenges…

CIMB Singapore delays mortgage floor rate hike, but customers unmoved

Following a pushback from irate customers, CIMB Singapore will delay the start date – to Jan 1, 2021 – of its higher minimum rate for certain mortgages pegged to Sibor and Sor. The hike in the bank’s floor…

Number of coronavirus infections in Singapore now at 15,641, with 5 new clusters, 690 new cases

Singapore recorded 690 new Covid-19 infections and five new clusters yesterday, as the total number of cases here crossed the 15,000 mark. Among the new infections are 679 foreign workers, of whom 660 live in dormitories and 19…

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