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Pool for rent, bungalow optional

Ever since a British expat leased the swimming pool of a Sentosa Cove bungalow for $10,000 per month last week — the very first deal of its kind in Singapore — several landlords and expats have reached out…

Amended Estate Agents Act enables CEA to discipline minor breaches without disciplinary committee hearing

The government has amended the Estate Agents Act (EEA) to allow CEA to take timely disciplinary actions against errant estate agents and real estate salespersons. The changes come on the back of an industry consultation exercise that was…

Reducing use of foreign workers – everyone can play a part

Almost 20,000 of the 700,000 foreign workers on work permit in Singapore are in the cleaning industry. PHC has long argued that our heavy dependence on these, mostly low-skilled foreign workers to keep Singapore clean is not sustainable.…

Recourse for consumers who purchase defective goods online

We thank Mr Bob Leong Cheng Kong for his feedback (Consumers need more protection for online purchases, May 5). Consumers who receive defective goods or goods that do not conform to contract from a merchant in Singapore are…

Reopen swimming pools for benefit of seniors

As the calibrated easing of circuit breaker measures gets under way, I hope the Government can prioritise the return of activities that are critical to the physical and mental health needs of seniors. One area would be swimming…

Rules on aid for private property owners not new

The policy of not letting people who own private property apply for aid is a longstanding one. Ms Jessica London must have known of the existence of such a policy when she bought her private property (Those who…

Prawn shells and grape skins turned into biodegradable packaging

Prawn shells, orange peels and apple cores get tossed into the rubbish bin every day without a second thought. But scientists here have found a way to turn them into chitin, a biopolymer that can in turn be…

Coronavirus: SMEs in construction sector to get help from $1 million industry initiative

Scal has launched a $1 million initiative to help small- and medium-sized construction companies hit by the Covid-19 pandemic. From next Mon, such companies will be able to apply to Scal Covid-19 Fund for $300 for each eligible…

Up to 500 private home projects to get more time to finish and sell by ABSD deadlines: Finance Ministry

Up to around 500 private housing developments in Singapore could benefit from a six-month extension to the original timeline for the completion and sale of the projects’ housing units, a MOF spokesman told ST. Around 100 residential, commercial…

DBS names Lendlease ‘top sector pick’ despite retail headwinds

Despite commercial REITs taking a beating from Covid-19 circuit breaker measures, DBS Group Research has maintained its “buy” call on Lendlease Global Commercial REIT (LREIT) as one of its “top sector picks” on grounds of a strong value…

Far East Orchard’s 1Q earnings dive 74% to $0.9 mil as hospitality business takes hit from Covid-19

Developer Far East Orchard saw its earnings plunge 73.5% to $0.9 million for 1QFY2020 ended March from $3.4 million last year. Apart from currency translation losses of $11.2 million due to the weakening of Australian Dollar against the…

Frasers Hospitality Trust’s 2Q DPS falls 68.1% to 0.3137 cents on impacted travel demand

In a growing trend, the managers of Frasers Hospitality Trust (FHT) have joined many other REIT managers in holding back distribution, in anticipation of tougher operating challenges caused by the Covid-19 outbreak. For 2QFY2020 ended Mar 2020, FHT…

Why Romeo Tan paid over $1.6 million for his Marina One Residences bachelor pad

Mediacorp actor Romeo Tan just hit a milestone in his life that many Singaporeans dream of: buying a condo to call home. In May 2020, the 35-year-old celebrity announced on social media that he had collected his keys…

Coronavirus: Singapore moves 2,600 nursing-home employees into hotels to protect elderly

Singapore is moving 2,600 nursing-home employees into hotels to reduce their interaction with the community, with health minister Gan Kim Yong on Tues saying it was critical to protect older Singaporeans as they tended to be more severely…

COVID-19: Singapore confirms 768 new cases and 5 more clusters, crosses 21,000 mark

MOH confirmed on Fri, 768 new COVID-19 cases and five new clusters in Singapore, bringing the total to 21,707. Of them, 750, or almost 98 per cent, are foreign workers living in dormitories, due to extensive testing in…

COVID-19: Use of TraceTogether, masks to continue after circuit breaker

In order to go back to work, all workers and their employers will have to download and use contact tracing applications such as SafeEntry and TraceTogether. In fact, the government wants everyone to make use of “some sort…

199 firms and workplaces fined S$45,000, 29 work passes revoked for COVID-19 breaches: MOM

A total of 199 firms and workplaces have been fined S$45,000 for breaching measures put in place to reduce the risk of local transmission of COVID-19. The work passes of 29 work pass holders have also been revoked…

‘Don’t rush to go out’ after businesses reopen, COVID-19 circuit breaker to ease gradually: Lawrence Wong

Singaporeans should not rush to go out when businesses reopen on May 12, as the “circuit breaker” will still be in place despite the decline in COVID-19 cases in the broader community, said MND Minister Lawrence Wong on…

Employers must pay foreign workers isolated in dormitories even if work passes are cancelled: MOM

Foreign workers who live in dormitories and are barred from leaving the premises because of COVID-19 measures will have to be paid even if their work passes are cancelled, said MOM. Currently, all foreign workers living in dormitories…

Coronavirus: Some cities in South-east Asia see bluer skies during movement restrictions

Lockdowns and movement restrictions have led to blue skies in some parts of SEA, giving residents a respite from air pollution. WHO says hazardous air in the region causes about 800,000 deaths a year, and the brighter skies,…

A dormitory operator speaks: Anecdotes from ground zero

I run a factory-converted dormitory (FCD) housing about 500 men, mostly from Bangladesh and India. It was converted from an existing factory in an industrial estate in 2014, and was built solely to house our workers. I began…

Allow smaller shops selling everyday items to resume business

It is heartening to see that the Government is gradually loosening circuit breaker measures as the number of Covid-19 cases in the community has come down. I would further urge MTI and ESG to allow retail shops run…

Covid-19: Govt leaving ‘no stone unturned’ to protect staff, volunteers at dorms and community facilities after cases of infection

The Government is reviewing infection control measures for staff members and volunteers at community care facilities and migrant workers’ dormitories, pledging to leave no stone unturned to protect healthcare workers and volunteers from Covid-19. This comes after reports…

Covid-19: All TCM halls allowed to sell products from May 12 following review

All TCM halls will be allowed to sell products from next Tues after a review of their businesses. The move comes after TCM halls were allowed to provide acupuncture services for pain mgmt earlier this week, as part…

Given low adoption rate of TraceTogether, experts suggest merging with SafeEntry or other apps

To get more people to use the TraceTogether mobile application, its contact-tracing functions can be integrated with apps that Singaporeans already use, or merged with the SafeEntry system that is already in place at shopping malls, experts said.…

Singapore must rethink how it treats migrant workers

The surge in COVID-19 cases among Singapore’s migrant workers, who account for 86% of its confirmed infections, has shone a spotlight on their low-wage lives in large, overcrowded dormitories. It has also exposed systemic weaknesses relating to their…

Acceleration towards a decentralised CBD as remote working takes hold

The planning authorities here have spent decades striving towards decentralising the CBD by bringing workplaces closer to homes; and now in a matter of a few weeks, the revolution is well underway. Companies have been forced to quickly…

How can Singapore reduce its reliance on foreign labour?

Covid-19 epidemic in the foreign worker dormitories is a sharp reminder of the cost of Singapore’s heavy reliance on foreign workers. The maximum ratio of foreign to local workers ranges from as high as 7:1 in the construction…

Prices of long tenure multiple-user factories up 2.1% in Q1

This chart from Knight Frank revealed that multiple-user factories with tenures 60 years and above, including 999-year leasehold and freehold assets, climbed 2.1% QoQ in median prices in Q1 after consecutive declines in the previous two quarters. The…

Coronavirus: HDB resale flat volume hits 30-year low, falls 78% in April with only 423 units changing hands

HDB resale flat volumes hit a 30-year low, plummeting 78.3 per cent in Apr from Mar, as circuit breaker measures put in place to stem the spread of the coronavirus curb house viewings. Just 423 flats changed hands…

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