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Why OCR condos might dominate rental markets in 2021

1) Fewer prospective tenants – It’s foreign workers, not locals, who are seeing the highest rates of job loss. As such, OCR has experienced a smaller reduction in its tenant pool, compared to more expensive areas; 2) Tenants…

TraceTogether data may not be that useful for criminal investigation

Minister of State for MHA Desmond Tan’s recent statement on the use of TraceTogether data greatly undermines the repeated assurances given by Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan concerning the privacy of TraceTogether data. Mr Tan said SPF not just…

Privacy concerns must not supersede need for efficient law enforcement

While it is heartening to note that the 70 per cent target for using TraceTogether has been achieved, there are still some Singaporeans who are uncertain about embracing this technology. For instance, some have taken to social media…

Govt could have been more transparent on TraceTogether

I do not disagree with the Government using TraceTogether data for criminal investigations, and there is nothing for me to worry about when I am a law-abiding citizen. However, I wish the Government could have been more upfront…

COVID-19: Singapore confirms 28 new cases, new vessel cluster with 9 infections

MOH has confirmed the detection of 28 new cases of COVID-19 infection in Singapore as of noon on Tues, taking the country’s total case count to 58,749. There are two new cases of locally-transmitted infection while the remaining…

Holland Village shophouse for sale at $13.5 mil

A freehold, two-storey shophouse at Lorong Mambong, within the Holland Village neighbourhood, is on the market for $13.5 million, according to Knight Frank. The shophouse comprises two strata units with a total floor area of 1,841 sqft, in…

Three adjacent landed houses in Telok Kurau sold for $23.6 mil

Three adjacent freehold landed houses at Lorong N Telok Kurau have been sold via collective sale for $23.6 million to Baywind Properties, a 50:50 JV company between ABR Holdings and LWH Holdings. The three sites in District 15,…

Surrey Point in Newton up for collective sale at $55 mil

Owners of Surrey Point, a freehold residential development along Newton Road, have launched the property for collective sale at a guide price of $55 million. The price works out to a land rate of about $1,661 psf ppr,…

Look Ahead 2021: A slow, uneven recovery for S’pore’s economy, led by construction and services sectors

The Covid-19 pandemic has wrought unprecedented damage in 2020 on Singapore’s economy as it clocked its worst slump since independence. But 2021 looks set to be a year of recovery. After a record economic contraction of 13.4 per…

Newly arrived foreign workers to serve extra 7 days at designated facility after 14-day stay-home notice: MOM

From Wed, foreign workers who have been approved to enter Singapore and stay in migrant worker dormitories will have to put up at a designated facility and go through an extra seven-day testing regime there. They will have…

How to make a nation of food lovers value food

There is a saying in Chinese, “wu yi xi wei gui”. It means that which is scarce is precious. In tiny Singapore, despite having no natural resources, few things are actually scarce. And the one thing we rarely…

Orchard Road stores, restaurants across Singapore among places visited by Covid-19 cases while infectious

On Tues, MOH said that the infectious persons had visited Choice@215 coffee shop at Blk 215 Jurong East St 21 on Dec 24 between 6pm and 10pm, Hogs Bar & Restaurant at 382 Joo Chiat Road on Dec…

Coronavirus: TraceTogether data used in murder case, Singapore minister says as he defends police access to contact-tracing programme

Senior government ministers in Singapore on Tue defended the use of data from the country’s Covid-19 contact-tracing programme in criminal investigations, saying it would be used only in cases involving “serious offences”. Police had used the information from…

Double prosperity lions kick off Chinese New Year festivities at Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall

Two large “rui shi”, or guardian lions, have been installed on the lawn of the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall in Balestier to mark the start of its annual festival welcoming CNY. A 2.5m tall white lion…

HSR termination will not affect overall plans for Jurong: Ong

The termination of the proposed HSR project will not affect overall plans for the JLD, said Transport Minister Ong Ye Kung yesterday. He told Parliament that MND had started planning to transform Jurong as early as 2008, as…

Concord International Hospital’s licence may be revoked if patient safety lapses not addressed by Jan 20

Concord Intl Hospital (CIH), which has been ordered to suspend its medical services, may have its licence revoked if it does not rectify “significant lapses” identified by the MOH by Jan 20. It found the hospital, which has…

Kori Holdings unit bags S$81.2m in six contracts

Kori Holdings on Mon announced that its subsidiary, Kori Construction, has clinched six contracts in three projects worth an aggregate of S$81.2 million between Sept 2020 and Jan 2021. In a bourse filling, the Catalist-listed group said one…

Singapore’s new icon ‘Jewel’ wins 2020 Nikkei award

A dome-shaped commercial complex in the heart of Singapore’s gateway airport has been named one of the winners of the 2020 Nikkei Superior Products and Services Awards. The new landmark burnishes the airport’s already sterling reputation and has…

2 foreigners tested positive for COVID-19 since green lane arrangements began: Gan Kim Yong

Two foreigners who travelled to Singapore tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of the reciprocal green lane arrangement, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said on Tues. He was responding to a parliamentary question by MP for Sengkang…

Electricity demand expected to rebound as economy recovers from COVID-19 fallout: MTI

Electricity demand is expected to rebound as Singapore’s economy recovers from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Government is working to diversify energy supplies, said Second MTI Minister Tan See Leng on Tues. Responding to several…

Malaysia expects compensation for HSR project’s termination to be below S$270 mil — Mustapa

Malaysia holds the view that the amount of compensation needed to be paid to Singapore for the termination of the KL-Singapore HSR project is much lower than S$270 million, said Minister in PM’s Department (Economy) Datuk Seri Mustapa…

Total retail sales fell 1.9% in November 2020, an improvement from decline in October

Singapore’s retail sales fell 1.9% y-o-y in Nov 2020, marking an improvement from the 8.5% y-o-y decline in Oct 2020, according to data released by SingStat on Jan 5. The smaller decline in retail sales was due mainly…

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