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Fire breaks out in office at Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital, no injuries reported

A fire broke out in a third-floor office at Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital (KWSH) in Serangoon Road on Tues night. SCDF said that it was alerted to the incident at about 8.25pm and the fire was extinguished using…

Contact tracing programme to be stood down when pandemic ends

The TraceTogether programme will be stood down when the Covid-19 pandemic ends, and much of the data collected will be deleted, said Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan yesterday. He added that MOH may want to retain epidemiological data for…

Parliament: Police’s ability to use TraceTogether data raises questions on trust

The revelation that TraceTogether data can be used for police investigations has raised questions over trust in government, especially in relation to data privacy, said observers yesterday. Associate Professor Eugene Tan from SMU said the news came across…

2 community infections among 31 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, including man who preliminarily tested positive for B117 strain

Thirty-one new COVID-19 cases were reported in Singapore as of noon on Wed, said MOH. Two are locally transmitted cases in the community, said the ministry, adding that no new infections were found in foreign workers’ dormitories. Both…

Non-mature estates vs Mature estates: The truth and why it matters

Despite how Singaporeans like to refer to HDB flat locations as “mature” or “non-mature” like they’re some kind of cheese, HDB’s own classification of non-mature estates and mature estates is surprisingly unclear. In fact, HDB does not give…

Can trust in TraceTogether be restored?

A seemingly straightforward question asked in Parliament this week has sparked a much larger debate over the use of data obtained by TraceTogether, Singapore’s digital COVID-19 contact tracing system. At heart is the issue of the police having…

Forget the TraceTogether data. Can we trust the government to keep their word?

What a start to the year. On Mon, the inaugural Parliament livestream triggered a real-time outcry over the collection and use of TraceTogether data. Contrary to prior assurances that TraceTogether data would only be used for contact tracing,…

Coronavirus: Bangladeshi migrant worker sues Singapore employer for locking him in room for 43 hours

A Bangladeshi migrant worker is suing his ex-employer and dormitory operator in Singapore, accusing them of “false imprisonment” after he was locked in his room during a coronavirus outbreak. Most of Singapore’s more than 58,000 cases have been…

As Clementi Forest grows in popularity, conservationists caution of impact on environment

With its tall trees, lush foliage, freshwater streams and the shrieks of raptors circling overhead, there is a primal feel to Clementi Forest that appeals to 28-year-old arts manager Joey Cheng. “It doesn’t help that it looks like…

Why data, including those from TraceTogether, is vital in policing and keeping Singapore safe

The Singapore Parliament heard on Mon that the TraceTogether programme continues to be essential to contact tracing. Of greater interest is Minister of State for MHA Desmond Tan’s parliamentary answer that the police may use TraceTogether data for…

2 F&B outlets ordered to close, 15 people fined for flouting COVID-19 measures

Two F&B outlets have been ordered to close temporarily for flouting COVID-19 safety measures, said MSE on Wed. Fifteen people were also fined S$300 each for gathering and sitting in groups larger than the permitted size at restaurants.…

Bunker tanker NewOcean 6 to temporarily cease operations after COVID-19 cases reported on board: MPA

The bunker tanker NewOcean 6 has been quarantined and will cease all operations until further notice after nine COVID-19 cases were linked to it, said MPA on Wed. The bunker tanker, operated by Palmstone Tankers & Trdg, will…

Terminated HSR project a missed opportunity to boost economic competitiveness for Singapore, KL: Experts

The plan was to connect Singapore and KL – two metropolitan cities in SEA – by a HSR, revving both economies and propelling each to become a formidable force in the region. However, this was not to be…

Singapore emerges as food tech hub, thanks to state support

The city-state of Singapore is evolving into the food tech capital of Asia, thanks to government support at every step. Startups from around the world have set up shop here to take advantage of the public largesse. One…

Economists look to growth in Singapore retail sales by Q1 2021

Singapore’s retail sales could return to positive growth as early as the first quarter of this year, said economists encouraged by the slowing decline seen in Nov’s data. The estimated total retail sales value was about S$3.6 billion,…

WEF event to have measures in place to limit contact with locals

Attendees of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Special Annual Meeting in Singapore in May will have limited interactions with the local community, as part of Covid-19 preventative measures for the intl gathering of political and business leaders, Minister…

Boldtek Holdings subsidiary to purchase residential property at No. 8 Lorong 25A Geylang Road for $26.5 mil

Boldtek Investment, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Boldtek Holdings has made an offer to purchase on an en bloc basis, a residential property located at No. 8 Lorong 25A Geylang Road for a sum of $26.5 million. NNB 8…

Property developers, real estate agencies to see better earnings, dividends in 2021: RHB

As the fundamentals of the property market continue to improve, property developers and real estate agencies should enjoy an improvement in their bottom lines this year, according to RHB Securities. The brokerage notes that new home sales has…

Parc Central Residences EC in Tampines to open for e-application from Jan 7

Parc Central Residences, an EC in Tampines, is set to open for e-application from Jan 7 to 19, while its showflat will be open from Jan 7. The booking of the units will then commence on Jan 23.…

Five freehold conservation shophouses in Rochor on the market for $20.3 mil

Five freehold conservation shophouses in Rochor, within the Desker Road conservation area, are up for sale at a guide price of $20.3 million ($1,701 psf). The property portfolio takes the addresses of 99, 103, 105, 106 and 107…

Holland Rise GCB site for sale at $68 mil

A Holland Rise Good Class Bungalow (GCB) site comprising three adjoining plots of land is on the market at a guide price of $68 million. The property is located in the Holland Rise GCB Area, occupying a total…

CBD Grade A office rents to continue slide in 2021, but less sharply than in 2020

Grade A office rentals in CBD are generally expected to remain under pressure in 2021, say property consultants, as companies scale back on space amid economic headwinds. According to JLL’s head of research & consultancy Tay Huey Ying,…

Why CDL’s dissident directors were right to quit

The exodus of directors from the board of City Developments (CDL), over concerns about the company’s investment in Chinese real estate developer Sincere Property Group (SPG), may have some investors on tenterhooks. Yet, combined with remedial steps CDL…

Two freehold factory units in Mandai up for sale with S$18m guide price

Two freehold factory units at 94 and 96 Mandai Estate are up for sale with an indicative price of S$18 million, Colliers Intl said on Wed. The two-storey terrace factory units in the Mandai Estate industrial cluster are…

Tough to act on smoking near windows and balconies at home

Investigating the offence of a person being naked at home cannot be compared to enforcing against smoking near windows and at balconies of homes, said MSE Minister Grace Fu on Mon. “One can smell smoke even without having…

No lengthy queues outside Lim Chee Guan outlets this CNY

For the first time in Lim Chee Guan’s history, there will not be long or overnight queues outside its bak kwa outlets this CNY season. From today, customers can place orders on its website for all barbecued items…

Dreams crushed, hopes dashed for speedy travel after KL-Singapore HSR called off

It was as if he had struck gold when Mr Ricky Kok learnt that a train station for the KL-Singapore HSR would be built near a plot of land he had bought in Malacca, Malaysia. After news came…

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