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S’pore must take bold decisive moves to thrive in the green economy: MAS chief

Transitioning to a green economy may be challenging for Singapore because of its lack of natural endowments. But it can thrive if it makes bold, decisive moves, said Mr Ravi Menon. Delivering an IPS lecture on Wed, the…

KIT to buy Hyflux’s 30% share in SingSpring desalination plant for $12 mil

The break-up sale of bankrupted water treatment company Hyflux has begun. Keppel Infrastructure Trust (KIT), which now holds 70% of SingSpring Desalination Plant, will buy the remaining 30% from Hyflux for $12 million. “The strategic acquisition of the…

Migrant workers from India to enter Singapore in ‘calibrated manner’ through pilot programme

Migrant workers from India will be brought into Singapore starting July under a pilot programme led by some companies in the construction, marine and process sectors. This will be done on a “small scale” and in a “calibrated…

Grab to give commuters choice of electric or hybrid vehicles, option to pay S$0.10 extra to reduce carbon footprint

From Jul 14, those booking a Grab ride from the central part of Singapore will be able to opt for a ride on a hybrid or EV, as part of the ride-hailing platform’s drive to become more sustainable.…

10 massage outlets ordered to close, customers fined for breaching COVID-19 measures

Ten massage establishments were ordered to close for 10 days after employees and customers were found to have breached COVID-19 measures by not wearing masks. On Wed, SPF said enforcement checks were conducted on more than 300 massage…

Rising property prices a key driver in wealth inequality, ills of ‘hereditary meritocracy’ exist: Ravi Menon

A key driver in worsening wealth inequality in many parts of the world is the rising price of property and it is a worrying trend, the head of Singapore’s central bank said. Mr Ravi Menon, MD of MAS,…

Put politics aside and bond over food: Can Chee Soon Juan make this a reality for his cafe?

When I learnt that SDP’s Chee Soon Juan had opened a new cafe on June 25, I was in disbelief. Local celebrities, sure. Many have opened restaurants and cafes. But political figures? That’s something new. I had to…

HDB August 2021 BTO in-depth review: Tampines

Next month, HDB will offer 4,940 flats in its Aug 2021 BTO launch across seven projects in three mature and two non-mature estates. Tampines will be one of the two estates offering two projects in the same BTO…

4 reasons why a Good Class Bungalow (assuming you can afford it) is a great investment

1) PSF cost for site area & build-up area is actually quite affordable – The quantum of $36 million may seem high. However, when you consider the psf cost that you are paying for the land size, the…

Build replica of Horsburgh Lighthouse to house a maritime museum

I was delighted to read Mr Kuet Ee Yoon’s suggestion to nominate the Horsburgh and Raffles lighthouses to be considered as world heritage sites under Unesco. Recent events such as the discovery of two shipwrecks close to Pedra…

Don’t do away with contact tracing, quarantine too quickly

On May 31, PM Lee outlined a strategy that included casting a wider net during contact tracing to isolate close contacts more quickly. On June 24, the three co-chairs of the MTF tackling the pandemic outlined plans for…

Return HDB to the original goal of affordable housing

I think the authorities need to return HDB to its original goal – to give citizens affordable housing. Of course, the definition of affordable is debatable. I bought my five-room flat in Jurong West in 1984 for less…

Clear corridor clutter to reduce fire risk

Reading about the recent fire incidents at HDB flats, I found it alarming to see how easily fires can spread to adjoining HDB units on the same level as well as levels above and below the location of…

BTO flat buyers affected by Covid-19 construction delays may be able to cancel booking without penalties

Home buyers affected by BTO construction delays may be able to cancel their flat booking without penalties. They can appeal, and HDB will consider each case depending on the individual circumstances. For instance, there could be buyers hoping…

Man arrested after climbing over screen door onto track at Jurong East MRT to retrieve phone

A man has been arrested for climbing onto the track at Jurong East MRT station on Tues night to retrieve his mobile phone. An oncoming train had to make an emergency stop, and the incident caused a slight…

Routine testing for staff in more high-risk settings, such as dine-in F&B outlets

From 15 July onwards, it will be mandatory for all work staff in three new high-risk settings to undergo Rostered Routine Testing (RRT) using Fast and Easy Tests (FETs). The three settings are dine-in F&B establishments, personal care…

Groups of five dine-in to start on 12 July, wedding receptions can resume

Groups of up to five persons will be able to dine-in at F&B places from Mon, Finance Minister Lawrence Wong said on Wed. The move is aligned with the social gathering group size allowed today. “Dining-in remains a…

Supermarkets within buildings to reintroduce TraceTogether-only SafeEntry and SafeEntry Gateways

TraceTogether-only SafeEntry and SafeEntry Gateway check-in requirements will be reintroduced at supermarkets located within TraceTogether-only SafeEntry buildings with the same operating hours, said MOH on Wed. This will take effect from Jul 21. “We have observed that there…

Covid-19: Singapore reports 1 new cluster, 2 unlinked locally transmitted cases

Singapore on Wed recorded five new locally transmitted cases of Covid-19, two of which have no links to past infections. The other three were linked to earlier cases, MOH said. MOH identified the formation of one more Covid-19…

Covid-19: People fully vaccinated under national exercise can gather in groups of 8 when vaccination rate reaches 50%

Once at least half of the population here is fully vaccinated, the authorities will introduce differentiated Covid-19 measures where those who are fully vaccinated can gather in larger groups for activities such as dining in at food establishments.…

3 taken to hospital after mobility scooter catches fire in Ang Mo Kio flat

Three people were taken to hospital early on Wed after an electric mobility scooter caught fire in an Ang Mo Kio public housing flat, among them a resident living two storeys above who suffered smoke inhalation. SCDF said…

Ang Mo Kio cat slashings: Suspect gets 6 new charges, says he did not commit any offences

A 37-year-old man who was earlier charged with slashing a cat in Ang Mo Kio, in relation to a series of similar attacks that began in late Apr, was handed six new charges on Wed. Leow Wei Liang…

Lendlease to host plant-based cloud kitchen in Singapore

PLQ Mall is set to welcome social enterprise The Social Kitchen to its Paya Lebar Central precinct, in a move that aims to support and empower vulnerable communities, according to Lendlease. The “cloud kitchen” will feature dine-in, takeaway…

Listed F&B players find new recipes beyond dine-in business

Groups of five are expected to be allowed to dine together at F&B outlets from next week, and the Singapore government has indicated plans to relax social gathering restrictions once more people are vaccinated later this year. Investors…

Most BTO projects delayed by six to 12 months, says MND

With the construction industry being one of the hardest-hit sectors by the COVID-19 pandemic, most BTO projects have been delayed by around six to 12 months beyond their original estimated completion dates, said MND in Parliament on Tues.…

About 4,800 vacant rental flats available for allocation to new tenants

HDB has about 4,800 vacant rental flats available for allocation to new tenants, revealed MND in Parliament on Tues. Of these, more than 50% “need to be spruced up before they can be let out”. However, the pace…

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