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Singapore’s ‘vaccinated travel lane’ opens despite rise in COVID

Singapore on Wed opened a new travel corridor that allows people who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus to enter the country without undergoing quarantine, a move the government sees as a crucial to its economic recovery. The…

Singapore eyes September border easing once vaccine rate hits 80%

Singapore is looking at relaxing its border rules this Sept, by which time around 80% of the country’s 5.7 million people should have received two doses of coronavirus vaccines. The city-state’s Finance Minister Lawrence Wong explained the government’s…

The institutional failures behind Singapore’s latest COVID outbreak

Singapore is currently in the midst of its largest domestic COVID surge, with 192 cases directly linked to an outbreak centered around the country’s KTV lounges. Most of these KTVs are not innocent family-friendly affairs: Like another outbreak…

Singapore holds out hope for coexisting with COVID as cases rise

It took fewer than 10 days for reported community coronavirus cases in Singapore to grow from zero to over 100 this month, highlighting persistent risks despite a swift vaccination campaign. Thurs brought deja vu for residents of the…

Singapore looks to ‘live with COVID’ as vaccine coverage nears 50%

Singapore is on the verge of becoming Asia’s first major country to fully vaccinate the majority of its population against COVID-19, stepping closer – at least in theory – to exiting the pandemic. A government that once spared…

Bicycle parts maker Shimano invests $179m to build Singapore plant

Japanese bicycle parts maker Shimano is investing about $179 million to build a new plant in Singapore amid a surge in demand in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, its newly appointed president, Taizo Shimano said. As consumers…

Singapore cultivates ‘Silicon Valley of food’ in a hungry Asia

It was a warm Singapore evening and well-heeled diners at the riverside restaurant 1880 were feasting on two less flamboyant-sounding mains: chicken and waffle, and chicken bao. When served, the pan-fried chicken was firm and pulled apart tenderly…

Tokyo and Singapore trail Melbourne in ‘digital nomad’ ranking

The COVID-19 pandemic has proved that for many, it is possible to work just about anywhere with an internet connection. A new ranking, however, shows some places offer more advantages for “digital nomads” looking to do their jobs…

GlobalFoundries puts $4bn into Singapore expansion

GlobalFoundries will invest over $4 billion to expand its Singapore wafer plant and ramp up capacity as it attempts to tackle the global microchip shortage. The privately held company owned by UAE’s Mubadala Investment Company announced on Tues…

Why Malaysia’s plan for ‘Asia’s Eurostar’ went off the rails

The coronavirus pandemic has warped the world’s idea of distance. A bridge of just 1 km separates Singapore and Malaysia but the distance may as well be a light year, as both countries have closed their borders since…

Singapore leads world in opening COVID-safe MICE facilities

Singapore is gearing up to reopen to the meetings and conferences industry, as a first step to reviving the travel and tourism sector hammered by the COVID-19 pandemic. With vaccination programs making progress in many countries, Singapore companies…

Seoul, Shanghai and Singapore show house-buying fever

After searching for months, Tang Wei, a Chinese working mother with a toddler, finally secured what she said was the most important purchase of her life last Dec – a home. Her home is not just a roof…

Singapore lures in the rich with friendly rules and subsidies

Singapore is becoming the playground of the super wealthy. With its low-tax regime and its free-market credentials, foreign funds and assets have been flowing into the country even during the pandemic. On their tail, their wealthy owners have…

Singapore cultured shrimp meat maker fights for fishery resources

In 2018, Sandhya Sriram, CEO of Shiok Meats, took a ferry from Marina South Pier to St John’s Island, 6.5 km off the main island of Singapore, every morning as she worked to build up their lab-grown shellfish…

Singapore to fund infrastructure with debt as COVID swells deficit

Singapore will issue up to $90 billion in bonds to finance big infrastructure projects, the government revealed in a budget presentation on Tues in a rare move for the wealthy city-state. The country is bracing for a record…

Micron taps Singapore as launch pad for NAND offensive

Micron Technology has put Asia at the centre of its strategy for the NAND flash memory market, leveraging Singapore’s generous government support as it looks to catch up with deep-pocketed rivals. Micron sits solidly near the top of…

Davos Singapore online prelude spotlights Asian clout, COVID doubts

WEF will trade snowy Swiss scenery for teleconference screens this week, as government and business leaders gather online to prepare for an in-person “Davos in Asia” summit in Singapore in May. Looming over the sessions, however, is the…

FedEx bulks up cold storage facilities for vaccines in Singapore

FedEx has beefed up its cold chain facilities in Singapore in response to growing demand in SEA for COVID-19 vaccines, which need to be stored at subzero temperatures. Transporting vaccines is one of the most important jobs in…

Reckless plan to move Davos 2021 to Singapore must be abandoned

Here is a sincere suggestion concerning the WEF’s plan to transport its annual jamboree of self-regard from Davos to Singapore: do not do it. Not in 2021. Not with the pandemic raging again, at least a couple of…

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…

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…

Singapore trains to be in fighting shape for Davos 2021

Mixed martial arts may be far from the rarefied air of Davos, but fights are one way that Singapore is preparing to host the world’s leading business and political figures next May. While the roar of the crowd…

Singapore lures workspace operators amid pandemic property slump

Arcc Spaces’ newest 19,000 sqft flexible workspace in Singapore looks like a luxury hotel’s lobby – 20 stories up. Down the road from the city-state’s stock exchange, and with a commanding view of the famed MBS hotel, it…

Infineon pumps $20m into establishing Singapore as AI hub

German chipmaking giant Infineon Technologies on Tues announced Singapore as its base for developing AI applications for its global operations. The company, among the 10 largest semiconductor manufacturers in the world, will initially invest S$27 million to establish…

Singapore speeds up travel restart as COVID keeps Malaysia gripped

Singapore and Malaysia, closely connected neighbours that have both been severely damaged by COVID-19, are eager to jump-start their economies. But just as the former appears to be turning a corner and moves to accelerate its reopening, the…

Singapore touts ‘hybrid’ conventions as COVID shrinks $3bn industry

With coronavirus cases on the decline here, Singapore wants to become a global hub for “hybrid” conventions that combine online and in-person elements for greater economic payout with less infection risk. Since the coronavirus pandemic gained momentum in…

Malaysia and Singapore greenlight rail link delayed by Mahathir

Malaysia and Singapore have agreed to commence construction of a light-rail connection in early 2021, reviving a project that was delayed by Mahathir Mohamad’s former government over cost concerns. Malaysian PM Muhyiddin Yassin, who pushed Mahathir out of…

Singapore government arm backs laser startup as 5G race heats up

A Singapore government arm has invested in Transcelestial, a local startup developing low-cost networking equipment, as the race for 5G rollout intensifies across Asia. Founded in 2016, Transcelestial is developing devices that use laser technology to send data…

Singapore should tear down its statue of Raffles

From Christopher Columbus in US to King Leopold II in Belgium, statues of men who profited from slavery or colonial exploitation have been ripped down or removed in recent weeks. In Singapore, some are asking whether it is…

Singapore coronavirus clusters awaken Asia to migrants’ plight

For one Bangladeshi migrant worker, this year has been his “worst experience” in Singapore. In Apr, he was forced into home quarantine for a month as the coronavirus burned through his dormitory. The construction site where he worked…

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