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As Singapore becomes the world’s second-most expensive city, what happened to Hong Kong?

Hong Kong is no longer the most expensive city in the world to live in, according to rankings released by EIU on Wed, losing the top spot to Tel Aviv, as cities clocked the highest inflation rate in…

Whether in closed Hong Kong or open Singapore, the rich have economic immunity to Covid-19. It’s the poor who suffer

Singaporean father of three YJ works as a warehouse supervisor and used to earn an additional S$1,000 (US$730) a month setting up banners and dismantling fixtures at trade shows and events. That vanished when Covid-19 hit and intl…

Singapore court orders halt to display of Kaws’ Companion, giant inflatable sculpture, at ‘Kaws: Holiday’ event

Rarely has there been a case of holiday blues of such monumental proportions. On Sat, a large group of VIPs in Singapore were attending the official unveiling of a 42-metre-long inflatable outdoor sculpture, Companion, created by celebrity artist…

Coronavirus: Singapore migrant workers yearn for freedom as strict curbs persist

Bangladeshi migrant worker MD Sharif Uddin used to spend his days off with friends outside his cramped Singapore dormitory, but coronavirus curbs have for 18 months left him stuck inside during his spare time. More than 300,000 migrant…

Singapore mulls ways to remain magnet for wealthy investors after G20 corporate tax deal

After leaders of 20 of the world’s biggest economies endorsed a global minimum tax of 15 per cent on large MNC businesses, Singapore PM Lee flagged the city state’s concerns about drawing in foreign investment. Singapore would consider…

Coronavirus: Singapore outbreak slows, reaches key metric tied to easing restrictions

Singapore’s Covid-19 outbreak may be slowing. The number of new local infections fell in the past week compared to a week earlier for the first time since mid-Oct, marking a key milestone that could lead to an easing…

Can Singapore’s health care system cope with its biggest surge in Covid-19 infections?

Singapore’s daily Covid-19 numbers have been hitting new highs in recent weeks, crossing the 5,000 mark for the first time last Wed. MOH described this as an “unusual surge” and while cases have since fallen to hover around…

Has the Singapore property cash cow been fully milked?

To Singaporeans like Angela and her husband, both in their 40s and in the IT industry, investing in property seems like a no-lose proposition. “If I choose the wrong property, in the worst-case scenario, I can still live…

Hong Kong and Singapore still attractive to expats despite exodus

Even as an exodus of Hong Kong’s expat community continues, driven in part by the harsh Covid-19 quarantine rules and also political concerns, French national Marc says he is staying put. He moved to the city three years…

Coronavirus: Singapore expands no-quarantine scheme for vaccinated travellers despite reporting record cases

Singapore on Tues began quarantine-free entry for fully vaccinated passengers from eight countries, part of a plan to ease restrictions as the business hub gears up to live with the coronavirus. This came as its health ministry reported…

‘Heaven on Earth’: Singapore’s Vietnamese refugee camp at Hawkins Road remembered

When Derrick Nguyen moved to Singapore 10 years ago, it was as if he had come full circle. The American chiropractic business owner had lived in a refugee camp in the city-state for five months from 1979 to…

Should Istana Woodneuk, in Singapore’s ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ estate Tyersall Park, be preserved for its heritage?

When art educator Dahlia Osman was a child, she would visit her grandparents during Eid al-Fitr at a house in a sprawling estate near Singapore’s Botanic Gardens. Known as Tyersall Park, the estate, which belongs to the royal…

Singapore’s first-time homebuyers in a bind as public housing prices close in on record levels

In 2017, Brandan Chan and his girlfriend thought they had the perfect plan: buy a BTO flat and get the keys to their new home within three to four years. While it typically takes three or four attempts…

Singapore’s pivot to Covid-19 home recovery baffles some residents as cases surge

When Tan tested positive for Covid-19 last week, she was worried about being separated from her infant daughter. Thankfully, the fully vaccinated 40-year-old Singaporean qualified for the city state’s home recovery programme and has been able to recuperate…

Singaporeans, whether vaccinated or refusing to be jabbed, feel a social divide over coronavirus

When the Singapore government announced strict segregation measures in Aug for those who were not yet vaccinated against Covid-19, it had an immediate desired effect. Vaccination numbers surged, from 70 per cent who had completed the two-shot regimen…

In Singapore, ‘living with Covid-19’ feels like walking a tightrope of uncertainty, residents say

Quarantine-free travel and progressively loosened social-distancing restrictions – those were the incentives Singapore’s authorities promised residents in a bid to shore up vaccination rates. From Wed, with 88 per cent of the country’s eligible population now fully inoculated,…

Singapore’s Good Class Bungalows: the home of choice for tech tycoons like Shi Xu, Anthony Tan and other crazy rich Asians

Think of “luxury housing” in Singapore and the images that typically spring to mind are of spacious condominium units with high ceilings and large windows into the city scape. But in the land-scarce island nation, the property asset…

Singapore trades Covid-Zero for ‘Covid Resilience’. How will it work?

Singapore will from Sept remove quarantine requirements for vaccinated travellers from Germany and Brunei, in a signal to the world it is cautiously reopening while managing the Covid-19 threat. It has also unilaterally scrapped quarantine requirements for travellers…

Google, Facebook unveil new Asia undersea data cable plan linking Singapore, Japan, others

Google and FB on Mon unveiled plans for a new undersea internet cable connecting Guam, Japan, Philippines, Taiwan, Indonesia and Singapore. The cable project, dubbed Apricot, would be some 12,000 km and be operational in 2024 subject to…

In Singapore, 40 per cent of water supply comes from recycled sewage

Giant pumps whirr deep underground at a plant in Singapore that helps transform sewage into water so clean it is fit for human consumption while reducing ocean pollution. The tiny island nation has little in the way of…

Singapore’s PropertyGuru may consider future Asia listing after going public in New York as it aims to be ‘gateway’ to region’s real estate

PG Group, Singapore-based property technology company that agreed to be taken over last week by Richard Li Tzar-kai’s SPAC, may consider an Asian listing in the future after it goes public in New York. The company sees additional…

Singapore’s return to tighter rules raises the question: What does living with Covid-19 really mean?

After Singapore this week reimposed Covid-19 restrictions that were eased just days earlier amid raised hopes that the city-state would adapt to living with the virus, the frustrations of whiplashed Singaporeans were laid bare on social media. On…

‘Zero Covid’ economies like Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia risk being left behind: EIU report

“Zero Covid” economies in the APAC region risk being left behind as the world recovers from the coronavirus pandemic, with years of potential border closures threatening their future prosperity, a report has warned. Hong Kong and Singapore face…

Singapore preparing to live with endemic Covid-19 as residents grow ‘battle weary’ of pandemic, ministers say

Singapore is drawing up a blueprint for Covid-19 becoming endemic in a plan that may include “multi-year” vaccine booster shots such as those given for the flu virus, a shift away from monitoring daily cases and a return…

Should Hong Kong and Singapore relent from tight Covid-19 rules to retain foreign talent?

In Singapore, anecdotes shared by expatriates on social media and in private conversations reflect a growing despair at being unable to return to their home countries, even for emergencies. Currently, only citizens and PRs can leave and enter…

Coronavirus quarantine: Singapore pips Hong Kong in quantity and range of usable hotels, getting the edge in resuming travels

Singapore pips Hong Kong in quarantine facilities for visitors and returnees, an advantage that gives the city-state the edge in resuming business travels to kick start the local economy. One in every four Singapore hotels is usable as…

Shun Tak makes a splash in its Singapore property debut, selling a duplex penthouse at Park Nova for a record US$26 million

Shun Tak Holdings, one of the flagship companies controlled by the clan that dominates Macau’s gambling industry, has smashed Singapore’s price record for luxury homes with its high-profile entry into the city state’s high-end property market. Park Nova,…

Coronavirus: Singapore should expect gradual reopening, experts say

As Singapore approaches the end of a month-long period of tightened social distancing measures, the big questions on many minds are whether restrictions will be loosened after June 13 and whether a long-awaited travel bubble with Hong Kong…

‘Far from out of the woods’: how a Covid-19 variant put Singapore back in defensive mode

Remain at home and leave the house only if it’s essential. Wear a good mask with high filtration capability. Get vaccinated when your turn comes. These exhortations from Singapore’s health authorities underscore how seriously they are treating the…

Coronavirus: Shangri-La Dialogue will go on even as World Economic Forum axes Singapore meeting

The Shangri-La Dialogue planned for early June in Singapore is still planning to go ahead, after WEF announced it would cancel this year’s event citing “tragic circumstances unfolding across geographies” and an uncertain travel outlook due to the…

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