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Daily inquiries on selling flat a nuisance

Living in our HDB flat has been an absolute delight for my family. We have fulfilled the MOP. Every day, we get realtors knocking on our door or pressing our doorbell to ask if we wish to sell…

Danger at walkway along Marine Parade Road

The walkway along Marine Parade Road, from the Amber Road roundabout to Parkway Parade, is a very busy path used by pedestrians and cyclists. The width of the walkway is narrow and, at the narrowest point, it is…

The PMD problem in Singapore is not just about jostling for space

She was late for work, and uncharacteristically so. Perhaps there was a traffic delay but she would have called to give the office a heads up. We gave it another half hour and the manager rang her on…

New noise standards should also apply to existing cars

It is encouraging that NEA has finally decided to tighten vehicular noise standards, but I am disappointed by one of the caveats (Quieter cars from 2023 under new noise standards, Apr 8). According to NEA, existing vehicles and…

Closing borders is not the answer

In his Forum letter, Mr Peter Khaw suggested closing our borders to avoid Covid-19 imported cases (Daily number of imported Covid-19 cases worrying, Apr 14). Singapore has a good procedure in place, implemented by our competent authorities, to…

Stricter Covid-19 measures needed for inbound passengers at airport

Singapore has been able to keep the number of Covid-19 community cases to near-zero lately. My fear is that we may let our guard down out of a sense of misguided confidence that we have the virus situation…

Explore middle ground between motorists and cyclists

Complaints about big cycling groups hogging the left lane, ostensibly ignoring oncoming traffic and beating traffic lights, to the extent of getting violent with motor vehicle drivers, have grown unabated. There are indeed a few black sheep who…

OUE: A case of adding value to an underappreciated asset

For the average retail investor, one of the most foolproof ways of investing in stocks is to closely watch what the owners or controlling shareholders of the company are doing. It is also important to assess the value…

Treating a bike like another car helps

I really do appreciate that a panel will review existing regulations governing cyclists on the road. I drive and am not a cyclist, but my son is. The mother in me is ever concerned for his safety, but…

Daily number of imported Covid-19 cases worrying

I am concerned when I read the daily update on imported Covid-19 cases and see a large number of foreigners, some holding dependant’s pass, work permits or student passes and coming from countries with very high infection numbers.…

Supermarkets should give a fixed number of plastic bags for free before charging

News that charges might be imposed on the issuance of disposable plastic carrier bags at supermarkets here may cause concern among consumers. Most shoppers agree it is imperative to do their part by cutting down on the use…

Look at overpackaging of produce

Charging supermarket customers for plastic bags is a good move to make everyone aware of the urgent need to save the environment. That being said, if plastic bags are bad for the environment, then they should be banned…

Difficult finding home to rent for mum who uses wheelchair

I could not agree more with director of ALFA Belinda Wee that policies and mindsets about ageism need to change in Singapore. I am the sole caregiver to my 92-year-old mother. I have been trying to find her…

Singapore’s green taxonomy should lead, not lag

The Green Finance Industry Taskforce (GFIT) is an industry-led initiative brought together by MAS. Aiming to accelerate the development of green finance, its current task is to develop a taxonomy defining what projects and companies should qualify for…

Singapore’s blueprint for green development

The Singapore Green Plan 2030, launched in Feb, is the nation’s blueprint for sustainable development. It consolidates the country’s existing plans to cut its carbon footprint and adapt to the impacts of the changing climate, and features new…

Climate change and why humans rush to ruin

There are some things that the Covid-19 pandemic has just not changed. A visit to a nearby hawker centre proves that. Despite the focus on public hygiene to stem the spread of the coronavirus, diners are still leaving…

Benefits to be reaped if we don’t let wastewater go to waste

Having worked with wastewater and sewage sludge for seven years, I have developed not only a selective loss of smell (anosmia), but also true respect for wastewater. Just look at the coronavirus pandemic and we can appreciate how…

Instead of merging schools, use some as test bed for ideas

I wonder if there is no way to help schools to adapt to the changing environment so that they can endure, instead of having to merge. The approach to closing or merging schools seems so clinical and precise,…

Smaller class sizes preferable to more CCA choices

It is disheartening to hear that the lower enrolment of 18 schools has motivated their upcoming mergers. I would have liked to see these schools taking lower enrolment numbers in their stride and attempting to deliver the same…

Histories, sense of identity lost with school mergers

It is sad to read that nine pairs of schools are to merge over the next three years. Some of the schools to be merged have a long or unique history, including the school attended by founding PM…

Connecting Singapore and Malaysia without a HSR challenging but alternatives should be explored

With the matter of compensation finalised and the S$103 million settlement paid, the latest chapter in longstanding attempts to connect KL and Singapore with HSR has concluded. Missing were tangible alternative measures to fill the void left by…

Why shopping hours in some Orchard Road malls and retailers are changing

Orchard Road never seems to catch a break. Whether it’s the sprawl of malls in the heartlands, the opening of Changi Airport Jewel or even complaints from locals about how repetitive and unimaginative the tenant mix across shopping…

Cyclists reminded to ride safely and look out for others at Rail Corridor

We thank Ms Ng Suan Eng for her letter (Cyclists at Rail Corridor racing across bridges instead of dismounting, Apr 1). The enhancements to the Rail Corridor, including the former railway bridges, aim to make the space more…

Efforts ongoing to encourage adoption of solar energy

We thank Forum contributor Lek Lee Eng for his feedback and suggestions. The installed solar capacity in landed homes has grown about four times since 2015, from 3.6 MWp to around 14.9 MWp as at the fourth quarter…

Better coordination needed for infrastructure projects

I thank the Government for replacing the water pipes in the roads in Namly estate. The contractor is to be congratulated for doing the job under difficult conditions where most of the roads were obstructed by parked cars…

More safeguards needed for tenants’ rental deposits

There are system loopholes in tenancy practices in the residential property market, in particular the protection of tenants’ rental deposits. My landlord collaborated with his agent to hold back and unfairly deduct from my deposit after my tenancy…

Circuit breaker reshaped value of office space

Mr Foo Sing Kheng’s view that employees should return to working in the office seems to suggest that the status quo of the past should be maintained. It is this mindset that has kept Singapore’s productivity low. Contrary…

Why aren’t all tables at East Coast Lagoon Food Village sheltered after renovation?

I was with my family at the East Coast Lagoon Food Village in East Coast Park on a rainy evening last Sat. Like many families, we had to walk around while waiting for an available table. We were…

Puzzled by awarding of rail reliability incentive

It was reported that SBST has been awarded an estimated $30 million for rail reliability last year. This is the first award of its kind. It is not known how much exactly each of the rail operators, SBST…

Put in place infrastructure and community can learn to adapt to pedestrianised roads

It was reported that pedestrianisation trials have sparked some contention among residents. I urge the authorities to take heart. Any change always requires stepping outside one’s comfort zone. One cannot please everybody. If Singapore is to seriously reduce…

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