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Property cooling measures useful only if properly enforced

I applaud DPM Heng’s recent speech. As a young Singaporean with an aspiration of having my own home, I am cautiously awaiting the Government’s next steps. One of the main issues is the affordability of property for Singaporeans.…

FairPrice cafe prices seem too high for most customers

Recently, I went to the newly opened FairPrice Xtra supermarket at Parkway Parade. There is a cafe inside the supermarket, and a piece of cake there can cost between $5.90 and $6.90. Even a simple doughnut can cost…

Weight of light bulbs may be too much for trees

It’s good to see colourful lights hanging on trees during the festive season to bring joy to everyone. But during this period of heavy rain and strong winds, tree branches may be weakened. Hanging anything with substantial weight…

Making pledges was the easy part but it’s a long road to net-zero emissions

In a year where the COVID-19 pandemic has dominated media headlines and policy agendas, more countries have recently announced their intentions to raise their initial pledges made at the Paris Agreement. Making a pledge is easy, but it…

We thought the $2.50 admission price for bird park covered everything

After reading that Jurong Bird Park tickets would this month be priced at $2.50 for all local residents, my wife and I decided that it was time for us to visit the attraction. We did not want to…

F&B sector has evolved over the course of 2020

The F&B industry was hit especially hard by Covid-19, with the economic downturn, lockdown measures and dine-in restrictions leading to the sector reporting a y-o-y loss of almost 30 per cent at the end of the third quarter…

Food security: How S’pore, Israel can ‘feed’ off innovations

As the world grows smaller due to the acceleration of globalisation, a single event on a major scale can disrupt this finely tuned system. And that event has come in the form of Covid-19. As the pandemic gripped…

Staff communication and signage to exhibition at Gardens by the Bay to be improved

We thank Ms Chan Lie Leng for her letter (Access to exhibition: Hard time for elderly parents at Gardens by the Bay, Jan 15). The pop-up exhibition Once Upon A Time On The Orient Express allows our visitors…

Ideas to improve road network and driving experience

As a frequent road user, I commend LTA for Singapore’s excellent road network and infrastructure. However, there is a room for improvement. For example, there are more than 10 traffic junctions within a short distance of 3km along…

Give details of what is being done to improve cleanliness of coffee shop toilets

SMU’s Toilet Cleanliness Index survey revealed the failure of efforts to maintain a culture of clean toilets in Singapore, and showed that toilets in coffee shops and hawker centres have been getting dirtier over the years instead of…

Facility’s quality and maintenance are key to toilet cleanliness

Singaporeans often visit coffee shops and hawker centres, but dirty public toilets are still a problem in these places. There is no proof that users’ behaviour varies depending on the setting and surroundings of the premises (Coffee shop…

Clearing forests for flats should be the last resort

I share the sentiments of many nature groups that are calling for the authorities to reconsider zoning Dover Forest (and Clementi Forest too) for residential use (Nature groups raise issues over Dover Forest’s zoning, Jan 17). Take, for…

Main cause of knee strain is wrong running technique, not surface of park connector paths

As someone who runs marathons and who has put in at least 10km almost every day since my teens, yet has never had a knee issue, I want to share my thoughts about Mr Timothy Ang Li-Yang’s call…

Did communication delay cause more water wastage?

On Dec 14 last year, Mr Abu Mansor contacted PUB about a leaking pipe at the junction of Pandan Avenue and Pandan Road (Wastage: Leaking pipe not fixed, Jan 13). PUB said its service crew investigated the matter…

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…

Efforts stepped up to improve and maintain cleanliness standards of hawker centre toilets

We agree with WTO founder Jack Sim that cleanliness of toilets in hawker centres and coffee shops requires improvement. Public toilets that are well-designed, well-maintained and responsibly used are clean toilets which all users can enjoy. In Oct…

Coffee shop operators and users play a part to keep toilets clean

Mr Jack Sim correctly pointed out that various stakeholders from across society are represented in the PHC. They work with us to create a culture where everyone disposes of trash correctly and keeps public eating places and toilets…

At home with the neighbourhood

I made a new friend last year. I call her “Flower Auntie”. She doesn’t call me anything, always going straight to the point: “Where are the ah muis (Cantonese for “little girls”)?” You see, my daughters, aged five…

Singapore needs a new Smart Nation vision that doesn’t leave any citizen behind

In a special edition of the WEF annual report released on Dec 16, Singapore was listed as one of the digitally advanced countries well-placed to manage the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. The country was ranked sixth in…

More work is needed to tackle food waste in supermarkets

The idea of taking food for granted hit home recently for me (How to make a nation of food lovers value food, Jan 5). I was at a FairPrice outlet buying curry buns when I saw an employee…

NEA committed to tackling food wastage problem at source

We refer to Vanessa Liu’s commentary on food waste (How to make a nation of food lovers value food, Jan 5). We agree with Ms Liu that businesses might not be managing their food waste because they may…

Building owners have to maintain service pipes

We thank Mr Abu Mansor for his letter (Wastage: Leaking pipe not fixed, Jan 13). On receiving the feedback from Mr Mansor on Dec 15 last year, PUB service crew went to Pandan Avenue and Pandan Road to…

Let people get recycling info easily from messaging apps

With the effects of climate change becoming more prominent in our daily lives, it is worrying that the domestic recycling rate dropped from 22 per cent in 2018 to 17 per cent in 2019. Despite these statistics, I…

Let’s be open to creativity and the arts

We should be more broad-minded and accepting of creativity and the arts (Pasting stickers on lamp post an act of vandalism, Jan 12). Since 2000, Singapore has declared its ambition to become a global city of the arts…

Have location marker instead stickers on lamp post

The issue on making an exception to allow the pasting of stickers on a Tuas lamp post has drawn differing opinions. I suggest a nicely designed marker post be installed in the vicinity of the lamp post. This…

Hard time for elderly parents at Gardens by the Bay exhibition

My elderly parents and I visited the Once Upon A Time On The Orient Express exhibition at Gardens by the Bay on Tues morning. It was raining heavily and there was no shelter from the drop-off point at…

Other options for recurring payments available besides SP app

We thank Ms Ang Chiew Leng for her feedback (Online payments: Allow users to pay via computers, not just smartphones, Jan 11). The SP Utilities mobile app enables customers to have control and flexibility in managing their utilities…

Changes to how cases are updated and reflected on OneService app

We thank Ms Koh Kim Lian for her letter (Case closed on OneService despite unresolved issue, Dec 31, 2020). When Ms Koh’s initial feedback through the OneService app on Nov 23 last year was received, an HDB officer…

High rent driving coffee shop stallholders away

HDB should do more to regulate the rental prices at coffee shops in housing estates. My husband and I frequent the coffee shop at Dawson Skyville. We have come to know some of the stallholders. We were therefore…

Desperately seeking Wi-Fi for work when outside the home

While I applaud the Government for its initiatives to promote digitalisation and for formulating safe measures amid the Covid-19 pandemic, it appears there is still a gap when it comes to the availability of facilities to support those…

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