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Easing up towards a return to normality

After almost a month of tightened measures, Singaporeans will welcome the easing of some restrictions today following a steady drop in the number of Covid-19 community cases. If numbers stay low and stable, more activities can resume from…

Seepage through wall not fixed after six months

In Jan, I discovered a leakage in one of my bedrooms as the floor became wet whenever there was a downpour. I informed my town council, and a representative visited my home on Jan 19. He took some…

Industry needs notice before wage increases take effect

I refer to the forum letters “Bring forward well-deserved wage adjustments for cleaners” and “Extend wage increases for cleaners to migrant workers” (June 10). The previous set of PWM recommendations by the TCC has been agreed upon and…

Foreign labour shortages in construction sector is a wake-up call for change

For a long time, Singapore’s strategy of augmenting its workforce with a large pool of low-skilled foreign labour had served it well. It made economic sense: Focus on what we are good at, build a high-skilled educated workforce,…

The merits of Singapore’s new carbon trading marketplace

Singapore took another big step in advancing the green agenda last month. The country on May 20 announced plans to position itself as a hub for carbon services. Climate Impact X (CIX) is a JV between DBS, SGX,…

S’pore’s transition towards a sustainable economy requires a collective effort

Policymakers worldwide have woken up to the costs that climate change will inflict and are trying to smoothen the transition to a green economy. Environmental scientists believe 2020 to 2030 is the decisive decade for climate change action.…

Let’s talk about higher wages in S’pore’s cleaning sector

The PWM of my industry, cleaning, is in the news again. This time the adjustments and increments of the wage floor for 2023 to 2028 are a lot steeper than previous years, with basic cleaner wages to reach…

Allowing walk-in admissions at swimming complex has created more problems

As someone who has spinal and knee injuries, I have benefited from swimming three times a week at Toa Payoh Swimming Complex. Under phase two (heightened alert) measures, 17 online bookings and 11 walk-in bookings are allowed for…

If smoking is personal choice, then smoke should remain in personal space

I am one of the many sufferers who have to live with breathing in toxic second-hand smoke every day. While I acknowledge that both smokers and non-smokers should have the freedom to do as they wish within their…

Cleaners deserve reward for their work

That cleaners will see their wages increase over six years from 2023 calibrates the PWM in a way that benefits them substantially, while giving employers time to absorb the higher cost and ensure that the increase will be…

Condo residents suffer second-hand smoke due to actions of irrational few

Most smokers residing in condominiums usually go out of their homes to an open area away from the dwellings to take their smoke breaks, which is the right thing to do. However, in every community, there are always…

Patients who mingle with visitors outside hospital while unmasked pose risk to others

During the Covid-19 pandemic, it is not surprising that hospitals are allowing fewer visitors in their wards. Ever since my elderly mother was admitted to SGH earlier this year, the number of registered visitors allowed has been reduced…

Does Singapore just have too many F&B outlets?

The pandemic and accompanying restrictions have hit Singapore’s F&B hard in many different ways. This second wave of COVID-related restrictions has seen many restaurant closures, including the iconic Swee Kee Eating House. Government support in multiple ways, including…

Here’s how to ensure indoor gyms are well-ventilated to help stem spread of Covid-19

Indoor gyms are a potential hotbed for Covid-19 transmission. While Singapore’s authorities late last month released updated guidelines to improve building ventilation and air quality to contain the spread of the coronavirus, special attention must focus on indoor…

Striking a balance in building HDB flats in prime locations

Home ownership has always been a key national policy and foundation for Singapore. Our public housing programme is underpinned by the values of accessibility, inclusivity and diversity. Singapore’s home ownership rate is around 90 per cent, which is…

Construction sector reminded of entry requirements at worksites

We thank Mr Lu Qimin for his letter and the opportunity to clarify the TraceTogether (TT) requirements for construction sites (Couldn’t use TraceTogether app to check in at project site, June 4). TraceTogether-only SafeEntry was implemented nationwide on…

Extend wage increases for cleaners to migrant workers

Home welcomes the news that cleaners who are Singaporeans and PR will see wage increments under the PWM. However, as cleaning jobs are also performed by migrant workers, the move to increase the pay of cleaners must also…

Bring forward well-deserved wage adjustments for cleaners

It is heartening to read that the Government has accepted the tripartite committee’s proposal to increase the wages of cleaners, with a view to narrowing the income disparity between cleaners and other workers. However, the timeline of the…

Extend in-store senior discounts at FairPrice to online purchases

It is nice to see the effort made by FairPrice to manage crowding by offering seniors discounts on different days of the week. Pioneer Generation seniors get 3 per cent off their groceries on Mon and Wed. Those…

Ventilation is good, but we can’t open our windows because of second-hand smoke

I refer to the article, “No need to use air purifiers at home, natural ventilation is key to reducing risk of Covid-19: NEA” (June 6). Some of us have homes that are surrounded by neighbours who smoke. How…

Another plea to help sufferers of second-hand smoke

The dangers of even small amounts of second-hand smoke are well-documented and medically proven. I think it is ironic that people have the right to clean air when in public, but we do not have a right to…

Get residents’ views on redevelopment of housing estates

If HDB flats built in the 1960s are to be demolished by 2024, after just 60 years, why bother with 99-year leases? It was reported that residents of 3,480 flats in 31 blocks in Tanglin Halt will soon…

Digitalisation does not work for all hawker stalls and patrons

Digitalisation may be a good initiative by the Government, but should not be pursued single-mindedly to apply to every area of life in society. Hawker food is one area. People patronise hawker centres for convenience, to save time…

Why we missed dining out in Singapore these few weeks

It took about two weeks of home-cooked meals to break me. I grew tired of brainstorming for meal ideas, keeping track of the grocery situation and most of all, washing and cleaning up a sink overflowing with dirty…

Targeted travel restrictions needed but careful not to undermine Changi Airport’s connectivity

The recent wave of infections in Singapore, which included a COVID-19 cluster at Changi Airport last month, has prompted some calls for the suspension of passenger travel at the airport altogether. While many have called for an earlier…

Discounts offered in first half of week to help seniors avoid crowds: FairPrice

We refer to the letter, “To reduce crowding at FairPrice stores, offer discounts to seniors from Mon to Fri” (June 3) and thank Mr Paul Wee Kian Nghee for his suggestions. Through the Senior, Pioneer Generation and Merdeka…

Is housing still affordable for first-time homeowners?

Singapore has one of the highest home ownership rates in the world. Today, every nine in 10 public housing dwellers own their flats in Singapore. The Home Ownership Scheme introduced in 1964 has been one of the key…

Lifts are fitted at overhead bridges where they are most needed

We thank Mr David Kwok Ng Kan for his letter, “Speed up lift installation for better access” (June 2). LTA is focused on building a convenient, well-connected and inclusive land transport system for all. For road crossings, we…

Easy things we can do to protect coral reefs

Coral Triangle Day is celebrated every June 9 to raise awareness of ocean conservation and protection. However, the damage faced by coral reefs in Singapore is perhaps one of the environmental problems that people are least aware about.…

Focus on affordability of public housing, not asset appreciation

I refer to the letter by Mr Foo Sing Kheng. That the Government is looking to consult the public, then make policy adjustments regarding HDB flats in prime areas, is precisely why asset appreciation is not a centrepiece…

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