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Better to bite bullet and roll back Covid-19 curbs than delay the inevitable

Even as Singapore extended its Covid-19 restrictions for a month, Health Minister Ong Ye Kung had some good news to share. Cases have stabilised and infection numbers are no longer doubling every few days the way they were…

Step up enforcement to curb the problem of idling vehicles

Singapore should now move on to tackle vehicular emissions (a deadlier type of smoke) which I feel is a larger problem. We should now crack down on inconsiderate motorists who still let their engines idle, many doing it…

More can still be done to manage Covid-19 situation in foreign worker dorms

Reading the article “Workers at Jurong dorm allege neglect and lack of medical care” (Oct 15) left me feeling disappointed. It showed that even more can be done in the fight against Covid-19, in addition to the vaccination…

Make sure SafeEntry enforcers are properly trained and equipped

I am disappointed at how the SafeEntry system is being administered in some places. I was happy when SafeEntry readers were introduced to let us just tap our TraceTogether token, or smartphone with the TraceTogether app open, on…

Singapore needs to further diversify its energy sources

The current gas supply crunch happening worldwide has unfortunately laid bare Singapore’s vulnerability to energy price shocks. Natural gas, whether the piped natural gas from our neighbours or from LNG imported through the nation’s LNG terminal, forms 95…

Tackle serious breaches in road safety rules by errant cyclists

I think it is imperative to highlight additional serious breaches of road safety rules by errant cyclists. On numerous occasions, I have witnessed many cyclists, especially those riding electric bikes, riding in the fastest lanes on arterial roads.…

Essential goods and services best run as public operations

Free market economics cannot work effectively in a small captive market, particularly the energy market, in which all raw materials are imported and processing costs are constrained by technology and supply chain limitations. Essential goods and services are…

Cautious reopening protects kids who cannot be vaccinated

As the father of a two-year-old boy, I appreciate the Government “hitting the brakes” and not rushing Singapore’s reopening. My son, who has spent most of his life in a world living with Covid-19, is currently ineligible for…

Efforts on to reduce security officers’ long working hours

We thank Mr Pavithran Vidyadharan for his letter (Reduce security officers’ shift from 12 to 8 hours, Oct 16). USE, SAS and ACSA are part of the STC committee. STC is the body that introduced the PWM for…

Renting can be a viable alternative to owning a private home in Singapore

Home ownership is deeply ingrained in the minds of Singaporeans. Around 88 per cent of resident households own their homes as at 2020. Subsidies and grants help locals to own HDB flats and have a direct stake in…

Reality check for Singapore property as retirement asset

It is often said that Singaporeans have an enduring love affair with property, with many looking to sell or downsize their homes to enhance their retirement kitties in their golden years. But that passion for property is in…

Solar power is a good source, but people need to use less energy

Last month, Solar for Dover, a student-led team at UWCSEA Dover, completed its eight-year goal of raising funds for more than 2,000 solar panels. As a leader of the team for the past two years, I had thought…

Difficult trade-offs in ensuring public transport system remains financially sustainable

I am puzzled by ST senior transport correspondent Christopher Tan’s conclusion in his commentary, “Balance of fares, subsidies and commercial returns key to sustainable transport system in S’pore” (Oct 11). Contrary to his claim that public transport operators…

‘Our livelihoods are at stake’: A restaurant manager’s plea to diners to follow Covid-19 rules

It has been a turbulent 21 months for Singapore residents, no thanks to Covid-19. Regulations have been adjusted regularly to combat the coronavirus. If diners find it stressful to cope with the ever-changing rules, try to imagine the…

Worth keeping track of number of condos with smoke-free by-laws

Recently, I wrote to BCA to ask for data on how many “smoking ban at balcony and/or patio” by-laws have been lodged by MCSTs in Singapore to date. I introduced myself as a 16-year smoke-free advocate, so such…

Electricity retailer exiting market should compensate customers

I have two contracts for electricity supply from iSwitch, one for me and the other for my mother. On Wed, we received e-mails from iSwitch saying that it will be ceasing its electricity retail operations from Nov 11…

No automatic requirement for noise barriers at worksites

We refer to Mr Kang Kim Seng’s letter, “No explanation for why noise barrier can’t be put up at construction site” (Oct 9). NEA has closely monitored construction work at the Mayflower Pri School worksite. In the last…

Reduce security officers’ shift from 12 to 8 hours

It is heartening to note the amendments to the Private Security Industry Act. SIC)in its forum letter also affirmed its commitment to continue to improve the skills, productivity, wages and career pathways of officers. There is another aspect…

With electricity retailers in S’pore folding, it’s time to think about over-reliance on fossil fuels

Energy prices are soaring worldwide, and consumers and electricity retailers in Singapore are taking the brunt of the increase. Of the 12 companies that sell electricity to households, two of them – iSwitch and Ohm Energy – this…

To reignite kampung spirit, appoint chief gardeners in various estates, share dishes made from locally grown crops

One may assume that reduced interaction from the pandemic has curbed the kampung spirit among Singaporeans. Government policies, however, have had the by-effect of rekindling it. Initiatives by NParks, such as the provision of allotment gardens where residents…

Turn RSS Resolution into a ship exhibit in Navy Museum

My former ship crew and I welcome the news and hope that more exhibits can be included, like a ship where visitors can go on board for tours. We have one remaining County-class LST (landing ship tank), the…

Convert Jurong Bird Park site into a waterfall park

With Jurong Bird Park due to move to Mandai next year, I am concerned about the fate of its current site. Even without the birds, it is a beautiful, lushly landscaped park with its undulating landscape covered by…

Teach people to use water dispensers correctly

The authorities have done a good job of installing water dispensers at hawker centres as part of efforts to prevent diabetes. However, not everyone understands or knows the purpose of these installations. I witnessed an elderly person using…

Security officers deserve security as well

Public perceptions of private security officers should change after amendments to the Private Security Industry Act were passed earlier this month. Private security officers play a crucial role in ensuring the safety and security of the premises to…

Enhance SafeEntry system to show red light for unvaccinated people

The latest vaccination-differentiated safe mgmt measures at shopping malls and large standalone shops announced recently by the Government are a good idea to protect the unvaccinated from catching Covid-19 and reduce the strain on the healthcare system. I…

Create route to Tan Tock Seng Hospital through mall

The latest changes in Covid-19 measures include barring unvaccinated people from entering shopping malls. Some shopping malls serve as shortcuts for many people to walk from point A to point B. An example is the route from the…

CEA Public Register now updated with full town names

We refer to the letter “Not clear what towns’ abbreviations refer to on property website” (Oct 9) by Mr Brandon Zheng. CEA publishes the records of residential property transactions facilitated by property agents in Singapore, under the Property…

Draconian mask rules are unrealistic

I read Mr Alex Yeo’s letter with a mixture of bemusement and alarm (Have a ‘no mask, no talk’ rule while exercising and dining, Oct 9). His views represent a strain of mask fundamentalism that is both practically…

Smaller class sizes foster independent thinking

I was lucky to be in a class of 23 pupils in upper pri, compared with 40 in pri 3. I found that a smaller class size made class discussions easier, and encouraged even my quieter classmates to…

Improve right-turn signal system at traffic junctions

A right-turn signal that lets drivers turn only when the green arrow comes on has been implemented at many traffic junctions. I understand that this represents a safer option for vehicles on the road. It makes sense for…

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