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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…

Set street lights’ timing to 7pm to save energy

The majority of the street lights in my Sengkang neighbourhood are switched on at around 6.15pm daily. On Sun, 30 street lights, the lights at a carpark and a HDB block’s lights were switched on when there was…

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…

Decisive cooling measures needed to maintain stable property market

I urge the Government to institute decisive private property cooling measures before it is too late. The nominal median income for residents fell by 0.6 per cent over the year to last June, the first decline since 2004.…

Large amount of waste generated during stay-home notice at hotel

I have just returned from India. I am currently housed in a hotel for the 14-day stay-home notice period, and am shocked at the colossal amount of waste being generated every day. The three daily meals are served…

Singa preserves principle of chronological fairness

In some other countries, the idea of borrowing to fund public expenditure might not raise many eyebrows. In ever-cautious Singapore, however, the government is taking pains to stress the prudence and long-term logic of its decision to issue…

Employees should not oppose return to office

The announcement that more workers would be allowed back in offices from yesterday may have brought relief to some employers, but has been received with great reluctance by some employees. Working from home was a temporary measure to…

Take steps to improve user experience at park connector networks

NParks has done a great job in keeping Singapore green, helping Singaporeans to enjoy the greenery and keeping Singaporeans healthy. I have been walking and cycling around Singapore for about 15 years. During this period, the number of…

Act to use less plastic

We can already see the devastating effects of climate change, such as rising sea levels and more tropical storms, and it is time we took action. Yet, governments have taken little action and people are suffering the effects.…

Give prompt notice to residents on lift maintenance work

I live in a four-room flat in Pasir Ris. Every Mon to Fri, my 87-year-old mother with dementia and who is wheelchair-bound goes to a daycare centre and on Sat, to church. We rely on the one lift…

Seniors living in squalid conditions need more help

Reports of poor, elderly citizens living alone in cluttered, bug-ridden homes filled with trash have cropped up time and again. This has only worsened with the onset of the pandemic, with some elderly residents cut off from social…

Commuters talking on public transport a common sight

I commend SMRT staff for their efforts to get people to avoid talking when on public transport. With more people going back to the office to work, our trains are going to get more crowded. We are to…

Action taken against idling of car engines

We refer to Mr Robert James Field McPhail’s letter (Do more to curb idling of car engines, Mar 27). NEA regularly monitors hot spots where motorists frequently leave their vehicle engines idling for reasons other than traffic conditions.…

CDL can take flight again after shaking off albatross

Nineteenth-century German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche once wrote an aphorism which went, “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”. The phrase may be particularly appropriate for listed property group City Developments (CDL), which has gone through its own annus…

An appetite for luxury

Desirable condominiums capture not only the amenities and features a buyer wants in the home, but also the atmosphere and personality the buyer wants in an ideal lifestyle. This is especially true for luxury apartments. In recent years,…

Allure of condo living stimulates demand for mass market homes

By and large, Singaporeans’ dream of owning and living in a private residential property remains very much intact despite the pandemic and economic downturn – as reflected by the healthy private new home sales in 2020. Developers sold…

Good Class Bungalows – tracking the wealth of a nation

Daily conversations about property prices have often concentrated on the non-landed segment of the market with occasional talk about landed properties – and even then, it usually centres on terraces. Very seldom does one hear of GCBs being…

Rekindling of residential en bloc sales in 2021?

The last residential en bloc sales boom from 2017 to mid-2018 remains fresh in our minds, so it may be a surprise to many to hear of a possible revival in this market after only a few short…

Pandemic-fuelled demand drives EC prices to record high

Real estate markets have been booming globally amid the macroeconomic headwinds and market uncertainties. As a prominent property hotspot, Singapore has similarly seen a sales rebound for both the private and public housing sectors.The strong buying momentum, coupled…

Residential hotspots: Districts shaping up to be interesting investment bets

Notwithstanding the cloud of uncertainty induced by the Covid-19 pandemic, the primary residential market has seen strong interest from homebuyers and investors, buoyed by positive sentiment, abundant liquidity, and low interest rates. A prudent investment strategy should encompass…

The future for offices in Singapore

At the onset of the Covid-19 outbreak, safe distancing and circuit breaker measures necessitated the implementation of flexible working arrangements. Even when Singapore transitioned to phase three of reopening, most firms have been adopting a hybrid approach that…

Singapore industrial market: A pandemic winner

The US is launching a US$1.9 trillion stimulus package that could catalyse global economic recovery and global trade volumes. This large economic rescue package will be a booster to Singapore, given her open economy and high dependence on…

The retail scene in post-pandemic Singapore

The retail sector is dynamic, constantly responding to varying needs and ever-evolving consumer behaviour. Transformed by the Internet, today’s retail landscape is a different creature from what it was more than a decade ago, with the pace of…

More homes, commercial projects can be built on Jurong land meant for cancelled HSR project: Experts

More private homes, community facilities and even a retirement village – these are ideas that property analysts have mooted for large tracts of land in Jurong previously earmarked for the KL-Singapore HSR project, which has since been scrapped.…

Create designated smoking area in garden

There is a nice little garden along Cecil St between ISCA House and Prudential Tower, in front of a foodcourt. It would be a very nice place to relax in after lunch. Unfortunately, there are people smoking all…

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