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S’pore studying whether to give ‘benefits’ to travellers who have been vaccinated: Lawrence Wong

The idea of giving “benefits” to vaccinated travellers is still being studied carefully by the Government, since the ability of vaccines to lower one’s risk of infecting others is still not fully understood, Minister Lawrence Wong said on…

Working from home should stay as default, otherwise use staggered working hours ‘extensively’: Tripartite partners

Working from home should remain the default workplace arrangement, but employers that require their staff to return to the workplace are urged to implement staggered working hours more extensively, said Singapore’s tripartite partners. The tripartite partners — comprising…

Coronavirus: Singapore says it’s given 60,000 vaccine shots, as it tightens social distancing curbs ahead of Lunar New Year

Some 60,000 residents in Singapore have received their first Covid-19 vaccine shots since Dec 30, authorities said on Fri. Meanwhile, Singapore announced that it would tighten Covid-19 restrictions slightly, following a small spike in infections in recent days,…

As Covid-19 rages on, is Singapore risking too much to host the World Economic Forum?

In the coming months, more than a thousand government officials, business leaders and sportspeople are expected to flock to Singapore, a nation that seems to have contained Covid-19 infections far better than US or countries in Europe. WEF…

The Dover Forest debate: Can nature and development co-exist in urbanised Singapore?

The balance between Singapore’s urban development and preservation of its natural environment is again catching the public’s attention with question marks hanging over the fate of two forested areas. Dover Forest, a 33ha site within Ulu Pandan that…

Singapore may tighten Covid-19 rules ahead of Chinese New Year, will also prioritise vaccine roll-out

The battle against Covid-19 this year will be fought on two fronts: speeding up the nationwide vaccination programme, and keeping the slate of safeguards finely tuned. This could mean implementing further restrictions ahead of CNY in Feb, when…

Safety track records of construction firms can be easily compared on new MOM e-service

Construction firms’ safety track records will be more easily accessible from Thurs, with statistics on information such as fatalities and stop-work orders consolidated for easy comparison. The data on MOM’s website will also be updated every fortnight. Senior…

Mandatory Covid-19 tests for cargo drivers, personnel entering S’pore via Tuas, Woodlands checkpoints from Jan 22

From Fri, all cargo drivers and accompanying personnel entering Singapore via the Tuas and Woodlands checkpoints will need to take a Covid-19 ART upon arrival. Those with a negative test result will be allowed to proceed, MTI said…

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…

Overzealous businesses might have hindered contact tracing instead

The rolling out of TraceTogether-only SafeEntry by some businesses before the official implementation, except for ongoing pilots, is a manifestation of overzealousness. To be fair, all the shopping malls that I visited have allowed me entry by using…

Measures supporting 5G, green finance, agritech, supply chain resilience to feature prominently in Budget 2021: KPMG

More grants supporting local enterprises, tax incentive packages catalysing digitalisation and business transformation, as well as special propositions enhancing the skills of Singapore’s workforce, are some items on professional services firm KPMG’s wish list for the upcoming Budget…

Ministers’ statements on property market fuel fear of new cooling measures

The casual real estate observer must be left wondering about the government’s intentions when not one, but two, ministers sounded out warnings about the property market on 18 Jan 2020. The warning was directed to both developers and…

HDB Fresh Start housing scheme: Does it make financial sense for people staying in public rental flats to buy their own 2-room flat?

In this article, we examine one of HDB’s housing schemes, the Fresh Start Housing Scheme, which is meant to uplift second-timer households who are living in public rental flats and assist them to own their own homes. Recognising…

No dragon dances, fewer lion dances to welcome Year of the Ox

There will be fewer dancing animals to welcome the Year of the Ox. Dragon dances are cancelled and lion dancers cannot perform at many public spaces this year due to the Covid-19 restrictions. These are among stricter infection…

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…

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…

Foreign airlines get approval to fly transit passengers to Changi Airport

Several more airlines have received approval from CAAS to stopover at Changi Airport with passengers enroute to other destinations. At least three airlines – Lufthansa, Swiss Intl Airlines and Garuda Indonesia – have resumed ferrying transit passengers this…

Ideas for Jurong Lake District include bigger plots, signature events

Property developers, investors and businesses have offered several suggestions for JLD, which is set to provide over 100,000 new jobs and 20,000 new homes when it is fully developed. These ideas include the government selling larger sites “with…

Property market must remain stable so young Singaporeans can own homes: DPM

DPM Heng said the government is paying “close attention” to the local real estate market “to ensure that it remains stable”. This is because “we must continue to enable young Singaporeans to own their homes and fulfil their…

Singapore government to ensure property market is in line with economic fundamentals

The Singapore government is monitoring the developments in the property market “very closely”, and will adjust policies if necessary, to maintain a stable and sustainable property market for Singaporeans, said MND Minister Desmond Lee. Speaking at BCA-Redas Built…

Installing CCTVs outside HDB flats is illegal, but more home owners are doing so, say merchants

Could you accept a neighbour monitoring your daily movements along the common corridor of an HDB block through the installation of a CCTV camera outside their home? That was a question posed on Jan 12 to the FB…

Public sector projects to drive bulk of construction sector’s recovery in 2021

Construction demand is expected to make a moderate recovery in 2021, largely supported by public sector demand, with a number of “major” infrastructure projects to be awarded this year, BCA said on Mon. BCA projected that S$23 billion…

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…

Some barbecue pits and camping sites to reopen on Wednesday

Barbecue pits and camping sites in parks here will reopen for use on Wed. Applications for permits restarted last Wed. As of 2pm on Fri, 14 camping permits and 29 barbecue pit permits have been issued, NParks said.…

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…

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…

Nature groups oppose zoning of Dover Forest in Ulu Pandan for residential use

NSS has raised concerns over the zoning of Dover Forest for residential use, citing the need to protect animal and plant species, and create more green spaces for the public. The area is in a 33ha Ulu Pandan…

Consumers should pay if they take 3 or more plastic bags at supermarkets: Citizen workgroup

Consumers should have to pay a fee for each plastic bag if they take three or more of them at supermarkets, a citizen workgroup has suggested. Smaller bags given by pharmacies, for instance, should be charged per bag…

COVID-19: All travellers to be tested upon arrival in Singapore, including citizens and PRs

All travellers, including Singaporeans and permanent residents, will have to take a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival into Singapore from 11.59pm on 24 Jan. With the resurgence of COVID-19 cases around the world, MOH said on Sat that…

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…

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