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Covid-19: S’pore tightens border restrictions for travellers from Fiji, relaxes measures for those from Israel

Singapore on Mon tightened border measures for travellers from Fiji while relaxing restrictions for those from Israel, in view of the Covid-19 pandemic situation in both countries. All travellers entering Singapore who have a travel history to Fiji…

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,…

Scheme to help F&B businesses provide delivery services, go online has helped 10,000 so far; extended by 1 month

A scheme to help F&B businesses defray the costs of providing food delivery services and going online has been extended by a month until Jul 15, ESG said on Sun. Since it was re-introduced on May 16, the…

Spike in bicycle accidents on Singapore roads amid cycling boom last year

There was an increase in the number of road traffic accidents involving bicycles last year, amid a COVID-19 inspired boom in the popularity of cycling. There were 572 traffic accidents involving bicycles in 2020, up about 25 per…

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.…

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…

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…

How does the new Singles Scheme support the LGBTQ+ Community?

The recently announced new singles scheme is an effort for more inclusive housing opportunities. We take a closer look at how these changes affect LGBTQ+ individuals and what else can we do to make the housing landscape more…

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…

Covid-19 restrictions, visitor capacity in public libraries, National Archives to be relaxed

Public libraries and NAS can be half-full again from Mon, up from the 25 per cent cap on capacity that is currently in force as the country gradually eases social restrictions. In-person programmes are also set to make…

Jewel Changi Airport to reopen on June 14; some airport workers to be part of trial for breathalyser Covid-19 tests

Jewel Changi Airport will reopen on Mon, after having been closed to the public for a month from May 13 amid the emergence of a Covid-19 cluster among airport workers. CAAS and CAG said on Fri that there…

Heightened measures eased for real estate agents from June 14

In a circular today, CEA announced the gradual reopening of activities for real estate agents in Phase 3 (Heightened Alert). From June 14, the cap on the number of people visting an inhabited dwelling will be increased to…

Safe management measures at project sales galleries relaxed from June 14

Under the Phase 3 Heightened Alert Safe Mgmt Measures (SMM) announced by MTF on June 10, existing SMM will be relaxed from 14 June 2021. The maximum capacity within developers’ project sales galleries and show units will be…

Enhanced Jobs Support Scheme to continue for sectors allowed to reopen only from June 21

With some sectors facing an additional week of closure up till June 20, the current enhancements to JSS will be extended for affected businesses such as food establishments that cannot yet resume dining in. Businesses that had to…

Restarting Singapore economy a priority before adjusting border controls: Gan Kim Yong

Reopening Singapore’s local community and restarting the economy in a safe manner is the Government’s immediate priority before border measures can be eased. Only after the local situation is stable will Singapore have space and capacity to think…

COVID: Social gathering size can increase to 5 per group from 14 June – MTF

From 14 June, the size of social gatherings allowed in Singapore will be increased to five people, up from the current limit of two persons. Up to five distinct visitors will also be allowed per household per day,…

COVID: Dine-in at F&B places can resume at max 5 per group from 21 June

Dining in at F&B establishments can resume from 21 June, provided the COVID-19 situation remains under control in the coming weeks, MTF on the pandemic said on Thurs. The measure was unveiled as it announced that Singapore will…

Work-from-home remains default arrangement in Singapore’s Phase 3 (HA)

Work-from-home will remain the default arrangement as Singapore transitions out of Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) from 14 June. On Thurs, MOH said that it is essential that transmission risks remain in check by reducing overall footfall and interactions…

Negotiations on wage increases for workers in security, landscape and lift and escalator sectors to be concluded soon: Tan See Leng

Workers in the security, landscape, and lift and escalator sectors may soon see their salaries increase further under the PWM, with tripartite partners “confident” they can conclude negotiations in the next few months, said Manpower Minister Tan See…

7,000 wet market stallholders to receive one-month rental waiver to cope with reduced business

Some 7,000 wet market stallholders will receive a one-month rental waiver to help them cope with the impact of lower footfall at markets due to the ongoing heightened alert restrictions. Dr Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State for…

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…

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…

Man faces charges of keeping 25 chickens in his Pasir Ris flat, breeding them for sale

A man charged with keeping 25 chickens in his Pasir Ris flat, maintaining an unlicensed farm and distributing the fowl from his home had his case mentioned again on Wed. Eric Woo Yoke Meng, 50, faces three charges…

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…

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