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Hari Raya light-up kicks off in Geylang Serai, online bazaar launched

The Geylang Serai precinct was awash in a sea of colours on Fri night as the annual Hari Raya light-up began. This year’s street lightings and decorations will last till May 23. The light-up starts ahead of the…

Tackling climate change requires both individuals and organisations, says Desmond Lee

Everyone has a role to play in tackling climate change, MND Minister Desmond Lee said on Fri. He said it was a complex challenge that required effort from both individuals and organisations. “We all have a part to…

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…

SMU names law school after late CJ Yong Pung How for his ‘profound and immense’ impact on profession

Former CJ Yong Pung How had such a profound and immense impact on the legal profession that, more than three decades after he set out to transform Singapore’s justice system, his achievement is still talked about around the…

HDB resale prices rise for 9th straight month in March with cash over valuation back in play

Delays in BTO flats, rising private property prices and improving market sentiment drove demand in HDB resale market, sending prices climbing for the ninth straight month. Resale prices rose 0.8 per cent in Mar from the previous month,…

National Design Centre exhibition imagines future offices centred around pantry

In a post-pandemic office, the centre of operations could be the pantry. An exhibition on the future of offices at National Design Centre launched on Thurs is as provocative as it is timely, coming as more employees are…

Average of 12 people a year taken to task for not providing safe conditions for maids cleaning windows: MOM

The authorities here took about 60 people to task from 2016 to 2020 for failing to provide safe working conditions for their maids while they were cleaning windows. MOM said those implicated included employers and their household members.…

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…

Changi Chapel and Museum to reopen on May 19 with new artefacts

Set in a sleepy quarter of Upper Changi Road, an understated white building bears witness to the memories of thousands of prisoners of war in Changi Prison during World War II. The Changi Chapel and Museum is both…

Murals at shipping terminals depict key role of maritime sector in securing Singapore’s supplies during pandemic

The role of the maritime sector in ensuring the flow of essential supplies into Singapore during the Covid-19 pandemic has been memorialised in mural art displays at shipping terminals here. The 4m by 2m murals at the Jurong…

NTU and South Korean researchers create eco-friendly pollen sponge to tackle oil spills

Scientists from NTU and South Korea’s Sungkyunkwan University have created an environmentally friendly sponge from sunflower pollen to tackle water pollution such as marine oil spills. Professor Cho Nam-Joon from NTU School of Materials Science and Engg said…

New standards for Mice sector launched as S’pore prepares to hold larger events, welcome visitors

Singapore has launched a new certification programme for the Mice sector for large-scale events to be conducted in a safe manner. Event organisers, venue owners and suppliers who meet strict benchmarks and uphold best practices in areas such…

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.…

Lazada pop-up store at Raffles City takes over space formerly occupied by Robinsons

The space formerly occupied by Robinsons on the third level of Raffles City Shopping Centre has now been taken over by online retailer Lazada. Over the next two weeks, Lazada will be showcasing home furnishings and smart home…

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…

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…

Family of 4 escape fire at Kovan home; no injuries reported

A fire broke out on Sun morning at a private housing estate in Kovan, forcing a family of four to flee their home. A spokesman for SCDF said on Mon that it was alerted to the fire at…

2 stung in Sentosa: Stingrays common around S’pore but docile unless disturbed, say experts

Stingray sightings are a common occurrence in the waters around Singapore and they are known to be docile unless disturbed, said experts who were responding to reports of two recent incidents involving the creatures off Sentosa beaches. A…

New Bill will allow Govt to borrow up to $90b for long-term national infrastructure projects

A new Bill introduced on Mon will pave the way for the Government to pay for major national infrastructure projects through borrowing, something that has not been done since the 1990s. The proposed Significant Infrastructure Government Loan Act…

Long queues to enter revamped National Orchid Garden

Visitors faced long queues to enter the National Orchid Garden on Mon after it introduced an attraction designed to simulate the experience of ascending through a tropical cloud forest. More than 50 people were seen lining up at…

NUS student allegedly stalked woman and trespassed into her property on campus

A NUS student allegedly committed offences, including stalking a woman and trespassing into her property on campus. Ong Jing Xiang, now 25, had been handed three charges earlier this year – one count each of harassment, criminal trespass…

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.…

MRT, bus commuters could be subject to frisk searches under proposed laws

Commuters taking the bus or train here could be subject to frisk searches by police officers and other “senior approved persons” under proposed laws introduced in Parliament on Mon. Under the Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill, a “frisk search”…

Relief period for options to purchase, S&P agreements for property extended to June 30

The relief period for OTP, and SPAs with developers will be extended for an additional three months, up to June 30. This will help buyers of residential, commercial and industrial properties who require more time to make their…

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