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Daily Archives: 2015-06-29

Chinese firm makes top bid of S$483m for HDB site

A PRC developer, HY Realty, has put up the top bid for a residential site near the Queenstown MRT last week (23 Jun) at a price of $483.2 million. This was 8 per cent higher than second bid. The land belongs to HDB. HDB disclosed that the 10,516.1 sqm, 99-year leasehold site at Dundee Road attracted a total of nine …

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The scourge of ignorance and fear

By Li Hui Min It has been a long time since I have read Lianhe Zaobao. This morning, a friend sent a link of an article to me, and I got goosebumps after reading it. Lianhe Zaobao, the main Chinese daily broadsheet in Singapore, published a rather ignorant editorial today warning against legalising same-sex marriage. The article, titled “the disaster …

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Respect is a two-way street

By Alfian Sa’at I hate saying things that are obvious. But sometimes I see people discussing things which don’t even merit discussion, and it bugs me…and one of these things is about how non-Muslims should ‘dress modestly’ in the presence of Muslims who are fasting. So. I’m taking a deep breath…and…here we go: The most fundamental consideration when it comes …

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7 dead bodies in 11 days

Within a span of 11 days, seven dead bodies were discovered around Singapore. The spate of deaths included five deaths in five days from 18 June to 23 June. The police classified all the deaths as “unnatural” and investigations are ongoing. The latest death took place yesterday, Sunday, in Geylang East, Avenue 1, where a man was found dead at …

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Gov’t focused on getting commuters to use public transport: Lui

The Minister of Transport, Lui Tuck Yew, says the Government is focused on “enhancing public transport and getting commuters to opt for it instead of cars”, according to a TODAY newspaper report on Monday, 29 June. Among these enhancements were the tightening of “service standards each year, such as the requirements for service recovery during breakdowns.” Mr Lui also addressed …

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Another Country – Two friends share a story that’s their own

By Kirsten Han, with Cindi Loo in Kuala Lumpur Everyone knows that it’s Singapore’s Golden Jubilee by now, but SG50 marks not just the 50-year anniversary of a new beginning but a parting of ways between two countries: Singapore and Malaysia. Another Country is the second of five productions in local theatre company W!LD RICE’s imagiNATION 2015 season. A co-production between …

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Downtown Line 2 to open ahead of schedule in December

Minister for Transport and Second Minister for Defence Lui Tuck Yew announced during a Ministerial Community Visit to Zhenghua Division yesterday that the 12 stations of Downtown Line 2 (DTL2) will open in December 2015, ahead of the 1Q2016 timeframe announced previously. The 12 stations are: (DT1) Bukit Panjang, interchange with the Bukit Panjang LRT Line (DT2) Cashew (DT3) Hillview (DT4) …

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Niche CCAs at schools to give way to more “learning opportunity” programmes

By Howard Lee There was a time where parents will send their children to a school because it excelled in a certain sport of co-curricular activity (CCA). Not anymore, as schools begin to scale back the School-Based Excellence initiative, to be replaced by “programmes that focus more on learning opportunities rather than achievements”, reported media. The Programme for School-Based Excellence (PSE) for …

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In Mitigation

By Dr Wong Wee Nam What is a remand ward? I have worked in a remand ward at Woodbridge Hospital.  With rows of beds, it looked like any C class ward in an old hospital. Add in the inmate and other security fittings, the ward did not look or feel like even an ordinary ward in a psychiatric hospital. It …

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Did People’s Association reserve Aussie BBQ tickets for its own members only?

“The idea was good but shame it ended up as an ugly spat between the haves and the haves-not,” said one person. He was referring to the much anticipated SG50 barbeque (BBQ) organised by the Australian High Commission here in Singapore. The island-wide event by the Australians, to celebrate the two countries’ bilateral ties and to show solidarity in celebration …

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