Monthly Archives: January 2018

Understanding the budget

by Chris Kuan Not an Instagram influenza, am too old for it. Here is my bit to explain the various levels of the budget as requested by a number of you. The starting level is the total amount of revenues and the total amount of expenditures. The former are the taxes, charges and duties. The latter consist of the Operating …

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Could Malaysians in Singapore hold the trump card to the Malaysian 14th GE

by Tan Wah Piow Could Malaysians in Singapore wield the crucial votes to bring about systemic change of Malaysia? This is a possibility if the analysis of one political scientist were correct. The Malaysian General Elections GE14 is due to be called anytime from now, but no later than 24th August. Goodies such as cooking oil with the ruling coalition …

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HDB: 17,000 new flats to be launched for sale in 2018

Housing and Development Board (HDB) has announced that it will launch about 17,000 new flats for sale in 2018. It noted that for the first Build-To-Order (BTO) exercise to be launched in February 2018, HDB will offer about 3,600 flats in Choa Chu Kang, Geylang, Tampines and Woodlands. It is said by the agency, that the Resale Price Index (RPI) fell …

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ST Editorial praises Govt’s Punggol initiative as legacy of Goh Keng Swee

by Vincent Low In the ST Editorial (‘Making Punggol an enterprise district’, 26 Jan), it praises the recently launched masterplan for the 50ha Punggol Digital District by Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean. The new district is supposed to generate up to 28,000 digital economy jobs in Singapore, according to Teo. ST said that “such investment signals commitment” by the …

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Ammonia leak incident at Fishery Port Road

The Singapore Civil Defence Force posted on its Facebook page that an ammonia leak occurred at 1 Fishery Port Road on Friday. It notes that it was alerted to the incident at about 11.40am. It is said that the leak in a first floor chiller room was shut off by the company and its staff were evacuated prior to SCDF’s …

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URA: 0.8% increase of private home prices in fourth quarter of 2017

The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) has released the real estate statistics for the fourth quarter of 2017 on Friday (26 January), saying that private home prices increased by 0.8 percent during this period. It noted that the prices of private residential properties in this period are similar to the 0.7 previous increase in the previous quarter. While, for the whole …

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Best time to book for most-searched destinations in 2018

Knowing Singaporean travellers’ best interest lies in scoring the best travel deals to get the most bang for the buck, the world’s leading travel search engine, KAYAK (KAYAK.sg) examined millions of travel searches to find out the best time to book for top destinations, as the new year sets the perfect scene for travel planning while most people’s annual leaves …

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