Rubaashini Shunmuganathan

New HDB portal to be introduced to allow homeowners to advertise and list their own flats – what will happen to property agents?

Starting from Wednesday (11 September), first-time Housing and Development Board (HDB) flat buyers will receive more generous grants and flexibility in deciding the size of their flat and its location. On top of that, the income ceilings to qualify to purchase a HDB flat for potential buyers has also been increased, for the first time in four years. These changes …

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Elections Department opens tender for 150 polling booths

Following the sudden announcement of the Electoral Boundaries Review Committee (EBRC) formation last Wednesday, the Elections Department (ELD) has now put up tender to obtain at least 150 booths that will be used for polling. This was revealed in tender documents that was published on government procurement portal GeBIZ published on Tuesday (10 September). According to the documents, the booths …

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Yale-NUS College student is all praise for renowned Singapore historian Dr Hong Lysa for her years of “invaluable contributions” in Singapore’s past

On Tuesday (10 September), NUS-Yale sophomore Faris Joraimi took to his Facebook to pen his admiration for renowned local historian Dr Hong Lysa for her “invaluable contributions to our understanding of Singapore’s traumatic, silenced past.” In his post, he thanked Dr Hong for her “monumental treat of a lecture” when she came and presented a talk on revisionist history at …

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NGO for migrant workers shares how employers of foreign workers refuse to comply with court orders to pay up workers

Transient Workers Count Too (TWC2), a non-profit organisation dedicated to improving conditions for low-wage migrant workers in Singapore, wrote into Straits Times forum, claiming that employers of migrant workers ignore court orders sent to them to pay up salaries that they owe their workers. Ethan Guo, the General Manager of TWC said that the NGO is unaware of the consequences …

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NMP Anthea Ong pushes for more urgent measures taken to combat climate change and redistribute food waste to charity

On Wednesday (4 September), the Resource Sustainability Bill was passed in Parliament. The Bill entails regulations to reduce food, electronic waste as well as packaging, given that Singapore’s sole landfill at Pulau Semakau is expected to run out of space by 2030. Under the Bill, it will be compulsory for large food waste generators to segregate and treat their food …

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Lawrence Wong: Funding up to S$100b to combat climate change could be gathered from borrowing, ministry budgets and reserves

On Tuesday (3 September), Second Minister for Finance Lawrence Wong revealed in Parliament that it would be possible for the Government to fund S$100 billion needed for climate change measures by using a combination of borrowing, ministry budgets and reserves. “We will need a combination of funding methods to finance the various climate change adaption measures,” Mr Wong said. Mr …

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