SLA’s million-dollar refurbishment of ministers’ houses at Ridout Road: Economically justifiable and politically defensible?

The report on the Ridout Road rentals by two Singapore ministers unveiled extensive SLA refurbishment costs, surpassing two years of rent collected and raising questions about financial viability. These arrangements seemingly contradict the Ministers’ Code of Conduct’s spirit, warning against any apparent conflict of interest.

SLA statement on Ridout Road rentals raises more questions than answers

In a piece by Jeannette Chong Aruldoss, numerous questions are raised about the Singapore Land Authority’s statement on May 12 regarding the two properties on Ridout Road. She questions why these properties remained vacant for years before being rented by the ministers, and calls for further transparency from SLA.

Singapore Land Authority confirms cabinet ministers’ occupation of colonial bungalows amid rental controversy

The Singapore Land Authority has confirmed that Cabinet Ministers K. Shanmugam and Vivian Balakrishnan are tenants of two prime colonial bungalows on Ridout Road.

The revelation follows concerns raised by opposition politician Kenneth Jeyaretnam about the affordability of such properties for the ministers and the transparency of the rental process.

Further details are expected in the forthcoming Parliament session in July.

Netizens implore Govt not to collect rent from Waterloo Street vendors, highlight that many are among the disabled and elderly

Most of the 41 vendors along Waterloo Street are disabled people and old folks trying to earn a living, said netizens commenting on the government’s recent move to collect a monthly fee from Waterloo Street vendors starting next year. Of these vendors, 19 are fortune tellers, 19 are flower vendors, two are reflexologists and one … Read more

Waterloo Street vendors required to pay rental fee for designated spots starting next year: SLA

Starting 4 January next year, vendors along Waterloo Street will be required to pay S$48.15 monthly fee to operate at designated spots as part of the government’s “street enhancement exercise”, said the Singapore Land Authority (SLA) on Tuesday (8 December). Currently, vendors are not required to pay for their space, except for flower vendors who … Read more

Neither compensation nor empathy extended to residents of Geylang Lorong 3 who face difficulties in moving out

On Monday, The Straits Times (ST) reported that the 191 two-storey terraced houses in Geylang Lorong 3 are set to be handed over to the Singapore Land Authority (SLA) upon the units’ 60-year lease expiry and will later be demolished for future housing plans. The properties were built in the 1950s to accommodate families displaced … Read more

37 families living in Geylang Lorong 3 to be vacated by SLA without compensation

About 37 families in the 191 two-storey terraced houses in Geylang Lorong 3 are expected to hand back their homes to the Singapore Land Authority (SLA) by the end of this year without compensation. The residential properties are set to be returned to the SLA upon the units’ 60-year lease expiry – which ends on … Read more