The number of private homes being sold in the market through public auction has increased with about 70% of all sales being put up by their owners. The rest is put to auction by banks. Auctioneers, Colliers, who conduct an auction about once a month, explained that there were more homes being sold because of a rise in interest rates leading to more defaults in mortgage payments.
The Police had to be called in to a tense stand-off between residents in Buangkok and the Agri-food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) after residents stopped officers from trapping stray dogs to put to sleep. Some of the residents in Buangkok have been feeding the stray dogs there for many years but after someone lodged a complaint about being chased by stray dogs, the AVA went in to trap them and put them down.
The People’s Action Party (PAP) passed a new resolution at their Party Conference last year but they did not make changes to their party constitution to bring the changes into effect. Now, Party Chairman Khaw Boon Wan has explained that they will be doing so at their next Party Conference. Khaw was speaking at the PAP60 Dinner and Awards at the Singapore Expo on Saturday as he also spoke about what made the PAP so successful over the past 60 years.
According to the Parliamentary records, the current term parliamentarians have raised a record number of questions. The MPs from the current 12th term have had 2,624 questions answeredd so far with still over a year to go before the end of the term. The 11th term MPs before them, who sat between Nov 2006 and Apr 2011, had only 1,643 questions answered.
SMRT promised that they would be tightening all their security measures to prevent future break ins at their depots. Their promise comes shortly after one of their trains at the Bishan Depot was vandalised by two German tourists. While SMRT is also assisting police with investigations, they said that they still don’t know how the men were able to sneak into their depot.
With the ongoing dispute about the Workers’ Party Town Council and their “red” rating in the area of S&CC arrears, the PAP and the mainstream media has gone to great lengths to show that the PAP is better than the WP. The Minister of State for National Development, Desmond Lee, has made a series of statements highlighting the mismanagement of the WP Town council saying that there was “serious financial mismanagement and even going as far as saying that the WP had purposely recruited friends to spread lies online to distract the public.
Residents of Block 612 at Elias Road in Pasir Ris have had to put up with a neighbour from hell for over 5 years as despite countless complaints and letters sent to the town council, HDB and the Police, the authorities are powerless. The problem neighbour, Mr Liew Chien Siong, 33, terrorises the entire block by loudly banging on his walls with a solid object at all hours of the day causing disturbance to neighbours.
Law and Foreign Affairs Minister K Shanmugam said that businesses should also lend their support to fund animal welfare groups in Singapore. He was speaking at an appreciation event organised by animal welfare organisation Save Our Street Dogs (SOSD). Mr Shanmugam said that running an Non-Governmental Organisation is not easy and founders of such groups often face cash flow problems.
Speaking at the 50th anniversary dinner for Community Club Management Committees (CCMCs), PM Lee said that Community Clubs are still relevant and have a use in Singapore. He highlighted that there were more and more alternative venues for Singaporeans to host events and go to for recreation but there were still many Singaporeans who turn to Community Clubs to find others of similar interests.