Responding in Parliament to a question about whether alcohol sales could be restricted to plastic and tin containers, Second Minister of Home Affairs, S Iswaran, explained that the police already have such powers. He said that the police can make it compulsory for liquor to be sold in plastic or tin instead of glass.
SMRT posted a 58.4% increase in net profits for the fiscal third quarter, thanks to higher rental income and a reduction in losses from bus operations as well as improvements in its rail operations. Meanwhile, the Public Transport Council has just approved the next fare hike of 2.8% claiming that the public transport companies were facing difficult operations.
Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong has echoed PM Lee’s criticisms of Singaporeans and has scolded Singaporeans for ruining Singapore’s reputation as a clean city. ESM Goh even went on to suggest that Singapore was nothing without foreigners as he said that “Without foreign workers, Singapore is likely to become a "garbage city".”
The Land Transport Authority and traffic police are ramping up enforcement efforts to catch more motorists speeding and beating red lights. 20 new digital speed cameras are being installed by the end of the year as well as another 30 digital red light cameras. The speeding cameras are being put up in 11 different locations including Loyang Avenue towards Tampines Avenue 7, PIE towards East Coast Parkway and Upper Thomson Road towards Lornie Road.
SMRT has responded to media queries regarding their policy on animals on trains. It explained that pets and animals are not allowed on the MRT system. The company said that this was in line with the Rapid Transit Systems Act which says that “no person shall bring any animal into or upon, or allow any animal under his control to remain in or on, any part of the railway premises”.
Speaking in Parliament in response to a question about Singapore’s threat level following its decision to join in the fight against the Islamic State, DPM Teo Chee Hean said that there is no indication of a heightened threat. DPM Teo, who is also the Minister for Home Affairs, explained that the overall threat level to every country has been increasing as the violence in Syria and Iraq continues and escalates. ISIS is still reaching out to and encouraging overseas supporters to carry out attacks on home soil and Singapore is not immune to this, Mr Teo explained.
Khaw Boon Wan, the Minister for National Development, explained in parliament that there will be no commercial columbarium at the site of a proposed Chinese temple in Sengkang West. He also noted that this was the first time that a site intended for a place of worship was awarded to a company not affiliated with a religious organisation.
Comedian Russell Peters is doing another show in Singapore in April as part of his Almost Famous World Tour. His last two shows here in 2012 and 2013 set record attendance figures with over 18,000 fans showing up for the 2012 show which was held over 2 nights. His show, with all new material, will come to Singapore on April 7 at the Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Police have arrested 2 PRC nationals after they were caught selling illegal sex drugs outside Aljunied MRT Station in broad daylight. The two PRCs were arrested at about 9:25am on Sunday morning and many people had gathered around to watch as police apprehended the two men. Witnesses shared that the two men were selling up to 20 different types of illegal sex pills.