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10 Dec 2019
National Environment Agency
Suggestion View - 2
Set up permanent night markets here

I agree that there are too many shopping malls in Singapore (Do we need more shopping malls and apartments?, Dec 2). Singapore also lacks the permanent night markets found overseas. The night markets in places such as Thailand and Taiwan sell items ranging from street food to apparel and footwear. These items are often more affordable than those of shopping malls and customers have many varieties to choose from. To remain competitive as a food and shopping haven, Si......



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03 Dec 2019
National Environment Agency
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Seven of 20 hawker centres planned are already operating

We thank Mr Peh Chwee Hoe, Mr Neo Poh Goon and Mr Jeffrey Law for their letters (Changes to packed CBD hawker centres needed, Nov 22; More new hawker centres needed, Nov 25; and Too many malls, not enough hawker centres, Nov 28) The Government had earlier announced long-term plans to build 20 new hawker centres to be located in new estates, or existing estates that are relatively under-served. The timeline for hawker centre development is driven by various factors, such as the ava......



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28 Nov 2019
National Environment Agency
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Nailing down air quality is complicated

We thank Mr Dennis Sim for his feedback (NEA needs to give useful info on haze, The Straits Times Online, Nov 17). The air around us is a mixture of gases and particles that can come from a variety of sources, and determining the composition of the particulate matter in the air is a complex process. When there is haze, our immediate priorities are real-time monitoring of the situation and issuance of the necessary advisories to the public. We seek to keep the public......



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25 Nov 2019
National Environment Agency
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More new hawker centres needed

Our population is increasing and new towns are being built but new hawker centres are not built in tandem (Changes to packed CBD hawker centres needed, Nov 22). The problems encountered at hawker centres in the Central Business District - long queues, insufficient tables and chairs, choping - are evident in centres throughout the island. The Government has spent a lot on upgrading and renovating existing centres, citing that they are old and need better ventilation ......



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22 Nov 2019
National Environment Agency
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Changes to packed CBD hawker centres needed

To some extent, the authorities have addressed the squeeze on transport and other infrastructure caused by the increase in the population, but there is one area that has been overlooked. The number of workers in the central business district (CBD) has increased over the years, but the number of hawker centres providing affordable food has not. For example, the Hill Street hawker centre was demolished years ago, but no replacement was built. Lunch-time queues are get......



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19 Nov 2019
National Environment Agency
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More transparency needed in funeral business

The National Environmental Agency (NEA) should be commended for putting up useful public information about post-death matters to better guide the public. On its website, it lists down undertakers and embalmers who have undergone Basic Infection Control Training conducted by the Ministry of Health. However, this list has not been updated since October 2016. A quick check with the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority on the business profiles of the list of 86......



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18 Nov 2019
National Environment Agency
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NEA needs to give useful info on haze

The days of haze caused by forest fires in Indonesia are gone with the change in wind conditions. However, the air quality has not improved. It is of grave concern to note that the National Environment Agency (NEA), in a Facebook post, attributed the current haze to an "accumulation of particulate matter". It added that it is monitoring the situation and that meantime expect rain and wind to clear the haze. Such general statements are not very reassur......



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08 Nov 2019
National Environment Agency
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Vehicular Emissions Scheme effective so far

We thank Mr Peter Loon Seng Chee for his letter (No real rebate for owners of lower-emission cars, Nov 4). In determining a new vehicle's price, the vehicle industry takes into account multiple factors which include the vehicle's open market value, certificate of entitlement (COE) category, COE prices and trend, as well as any incentives and disincentives offered or charged by the Government. Hence the vehicle price may not change by the exact same amount as the reb......



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01 Nov 2019
National Environment Agency
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NEA pushing for less use of disposables

We thank Mr Paul Chan Poh Hoi for his views (No excuse for not switching to biodegradable alternatives, Oct 24). In Singapore, we incinerate almost all of our waste at a few waste-to-energy plants, which are operated efficiently and where the incineration process produces net energy, which is sold back to the grid. Incineration also reduces waste volume by about 90 per cent, which is critical given our land constraint. As we do not directly landfill our wastes, swit......



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31 Oct 2019
National Environment Agency
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Use green equipment to maintain parks

Do the National Environment Agency (NEA) and the National Parks Board (NParks) have a policy regarding the use of environmentally friendly equipment by park maintenance contractors or limits on the noise and emission levels of such equipment used in parks and nature reserves? While using the newly completed Old Upper Thomson park connector recently, I noticed that the leaf blowers used are powered by petroleum-based, two-stroke engines. These emit a lot of harmful e......



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23 Oct 2019
National Environment Agency
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Food safety is everyone's responsibility

We thank Ms Susan Tan Lin Neo for her feedback (Cut risk of food contamination, Oct 18). The wearing of face masks is a good hygiene practice that is encouraged. However, it is not made mandatory as we need to take into consideration the practicality of wearing face masks in our hot and humid weather conditions. Notwithstanding this, the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) has put in place measures to ensure that food retail establishments maintain good hygie......



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19 Oct 2019
National Environment Agency
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NEA working at consistent recycling messaging

We agree with Ms Renee Tay that greater consistency in messaging on recycling will encourage more people to recycle, and to do it correctly (Be clear about what items can or cannot be recycled, Oct 12). About 40 per cent of what goes into the blue recycling bins cannot be recycled, either because the materials are not recyclable or have been contaminated by food or liquids. The #RecycleRight campaign was launched this year to improve awareness of recycling. The main......



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16 Oct 2019
National Environment Agency
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Several factors determine location, development timeline of hawker centres

We thank Mr Loong Chik Tong for his letter (Long wait for hawker centre, Oct 7). Several factors drive the location and timeline for hawker centre development. Besides current population of the town, other factors include the availability of sites for development, existing food options and projected population growth of the town. As our community dining rooms, sites for hawker centres should ideally also offer convenient access, such as being near to ......



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12 Oct 2019
National Environment Agency
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Be clear about what items can or cannot be recycled

Greater consistency of information and messaging around recycling, as well as more comprehensive instructions, is currently needed. Its lack may have been hampering ongoing efforts to encourage Singaporeans to be more active and conscientious in their recycling habits. Consistency of information should be enhanced across the board and across the various agencies. Take, for instance, the National Environment Agency's list of common items that can and c......



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07 Oct 2019
National Environment Agency
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Long wait for hawker centre

Choa Chu Kang residents will have to wait even longer for their first hawker centre to be built. It was announced that Choa Chu Kang will get a hawker centre in its town centre but that it will only be constructed after the Jurong Region Line construction works are completed in 2026. A second hawker centre will be in the planned Yew Tee Integrated Development opening in 2026 (Choa Chu Kang to have two new hawker centres, Sept 23). Choa Chu Kang has a ......



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03 Oct 2019
National Environment Agency
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Building a cohesive society right down to our coffee shops

In recent weeks, several incidents have highlighted the racial fault lines in our society. Law and Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam correctly suggested that various sections of society need to come together to build bonds of trust between those from different racial and religious backgrounds (Racial harmony requires ground-up efforts: Shanmugam, Sept 30). While everyone has a part to play when it comes to this unity, I feel a greater burden of this responsibility ......



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22 Sep 2019
National Environment Agency
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Take action against S'pore firms linked to burning

The dreaded environmental spectacle of the haze is back, forcing millions of Singaporeans and others around the region to breathe in polluted air caused by the burning of forests in Sumatra and Kalimantan. Our entire city, including our elderly, vulnerable and young, suffers through unhealthy air, activity cancellations and bleak grey skies. This burning has gone on for decades, all for the profits of a few large companies. At least one such company whose plantation......



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16 Sep 2019
National Environment Agency
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Update public on probe into giving of red packets at crematorium

It has been more than seven months since the National Environment Agency (NEA) gave an update on what was then an ongoing probe by the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) into the illegal practice of crematorium and funeral staff receiving red packets at Mandai Crematorium for services rendered (More than just a gift?, Feb 10). Can the CPIB and NEA update the public on the investigations that have been done since, and whether there have been any actions taken against the......



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14 Sep 2019
National Environment Agency
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Cut down waste at trade fairs

Every year, thousands of people flock to the Comex fair to check out or buy the latest electronic gadgets. Exhibitors slash prices and make generous promotional offers to attract consumers and boost their sales figures. But the joy of getting new gadgets comes at a cost to the environment as more electronic waste is produced. Exhibitors also spend huge sums of money to set up attractive booths, and print posters, fliers and brochures. A......



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07 Sep 2019
National Environment Agency
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FairPrice's move to cut plastic bag use may backfire

Singapore's largest supermarket chain, FairPrice, will charge for plastic bags in a month-long trial (Plastic bag fee at some FairPrice outlets, Sept 5). As an environmentalist, I welcome this move but remain sceptical about its effectiveness. For a mere 20 cents, shoppers can still take as many plastic bags as they want. This fee is too insignificant to discourage shoppers from taking the bags. In fact, it may backfire. Some consumers ......



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02 Sep 2019
National Environment Agency
Suggestion View - 54
Simpler ways to reduce food wastage

We can start small to tackle the issue of food waste before thinking big to overhaul the food supply chain (Overhaul in food supply chain needed, says study, Aug 28). For a start, the packaging of food items at major supermarkets can be divided into smaller portions, especially for perishable products, like pre-packed fresh meat and vegetables. Unlike in wet markets where such perishables are sold in loose quantities which allows you to buy what you need, you do not......



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23 Jun 2019
National Environment Agency
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Employ contract inspectors to check for mosquito breeding

I suspect that we have a mosquito problem due to the large numbers of construction sites. Households can also be contributing to this problem. NEA is probably overwhelmed and cannot cope with the inspection work. I suggest that they engage contract inspectors, give them training, and ask them to visit houses and inspect for mosquito. ......



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21 Jun 2019
National Environment Agency
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Get tough on owners who don't clean up after pets

Despite numerous notices displayed in lift lobbies and parks advising pet owners to clean up after their pets, it seems many simply can't be bothered and continue to act in an inconsiderate and irresponsible manner. It's time for the authorities to get tough for the sake of hygiene. Some residents have even resorted to putting up their own notices inside lifts near the soiled areas, appealing to pet owners to be good and responsible neighbours by not ......



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21 Jun 2019
National Environment Agency
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NEA pushing for more to take part in reducing disposables

We thank Mr Hubert Yeo for his letter (More firms should join Say Yes to Waste Less campaign, June 13). The National Environment Agency (NEA) recently launched the nationwide Say Yes to Waste Less campaign to raise awareness of the impact of excessive consumption of disposables and the need for reduction. A key thrust of this campaign is to interrupt and nudge behaviour towards reducing disposables at points of consumption, such as food......



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20 Jun 2019
National Environment Agency
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NEA takes firm action in home checks

We thank Mr William Bremner and Mr Taim Oon Chew for their feedback (Fine residents who refuse NEA checks for mosquito breeding, June 13; and Use law to fullest in fight against dengue, June 14). The National Environment Agency (NEA) takes a systematic and holistic approach to arrest dengue transmission in Singapore. Our strategies for dengue clusters include continuous surveillance of Aedes mosquitoes activity through the deployment of......



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19 Jun 2019
National Environment Agency
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Disposables not allowed at new hawker centres

We thank Mr Wong Weng Fai for his feedback (Phase out single-use utensils, June 13). The National Environment Agency (NEA) has been working with various stakeholders to reduce the use of disposables. This includes encouraging the use of non-disposable cutlery and crockery by stallholders at our hawker centres. For newer hawker centres, such as those at Our Tampines Hub, Pasir Ris Central and Yishun Park, NEA has disallowe......



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15 Jun 2019
National Environment Agency
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Don't ban 'choping', let's establish dining etiquette instead

It is true that "choping" has become such a deeply ingrained habit that many of us find it difficult to change and I agree with Mr Terence Lim's candid views (Recognise 'Ƨhoping' as Singapore's culture, June 12). However, it is good to study this issue in perspective and come up with ideas to resolve this social irritant. First of all, we should determine why people have to "chope" seats in food outlets, especially at hawker centres.br......



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15 Jun 2019
National Environment Agency
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Singapore seeks to close as many waste loops as possible

We thank Dr Snigdha Sharma for her suggestions (Look into generating energy from plastic waste, June 8). We have designated 2019 as the Year Towards Zero Waste, where we will adopt a circular economy approach to conserve resources for a sustainable Singapore. This involves viewing our waste as a valuable resource and seeking to close as many waste loops as possible. Indeed, in Singapore, all incinerable waste, including p......



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14 Jun 2019
National Environment Agency
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Increase fines for firms that discharge waste illegally

I was utterly appalled when I read the report about companies illegally dumping wastewater containing chemicals or other materials into public sewers (Illegal discharge into sewers: 38 firms punished, June 11). The high number of firms caught, high number of repeat offenders and that large, reputable companies were involved shocked me. Given that there are many big companies on the list, it makes me shudder to think about the amount of ......



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13 Jun 2019
National Environment Agency
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Fine residents who refuse NEA checks for mosquito breeding

My family and I have been living in a house in Jurong for 11 years. In the past year, there has been a serious mosquito problem in our area. Earlier this year, our street was declared a dengue red zone and we redoubled our five-step Mozzie Wipeout efforts - something we take very seriously. Our home and the surrounding premises have been inspected by National Environment Agency (NEA) officers on many occasions. Not only d......



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