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    Default PM Lee arrives in US for four-day visit

    Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has begun his visit to the United States. He arrived in the capital, Washington DC, on Monday (Sunday US time), for a four-day working visit.

    POSTED: 01 Apr 2013 11:20 AM


    SINGAPORE: Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has begun his visit to the United States.

    He arrived in the capital, Washington DC, on Monday (Sunday US time), for a four-day working visit.

    During his stay in the US capital, Mr Lee will stay at Blair House - the official guesthouse of the US President, and home to heads of government while in Washington.

    This is the first time Mr Lee is staying at the 110-room guesthouse. It will fly the Singapore flag during his stay.

    Mr Lee was received by the General Manager of Blair House, Randy Bamgardner.

    The invitation for Mr Lee to stay at the official guesthouse also signifies the strength of relations between Singapore and the US.

    Joining Mr Lee at Blair House are Singapore Trade and Industry Minister Lim Hng Kiang and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Law K Shanmugam.


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    Default PM Lee meets Defence Secretary Hagel

    Published on Apr 02, 2013
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    US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (centre) escorts Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong as he arrives for meetings on April 1, 2013, at the Pentagon, in Washington, DC. -- PHOTO: AFP



    By Robin Chan


    Washington - Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong began his four-day visit to the United States on Monday with a lunch at the Pentagon hosted by US Secretary of Defence Chuck Hagel.

    The two exchanged views on developments in the region, and PM Lee shared his thoughts on how countries can work together to peacefully resolve the territorial issues in the East and South China Seas, according to statements from the US and Singapore.

    Mr Hagel also thanked PM Lee for Singapore hosting up to four Littoral Combat Ships on a rotational basis.

    The first ship, the USS Freedom, is expected to arrive in Singapore later this month.

    Both leaders also reaffirmed the importance of a sustained US presence in the Asia-Pacific, which has served to enhance regional stability and prosperity.


    The lunch was also attended by Minister for Trade and Industry Lim Hng Kiang, Foreign Minister K Shanmugam, Singapore Ambassador to the US Ashok Kumar Mirpuri, and MPs Intan Azura Mokhtar and Desmond Lee.

    On Tuesday, PM Lee will be hosted by President Barack Obama at the official Oval Office, where they are expected to discuss economic and strategic issues over free trade agreements and ongoing tensions in the South China Sea.

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    Default Singapore maps out intellectual property masterplan

    Published on Apr 01, 2013
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    By Irene Tham


    The Government will introduce a financing scheme to allow local companies to use their intellectual property as a collateral when applying for bank loans.


    With a budget to the tune of "tens of millions" of dollars, the Government will partially underwrite the value of patents used as collateral in the event of default.

    This was among a slew of measures announced Monday as part of the Government's 10-year masterplan to develop Singapore as a global intellectual property (IP) hub.

    The masterplan was created by an IP Steering Committee after consulting with more than 200 IP professionals from over 100 local and foreign companies. The steering committee was created last May and submitted their recommendations to the Government in March. Its recommendations were accepted.

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    Default ESM Goh to meet China's President Xi

    Published on Apr 01, 2013
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    By Ho Ai Li, China Correspondent


    SHENZHEN – Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong kickstarts a visit to China on Tuesday that will see him meeting with Chinese supremo Xi Jinping and a potential future one in Guangdong party chief Hu Chunhua.

    At the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA), a China-led economic summit taking place this weekend in Hainan island, Mr Goh and fellow board members of the forum will call on President Xi.

    Ahead of the forum, Mr Goh will visit the southern Guangdong province and meet with Mr Hu, a high-profile political star highly touted to succeed President Xi as the next Communist Party chief possibly in 2022.

    In a statement on Monday outlining Mr Goh’s trip itinerary, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said he will also visit the Sino-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City – a bilateral project aimed at building a 123 sq km business park for top talents and knowledge-based industries in the provincial capital.

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    Default New NTU research institute for technology in health and medicine

    Published on Apr 01, 2013
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    From left: Nanyang Institute of Technology in Health And Medicine heads Associate Professor Nam Joon Cho, Professor Jan Carlstedt-Duke and Professor Subbu Venkatraman.The new research institute will look at new technologies in health and medicine. -- PHOTO: NTU



    By Priscilla Kham


    A new research institute that will look at new technologies in health and medicine was launched on Monday.

    Called the Nanyang Institute of Technology in Health and Medicine, it aims to drive research projects between Nanyang Technological University and major healthcare groups and hospitals.

    The new research institute has eight medically-related focus areas, including nanomedicine and tissue engineering. Among the projects underway is an artificial liver that can detect potentially fatal toxicity in the liver during early stages of drug development.

    Said the director of the centre, Professor Jan Carlstedt-Duke: "Creating an effective and well-connected platform for doctors, scientists and engineers to collaborate is crucial for next-generation medical treatments. The best treatments for patients have been borne out if interdisciplinary and collaborative efforts in recent years."

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    Default Singapore invention turns handhelds into 3-D displays

    Published on Apr 02, 2013
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    By Irene Tham


    A new invention in Singapore has made 3-D glasses irrelevant. The product - a plastic film dubbed EyeFly3D to be stuck on the screens of handheld devices - instantly turns ordinary Apple iOS and Android smartphones into 3-D displays for 3-D content.

    The film looks like an ordinary screen protector. It was created by Temasek Polytechnic and a unit of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star).

    Users can view 3-D content in both portrait and landscape mode - a world's first.
    Also, the film does not affect the viewing of 2-D content on the devices - another world's first.

    Measuring only 0.1mm thick, the film comprises about half a million lenses printed onto its surface using A*Star unit Institute of Materials Research and Engineering's proprietary nano-imprinting technology.

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    Default Singapore Street Festival to start its first street graffiti course

    Published on Apr 02, 2013
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    File photo of youths engaging in graffiti. Electric Youth CoNNecTs, a training hub started by the Singapore Street Festival (SSF), will start its first programme in graffiti art in September. -- BH FILE PHOTO: MOHD KHALID BABA



    By Amelia Teng


    Electric Youth CoNNecTs, a training hub started by the Singapore Street Festival (SSF), will start its first programme in graffiti art in September.

    The course, open to those 12 years old and above, will be taught by artist Sufian Hamri at his new studio at Aliwal Arts Centre. It aims to impart graffiti art skills to youths and reinforce the art form as a visual art beyond vandalism.

    Fees are $3,000 for 12 lessons, and subsidised rates are $2,000. Senior Minister of State for Law and Education Indranee Rajah, one of SSF's advisers, unveiled the new programme at a press launch of this year's SSF, which will run from June 7 to July 14 at various venues around the island.

    The festival, in its 12th year, is a platform for Singaporean youth to showcase their talent in dance, singing, sports and other activities. This year's highlights include a contemporary Spanish dance that imitates the movement of insects, and a circus act.

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    Default President Obama lauds "extraordinary relationship" with Singapore

    Published on Apr 03, 2013
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    President Barack Obama listens as Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong speaks during their meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, on Tuesday, April, 2, 2013. Mr Obama thanked Singapore for its military help on Tuesday, as the first of a new generation of US coastal warships steamed to the city state to support his policy "pivot" to Asia. -- PHOTO: AP


    By Robin Chan

    Washington: United States President Barack Obama praised Singapore during his meeting with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Oval Office.

    He said the US and Singapore have an extraordinary relationship and called PM Lee an outstanding partner on the international stage.

    "Singapore is one of the most successful countries in the world. I think their progress and development over the last several decades has been an example for many countries around the world," said Mr Obama in opening remarks before a closed door meeting with PM Lee on Tuesday.

    Outlining the deep economic and military cooperation between the two countries, Mr Obama said he would also continue to seek out "the advice and good counsel of Singapore" as the US continues it strategy of rebalancing towards Asia.

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    FarEastFlora.com and ITE sign MOU on new Nitec in Floristry course


    Published on Apr 02, 2013
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    Principal of ITE College Central, Dr Ang Kiam Wee (2nd from left) and Managing Director of FarEastFlora.com, Mr Ryan Chioh (2nd from right) shoot confetti into the air to mark the MOU Signing Ceremony between the two organisations. Looking on are Dr Ng Lee Keng, Director School of Business & Services (left) and Ms Lee Pei San, General Manager of FarEastFlora.com. Responding to a growing need for skilled florists in Singapore, ITE and FarEastFlora.com on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, signed a memorandum of understanding to work together on a new course in the industry. -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG



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    The first batch of students taking the Nitec in Floristry course held at the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) College Central. They are seen here with their creation, made specially for the event, called "Recycle Nature". Responding to a growing need for skilled florists in Singapore, ITE and FarEastFlora.com on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, signed a memorandum of understanding to work together on a new course in the industry. -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG



    By Rachel Tan


    Responding to a growing need for skilled florists in Singapore, the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) and FarEastFlora.com on Tuesday, signed a memorandum of understanding to work together on a new course in the industry.

    "The students will learn not just floral technique, but how to run a business," said ITE College Central principal, Dr Ang Kiam Wee,

    A class of 40 students, mostly under 20-years-old, began the two-year Nitec in Floristry course in January this year.

    Largely an industry driven by 30 to 40-year-olds, the new course hopes to inject younger blood into the industry to accommodate a growing events business in Singapore, said FarEastFlora.com managing director managing director Ryan Chioh.

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    Default Wildlife Reserves Singapore's newest addition, River Safari opens

    Published on Apr 03, 2013
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    School kids watching manatees swim inside the Amazon Flooded Forest at the River Safari which features the world’s largest freshwater aquarium on Wednesday, April 3, 2013. The $160 million river-themed wildlife park, home to Pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia, opened on Wednesday morning. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO



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    Tourists watching manatees swim inside the Amazon Flooded Forest at the River Safari which features the world’s largest freshwater aquarium on Wednesday, April 3, 2013. The $160 million river-themed wildlife park, home to Pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia, opened on Wednesday morning. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO



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    School kids catching a glimpse of an Indian Gharial which is housed in the Ganges River segment at River Safari on Wednesday, April 3, 2013. The $160 million river-themed wildlife park, home to Pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia opened on Wednesday morning. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO






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    River-themed wildlife park River Safari holds its soft opening on Wednesday, April 3, 2013. The $160 million river-themed wildlife park, home to Pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia opened on Wednesday morning. -- ST FILE PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN





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    A diver cleans the Giant Catfish and Giant Stingray aquariam at Singapore River Safari. The $160 million river-themed wildlife park, home to Pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia, opened on the morning of Wednesday, April 3, 2013. -- ST FILE PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN










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    The $160 million river-themed wildlife park, River Safari - home to Pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia - opened on the morning of Wednesday, April 3, 2013. -- ST FILE PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN


    By Melissa Lin


    The $160 million river-themed wildlife park, River Safari - home to Pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia - opened on Wednesday morning

    Waiting for the gates to open were groups of kindergarten and primary school children, tourists, as well as Singaporeans who took a day off work for the occasion.

    On such person was Mr Albert Foo, 66, who arrived around 8.30am for the opening ceremony and was one of the first in line to enter. "I've always liked animals and plants," he said. He took a day's leave from his job as a hotel front desk assistant and woke up at 5.30am to make it in time to see the gates open.

    The River Safari is the newest addition to the Wildlife Reserves Singapore's portfolio of parks, which includes the Singapore Zoo, Night Safari and Jurong Bird Park. The 12ha park houses one of the world's largest collection of freshwater animals. It opens daily from 9am to 6pm.
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    Default PM Lee hopes "old Asia hand" Kerry will help support America's Asia rebalance

    By May Wong
    POSTED: 04 Apr 2013 10:45 AM

    Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong says relations between the US and ASEAN are strong. He hopes US Secretary of State John Kerry's familiarity with Southeast Asia will support Washington's rebalance towards Asia.


    WASHINGTON DC: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong says relations between the US and ASEAN are strong.

    He hopes US Secretary of State John Kerry's familiarity with Southeast Asia will support Washington's rebalance towards Asia.

    The two leaders met in Washington DC on Wednesday.

    PM Lee, who is on a four-day working visit to the US, also said he looks forward to taking Singapore-US relations to a new level.

    He added that the experience of Mr Kerry, who was appointed Secretary of State earlier this year, can also support US efforts to further engage Asia.

    Mr Lee said: "He is an old Asia hand, knows Asia very well, especially in China, and we look forward to continuing the relationship with him which I had with his predecessor, and which we have with the US government. We look forward to Secretary Kerry visiting ASEAN. And we believe that this will be the beginning of a long and fruitful cooperation."

    Mr Kerry, on his part, said Singapore has been a superb partner on issues of security and trade in the region.

    He also praised Singapore's leadership in the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks which seek to open trade among countries in the region.


    Mr Kerry said: "The TPP is of great importance. Singapore has been an important leader in that effort, as well as in ASEAN. And in addition, we have some important law enforcement and security issues that we need to discuss.


    "But all in all, this relationship is very, very important to us. It's one of the most important regional alliances that we have and we're enormously appreciative for all that you do to help us."


    Earlier on Wednesday, Mr Lee met US Secretary of Treasury Jacob Lew.

    Their discussions included Singapore's participation in the St Petersburg G20 Summit in September this year.

    In addition to the two meetings, Prime Minister Lee also had lunch with senior US administration officials from the National Security Council and the Commerce, Defence, State and Treasury departments.


    A diverse range of issues were discussed, including the depth of the US-Singapore bilateral relationship, developments in both Southeast Asia and Northeast Asia, and the importance of the US adopting a multi-pronged, consistent and sustained approach in its engagement of Asia.


    - CNA/ir


    Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (L) and US Secretary of State John Kerry shake hands as they are photographed by media at Blair House in Washington, Wednesday, April 3, 2013. (AP/Carolyn Kaster)

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    Default Temasek Polytechnic students focus on social designs

    Published on Apr 03, 2013
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    Brandon Tan Siwei, 20, with his project titled First Few Days (FFD), a humanitarian pack designed to filter water and generate enough electricity to charge a mobile phone in the aftermath of a disaster. A pack designed to filter water and generate electricity, a prosthetic arm for children and a space to encourage learning and play in a Cambodian orphanage, are some of creations on display by the graduating class of Temasek Polytechnic's School of Design. -- ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG



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    Jarron Isaac Tham, 19, with his project titled Hands That Speak, a prosthetic arm for children. A pack designed to filter water and generate electricity, a prosthetic arm for children and a space to encourage learning and play in a Cambodian orphanage, are some of creations on display by the graduating class of Temasek Polytechnic's School of Design. -- ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG



    By Joanna Lee


    A pack designed to filter water and generate electricity, a prosthetic arm for children and a space to encourage learning and play in a Cambodian orphanage, are some of creations on display by the graduating class of Temasek Polytechnic's School of Design.

    The school is exhibiting 420 projects at its annual graduation show which will be open to the public from Thursday to Saturday.


    Deputy director of the polytechnic's design school, Mr Darryl David said that it was not just about teaching students design fundamentals but also about getting them to think about making a positive impact in society.

    The school is working with organisations like Hyflux and Community Outreach Services Immanuel on the production of these designs.

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    Default Singapore Poly students create science teaching tool involving food

    Published on Apr 03, 2013
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    (From left) Ms Oh Hui Qi, currently a student at the Nanyang Technological University, National Institute of Education, Family and Consumer Science course, and Beatty Secondary School students Ryan Ho and Tomohiko Sugimura, see the results of their experiment. A team of four Singapore Polytechnic students have created a new educational tool that uses cooking to teach scientific concepts. -- ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN


    By Sue-ann Tan

    A team of four Singapore Polytechnic students have created a new educational tool that uses cooking to teach scientific concepts.

    Called the Food Science and Technology educational package, it has been piloted in three schools and tested out on more than 100 students.

    Teachers can use the tools in this pack to teach biology and chemistry concepts to upper secondary students.

    For example, after learning about protein structures during their regular chemistry curriculum, students will be taught how to make a meringue cake which is made with egg whites. They learn through baking how protein structures change when heat is applied.

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    Default ESM Goh meets Guangdong provincial leaders in China

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    Emeritus Senior Minister (ESM) Goh Chok Tong met Guangdong Party Secretary Hu Chunhua and Guangzhou Party Secretary Wan Qingliang in China on Wednesday.




    GUANGZHOU: Emeritus Senior Minister (ESM) Goh Chok Tong met Guangdong Party Secretary Hu Chunhua on Wednesday.

    Both men reaffirmed the extensive and close ties between Singapore and Guangdong province and discussed ways which Singapore and Guangdong could enhance bilateral cooperation.

    Mr Hu also noted the good progress of the Sino-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City (GKC) and expressed support for the project, saying that it was an important platform for enhancing bilateral cooperation between Singapore and Guangdong.

    The project also serves as a model for development to transform Guangdong province, Mr Hu added.

    Mr Goh and Mr Hu acknowledged that Singapore and China had cooperated closely in the area of human resource development, and that many Chinese officials had attended training programmes in Singapore.

    Mr Hu welcomed an offer by Singapore to customise study visits and training programmes for Guangdong officials, while Mr Goh invited Mr Hu to visit Singapore.

    Guangzhou Party Secretary Wan Qingliang hosted a dinner for Mr Goh and his delegation on Wednesday night, where the two sides exchanged views on Guangzhou's development challenges and the GKC.

    Mr Wan also expressed strong support for the GKC as one of the key development projects for Guangzhou.

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    Default To be The Final 1, you need more than a good voice


    By Sara Grosse
    POSTED: 03 Apr 2013 10:09 PM


    MediaCorp's newest reality singing competition, The Final 1, will see contestants being groomed to be music stars from the start -- and it isn't just about having a good voice, say the judges.




    SINGAPORE: Kit Chan has been an established artiste in the music industry for 20 years, Taufik Batisah knows exactly what it's like to enter and win a reality singing competition, while music producer Ken Lim is hoping the contest will produce a fresh talent which is much needed in the local scene.

    Ken said: "(I am) getting a little bit annoyed by the fact that we are not producing new acts. Something that is very necessary, I feel, for the industry to develop. And I think a show like that will be able to open up awareness, provide a platform for inspiring artists, and most importantly, reward these participants with stardom."

    60 singing hopefuls were shortlisted from over a thousand online entries. Ken said that contestants are required to submit their auditions online so they can understand the importance of social media.

    This number will be cut down to 40, after which the fate of the contestants is left up to the audience after they perform weekly.

    The competition is not just about having a good singing voice. The top ten contestants will go through a grooming process where they will be mentored on fashion style, marketability, and how to handle the media.

    "That is actually very important because everybody can sing in this competition. How you take it to the next level is allowing people to get to know you and allowing them to fall in love with you, and that is not easy," said Taufik.

    The three judges will advise and guide contestants throughout rehearsals and performances.

    "I'm going to be honest but I want to be nurturing as well and encouraging," said Kit.

    The winner will walk away with S$50,000 in cash and a S$50,000 recording contract.

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    Default Kit Chan will be "big sister" cum judge in new televised singing contest

    Published on Apr 04, 2013
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    (From left) Taufik Batisah, Kit Chan and Ken Lim are the judges for upcoming reality singing competition, The Final One. Local songbird Kit Chan is finally going to add singing contest judge to her illustrious resume when she sits on the panel of new reality TV singing competition, The Final 1. -- FILE PHOTO: MEDIACORP CHANNEL 5



    By Jan Lee

    Local songbird Kit Chan is finally going to add "singing contest judge" to her illustrious resume when she sits on the panel of new reality TV singing competition, The Final 1. Chan, 40, will be joined by record label owner Ken Lim, 49, and the first Singapore Idol champion, Taufik Batisah, 31.

    The three judges met the media on Wednesday and explained why the competition, which will premiere on Channel 5 on April 24, will be different from other reality singing contests.

    Lim, head honcho of Hype Records, said: "This show will represent all the elements required for someone to make it in the music industry. Realistically, it's never just about a good voice, it's about the image an artiste portrays and figuring out what image works with people. You have to understand that you cannot completely be yourself."

    Both Chan and Taufik said they will strike a different tone from Lim's blunt and sometimes harsh style.

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    Default Smiles, gripes after hawker centres' facelift

    Better takings for some stallholders, but others suffer dip in business

    Published on Apr 05, 2013
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    Customers having their meals at the recently reopened Changi Village Hawker Centre. It is one of more than 100 hawker centres renovated under the $420 million Hawker Centres Upgrading Programme. -- ST PHOTOS: KUA CHEE SIONG



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    Ms Mizrea Abu Nazir and her brother Iskandar showing off the fare from their Mizzy Corner Nasi Lemak stall at Changi Village Hawker Centre. Their stall, which opened in 1997, has now been moved to a more spacious corner unit opposite their original location and business has almost doubled. -- ST PHOTOS: KUA CHEE SIONG



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    Another upgraded eatery is Fengshan Centre at Block 85, Bedok North Street 4. However, some stallholders say business has taken a hit. Mr Giam Ah Heng and his wife Tan Sia who run the Chai Chee Pork Porridge stall say the new seating arrangement results in fewer customers served. -- ST PHOTOS: CHEW SENG KIM



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    Another upgraded eatery is Fengshan Centre at Block 85, Bedok North Street 4. However, some stallholders say business has taken a hit. Mr Giam Ah Heng and his wife Tan Sia who run the Chai Chee Pork Porridge stall say the new seating arrangement results in fewer customers served. -- ST PHOTOS: CHEW SENG KIM



    By Melody Zaccheus And Cheng Jingjie


    FOR the past 12 years, more than 100 hawker centres around the island have been given facelifts ranging from cosmetic touch-ups to top-to-toe reconstruction.
    Now, the $420 million Hawker Centres Upgrading Programme (HUP) by the National Environment Agency (NEA) is drawing to a close as the last three centres undergo a revamp.

    Most of the freshly upgraded centres were built in the 1970s to house resettled street hawkers in buildings with proper sanitation and amenities. By the 1990s, they were in poor condition.

    Under the programme, the centres' physical infrastructure has been upgraded to improve cleanliness and hygiene. Their facilities have also been improved with more seats for patrons, bigger stalls, wider passageways, better lighting and ventilation, new facades and upgraded toilets.

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