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Third-Party apps like Grab Taxi and Easy Taxi (and not the stupid LTA taxi app) have made it easier for Singaporeans to book taxis. They’ve also made it easier for commuters to cancel their bookings, which has enraged taxi drivers in Singapore. So much so, that the National Taxi Association is proposing a way of fining commuters who book taxis and cancel them at the last minute. It explained...

Watch out Singaporeans! If National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan has his way, HDB officers and contractors will soon be able to enter your flat without your permission on the basis of investigating or performing repair works. Mr Khaw said that the HDB should have the power to forcefully enter residents’ flats for such reasons because residents are affected by neighbours who refuse to allow HDB to enter their homes to do necessary repairs. Amongst them, neighbours from lower floors who complain of leaking pipes. Mr Khaw wrote on...

If not for an alert auxiliary policeman, a playground filled with children and old folks could have been crushed to death by the actions of a drunk driver. Fortunately, the officer and a colleague were on patrol at the time of the near-death incident. On Friday night (19Dec), they spooted a black sedan car travelling on the pavement and heading straight for the playground. Frantically, the driver...

A former full-time national serviceman has been ordered to serve 10 days detention, after he drove a jeep without a licence. He crashed the jeep and ended up killing his close school friend. Cavin Tan was ordered to drive the jeep carrying 3 other soldiers by Master Sergeant Lee Kong Kian, even though he didn’t have a Class 3 driving licence, and didn’t have any training in driving jeeps. As...

The number of major train service delays this year for the entire MRT network has hit a new high. The dozen incidents in the first nine months of the year already outstripping the previous high of 11 recorded in 2011. This is according to a report released by the Land Transport Authority. There were eight major disruptions — lasting more than 30 minutes — between January and March. In January alone, three severe disruptions, affecting the North-South and East West Lines (NSEWL). The LTA report also showed that between January and...

Singapore’s Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew has promised that fare increases for public transport will not be more than 2.8%. He said that this fare hike is less than the original figure of 3.4% which would have been slapped on commuters. Mr Lui also said that this fare hike will not affect any other future fare increases. This comes as the Public Transport...

  Even dogs in the area are scared of these rodents, say residents living in Bukit Batok. The rats are believed to have set up home in a hill near to Bukit Batok MRT station. The plot of land is managed by the HDB. It’s also near to a hawker centre, and a McDonald’s restaurant. Redwire spoke to hawkers and staff from the train station and McDonald’s. They say that they are afraid...

Many were looking for a new car on the cheap. And that’s what Volks Auto promised – about S$20,000 off the usual price set by other established car dealers for the same parallel-imported cards. But yesterday, they were in for a rude shock when the owner and staff of the car dealership vanished. About 30 furious people were seen at the Volks Auto showroom, which by now had been cleared,...

The Singapore government might implement a system where different groups of Singaporeans maintain different Minimum Sums in their CPF, according to their needs. This was announced by Manpower Minister Tan Chuan Jin, who also warned that such a system will make the CPF system more complicated. Currently, if a person is unable to set aside this full amount in cash, his property – bought with his...

Manpower Minister Tan Chuan Jin says the government is looking to introduce a new law which will increase the re-employment age to 67 by 2017. He said the government will give businesses until 2017 to adjust. The Ministry of Manpower is working with unions and employers to ensure a smooth transition. Employers will be given incentives to encourage companies to voluntarily...

She was getting ‘too heavy’, to the point that her husband was getting uncomfortable while they were having sex. And he sounded very disgusted. That pushed this Singapore dating coach to shed her weight. “There were times when I was driving home to our empty matrimonial home, I would think about crashing the car and ending it all.” Ms Annie Chan was 90kg, which caused her much...

Did the hardworking Summon Aunties (and Uncles) from the Land Transport Authority (LTA) get it wrong this time? Our official parking enforcers were at Yio Chu Kang last weekend issuing parking summons to motorists who had parked their vehicles illegally… while attending a funeral wake in a private estate. Witnesses who wrote in to Redwire said some had no choice but to park indiscriminately,...

A planned Return Our CPF protest this Saturday might no longer proceed because it has become impossible for speakers to register themselves for the event. Blogger Leong Sze Hian had tried registering to speak at the protest on the NParks website yesterday afternoon but the website would not allow him to do so. “NParks Speakers’ Corner registration still not working?,” Mr Leong highlighted...

This is what goes on in the seedy KTV bars of Singapore. Dancers in skin-tight latex suits frolic with drunken male patrons looking for a good time. ‘Special’ services? That’s left to discretion. Unless you’re a big spender, or a regular, chances that you’ll be offered any ‘happy ending’ are slim. Redwire spoke to one bar-hopper who used to frequent lup sup bars in Duxton when, in his words, it was still an area known for cheap pinoy prostitutes, Chinese pei jiu mei (drinking kaki girls) and high-class...