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MSF, MEWR’s relocation to new premises delayed

The Ministry of Social and Family Development and the Environment and Water Resources Ministry will see their relocation to new premises delayed.

SINGAPORE: The Ministry of Social and Family Development and the Environment and Water Resources Ministry will see their relocation to new premises delayed.

It is part of the government's move to manage construction demand, said the Finance Ministry and the National Development Ministry in a joint reply on Friday.

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said some S$2 billion worth of government projects would be deferred, while more urgent projects such as building more flats and train networks would be prioritised.

The other deferred projects include the building of the new Science Centre and extensions to Gardens by the Bay.

The Finance and National Development Ministries said the ongoing Public Sector Projects Reprioritisation Exercise manages and spreads out construction demand, as well as the numbers of construction Work Permit holders.

They added the affected projects consist of developments with "less urgent need to proceed in the next three years", and whose deferment will not have a "significant impact on Singaporeans".

They also said the government would monitor the overall construction demand situation, and make adjustments to the deferment period if necessary. 

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