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(part of Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC)
Sin Ming (Chinese: 新民) is a housing estate located in the subzone of Upper Thomson in the town of Bishan, Singapore. It is roughly situated between MacRitchie Nature Reserve and Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park. It consists of both residential and industrial areas. Singapore's biggest Mahayana Buddhist temple, Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery, is located in the vicinity of Sin Ming.
Residential homes includes a mixture of landed properties, condominiums and Housing Development Board blocks.
Sin Ming will have its own MRT station in 2020 when Bright Hill MRT Station, a station on the upcoming Thomson-East Coast MRT Line, opens. This line will link Sin Ming with the Central Business District of Singapore.
The campus of Ai Tong School, a Special Assistance Plan primary school established in 1912, is located in the Bright Hill Drive area of Sin Ming. It relocated its campus from its previous campus in Ang Mo Kio to its current location in Sin Ming in 1992 to cope with rising student enrollment.
Sin Ming is home to many companies related to the automotive industry. Examples include the Vicom Vehicle Inspection Centre, one of the authorized vehicle testing and inspection centres in Singapore, and an Independent Damage Assessment Centre (IDAC), an independent centre that assesses vehicles that were damaged in accidents for insurance purposes. The Land Transport Authority of Singapore (LTA) has a branch office in Sin Ming which houses its Vehicle and Transit Licensing division. The offices of Citicab and Comfort taxi companies, both under ComfortDelGro group, are also located in Sin Ming.
Sin Ming is one of the few places where funeral-related services are available. The Bright Hill Crematorium and Columbarium, located within Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery, provides crematoria services and facilities to store ashes of the deceased. In 2007, the government announced that it would construct a purpose-built funeral parlour in Sin Ming. This plan was met with fierce opposition by nearby residents, since local superstitions associate death and dying with bad luck. Residents were also concerned that the value of their properties will decrease as a result of the funeral parlour. In response, the government promised that the area would not become a "funeral parlour hub" and that the parlour would be located in the industrial area and thus away from the residential estates. Despite the negative associations of living near a columbarium, a study of property prices of properties in Sin Ming by the Singapore Real Estate Exchange found that a flat near the columbarium fetched a higher price as compared to a larger flat of similar age that was further away from the columbarium. The study concluded that the effects of the columbarium on housing prices in the area was offset by the presence of amenities like popular schools.
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