The Singaporean government is cracking down on balcony safety railings, which are widely seen as a symbol of Singapore’s modernity and are often installed as part of a larger, more elaborate, public display of the country’s history.
But the safety rails are not safe and could put pedestrians at risk in Singapore.
The Singapore Ministry of Transport has banned the use of balcony safety rails for a total of three months.
In a statement, the ministry said the rails were not properly secured and had caused injuries and deaths.
“The rails, which can be used to attach a railing to a structure, are designed to be installed at high heights where they are often used as an entrance to a building,” the ministry wrote in a statement posted to its website.
The ministry also warned that people who were injured while using balconies in Singapore could face legal proceedings and financial penalties.
“It is imperative that the use and safety of balconies is regulated so that no one is at risk, and that the public is able to enjoy Singapore’s unique architecture,” the statement said.
The statement came after a video showing the rails being used in Singapore went viral on social media.
Singapore’s first and most famous balcony is the Gertrude, which was built in 1912 to serve as a residence for Queen Elizabeth II.
The Queen’s daughter, Princess Mary, also lived there, and her father, Prince Philip, lived in a home on the second floor.
In 1966, the first balcony was installed, but it was eventually replaced by a more elaborate model.
The balcony was first installed in Singapore’s first skyscraper, the Singapore National Stadium, in 1966.
In 2007, the new Singapore Central Business District, which includes the stadium, was built.
In 2011, the Queen’s Palace, Singapore’s largest building, was completed.
The Queen’s private residence is the main residence for the Queen.
The Royal Palaces of Brunei and Singapore are located on opposite sides of the city.
Singulands Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MLIT) is the agency responsible for enforcing the balcony safety rules.
“There is no place in Singapore for these dangerous and unsafe balconies,” the Ministry of Infrastructure and Construction said in a press release.
“They should be removed and the government should regulate the use to prevent people from harming themselves or others.”