Monday, August 31, 2009

Orchard ION

I was at the Orchard ION and it was a shopping complex that is mind blowing! To me personally, it was really a shopping paradise consisted of mid to high end retail outlets. Best of all, its engulfed around Orchard MRT. There will not be issue of less human traffic to feed its hungry appetite for consumers.

When I was about to leave for Borders bookstore, I realized that the traffic junction for pedestrians to walk to Borders is closed to human traffic. It was a bit of challenge to look for the under-pass linking Borders Bookstore.



Although it was nice to look at, I know that more can be done to "Save Gaia" and as long there is no true initiative to save energy, I am not sure if Singapore can truly play apart in saving earth's resources.

Korea is one such country that is true in its action to cut waste and played a part in saving earth's resources. Liked they do not have disposable chopsticks and not take aways unlike Singapore.

Anyway, the ION shopping complex is nicely designed especially the ceiling and it looked liked Changi airport Terminal 3. Nicely lit and sort of simple but yet complex design. I cannot count the number of floor of retail shops but seem it to have more than around 7 floor consisted of top to bottom floor.







Very Rude, Unsympathetic and Un-caring Elephant!


(Source: HPB Singapore)

Last night, I saw the Health Promotion Board Elephant TV Commercial on their Website. I see both expression of the female elephant and the reply from the monkey. Personally, its an unsympathetic, "I am higher greater mortal and you the Lesser Mortal", Prideful, Rubbish and Stupid advertisement.

I wondered which advertisement company did this commercial!

(Script copyright of HPB, Singapore)
Rude Female Elephant: Thinking positive really helps me!
Monkey: Really or not?
Rude Female Elephant: Yah!
Monkey: Nowaday everything so difficult you know!I only get paid peanuts!
Rude Female Elephant: But, doesn't you like peanuts? hahahaha!Ah, joking lah!
Rude Female Elephant: What goes down must come must come up, right?
Giraffe: Um humm
Rude Female Elephant: right?
Monkey: mmmmmm...
Rude Female Elephant: mmmmmm!
Monkey: Got peanut better than no peanuts!
Rude Female Elephant: Thats right!
voice over: Postive Thinking for ........!



English version:


Source: HPB Singapore

Mandarin version:

Source: HPB Singapore


Maybe the elephant need to be de-task :)

(Source: BBC)

EZ Link Card



Last week, I misplaced my EZLink card and get a new one at a Transit Link Office. I was suprised that there is no need to register IC to get my new card. But the cost for $10 value was $15, $5 is for the cost of the card.

But if I paid for the cost of the card, should not EZLink not put its advertisement on the card? I believed that this FevoCard is EZLink Company.

Spin Doc Spinning for Dr "Be Grateful" Part II


(Pict from Today Paper, 31 Aug 09)

Today Paper published about an article about the low cost of medical. The picture shows Dr Teo looked very interested in the EXERCISE MACHINE the elderly man was trying out. And our World Class Transport Minister Mr Raymond Lim gave a few tips on how to use the exercise machine! Spin doctors working for them really low life as to use an old and elderly man to make a good spin for Dr Teo.........

Anyway in the Today Article, a grassroots leader named Kausalya Ramachandra ask the TRANSPORT MINISTER (transport also do health?) about the the rising cost of Medical cost especially for the low income. One look without thinking, its a staged Q&A session :)

This Kausalya Ramachandra, one of the grass root leader of Bukit Panjang (the other one is Tan Chen Hwa) also very funny one. He speak out for the rising health cost in this article and his expression of "happiness" also appeared in PAP Website. In the PAP website, he was very happy to see Dr Teo helping in the Bukit Panjang ward to "help".

I though Grass roots leaders suppose to serve the residents? How come his happiness also appear in PAP Website? What if Bukit Panjang ward happen to be lost to the opposition party? Will these so called "Grass Root Leaders" stay behind to help the new non-PAP MP and losing the chance of being nominated for some national awards? Are both of these 2 Grass Root Leaders PAP members too? Got to ask them if got chance.

Our TRANSPORT MINISTER emphasised the cheap $2 health screening for Bt Panjang Ward that Dr Teo is in. Er, I wondered what does $2 health screening got to do with the high cost of medical in Singapore? Perhasp this should be answered by Health Minister Mr Khaw.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

TV Licenses or Lack of It around the World

Last time somewhere in 2008, a MDA spoke-man replied to a writer to forum about the cost of TV license, the spoke-man mentioned that the cost of the TV license is one of the lowest in the World. I did a little research and did a comparison of the TV License Tax around the world. Although we are not too expensive compared to Europe, I discovered that our TV license fee is one of the SECOND in ASIA! In fact we behind Japan, but lag in program compared with the most expensive TV Tax in Asia.


The Following are some of the TV License Tax Rates from around the World. Some of the Countries listed are G8 Nations and they are used to compare with Singapore. I also rope in Developed and Industrialized Nations such as Korea and Japan, and lastly countries around ASEAN and the List of Countries within ASEAN without TV Tax:

Canada (No TV License)

France 116.5 (S$240.00) EUMAP report, Pg 671

Germany €17.03/Month (S$35/Month, S$420/Year), EUMAP report Pg 747

Italy (€97.10 /Year, S$200) EUMAP report Pg 905

Japan - National Braodcaster NHK ¥14910 for 12 months (S$228/Year)

Russia - No info

Singapore (S$110/Year)

S Korea - National Broascaster KBS 2,500 won/Month (S$ 2.9 / month = S$34.8/Year)

United Kingdom (€180.21 /Year, S$372/Year), EUMAP report Pg 1619

United States (No TV License)


Summarized cost of Singapore of TV Tax Compared with Countries in Europe and Far East:
Germany S$420/Year
United Kingdom = S$372/Year
France = S$240.00
Japan =S$228/Year
Italy = S$200/Year
Singapore = $110/Year
S Korea = S$34.8/Year


Countries Without TV License
Australia
New Zealand
USA
Brunei
Hong Kong SAR
Indonesia
Malaysia
Philippines
Thailand


Comparing with Far East, Australia and New Zealand
Japan S$228/Year
Singapore S$110/Year
S Korea = S$34.8/Year
Australia (Free)
New Zealand (Free)
USA (Free)
Brunei (Free)
Hong Kong SAR (Free)
Indonesia (Free)
Malaysia (Free)
Philippines (Free)
Thailand (Free)


I will compare Korea which is the lowest so far (exclude free TV License Nations) with Singapore

S Korea (S$34.8/Year)
  • TV Stations (Public Interest)
  • KBS TV 1,2
  • Satellite TV KBS Korea,
  • KBS World
  • KBS Radio 1,2
  • KBS FM 1,2
  • Radio for the physically disabled, 'The Voice of Love Broadcasting'
  • Radio for the North Koreans, 'Social Education Services'
  • International service provided in 10 different languages, 'Radio Korea International'
  • Operate the KBS Symphony Orchestra and the KBS Traditional Music Orchestra
  • To host major national, cultural, and sports events
  • To support digital TV and radio broadcasting.
  • 3/100 of the total license fee is allotted every year to support transmission of broadcasts conducted by the Education Broadcasting System.

Singapore (S$110/Year)


When Radio Singapore International (RSI) was launched, I was quite happy because we have a presence in the Shortwave band which I used to listen into broadcaster such as VOA, BBC, and Overseas broadcasts from other countries. Shortwave can reach listeners in other part of the world that are remote and backward. But RSI was eventually closed on 31 July 08 due to "The effectiveness of a short wave radio service has diminished over time with changing technology and media consumption habits....". Er, how about people in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea with only shortwave radio?

MediaCorp does not function as a National Broadcaster; which is established National Interest, but it functioned as a commercial entity and it cares only about commercial profits. Its all about$


Worth the $110 paid? Apparently not.............................

Friday, August 28, 2009

TV License Fees in Singapore

At end of every year, the tax man will be knocking at the door asking me to pay for the income tax. Also to my irritation, it tagged along with the tax man's bill was the TV and License Fees of $110.



Many people had been asking or pleading the government by writing into forums to remove this form of "Taxation", but were fell to deaf ears. The MDA claimed that the "entertainment tax" are used to support Public Service Programs (PSP) and also to non-English stations such the Tamil and Malay Languages stations Vasantham and Suria.

The latest reply from MDA about "good use" of TV tax, ops, I mean TV License, is Singaporeans liked Public Service Programs. Chinese serial such as The Little Nyonya or super popular serial such as "Holland Village" enjoyed massive followings from Singaporeans and even Malaysians Chinese. HOWEVER, MDA seem to have forgotten that Sponsorships and Advertisement are also expensive for the Prime Time TV serials, thus a good income for MediaCorp.

National TV stations traditionally are operated by the countries that owned them and Media Corp is already privatised right? Thus where is the national broadcaster status as mentioned in the ST online reply? I quote Mr Yeo Chun Cheng MDA CIO: "We will also continue to work with the national broadcaster to ensure ....... "

I personally do not watch local serial or local programs and only news programs. I subscribed to Starhub SCV programs as these are more educational, more variaty and higher standards compared to Media Corp programs. MDA also mentioned that some of the PSB programs also won some awards from Asian panels etc. But I do not care as I do not even want to know that these programs that won prizes were all about.

How can a so call commercial broadcaster sells advertisement and allow to collect TV License Fees from MDA?

Singa the Courtesy Lion says ....

I was at the Hill Street (between Central Fire Station and MICA) and saw many "Singa the Courtesy Lions". I thought they are part of the NDP celebration items on display. One caught my eyes and its was about the National Pledge. On close up, I saw a cute Singa the Lion printed on the T-shirt the Singa was wearing; with its right hand clenched to the heart!

The description on the Singa says" Our National Pledge: Singapore's National Pledge was written by Singapore's first Minister of Foreign Affair S. Rajaratham in 1966. His inspiration was to build "a Singapore we are proud of "while emphasising unity and multi-racial harmony.""

Singa did not say "His ASPIRATION was to build Singapore we are proud of while emphasising unity and multi-racial harmony." Aspiration of 44 years is really a long time......






This is the Parliament speech that NMP Viswa gave that started MM Lee's "Demolition".

Rochor Canal - Revisit

was at Sim Lim to buy a software yesterday and this day it rained and I was there with sufficient sunlight to take a closer look at the water at Rochor Canal. I thought that the rain will be able to "wash" the silts I seen in the Rochor Canal in the previous Blog, but I was wrong.

With the evening sunlight available, I was able to see clearly the dirt, silts and slight oil slick in the Rochor Canal. Is the Marina Barrage is suppose to be another fresh water reservoir to provide "Newater"? Not fit for human consumption except for flushing or to be channel to our treatment plant for futher treatment?

The Marina Barrage is "fed" by mainly by 2 major rivers, Singapore River and Kallang River. Kallang River is the most complex because it was also fed by other smaller rivers or canals such as Rochor Canal. These canals are fed by drains too. I hoped that those MM Lee and NEA planners got their maths correct and the water that comes out from the Marina Barrage is fit for consumption. Or else not many chances to go for cooking classes!















(Slight oil slick on surface)

TV License Fees in Singapore Compared to Other Countires

At end of every year, the tax man will be knocking at the door asking me to pay for the income tax. Also to my irritation, it tagged along with the tax man's bill was the TV and License Fees of $110.

Many people had been asking or pleading the government by writing into forums to remove this form of "Taxation", but were fell to deaf ears. The MDA claimed that the "entertainment tax" are used to support Public Service Programs (PSP) and also to non-English stations such the Tamil and Malay Languages stations Vasantham and Suria.

The latest reply from MDA about "good use" of TV tax, ops, I mean TV License, is Singaporeans liked Public Service Programs. Chinese serial such as The Little Nyonya or super popular serial such "Holland Village" enjoyed massive followings from Singaporeans and even Malaysians Chinese. HOWEVER, MICA seem to have forgotten that Sponsorships are also great for the Prime Time TV serials.

National TV stations traditionally are operated by the countries that owned them and Media Corp is already privatised right? Thus where is the national broadcaster status as mentioned in the ST online reply? I quote Mr Yeo Chun Cheng MDA CIO: "We will also continue to work with the national broadcaster to ensure ....... "

I personally do not watch local serial or local programs and only news programs. I subscribed to Starhub SCV programs as these are more educational, more variaty and higher standards compared to Media Corp programs. MDA also mentioned that some of the PSB programs also won some awards from Asian panels etc. But I do not care as I do not even want to know that these programs that won prizes were all about.

Last time when MDA replied about the cost of TV license, the spoke man mentioned that the cost of the TV license is one of the lowest in the World. I did a search and discovered that our TV license fee is one of the highest in ASIA!

How can a so call commercial broadcaster sells advertisement and allow to collect TV License Fees from MDA?

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Ang Mo Kio Ave 6, Blk 724 Market, Yong Tow Foo Store

I was at Ang Mo Kio Ave 6 area for a few occasion and noticed that this particular Yong Tow Foo Store is always have people queuing up, not matter which time of the time, morning or afternoon. This week have some free time in the morning and decided to try the Yong Tow Foo. After selecting the type of Yong Tow Foo, you pass to the store assistant and join the Queue for your bowl of Yong Tow Foo.

After getting my portion and trying, its worth the time queuing!




The Store got endorsement from a Food Varity show!

Discriminated because she is a Kidney Patient

I read with sadness and anger at the same time in the Online Citizen article where "Nur" a single Female Malay was asked to leave her previous company because of her time off needed for her life saving kidney dialysis. The company ask her to leave after she told them of her condition. Her other job applications and "great" help from her "part time" MP are also fruitless.

Singapore really lags behind in protection and rights for workers and PAP government's Tri-Parti labor policy is pro-company and at expense of Workers...... "Nur"'s story is a typical case of discrimination by her employer..... Sad ) :

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Spoken to a Malaysian PR Today

Today, I happened to be talking to a Malaysian Chinese PR male in his mid 20s who is currently living in JB but work in Singapore and his job is a technician Out of curiosity, I ask him how fast was his PR application. He told me very fast and it he applied after he worked for about 2 years in Singapore.

I also asked him if there any interviews for the PR application. In my heart, I was thinking the immigration officials should screen potential applicants for various reasons such as security, their ideology, character etc. But the answer was a bit of surprise as he said there was no interview! Approval for PR was quite fast.

I was more curious and asked him if he will applied for Singapore Citizenship? The answer was even more surprised or shocking! The immigration department actually sent him an invitation to be a Singaporean!

This guy told me he had rejected the "invitation" because his pay of about $1000+ is not enough to support himself in Singapore because the cost of living in Singapore is very high compared to JB.

2 things had bothers me today:
  • Ease of PR application
  • Open invitation to Tom, Dick or Harry (no offense to the guy I met)
Does it make me proud to be a Singaporean if the criteria is so easy? After all, I am just a 3rd generation Singaporean who served NS and now still serving ICTs? But who cares?

In general view, these are not Foreign Talent but just cheap labour because they are willing to work in Singapore and at the end of the day, remit the money back to Malaysia and China etc. The same type of work a typical Singaporean will not be taking unless u are living with your parent and without a family. This is another simple reason to explain for low fertility rate even after the PAP government dangled the baby bonus carrot to Singaporeans.

Singaporeans a Happy Lot? ( :

I nearly laughed and fell off the chair when I read the article about the survey "Singaporeans a Happy Lot" done in 2006 by our NUS lecturer who claimed that Singaporeans are a Happy lot!



In the CNA article, a rather funny quote from i find from Dr Siok Kuan Tambyah, senior lecturer from NUS Business School was:

"I think we would see a dampening of sentiments in terms of Singaporeans' optimism about the future and economic prospects. I don't think we will see a plummeting of this index, if you want to call it an index."
Index does not fall or rise?

Is the lecturer trying to say that if you are out of job or being retrenched you will still be happy?

I check on the Free Dictionary and it explained Index as: "6. A number that represents the change in price or value of an aggregate of goods, services, wages, or other measurable quantity in comparison with a reference number for a previous period of time."

I also compared the survey with the Happy Planet Index and revealed that Singapore is in 49th position, behind Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia, Laos, China and Malaysia etc.

Of course, its a research and survey based on certain bias from both sides. I certainly believed Singaporeans are now less happier than previous years. But I wondered why used a 2006 survey to be used in a different economical climate?

70% of Singaporeans happy? Another political Spinning.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Non-English Speaking PRC PR and Ease of PR Application

I was told by a friend who deals with head hunting where sometimes he encountered PRC PR who also joined the job hunting frenzy. This particular PR from China who had worked in Singapore for 3 years had wanted to look for a post of Technician, thus my friend handed him the 2 page application form to fill, in English.

This PR asked my friend if he can help him to fill in the application form as he does not understand English. My friend asked him stayed here so long simple English also cannot understand? Of course, my friend did not recommend him to the HR department as he cannot speak or understand English.

I looked at the ICA website on Singapore PR requirement and it was really simple to apply and the categories are only 4. And for example, if you are skilled S Pass holder, u just need to fill one 6 pages form to apply for your PR. No mentioned of the need of a English language test.



On the other hand, I tried to go to the Australian immigration website for Skilled Workers and was bombarded by the informations that are presented there. They have 8 categories of skilled workers and most impressed is the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) where they weigh your application according to their need for skills. Applicant also need to be proficiency in English.

Irresponsible Van Driver on PIE

I was driving home when I was caught in a jam along PIE towards airport. The traffic was not very heavy and I stopped several times. Just then I saw 2 Chinese children peeping out from the rear windscreen of a van. If a vehicle such as a truck from the rear is to crash into the rear of this van, the first to be injured will be these 2 children.

This was mild compared to what I saw some time back when I saw a woman van driver driving on Sheares bridge with his kid sitting with her at the driver seat. If she crash, her weight would be enough to crush her kid sitting between her and the steering wheel.

Advanced countries such as Australia have very strict law regarding belting up and child seat for children in cars. I am not sure why our traffic police is having such lax view on this matter. The public education and enforcement need to be upped.



Monday, August 24, 2009

Singapore River Feng Shui

I am not a expert in Feng Shui but I cannot forget the story of LKY consulting a monk in the 80s on the way to recover Singapore economy. The Monk told him to give every Singaporeans a "Ba Gua". A difficult task indeed, but to do that unknowingly, its easy. I can find it on our $1 coin and also our road tax disc.

That is one of the urban legend which I am not sure it can be verified unless you ask LYK himself. But one observation on Singapore immigration was there are many quitters and include me a would be quitter, quitting our beloved Singapore. To stem the outflow of Singaporeans, there is a need to "block" them. When Singapore was first established by the British as a colony, Singapore River was the life line of Singapore. Now the life line is the building around the CBD area. I also believed many people seeking better life stepped ashore Singapore just Raffles did so on 1819.

I was thinking how to stop the out flow of immigration? The marina barrage is the Answer. To effectively stop the outflow of Singaporeans who are the only resources that the government can milk, a "dam" must be build. Too much people, you can lower to allow the "Fresh Water" to flow out. Too little, close the dam.

The barrage or dam now supposing used to transform the Marina bay area into a fresh water reservior due to the improvement of the filtration membrane technology (as claimed). But few days ago, I cannot help not to notice the dirty grime covered River opposite Sim Lim Square. Hoped the membrane work well and less Singaporeans will be flowed out :)



Missing MP in Jurong GRC National Day Billboard cum Free Chicken Porridge

I was visiting my relative at Bukit Batok when I noticed the giant Jurong Town Council National Day Greeting Billboard. One look, I remember that the late Mr Ong Chit Chung had pass away suddenly in 2008. However, in a Single ward constituency, there will be a by-election to elect a new MP to replace the late Mr Ong. However, the beauty of the GRC system does not need a by-election because according to the ruling govenment the PAP, the other 4 MPs can "Cover" the role of the demised MP.




Just then at the block of my relative, I noticed an interesting notice where Free Chicken porridge will be given out to resident. However, there is a catch, its from 2-4pm. Not 12pm to 8pm, just in case the whole estate residents turned up then not enough chicken porridge will make people angry :)

Still got 2 more days to have free chicken porridge! This also reminded me of the abalone porridge by PAP hopefuls win the hearts operations at Hougang and Potong Pasir!


Saturday, August 22, 2009

Calm before the coming General Election? Part 2 at GL

Yesterday I was going to buy dinner back and I pass by to investigate the area at Lor 6-8 to see if street walkers especially from PRC are returned. But seem that the anti-vice department is really working very hard!

However, seem that the pimps are working underground as there are uncles or ah bengs standing around, asking passersby questions. I wonder were they asking? Just then, a Ah Beng with golden hair came to me in a red electric bicycle asking me if i wanted Japanese gals! I ignored him and he showed his fierce look at me..... I ignored him anyway! I also saw these mobile pimps on wheels. They really innovative!

However, there are people setting up illegal gambling tables around the alleys and they disappeared once 2 police patrol cars appeared in a patrol. Seem they started before our IRs had started operations! Did not managed to take photos of such scene because there were lookouts around.





Danger Posed by Heavy Vehicles

I saw some of the dangerous situation posed by Heavy Vehicles. I managed to snapped this picture safely. The Truck carrying the giant container is holding using the crane . There were no chain to secure the container. What if the container slipped?

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Charles 'Chip' Goodyear Temasek's nearly CEO involved in UN oil-for-food scandal?

Saw this article on Charles 'Chip' Goodyear who almost became our Temasek Holding CEO, Trading with the enemy. I wonder how accurate is this article and have to take it with a pinch of salt. But as I read more about it and wonder if Mr S Dhanabalan Temasek's Chairman or Mdm Ho Ching its CEO also PM Lee's wife will file for deframation against the author.

I wondered if the ISD or MHA had not done the background checks on Mr Goodyear throughly. Mr Wong Kan Seng may have to answer to PM Lee or worst, MM Lee himself if there is a lapse.

BUT a search on the internet, I had seen some juicy news on BHP Billiton where the company was entangled with the UN Oil for Food scheme. A UK Guardian news article reported: BHP Billiton embroiled in Iraq oil-for-food scandal. Mr Goodyear was the CEO of BHP Billiton then.

Charles Chip Goodyear was also involved in a US Congress House of Representatives hearing where he was served with a notice to appear before the committee.

If MAS Minister Mr Tharman is transparent enough, he should clarify and explain to the people of Singapore on the background. His Ministry should not be liked the Ministry of Home Affairs where Mas Selamat was allowed to be "floated" to Malaysia when the few critical hours of his escape was not made known.

Calm before the coming General Election?

I drove pass Geylang and decided to drive through for "non-sexual" business :)

This was what I saw on 8 July 09 evening. This stretch was notorious for PRC or Indonesian Street walkers even during hot days. Was surprised that non PRC or Indonesian were there and perhaps our Home Affairs anti vice officers are working overtime prior to General Election as what happened in 2006 GE. Or US President Obama is coming during APEC?



"So Big, and some even have Moustaches"

I found the Newpaper article "So Big, and some even have Moustaches" dated 13 Aug 09. This article really speaks loudly about the impact of the "Door Big Big" immigration policy by the PAP government. Not only the work force is being affected, our primary school children also felt the competition from the so called "foreign talent".





Note the contrast of the "Bigger Size children" at left


A Bigger Sized "Boy" (right) running to base with a "Ka Te" or short local kid (left) trying to catch the ball. Picture was taken by concerned parent Mdm Peggy Tan.

Social and and Conservation problem caused by Chinese Oil Workers

I my mind, the Chinese Immigrants always never failed to create troubles in countries they work or lived in. I came across this interesting article from BBC where the Chinese oil workers are actually feed the demands for ivories back in China. Really sad for the elephants in Africa.

Sudan is 'centre of ivory trade'

'Slaughter' fear over poaching rise


(Pict from BBC.com)

No way to threat this Foreign Worker

This afternoon around 3:30pm, while turning to Upper Bukit Timah Road, I saw this Foreign Worker sitting on top of a overloaded lorry. The driver later drove off at amazing speed of >70kmh (Speed limit is 70km/h) and soon the lorry was out of sight as it exited to PIE. I traveling at 80kmh already having hard time trying to catch up. I am really amazed at the irresponsible driver, not respecting the safety of his fellow worker or subordinate and other road users.

A Singapore PhD Taxi Driver?

Today came across a really interesting blog by a taxi driver "A Singapore Taxi Driver's Diary" who is a PhD holder formerly from Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IMCB) of A*STAR.

In his blog, beside his scientific background, he shared about the cost of being a taxi driver; milked by taxi companies. I was really wondering is it really hard to find job in Singapore? Especially for an experienced PhD researcher. I wondering if our really wonderful investment into Biomedical by our Government really so good. Anyway, I am also jobless, cannot find a job after serving 10 years in SAF....

But anyway, back to the taxi companies, in the blog, the company that the PhD driver rented the taxi from cost $93 for 1-3 years old taxi while it costed $77 for 3-5 years old one. Assuming the PhD driver drives for 1 Year, 6 days in a week, total cost of renting the taxi = 6 Days x 4 Weeks X 12 Months x $77 = $22,176.00). Is this expliotation or what?

I been wondering why the Gov had abolished Taxi Ownership? The Yellow top taxi driver cum owners are an endangered species in Singapore.

BTW this Singaporean PhD taxi driver was former from China. (Pict from Straits Times)

Saturday, August 15, 2009

MM Lee's "Foreign Talent is Vital"

ST had article by MM Lee where he lauded the policy of foreign talents aka foreign workers. However, from alternate online news portal such as The Online Citizen and The Temasek Review (Formerly Wayangparty) had many comments about the speech my MM Lee on the FTs or FWs. Most of them are in the negative lights......

Personally, I believed that foreign immigration policies from Japan cannot be compared to Singapore. Japan is a homogeneous society where Japanese is the working language. Their culture is vastly different from us while ours are consisted of different cultures and religions. What I believed is Singapore policy makers should look into how the issues caused by these immigrants.

For example on 13 Aug 09, the NewPaper had an Article on its front page "So Big, they even have Moustaches". I did not read the articles but will be able to guess what was it all about. (I search the web, but cannot find a copy.... puzzled). The articles must be complaining about the overgrown primary kids competing against out younger kids although they are in same level.

I hoped to get a copy on this soon.

I also think we need to go to the poll to decide on this issue and hoped there are no walk over at my GRC.....

Spin Doc Spinning for Dr "Be Grateful"

Today Paper page 14 had another spin on Dr Teo Ho Pin "Dr Be Grateful" where he was at the launch of the "Energy Learning Hub" at Greenridge Secondary School. The Main Stream Media is giving him much exposures so that people will remember his "good things" while and hopefully forgotten his "Be grateful" comment. He a Mayor some more and wondering what does the role of mayor do?

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Spin Doc Spinning!

Today paper on 12 August have 2 interesting articles, namely, "I became political fodder", a reflection by Dr Seet Ai Mee and "Back then, it did not even have LRT", an spin on Bt Panjang.

What so interesting these 2 articles to me is that it seem to "spin" the MPs from the ruling party into a good light after so many bad lights shone on them, especially on Dr Teo Ho Pin aka Dr "Be Grateful" (After losing $$ in investment of Town council sink funds in Lehman Brother toxic fund and yet asked people to be grateful).

In the today article on page 16, it was interesting to note that Dr "Be Grateful"'s vision for 2015 for LRT to be "directly connected" to the MRT system. LRT not connected to MRT at Chua Chu Kang meh? Also

Dr "Be Grateful" also has his vision for Bt Panjang to have shopping centres, sport complex and working on long term plan for the estate and "gave" feedback to URA. The article also mentioned the Town council had spent $100m in improving the estate with $8m from surplus, the rest from subsidiary from ruling government.

He was trying to say $92m from is from Government? Another ploy to use upgrading for election? I was wondering if $8m was the only amount left in TC coffer or what? People are asking for more transparency in TCs spending especially in PAP held TCs. If my interpretation of this amount of spending is wrong, it cannot be blamed because PAP held TCs spending can be "complicated".

For the article on Dr Seet Ai Lee, I do not really know her and what was her contribution to the constituency. But I knew that she was kicked out by the "hand wash" incident with a fishmonger. Dr Seet clarified in the article whom she gave interview to Petir, she did not shake hand with a fish monger, but a Pork seller.

I feel bad to say this but, does she know about the culture of Malays or Muslims? She claimed that she might be offending the Muslims with hand shaken with a pork sellers. She should know that even washing with water was not considered Ceremonially clean. Must use sea water to purify. But I am not sure if I am right about washing in Muslim practices. But she or her planners should use common sense to visit the Malay or Muslim hawkers in the area FIRST before visiting the rest of "Non-Halal" hawkers. Then she would be able to avoid such situation and a defeat.

So what the media is trying to tell me? Voters do not have a sense of judgement in voting? Thus the GRC system? Perhaps next time we should only have 4 GRC, namely North, South, East and West GRC, each consisted of more than 10 candidates. Then voters no need to vote for GEs because opposition total combined dunno have 10 candidates.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Aung San Suu Kyi Sentenced to 18 Months House Arrest


Really sad to hear Aung San Suu Kyi Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar's last hope for democracy is sentenced to 18 months house arrest for habouring an American who stayed "un-invited" for 2 days in her lakeside "prison"

Myanmar should learn from Singapore "hybrid democracy" where u can: be sued till bankruptcy by ruling party for deframations, disqualified to stand for election if you are fined >$2000, great men such as Nelson Mandala can never stand for Presidential election in Singapore, only give 2 weeks notice for election boundaries etc.

If Myanmar can send their political bigwigs to Singapore for 3 months understudy on how to effectively deal with your political opponents, then the international outcries will be lesser. Ruling Party's tactics had evolved for past 44 years. I suggest part of the understudy is on how Singapore Botanic Garden came into deciding on naming one of our orchid "Dendrobium Thein Sein" after Myanmar's PM Thein Sein.

I wondered how "disappointed" is our Ministry of Foreign Affair and FM Mr George Yeo are..........

Friday, August 7, 2009

The Story of Instant Singapore National Flags

Once you don't see them, the next moment you seen them! I was very amused that every year at near National Day, our TC will help reluctant residents to put up national flags along corridors. Good to see at from afar, but when you take a closer look, you noticed that these flags are instant ones. What I meant was these flags are not even ironed.







I personally believed that National Flag is our own identity and should be respected. Thus today I decided to put the National Flag before National Day. I want to hang it up with pride and willingly, not part of any charade or pretense of being patriotic or putting a feather on my hat!


Ironing half way, notice the lines at left side




Completed ironing of National Flag


Ironed National Flag.

What I am saying is that our beloved Government's immigration policy can ask Foreign Workers or Foreign Talents to do jobs Singaporeans disliked, you get the instant flags or results. But on closer examination, you see that they dun even bother to look at details and lacked a sense of belonging and pride.

I also noted that people who put up their National Flags and their houses are away from corridors have seasoned flags.



Closer look

However, someone had forgotten to take down his flag, or does he know he or she had a flag outside the flat?


Anyway, Happy 44th National Day!