Thursday, September 30, 2010

WHY?? "We have not considered a by-election": PM Lee

Source: CNA

Sometimes, politicians do not have to courage to fact the bare fact that their explanation bears no weight at all. In the case death of the 2 PAP MPs Dr Ong and Dr Balaji while they were still in office, there is no automatic activation of by-elections in both cases. In the CNA new above, PM Lee uses sympathy to cover his weightless explanation by using the death of Dr Balaji.

IMO, PM Lee was liked saying, "Stop bugging us with the call of by-election, don't you Singaporeans know that we have a funeral to attend? We are here to show support to Dr Balaji's family during this difficult moment! Anyway, I cannot put my $3million dollars job in the firing line especially the risk of losing the by-election is very high in view of large numbers of fake Foreign Talents that steals jobs from Singaporeans; and the Billion $ losses by my beloved wife Ho Ching of Temasek Holdings".

Source of pict: Lokabhiramam

PM Lee said, "We (Your father and yourself?) have not considered that. There is nothing automatic about calling for a by-election. We have (Father and son?) discussed this many times."

PM Lee, stop burying yourself in the sand and hid yourself behind the dead men. Get out from your father shadow and be your own man!

Source of Pict:

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Malaysian MP died on 27 Sept 2010, by-election called

In Malaysia, once a Member of Parliament passed on, there will be a by-election within 60 days. But not in Singapore........ Do I still think Malaysia is behind us? Apparently not especially in democracy; unliked Singapore's un-democratic electoral system where the Election Department is under the Prime Minister's Office. Where is the impartiality?

MM Lee, PM Lee's father said during the New York Times interview about young Singaporeans getting aware in Politics: "The kind of open political combat they demand would inevitably open the door to race-based politics, he said, and “our society will be ripped apart.” NYT, Saturday Profile, 10 Sept 2010.

He will not say our political system is in place so that PAP will remain in power despite the cock ups, billion losses, deaf and unconcerned PAP ministers.

I wrote about the electoral system in UK and Singapore in my past blog here: UK vs Singapore Election

Sad to say that the British Politics had evolved while our is still in the colonial era.....

Source: The MalaysianInsider
Galas rep dies, triggers by-election
UPDATED @ 06:38:54 PM 27-09-2010
By Asrul Hadi Abdullah Sani
September 27, 2010

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 27 — Galas state assemblyman Che Hashim Sulaima died today of colon cancer, triggering the country’s 12th by-election. He was 48.

Gua Musang PAS vice-chief Hussin Embong told The Malaysian Insider that Che Hashim died at 4.25pm.

The Kelantan Speaker will have to inform the Election Commission which will then call for a by-election within 60 days.

Che Hashim had been suffering from colon cancer for more than a year and was admitted to Kampung Baru Medical Centre here last week.

The one-term assemblyman had been diagnosed with cancer in 2009, when he underwent a medical check-up at a hospital in Kuala Lumpur.

The PAS lawmaker had been receiving treatment at specialist hospitals in Kota Baru and Guangzhou, China since then.

Che Hashim captured the Galas state seat from Barisan Nasional (BN) by a majority of 646 votes in Election 2008.

He received 4,399 votes, defeating incumbent Saufi Deraman. In the 2008 general election, PAS was able to capture 38 of the 45 state seats in Kelantan while BN won six and PKR managed only one.

The Galas seat is under Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah’s parliamentary constituency of Gua Musang.

The Malays make up 65.81 per cent of the more than 10,000 voters in the state constituency, the Chinese 22.03 per cent, Indians 1.81 per cent, while other races are at 10.32 per cent.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Beauty of the GRC System to Stifle Democracy

Source: Parliament, Dr Balaji Sadasivan

Another PAP Members of Parliament Dr Balaji Sadasivan, Senior Minister of State for Foreign Affair had passed away today. I am not a resident of Ang Mo Kia GRC and I do not know what he did except he was a honcho Minister of State in the PAP government.

Under GRC system in Singapore, there is not need to hold a by-election to replace the loss of seat in Parliament.

In 14 July, 2008, Dr Ong Chit Chung of Jurong also unfortunately pass away on Monday. PM Lee told us that the other 4 MPs remaining will be able to "cover" the job left vacant by Dr Ong Chit Chung.

Residents in Jurong GRC were expected to have a by-election but were disappointed by the beauty of GRC system. For this round of the demise of a Member of Parliament in a GRC, Ang Mo Kio GRC will not expect a by-election except to wait for the General Election to come because PM Lee and the rest of the MPs in AMK GRC are "Able" to cover the job and responsibilities left behind.

But what if another MP from Jurong or Ang Mo Kio GRC passes on? WHO will be next?

Source: Parliament, The Late Dr Ong Chit Chung

Sunday, September 19, 2010

No Amount of Engineering can prevent Flooding

Let me recap what MM Lee said about flood control in Singapore. I wonder what he got to say when he sees those sediment....

Friday, September 17, 2010

Congestion Affects Monsoon Drain too - Part 3

Today is raining heavily again and was wondering again where will the flash flood happen? Back to the pictures that I had taken at the Bukit Timah canal.

About 2 week after 13 August 2010
, I went to the same spot and saw that the camera was still monitoring the junction where the sediment had formed. I believed that the sediment is able to grow plants if ever someone tried. The sediment is obviously been there for very long time. How much this area had contributed to the recent massive floods in Singapore?

What is the point of investing money to install the remote sensing cameras or water sensors to monitor flooding in Singapore if no action is taken to clear this mess?

Pictures taken on 30th August 2010 (Water level was much lower)

I was wondering why it took more than 30 years and yet not all the "triangular" ancient canals replaced by the modern rectangular canal that can hold more water?

The interface section between the Ancient and Modern canal.

How much water can this canal hold versus the modern version below? Or PUB upgrade of Bukit Canal not with PUB's 50 years work plan?

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Congestion Affects Monsoon Drain too - Part 2

On 13 August 2010, I returned and armed with my digital camera and again took some pictures of the monsoon drain. I noticed a very interesting thing about the CCTV, I noticed that the camera gimbal was pointing at the intersection with the large deposit of the sandy sediment.

Pictures taken on 13 August 2010 (water level was lower)

A close up of the sediment, just imagine how much is under water.

Note that the direction of the black metal arm is facing the main canal & CCTV was on the sediment.

Direction of CCTV now on the Intersection & PUB must know about the sediment.

The motto of the company providing the remote sensing camera is:

"Providing the at the
Right DataRight Time to the Right Person at the Right Place to make Right Decision"

In this case the actual use of the CCTV at the canal is:

"Providing the Right Data at the Right Time to the Person without power at the Wrong Place to make No Decision"

Will the Environment Minister care to explain this honest mistake or oversight?

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Congestion Affects Monsoon Drain too

In August, one fine day after 45th National Day, I was traveling along Upper Bukit Timah Road and I noticed something interesting in the Monsoon Drain.

I noticed that there were (and it is still there) sediments being exposed from the water level in the Monsoon Drain. I stopped nearby and I took some pictures of the sediment with my mobile phone and I also noticed that there is a remote sensing CCTV camera monitoring the Monsoon drain.

When I was there for the first time, the CCTV camera gimbal was pointing at the main canal. Maybe PUB did not know about the sediment because the camera did not look at the right direction.

Personally, I do not believed that such formation of sediment cannot just formed overnight. I had took some pictures with my mobile phone but I thought I could take better pictures with a camera and planned to return the following day. (Will post the picture of the canal soon)

IMO, what is the purpose of spending tax payers' money by installing those remote sensing camera to monitor flood and yet failed to notice the sediment? Is this another case of money well spent again? What is PUB going to do about the sediment and how much it will affect the flow of water to minimize or prevent another flooding in case of another "once every 50 years" freak flood?

Pictures taken on 12 August 2010

A "Tip of the Iceberg"? How much sediment is under water?

High Water Level at the Canal Intersection

The area CCTV was monitoring on 12 August 2010

Monday, September 13, 2010

New York Times Pays Damages to Lees - Why give an Interview to MM Lee?

Source: Reuter

I was searching using Google about MM Lee's Interview with the New York Times and I came across a blog by the name of "Blowin' in the wind". This blog caused me to be more curious and I I can't recall of such damages paid to the Singaporean leaders by the US News paper.

I am not sure if this Interview to MM Lee is part of the settlement to be paid by the NYT. A further read reveal that it was the International Herald Tribune (IHT) article titled "All in the Family" that caused NYT to pay the damages. (Ref from Singabloodypore)

A typical cowing of foreign newspaper by our PAP leaders to protect their integrity.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Thy father had Spoken once again - MM Lee Kuan Yew New York Times Interview

The New York Times had an article "The Saturday Profile" titled "Days of Reflection for Man Who Defined Singapore". Its about MM Lee's personal reflection on life and politics to the NYT correspondent Seth Mydans.

Not sure its a publicity by MM Lee's press secretary to elevated his stature as Singapore's founding father once again in case the young voters had forgotten about it. It mentioned about his personal life challenges especially facing Mrs Lee's conditions.

However, this article does not make me feel a bit compassionate towards this man. Singapore was governed by the British and they had established the state of government when Singapore was a Crown Colony. PAP had built Singapore on a foundation that was already was established for more than a century by the British.

In the NYT article, he mentioned that:

"The kind of open political combat they demand would inevitably open the door to race-based politics, he said, and “our society will be ripped apart.” NYT, Saturday Profile, 10 Sept 2010.

Hey, how come Singapore importing so many China people into Singapore due to the falling birthrate of Chinese Singaporeans? How about the feeling of the Singaporean Malays whom the PAP Malay MPs failed to address to their PAP masters?

The father says stop at 2 or else those uneducated families with more than 2 children. Then the son says open the door to instant China men, and don't forget we were from China too!

Full article of the NYT Article

Friday, September 10, 2010

Massive Tree Pruning or Cutting at LHL GRC

I was driving around Ang Mo Kio weeks after Mr Chua Loong Wai was crushed by a falling tree along Upper Thomson Hills Drive. That area is under Ang Mo Kio GRC, anchored by our dear PM Lee. There were also signs of Tree Pruning at Mr Wong Kan Seng's Bishan - Toa Payoh GRC whom Home Ministry had let Mas Selamat "Float" away into Malaysia.

Source of cute picture:

I never failed to notice that the National Park or some contractors hired were busily pruning or cutting trees at PM Lee's GRC. It was indeed a political mess for PM Lee to handle and never even Singapore had faced so many freak flooding that are supposed to happened once every 50 years after the completion of the Marina Barrage and now a tree had killed a family man.

Personally, its really that person's fate at the wrong place and wrong time. However, I believed that preventions are not done adequately for past years. Trees does not fell overnight and drivers will notice on roads or expressways that trees on roadsides were not pruned since the world financial crisis and prior to this sad accident.

The lack of actions by National Park to trim or prune trees coincide with the multi-BILLION dollars losses by Temasek headed by PM Lee's wife Mdm Ho Ching who is also MM Lee's daughter-in-law. Was our PAP government short of cash to contract routine tree pruning?

Prior to this accident, I ever called LTA to give "feedback" about the trees because the branches were starting to block road signs after missing a few exits along expressways.

My previous blog entry below also mentioned the conditions of road surfaces in Singapore and I noticed that road surface in Singapore had deteriorated badly too.

Bad Condition of Singapore Road

How was the money channeled to Ang Mo Kio GRC to start the pruning by the PM? I can't tell.......

IMO, the PM Lee should not start doing all necessary things to the trees AFTER a tree had killed someone. This is another typical case of "借花献佛" by PAP politicians.

AMK Aug Week 1

Pruning at Mr Seng Han Thong's SMC

AMK Aug 3rd Week

AMK Aug 4th Week

AMK Sept week 1

Aug Mid Week at Bishan - Toa Payoh GRC