Thursday, December 29, 2011

Singapore Press Holdings website steals from Red Sports

Yes, this is from Redsports.sg and I want to highlight to you.

SPH is the company that publishes most of Singapore’s newspapers, like The Straits Times, The New Paper and Lianhe Zaobao. It reported $1.3 billion in topline revenue for the financial year 2008.

From Redsport.sg

"(UPDATE ON 11 AUGUST 2009 10.56AM – We noticed that the picture has just been removed from the www.news.omy.sg website. But you can see the evidence in the screen shot below.)"






As if taking the picture isn’t bad enough, they covered their tracks by cropping off the copyright watermark – “© REDSPORTS.SG” – from the bottom right of the picture. They gave information about the date of the picture, the context of the picture but – oh, my! – failed to mention where the picture came from.

What part of “© REDSPORTS.SG” did they not understand? (© is the universally accepted symbol that stands for copyright)

The photo was taken by Marvin Lowe, a Red Sports volunteer, who confirmed that Omy did not at any time seek his permission to use the photo. Neither did they ask us. We would have rejected them outright because of the intended use of the photo.


This is a major embarrassment when SPH and Yahoo is in the midst of a lawsuit on copyright infringement.


And not surprisingly, Google, Yahoo and many other search engines will show the countersue from Yahoo if you actually bother to search it online.

I feel that what is more embarrassing is the fact that they try to cover up and pretend nothing has happened.

What other news or reports have you made mistake on and try to cover up?

-- Iron Bowl

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Taxi fare increase, Train down.

Comfort Delgro has just increased the fares.


Singapore Taxi Fare Increase Table

Officially, cost of living has increased a lot, there are a lot of other fare hikes and the economy is not doing well in Singapore.

So after the fare increase, the train broke down on 15 December.


North-South MRT Line breakdown hits thousands

Peak hour break down, no contingency plans, and passengers have to break window for ventilation.


Niki Wang, Train Disruptions Lead to an Increased Appreciation for the Small Things in Life some people had time to reflect, some had respiratory problems, and it was simply a horrible experience.

Many people are angry. ‘Train disruptions unacceptable and unforgivable’


The taxi company is seeking "profits"


#SMRT Experience A Facebook page is set up for you to share your good and bad experiences on the SMRT.

Please share!

-- Iron Bowl

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Public Transportation Fail



SBS bus drive from Mainland China got lost in Singapore and passengers were trapped in train for 2 hours+.

Is this the world class transportation we want?

Perhaps we need to raise bus fares too, as incompetent drivers, rules and bureaucracy waste a lot of money.

Year after year, these monopolized public service companies get record profits, and the people running it tend to be relatives of spouses of Members of Parliaments.

The public transportation system is getting more expensive, but ever so crowded and bad.

-- Iron Bowl

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Another Brutal Video of Ugly China

There are a lot of things wrong with China.

For one thing, human rights needs to be addressed and if you can understand Mandarin, you will be even more furious.



These people are just watching as a mob beats up an ethnic minority kid, because he was "lazy" as described in the video. Again like the video of Toddler hit by car in China...



Is China so focused in Economic success that humanity takes a step backwards?

Where were the warm hearted villagers we used to know in the past?

-- Iron Bowl

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A Cow based Economics Lesson

SOCIALISM
You have 2 cows.
You give one to your neighbor.

COMMUNISM
You have 2 cows.
The State takes both and gives you some milk.

FASCISM
You have 2 cows.
The State takes both and sells you some milk.

NAZISM
You have 2 cows.
The State takes both and shoots you.

BUREAUCRATISM
You have 2 cows.
The State takes both, shoots one, milks the other, and then throws the milk away.

TRADITIONAL CAPITALISM
You have two cows.
You sell one and buy a bull.
Your herd multiplies, and the economy grows.
You sell them and retire on the income.

ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND (VENTURE) CAPITALISM
You have two cows.
You sell three of them to your publicly listed company, using letters of credit opened by your brother-in-law at the bank, then execute a debt/equity swap with an associated general offer so that you get all four cows back, with a tax exemption for five cows.
The milk rights of the six cows are transferred via an intermediary to a Cayman Island Company secretly owned by the majority shareholder who sells the rights to all seven cows back to your listed company.
The annual report says the company owns eight cows, with an option on one more.
You sell one cow to buy a new president of the United States , leaving you with nine cows.
No balance sheet provided with the release.
The public then buys your bull.

SURREALISM
You have two giraffes.
The government requires you to take harmonica lessons.

AN AMERICAN CORPORATION
You have two cows.
You sell one, and force the other to produce the milk of four cows.
Later, you hire a consultant to analyze why the cow has dropped dead.

AN SINGAPORE CORPORATION
You have two cows.
You get license from AVA, URA, NPARKS, HDB, EDB to keep cows.
You need to pay COE for each cow.
When you sell milk, cows need to pay CPF.
When you start making money, Government will start companies to compete in your cow business.


A FRENCH CORPORATION
You have two cows.
You go on strike, organize a riot, and block the roads, because you
want three cows.

A JAPANESE CORPORATION
You have two cows.
You redesign them so they are one-tenth the size of an ordinary cow and produce twenty times the milk.
You then create a clever cow cartoon image called a Cowkimona and market it worldwide.

AN ITALIAN CORPORATION
You have two cows, but you don't know where they are.
You decide to have lunch.

A SWISS CORPORATION
You have 5000 cows. None of them belong to you.
You charge the owners for storing them.

A CHINESE CORPORATION
You have two cows.
You have 300 people milking them.
You claim that you have full employment, and high bovine productivity.
You arrest the newsman who reported the real situation.

AN INDIAN CORPORATION
You have two cows.
You worship them.

A BRITISH CORPORATION
You have two cows.
Both are mad.

AN IRAQI CORPORATION
Everyone thinks you have lots of cows.
You tell them that you have none.
No-one believes you, so they bomb the ** out of you and invade your country.
You still have no cows, but at least you are now a Democracy.

AN AUSTRALIAN CORPORATION
You have two cows.
Business seems pretty good.
You close the office and go for a few beers to celebrate.

A NEW ZEALAND CORPORATION
You have two cows.
The one on the left looks very attractive.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Thanksgiving.

In the US, I am thankful...


FOR ALL THE COMPLAINING I HEAR ABOUT THE GOVERNMENT
BECAUSE IT MEANS WE HAVE FREEDOM OF SPEECH HERE!

-- Iron Bowl

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Like that also Fine


WTF, this is pretty ok ma.

Like that also fine?


Funny? The LTA not amused by pedestrian crossing prank

Another reason why Singapore is FINE CITY.

--Iron bowl

Friday, November 18, 2011

Woman fine $30 for eating sweet on MRT to relieve motion sickness #SingaporeFAIL

The sign says, no food and drinks.

Sucking on a candy gets you a $30 fine on Singapore SMRT?

I think a MASS PUKING on SMRT everyday will teach them a lesson.



Time and resources should be used on improving after security breaches, delayed train, crowd congestion.

This is indeed suck a freaking joke.

Is this the sad state of Singapore media too? To cover shit like that?

-- Iron Bowl

Monday, November 14, 2011

Occupy

Is Occupy Serious?

Scenes from Occupy Wall Street.






I don't believe some of these people are very serious.

Many are committed and endured the harsh weather, but some of these antics are just jokes?

-- Iron Bowl.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

They are here too!


I was at the Fenway catching a free movie -- Immortals. I arrived about 1.5 hours before the movie and there was already a long queue. Right in front of me was a Chinese girl, possibly a student in Boston. As time go by, she took off her jacket and she smelled like a HOBO! WTF, she was covered with branded clothes, and apparently China has not discovered the power of washing detergent?

Nevermind that, she invited every person from China into the line in front of everyone else. She practically got more than 10 people into the queue by herself, and she started speaking Shanghai-ese and Mandarin and thought I did not understand as I was chatting with another pretty Vietnamese lady in the queue in non-heavy-chinese-accented English.

The Chinese group was fresh off the boat, their English was horrible and they kept complaining about how the Fenway Cinema was inferior to their movie theaters in (國內 - domestic) China. They later commented about how poor people should not be allowed in the cinema. I was kinda angry then as they smelled more than another unshaven black guy in the queue.

They were sitting in the theater a row in front of me and proceeded to use their phones before the movie. They continued to reserve more seats and finally had to give up the reserve seats as the theater was FULL. They then proceeded to comment on how the seats were uncomfortable and how China was more advanced and economically powerful compared to the US.

During the movie, a few of their phones went off and they actually were chatting on the phone and was "shhhhh!" by a lot of people. This made me feel ashamed to be classified under "Chinese" on my birth certificate. The first China lady I met was on the phone a total of 7 times in the movie and she did not turn off her ringer despite getting "shhhhh!" LADY, DO YOU HAVE NO SHAME?

I now understand why Chinese families do not want to have daughters.

If my daughter were to be like that, I'd have her aborted too.

-- Iron Bowl.

Monday, November 07, 2011

Singtel #SGFAIL


Singtel hit with service outage, bad customer service officers, stupid rules...

Recently, I terminated my 3G plan along with my phone line before leaving Singapore, however, I received 2 bills and apparently, and after paying the bills, the line seemed to be still "alive"

I was upset with M1 for being very stupid and bureaucratic, and Starhub for being inflexible and now Singtel as well??

I guess you can't have high hopes as all the companies seemed to be owned by Temasek holdings, and they are in the end, operating in a monopolized market.

In Singapore, you can be screwed in all conceivable ways, even Internet!

-- Iron Bowl

Monday, October 31, 2011

The Kiasu Mindset


Having a Kiasu mindset is typical of Singaporeans. Nicely put in this article, On social trust, who needs empirical evidence? More often than other, having a kiasu mindset brings unhappiness, anger and suffering.

In essence, the Kiasu Mindset will only cause much harm to society, and socal engineering this is something not to be proud of.

This is your typical Singaporean.

"its-not-enough-that-I-should-succeed-others-should-fail"

-- Iron Bowl

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The relevance of ISA in Singapore


Internal Security Act.

From 1960s to the late 1980s, the ISA was used mainly to counter the threat posed by the Communist Party of Malaya (CPM) and its plan to use violence to overthrow the government, since then, it is a blunt tool which can be used by the ruling party against opposition members.

Malaysia abolished ISA this year, why can't Singapore?

-- Iron Bowl

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Singapore Badass


When resource is so limited and you compete with everyone, and there is no safety net, you get the mentality that everyone should fail for you to succeed.

This is the Real Singapore

-- Iron Bowl

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Slope of Death


With such a steep slope, how can a handicapped person on a wheelchair not roll all the way to the main road and get hit by a car?

Is this what the unnecessary constructions and "upgrading" is for?

-- Iron Bowl

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Suspended Ad in Singapore


This Abercombie & Fitch ad at Orchard Road has been suspended by the Advertising Standards Authority of Singapore. Do you agree that it is indecent?

This is Singapore censorship standards for you.

NEWS: Abercrombie & Fitch advertisement at Knightsbridge suspended

-- Iron Bowl

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Interesting quotes about life


Virginity is like a balloon, 1 pop and it's gone forever

Sex is like Pringles, once you start you can't stop

Fate is like getting raped, you can't fight it so learn to enjoy it

Work is like group sex, 10 people are behind your ass to take your place

Education is like hiring a prostitute, it needs both your money and hard work

Success is like masturbating, only with your own hand can you achieve it

Life is like a penis. Sometimes it gets hard for no reason

-- Iron bowl

Friday, September 09, 2011

Remembering Singapore

In Kuala Lumpur, I was talking to some people from China who can't speak a word of English, Apparently, their home in Malaysia was raided, and they were going to go to Singapore to live. I asked them why do they want to go to Singapore, and their reply was "Its easy to get in and find work." I saw them talking to a man later at BB plaza, and pay the man a wad of cash, and enter a white and green van.

I was simply shocked at the answer as I did not realize that even with the wide open borders of Singapore, there are still people that I assume were coming to Singapore ILLEGALLY. How secure are the Singapore borders and how many illegal immigrants are already in Singapore?

I believe human trafficking is a very serious problem, and one of the ways Singapore is dealing with that is through a very open border, anyone can enter and somehow apply work permit and legally work in Singapore. (If you pay a levy, CPF or some form of payment to the government)

When I think of the situation, I have know of people coming to Singapore through the Tuas Checkpoint without the use of their passport. Manned by security guards, security is relatively lax, and when you enter by car or taxi, apparently the customs officer sometimes cannot count. I can recall a time when I did not pass one of the passports of my passengers to the customs officer while driving back to Singapore and had to stop and give it to them to enter the data.

As I understand from the countries I visited, I now have a better picture of why the prostitution in Geylang was expanding. Human trafficking tends to bring women to work in brothels, and with these illegals, it is easy to control. (I learn this from watching Hollywood movies)

With my recent experience in Kuala Lumpur, I am certain that there are probably many illegal immigrants in Singapore, and it is indeed not difficult to get in at all. All the talks about having no corruption, and a low crime are simply a perception created to bring in foreign funds from any source, legal or illegal into Singapore banks. (Heard news about "unclean monies" from Myanmar in Singapore) I've several friends who were visiting from India, Sri Lanka and Dubai, they were able to open a bank account and deposit huge sums of money here, without being a resident in the country when they deposit it into a local bank. (Maybank and HSBC wanted proof of residency or PR status)

So is it really easy to get around in Singapore if you are an illegal immigrant? I believe the answer is yes, in Singapore, more than 50% of the people are not locals, and it is probably a very difficult task for the police to differentiate who is legally here. What's worse is their attitudes -- do they care? Comprising of many National Servicemen, I am really disgusted by the attitudes of many police officers in Singapore. Firstly, their presence is never felt. You don't really see them patrol, and those you see in uniforms are probably Cisco or Aetos security guards. Next, there is always the excuse of "lack of manpower". My home at Oei Tiong Ham Park was broken into with people stealing water from my taps, and washing their cars and bringing water home, and then proceeded to walk around the house to look for stuff to take. I've called the police on several occasions, and their response time was 5 hours! The location of the house was opposite Holland Village, and the police offices that responded were from Pasir Ris. I've submitted police reports of vandalism on my vehicle, theft on my bicycles, cameras, bags, and there seemed to be no follow up calls and responses. I've received a call once 2 years after the report of a break in to my house, and at that time, the house was already torn down and rebuilding a new apartment.

What has Singapore turned into in the last 10 years of me being overseas? It seemed unlike the Singapore I used to know, where food was cheap, public transportation and medical services affordable. Today, the streets and public transportation are overcrowded by unfamiliar faces, people who do not speak any word of English, the primary language that Singaporeans commonly use to communicate between our multi cultural and multi racial community. People were courteous and very law abiding. There was hardly any litter, and people are generally contended and happy.

The high GDP and high salaries of the ministers seemed to have not done much to improve the lives of the majority. There is a lot of construction all the time, and building and structures that are 20 years old are torn down to build new ones. My fond memories of the playground I used to visit, my primary schools, secondary school and junior college looks completely different. Sometimes I wonder if it was all necessary?

I look back and see many positive changes that were made all the way till the late 90's and early 2000s, ever since then, that are many things including the Casinos, Changi Airport Terminal 3, Marina Barrage... All of which I do not approve and they probably did not need to build. I listen to the woes online about the horrors of YOG, and experienced a mediocre and expensive Singapore F1 night race. When I look at the F1 Singapore, I see a huge waste of resources and energy. The racing culture was somewhat extinguished when the races in Kallang Carpark was ended. The talks about a racing hub in Changi were also just talks as there is no critical mass of people.

What has gone wrong in Singapore? There is a report of crime getting lower, yet I get news of bodies found weekly on the newspapers. Bodies are found outside the Istana, in water tanks, reservoirs and in the sea. If they are labelled unnatural deaths, are they counted as a murder in crime statistics?

The pursuit of high GDP benefited some Singaporeans, and there are a lot of millionaires. For those who own multiple properties, they are definitely doing very well now. With the price of housing today in Singapore. I seriously doubt the affordability of public housing, and I could see more and more people falling through the cracks. I've spoken with a middle aged lady in her 50's here in Kuala Lumpur, and she complains about trying to get government subsidies when she was living in a 2 room flat. She had to do a lot of paperwork, and get her son to come and proof that she was not getting support before she could get a meager $20 per week from the government.

I hope change will come, and the government can hear the voices of the people and not lose tough with the public as they live different lives with their million dollar salaries. More needs to be done, and actions needs to be taken, and hopefully not just empty words we hear all the time.

-- Iron Bowl

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

真金不怕溶爐火


I was pretty impressed with the Nation wide organization of Beijing Olympics. It was one of the glorious points of China's history as normal citizens attempts to learn English, clean up the vice (pirated DVDs) enhance food safety, and reduce traffic congestion.

Chinese solid gold Olympic mascots begin to rust

As I collect coins, notes and other commemorative items, I wanted to get these coins, however I did not get the chance to buy them. But it turns out that it was not a good deal after all.

Of all my silver and gold coins that I collected, I've never seen any one of them tarnish, or rust. In basic science, Gold is one of the least reactive metals, and it is hard to have gold tarnish, let alone rust.

"99.9 per cent" fine gold -- The certificate described the mascots as being made of "99.9 per cent fine gold" with a limited circulation of 10,000 pieces...The manufacturer of the mascots, the Shenzhen Eastern Gold Jade Co. said that it had no plans to offer refunds, offering instead to repair any rust-spots which it put down to flaws in its 'electro-gilding' technology.

With today's gold price, it was indeed a double blow to the buyers. With rust spots found on the gold, this tarnishes China's reputation which they have been trying hard to improve, however greed prevails, and there is still much short term mentality present in China.

-- Iron Bowl.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Monopolized Transportation in Singapore

SBS Transit appointed Downtown Line operator

This is analyzed by by friend Gary.

Only SBS Transit Ltd and SMRT Trains Ltd were asked to submit competitive proposals. No one else?? LTA will own the rail operating assets and be responsible for timely replacements and enhancements. This sounds like LTA owns everything and SBS Transit only operate and pay rental of $1.6 billion over 19 yrs or about $84million a year or about $230k a day. Half million commuters are expected daily.

If each commuter spends $2 daily (less than round trip), daily revenue will be $1 million excluding advertisement and shop rental revenue. It appears to be pretty profitable!! May be we should have more operators tender to either increase the rental or lower the fares. Or even to consider to run this line as a cooperative!


ComfortDelgro, Temasek Holdings and GIC does not seem to be transparent with its expenses, and with record profits and poor services, the LTA seems to allow every
price increase, but the service seems to gets worse.

-- Ironbowl


Saturday, August 27, 2011

偷你蛋 vs Angry Bird

 
偷你蛋


 Angry Bird (Red)


Another Angry Bird?




How many birds does it take?

-- Iron Bowl

Monday, August 22, 2011

Singapore Presidential Election Logos

Back to the logos again.



Don't you want to just draw eyes and make a shirt?



I would not slap Astroboy if I were him. What did Astroboy do?



Short Sighted people need glasses, you don't need to tell them they are shortsighted all these years.



Kung Fu Panda would not approve.

-- Iron Bowl

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Religious Bra



 Do you need a laugh??
What Religion is Your Bra?

A man walked into the ladies department of a Macy's

and shyly walked up to
the woman behind the counter and said,
"I'd like to buy a bra for my wife. "
"What type of bra?"
asked the clerk.

"
Type?" inquires the man, "There's more than one type?"

"
Look around,"
said the saleslady,
as she showed a sea of bras in every shape, size, color
and material imaginable.


 
"Actually,
even with all of this variety,
there are really only
four types of bras to choose from ."
Relieved, the man asked
about the types.
The saleslady replied:
"There are the Catholic,
the Salvation Army,
the Presbyterian,
and the Baptist types.
Which one would you prefer?"

 

Now totally befuddled,

the man asked about
the differences between them.
The Saleslady responded,
"It is all really quite simple. .

 

The Catholic type

Supports the masses;

The Salvation Army type lifts the fallen;

The Presbyterian type keeps them staunch and upright; and

The Baptist makes mountains out of mole
hills."

 

Have you ever wondered why A, B, C, D, DD, E, F, G, and H are the letters used

to define bra sizes?
If you have wondered why,
but couldn't figure out
what the letters stood for,
It is about time
you became informed!

 

(A} Almost Boobs...

{B} Barely there...

{C} Can't Complain!...

{D} Dang!...

{DD} Double dang!......

{E} Enormous!...

{F} Fake...

{G} Get a Reduction....

{H} Help me, I've fallen

And I can't get up!...

 

Send this to

all who will appreciate it!

 
They forgot the German bra:

Holtzemfromfloppen

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Some are more equal than others.

I believe some would say that the foreigners are getting screwed in Singapore.




Well, that's is true to some extent,
Foreign worker protests on top of 30m crane
Singapore Sees Fall in Foreign Workers' Pay Complaints
Jobless migrant workers protest in Singapore again

Everything in Singapore requires a permit, prostitution, casinos, begging, street performing. Protests are rare in Singapore, where public speeches and demonstrations are banned unless they are approved by the government, or take place at a designated place called Speaker's Corner.

A Singaporean in a similar situation would -- be arrested.
Singaporeans arrested for protest in support of Burmese Activists
4 SDP members arrested for protesting against the Singapore government’s involvement with the Burmese junta

Singaporean first mentality or approach by the government? Its looking more like Singaporeans go to jail first.

-- Ironbowl


Dual citizenship is not allowed for Singaporeans, but why is it allowed for a PRC? and why is she getting a scholarship along with it?



Archiving it before it is taken down or edited.

Meet this year's President's Scholars

SINGAPORE - One is a future doctor who hopes to initiate changes in palliative care and healthcare expenditure by being part of the policy-making process. The other does not rule out joining politics and believes that the private housing market can play a bigger role to provide homes for the people.

Mr Nigel Fong and Mr Yoong Ren Yan, both 19 and two of this year's four President's Scholars, have yet to embark on their university studies but they are already clear about how they can contribute to society.

Mr Yoong, who will be studying philosophy, politics and economics at Oxford University in the United Kingdom, told Today that his past internship stint at the Ministry of National Development had spurred his interest in public housing policies - an area he is keen to explore upon graduation.

The son of a lawyer and a teacher said the development of Singapore over the years could allow some of the policies to be re-examined, such as reducing the percentage of people living in public housing from the current 80 per cent of population, and allowing for more private housing to provide more options for everyone.

Meanwhile, Mr Yoong's good friend and Raffles Institution schoolmate, Mr Fong, has chosen to reject a funded liberal arts offer at the prestigious Harvard University - in favour of pursuing medicine at the National University of Singapore.

"My parents thought I am crazy ... but contributing to the field of medicine and the healthcare system here is something which I hope to do," he said.

The keen debater said there is room for improvement in the current healthcare model, by moving away from a "return from investment" approach, including providing more subsidies for patients in palliative care who may no longer be fit to work.

And for this pair of straight As scorers, it was community work outside school which had invoked their empathy and compassion for the needy.

"I came to realise that things are not always what they seem ... Singapore is a rich country but beneath that are still many poor people.", said Mr Yoong.

Mr Fong also urged his peers to not just focus on building credentials.

"Being a President's Scholar is a title but it is important to look beyond that ... not just to do so many activities to build a good CV but to actually do everything for a passion," said Mr Fong, who has been helping out at Meet-the-People Sessions conducted by Member of Parliament Jessica Tan in Simei for the past three years.

Apart from the two friends, two other 19-year-olds also received their commendations from President S R Nathan last night.

Miss Xiao Yifei , who came from China when she was four and holds dual citizenship, said she sees herself very much a Singaporean with roots in this country.

Miss Xiao, who plans to study international relations in the United States, attributed her success to support from parents and teachers.

Mr Aaron Koh, a recipient of the Singapore Armed Forces Overseas Scholarship, said he sees "no higher calling than serving the nation".

Mr Koh, who would not have been able to study overseas without any financial aid, said: "Getting a merit-based scholarship is not only an affirmation of my hard work but such a scheme also equalises opportunities for all in spite of socio-economical backgrounds".

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The National Anthem


My Poem:

Ms Penny Low, your allegiance to the country is as good as the man checking on his phone when he is taking his marriage vows. "Do you say you love me?" -- Singapore





-- Ironbowl


This is her excuse.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/1146343/1/.html

But there are no posts on her FB page although she claimed to have posted. (Can't she wait a few more seconds?) What kind of example is she setting?

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Inconsiderate Cardboard Collector


There is an old man collecting cans and cardboard boxes living in Blk 81B, Toa Payoh Lor 4 (2nd floor) and there is nothing wrong making some extra money recycling, however, it is how he gets to these things to recycle.

For example, he would take everything from an LCD TV box out, throw it on the ground beside the refuse bin and keep the box for cardboard, but leave the styrofoam on the ground.

He would also go to the refuse bin and empty the rubbish out just to get to a few cans. At times I would pity him, but when he empties the trash on the ground, it simply annoys me as the trash may get into out drains, clog them and attract pests.

I have picked up some of the trash after him, but this has been going on for years. I've spoken to town council people and they say there is nothing they can do. Really? I can litter and there is nothing they can do but to clean it up?

I know the rents of the Toa Payoh HDB 5 room flat can be as high as $3k a month, and I have a question, why don't you live some where else and freakin save $$ on rent and not dirty our living spaces!

-- Iron Bowl

Singapore Slums.

No, this is not a Kampung, but rather slums found in Singapore.








Although there are a lot of homeless people in Singapore, these homes are generally made by foreigners. Shortly after Singapore took over the KTM land, enforcement officers patrol the area to chase the inhabitants away.

There are also a lot of other urban slums. I visited some foreign friends living in apartments in Geylang area, HDB flats in Sembawang and Seng Kang area, for a 1000 sq ft 5 room apartment, up to 14 people can stay there.

No, these are not your laborers, but rather, your Engineers from China, India and even Malaysia who feel that housing is too expensive here. With the combined buying power of 14, they can pay S$3000 for a whole apartment with airconditioning, etc.



Well, these "transient workers" can endure it because they expect to work for a few year, earn some $$ and leave. But where does it leave Singaporeans? Can we pay S$3000 for an apartment when we cannot public housing? Who can we turn to to help us? If inflation is too high and public transportation unaffordable, can we march on the streets to protest?

-- Iron Bowl