Wednesday, April 27, 2011

My Singapore


It has came to my attention after getting some passionate flaming and baseless arguments on Facebook and other forums that there are still lots of people out there that drank the coolade.

Yes, some folks will vote for PAP no matter what who is on the GRC team as long as there is 1 familiar face and 4 "interns" who just want to be in to show young faces and then "sit there and shut up".

Since 1965, I would commend PAP on their fantastic job of transforming Singapore into a great place to live. I was proud to have a World Class Airport, World's busiest port and a Clean and Green City.

The much planning and immaculate execution of great policies led to much support and even though I did not participate in any elections for all my life, I was proud to be a Singaporean.

There is much success, and great Singaporeans we look up to. The Fandi Ahmad, Ang Peng Siong... Many many others that brought glory to Singapore's name. The carefully thought out courtesy campaign, great national education and passionate leaders are people who we respect and look up to.

It seems that after increasing the already high salaries of ministers to millions of dollars a year in 2005(?), many things seem to go downstream. I feel that recently, the scholars seem to be in public service for materialistic gains. There is no real motivation and passion in many of them and if these people had integrity, getting a salary cap of 30 times that of the highest paid bottom 20% earners say, $30k a month should be more than sufficient to live comfortably in Singapore. When is it enough? $5 million a year?

1) There seems to be not much accountability, and when something goes wrong, there is much finger pointing below, or blaming it on "once every 50 years" event.

Being complacent allowed 9/11 to happen, and if leaders do not take responsibility, they will only lead by example. There are cowards who give all sorts of reasons for failures, and those who proactively engaging problems to prevent big disasters from happening.

2) I want more transparency and in many public things. Since there are already so much rules and regulations governing things, why not share the information? I believe many people do not like to be cheated, and to increase accountability, and to force people in the public service to give deeper thoughts before they decide on things, more transparency is needed.

I've witnesses many inefficient usage of public funds, unnecessary building of playgrounds, bus stops and covering of storm drains. And this is mostly done in March / April to finish up the annual budget to get more next year. Are the top scholars in charge of these places planning and deserve their high salaries?

3) I want more public participation in decision making. Public Transportation Commission, a body that is setup to monitor public transportation is worthless. It does not consist of people who take public transportation, and agrees with anything SBS or SMRT proposes.

When the government invests in things which uses vast amounts of funds, or decides on projects that may affect people's lives (like building a nuclear plant), I would love to vote for that.

Many people I've met online felt that "others" are not matured enough to decide, but I feel strongly that if you are old enough to vote, you can decide what is best for you like an adult and should be treated like one.

If a new recycling plant worth $100 million were to be setup, the proposing body should show the benefits, and compare the costs of similar projects overseas, and give us reasons to support it, and not just bulldozed through, and say "there is no group think." -- just "one many decide, and all agree."

I do think if we vote for our representatives, they should speak for us and listen to us. Our representatives should not think that we are not matured to think for ourselves.

There is more complains and much more unhappiness than before. The cost of living has risen, Singapore is more crowded, yet wages at the lower end is still stagnant. As many fall behind, many others benefit. It is easy to blame it on globalization, but where is the leadership and planning that was seen 10 - 15 years ago?

In the past, out leaders plan to lift us to this first world country, but it seems that complacency has set in and with formulation and very standardized ways to do things, have the leaders forgotten to think? Do these people have the capability to meet today's challenges.

Our public service is not inclusive at all. It consists of people in the system, and people with external experience and knowledge are not welcomed.

If the leaders have a passion for materialistic gains and money, and not to serve the public and take accountability, I do not think they deserve to represent Singapore as a minister.

I would urge people to vote with your heart. Just like climate change, there might still be hope for change to happen. Don't vote as status quo, being politically apathy will only lead to more harm to the society you live in and complaining without taking action in your own hands does nothing to improve your position.

Attend rallies, let your representatives know your concern, and let them work for you.

-- Iron Bowl

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The birds are angry.

Angry Birds at Ishinomaki

They seem to dislike us, and every video we have on Youtube, we just get dislikes, and so we stopped allowing feedback. What is there to listen to anyway? They are just stupid birds.

You see, we have build up an empire of tall structures, and we govern the birds. Look at our self made crown... Ain't it nice?

We do everything for them, we think for them, and plan for them, and we deserve all of these, from the high salary to the respect we should get on the street.

Some me think we have taken away their nest eggs and they are now coming after us in full force. Even the newspapers we control are getting attack by the vicious remarks of truths -- oh the hard truths.

We think the birds cannot save, so we plan this scheme to save for them, and by making the pigeon holes really expensive, they will have no choice but to work and work so they can have less time to think. The expensive pigeon holes is such a benefit to everyone. The birds who own the pigeon holes can easily be millionaire.

If the bird cannot afford the pigeon holes, it means they are lazy and need to work more. There is no poor birds in Singapore, just lazy ones.

Some birds may think we do not connect with the people as we do not take common transport or live in pigeon holes, but when you earn millions, why live like the common bird?

After doing so much for them, like thinking for them and helping to spend their resources, they are attacking us now, breaking down our media and attacking us online. That is so rude!

It has also came to my attention that some pigs are bringing TNT into the glass building... WHY!! You think you can attack the birds but you put us more in danger with the TNT!

The birds like to go on holiday, and they got lots of money to spend what, so the increase in costs of living only makes more GDP and more pigs like us benefit right? More GDP = higher salary, so simple, great plan too! (all us pigs will agree)

Please birds, for your own good, don't attack us. When the building comes down, we will all be hurt.

-- Head Pig.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Don't Cry -- Mr Lim



Talk to me softly
Lose one million won't die
Don't forget you have your pension
And please don't cry
I know how there is no group think
I've been there before
Casino has wrecked families
And don't you know


Don't you cry tonight
There's still millions baby
Don't you cry tonight
Don't you cry tonight
There's a pension for you baby
And don't you cry tonight


Wages are fallin'
Unemployment was high
Give you Workfare Income Supplement
tell me goodbye
Don't you take it so hard now
And please don't take it so bad
Millions still paid in pension
And salary you had...baby


And don't you cry tonight
Don't you cry tonight
Don't you cry tonight
There's a pension for you baby
And don't you cry tonight


And please remember that I never lied
And please remember
how you earn inside now honey
You still have your millions
And you'll already have GCB
You'll feel better tomorrow
When you count your money baby


And don't you cry tonight
And don't you cry tonight
And don't you cry tonight
There's a pension for you baby
And don't you cry
Don't you ever cry
Don't you cry tonight
Don't work still get money
Don't you cry
Don't you ever cry
Don't you cry
Tonight


For ya all G&R Fans

Sunday, April 03, 2011

The Tohoku Disaster


Tohoku disaster, one that cannot be simply measured by mere death tolls, is affecting the world. With a lot of manufacturing. The fact is, parts from computer chips to paint pigments have stopped manufacturing and are dwindling fast. The factories are not really damaged, but the crucial supply of water and electricity have made it hard for the world's second largest auto industry to crank out parts. Because the parts are shipped by sea, the real effect is not felt by the world yet, and the port near Tohoku is destroyed. The problem also lies in the fact that the parts manufactured by Tohoku takes a long time to be replaced as the precision monitoring and diagnostics for cars is very specific, and it takes a long time to switch suppliers.

The rising yen. I do not understand the reason why the Yen is rising and how the rising yen would help in reconstruction. I feel that with a high yen, the donations collected would actually buy less and do less.

With the Japanese economy not doing so well, the triple disaster will definitely have a big impact on the economic recovery and unemployment. With the uncertainty to the nuclear crisis, Japan food exports are also affected, along with Tourism, at least for the near future.

-- Iron Bowl