Monday, July 30, 2012

Sex Country... Singapore

Yes, Sex is legal in Singapore, and you can visit Geylang for Sex. Although there is probably much human trafficking, lots of underaged prostitutes, there are also online sex, where you can call and engage in. However, Howard Shaw, Grandson of Philanthropist, Run Run Shaw, is sentenced to jail for having sex to a 17 year old student.
Strangely, she was paid, and apparently nothing happened to her, just her photos all over the news, and she is now a well know slut, thought having sex with her now would be legal.
Another note, NUS professor is in trouble for having sex with a student in exchange for grades. NUS is terribly quiet about this, which allows for more speculation on how many other students offered sex to professors at the Law Faculty?
In this case however, the student who offered sex is now charged and arrested.
In the past, you expect Thai prostitutes when you visit Geylang -- Singapore's expanding Red light district, however, it is majority from China now, and even if you ask some of them when you talk to them, they are in Singapore as students.
I wonder if their lecturers get sex for giving them better grades?
I guess with more foreign labor, more foreign talents, casinos, you get more hookers, drugs and shady stuff in Geylang which the police seems to want to ignore.
If we keep this up, Singapore can probably be #1 in the sex trade too.

-- Iron Bowl

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Singapore Pledge

We, the citizens of Singapore, pledge ourselves as one united people, regardless of race, language, sexual orientations, political leanings, salary brackets or religion, to build a democratic society, based on justice and equality so as to achieve happiness, prosperity and progress for our nation. Some people don't seem to want to support the bold parts though... -- Iron Bowl

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Justifying Folding Bikes?

Khaw defends NParks' purchase of $2,200 foldable bicycle

NParks paid $2,200 for 26 bikes? (You mean like this?)


Schwinn is a pretty good brand and it goes for US$198 on Amazon.

Is there just too much taxes on bicycles nowadays?

Some extra info to add on to the story.
Part 1) BikeHop's owner details uncovered.

This particular Mr. LAWRENCE LIM CHUN HOW. He is the 'Managing Director' of bikehop.
Google + Profile:
BikeHop youtube channel: bikehopsgp's channel - YouTube
He has also been contacted by AsiaOne "When contacted, BikeHop managing director Lawrence Lim, 40, declined to comment." (source: Are NParks' $2,200 bikes too costly?)

His facebook 'about' page does not show his dealings with Bikeshop. It is the same when it comes to's website which does not show any more details about the owner, NOT even a single name of any 'partners'

So Who is this Lawrence Lim?

C110296983 Apply for a New Company Name

Receipt No. : ACR0001014651856
Transaction Date :15/07/2011
Folio No. : 1

C110309391 Company Incorporation

Receipt No. : ACR0001014738303
Transaction Date :22/07/2011
Folio No. : 2


Receipt No. : ACR0001014933267
Transaction Date :08/08/2011
Folio No. : 3

C110678688 Return of Allotment of Shares

Receipt No. : ACR0001016392299
Transaction Date :12/12/2011
Folio No. : 4

C120044429 Notice by Local Company of Transfer of Shares / Change in Particulars of Shareholders

Receipt No. : ACR0001017019765
Transaction Date :01/02/2012
Folio No. : 5


Receipt No. : ACR0001017020428
Transaction Date :01/02/2012
Folio No. : 6

Part 2) Gebiz Quotation Notice CSI Analysis

(Contact person for that quotation: Name Wesley Su Weiqiang Tel 81271682

ITQ No.: NPB000ETQ12000033

Publication Date and Time 25/01/2012 4:40 PM
Closing Date and Time 30/01/2012 11:59 PM

If you see carefully, the quotation period as set by the National Parks' quotation officer, is ONLY 5 days. So why such a rush??
Infact, 28th & 29th January is Saturday & Sunday.
Thus, it leaves very little room for potential bidders to be aware of this tender.
So, my question is, does it seem like the Nparks quotation officer is trying to rap it up AS SOON AS POSSIBLE and call it a day within 3 working days? 26th (Thur), 27th (Fri) and 30th January (Monday)?

Judging from the specs requirement (see below) drawn up by the NParks quotation officer, it seems that he knows well about foldable bikes.
Thus, how can he not know that they are many foldable bike suppliers out there in Singapore who could have also bidded? Why was the quotation period restricted to just 3 working/business days? Why didn't he lengthen the period so to allow and COMPARE more options from other would-be/possible bidders, instead of just 1 bidder which is NOT even a proper bicycles seller?

Is it possible that Nparks (Or the purchasing officer) already have a particular model or brand of foldable bike from a particular company already on his mind before they publish the quotation notice at Gebiz?

Part 3) QUESTIONABLE requirements in quotation notice
(Which might have escaped your suspicion at first glance.)

1— Be foldable.
2— Can be brought onto public buses and MRT trains.
3— Have 16-inch wheels.
4— Weigh between 11 kg and 13 kg.
5— Have at least 6 speeds.
6— Be provided with one year's warranty and free basic servicing.

First lets look at requirement number 3 and 4.
Why must the person who drew that list, insist on 16-inch wheels?
Well, a simple search on the web shows that, that is NOT the only wheel size that foldable bikes can have.
Also worth noticing is that It is stated in official Brompton Bike UK website that ALL their Bompton bikes ONLY come with 16 inch wheels. Source: FAQs | Brompton Bicycle
Thus, it seems (to me) that MAYBE the Npark staff is ALREADY aiming on that particular Brompton brand?

Then the weight. Why must it be between 11-13kg? If some one really wants to look for a light weight bike , wouldn't he just list the requirement as 'be Less than 13kg'? Instead of narrowing it down to just between "11-13kg"??? Does It mean that Nparks will reject using a foldable bike that is 10kg or lighter? (Again, a little web search can leads you to Quality/Branded foldable bikes that are lighter than 11kg) Does this sound logical to you now?
Or was the officer trying to narrow it down to a PARTICULAR model?

Now lets look at point 5 "Have at least 6 speeds."
This time that guy is abit more clever, atleast now he didn't require the bikes to have a range of speed from eg. 4-8 speed. (Like that illogical weight requirement).
But then again, why am i not surprised that the Brompton M6L model has EXACTLY 6 speeds?
Hmmm HMMMmmm HMMMMMMM!....

And don't get me started on point 6. We all know by now that BikeHop is NOT the official dealer in Singapore for Brompton brand bikes.


I'm not making any accusation. I'm only asking questions. Very very important questions as the procurement are made using PUBLIC FUNDS.

For more explosive CSI, please read SIM37's thread at: CSI attempt: nParks Brompton procurement process ended up with a dodgy winning bidder!


The following is a question submitted by Cannonmaster:
"What if the procurement person genuinely felt that the particular brand/model is ideal?"

Well, He still has to answer atleast 4 questions:

1) Why did he set only 3 working days for the quotation period. (3.5 working days If u wish include the 1/2 day which is the posting date 25th January 2012 at 4.40PM onwards).
3 working days for 26 high end bicycles costing $2,200 each.
$57,200 is higher than alot of Singaporeans' 2 years income.
And you just open and shut the whole thing in 3 working days?
Are you kidding me? We are not dealing with 26 ping-pong balls here!

2) Why was the bid accepted when there is only 1 bidding company which their main core-business is not even selling bicycles and also NOT the official dealer of Brompton brand bikes?

3) Why accept the bid when NParks know that for just $50 more per bicycle, they would have gotten 5 years servicing/warranty from Authorized Brompton bike dealers?
You never know if authorized dealers knew about the tender back then, they might have bided with cheaper price + 5 years servicing/warranty.
Now please ask yourself, what does the phrase 'value for money' really mean?

4) Since the procurement person/department knows so well about foldable bikes, as evident from their spec requirements, why didn't they extent the quotation period so as to allow more possible bidders?

I checked MFA's latest 'Marked Policed bicycle' quotation notice. Even they allowed 1 month quotation period. So back to the 1st question for the procurement officer: Why and where were you rushing to?

So Who is BikeHop?

Why is Mr Khaw defending the decision?

-- Iron Bowl

Monday, July 02, 2012

Singapore police arrest 2 for making remarks online

Yep, Singapore Police is tracking Facebook and Twitter and arresting folks.

With murders, theft, robberies, human trafficking and speeding (and other related traffic offences) "not present" in Singapore, the police can focus their attention on people on social media because it is more interesting and fun, and of course, online dissidents are unlikely to attack them with a scredriver.

These people writing stuff on Facebook and Twitter are really dangerous and need to be locked up as they create social disharmony. Singapore police arrest 2 for making racist remarks online

Well, if you have something to say, it would perhaps be better if you joined YPAP. Because you all know calling a school bus load of students -- "Terrorists" is somehow ok. So next time before you post and tweet, think. (Or join YPAP before using Social Media in Singapore) -- Ironbowl