Monday, December 29, 2014

Worst Flood in Malaysia - What you can do to aid.

Malaysia has been hit with a bad flood. One of the worst seen. There are many things you can do to help if you are in the region.

For one, you can always donate. However, that is the least you can do as even the mercy relief Malaysia page is down.

If the one thing a disaster relief organization is good at -- FUND RAISING -- Fails, I would not put too much faith in them for delivering the needed aid.

Some of the thoughts on Relief 2.0

For one, to prevent the question that comes up all the time after disaster relief, "Where did our money go?" Here are a few things you can do.

1) Form your own team. Some people have time to go to the flooded areas, some are good at marketing, some have other useful skills. Everyone can contribute in one way or another.

2) Engage with a local in the disaster area. If you are in Singapore, Malaysia is not far. Ask around Alumni, friends, family for someone you can contact to access the situation. Don't just get information from news.

3) Get a vehicle and ask for support. If you are in Singapore or Malaysia, and you want to drive to the disaster area, you can reach it. After knowing the needs of the ground from talking to the locals, ask friends / family / colleagues for support. They can provide money, food, etc for you to bring up as well.

4) Get others to come. Fill up your car with people and aid!

5) Everyone can contribute. In a disaster, everyone can contribute, but you need to know your value. As long as you have your own sleeping bag, food, water, transport, communications, and you are not a burden to others, you can provide support and aid. Everyone has skills that can be used. Organizing volunteers, bringing food to people who are not in shelters, providing transport for people to hospital, etc. There are lots of things that NGOs do not do in disaster areas that is needed.

6) Run the last mile of disaster relief. There will be many problems that you will encounter. There is always a few choices. Give up or innovate. Bureaucracy may be in your way, and you can either be angry or you can work around the bureaucracy to make things happen.

7) Share. When you are on the ground, share information via photos and videos to Facebook and let people know what is going on at the disaster site. REAL information is better than the news. Document what happened, what succeeded and what failed, and use it as a good leaning example.

8) Get contacts. Find contacts of locals to connect them with others who want to help in the future.

Everyone can play a part to make things a little better.

-- Ironbowl

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Rat infestations in Bukit Batok

Whenever you complain about a problem to the town council, they will ignore it until the problem scales up to an epic level.

Instead of solving the problem in when it is developing, Town Councils like to wait till the problem is so bad that they need to spend a lot of money.

In the case of Bukit Batok, AVA, HDB and NEA jointly blamed the residents for feeding stray dogs.
I guess it is really their fault for voting their MP in. Pushing blame is what they do best.

If it was an opposition ward, the media would have covered it long ago and the rat problem solved with a standard so high that cameras will be placed in rat holes to monitor the rats to dig dirt on the opposition.

And most of all, you will not be blame for problems.

-- Iron Bowl.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Much Blood in Singapore

I do believe that crime is up and murders or attempted murders is up. Is stress catching up with the country with the densest population? Only blood can tell.

Bukit Batok...


Maybe its time to use blood resistant paints in HDB flats as spraying of blood is getting common on the island. Will property price fall when violence increase?

Perhaps its time to rethink the 6.9 Million White Paper?

-- Ironbowl.