Ban taxis from midnight

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Ok. As I said previously, I am going to offer out-of-the-box ideas to problems. And the first problem I will deal with is about taxis disappearing around midnight.

We all have experienced this before. The government and the taxi companies have tried to solve the problem through all sorts of schemes, ideas, incentives, etc.

To no avail.

Why don’t we consider banning taxis from operating from midnight onwards?

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Is the Prime Minister seriously out of touch?

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In a Straits Times report, “PM: Let’s tackle cost fears together”, the prime minister was quoted as saying:

No need to buy branded bread. Bread is bread, rice is rice.

The report also said:

Consumers can also go for supermarket house brands, which are cheaper.

The PM seems to be saying that “non-branded” bread are cheaper. Perhaps he is right but if you think about it, when has “non-branded” bread been more expensive than “branded” ones?

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Please stop lying to us!

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In the past year alone, the Singapore government – through its investment arms of Temasek and GIC – invested a whopping $34, 560, 000, 000.00 in various investments worldwide.

That’s $34.56 billion.

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A load of crap from the education minister

I haven’t been blogging for a while but I have to say something about this because it makes my blood boil when I see adults putting kids down.

I was floored when I read what was reported in the Straits Times recently about a school principal’s “advice” to her students.

“The Straits Times reported on Saturday that the principal of a girls’ school had told one of her Sec 5 classes they might as well apply now for places in the ITE because as they were unlikely to do well in the ‘O’ levels at the end of the year.” (ST)

Imagine my horror when the Minister of State for Education, Lui Tuck Yew, defended the principal by saying:

“Principals need to do their job to convey this message to the students and teachers to do their part to challenge them, set high goals and to help them achieve these goals.”

Did anyone notice the double-talk by the minister? A deft sleight-of-tongue, if you will.

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The depths of hypocrisy some will sink to

To pick up from Martyn See’s blog post – One Country, Two Systems – I have one more example to add.

But first, a recap of what the authorities said about “political” and “cause-related” events, and how conducting outdoor events will lead to all kinds of problems both for the police and the public.

“You may be well behaving, but there may be other people whom you come across when you cycle who may stop you, may want to debate with you and that may attract a crowd, therefore will result in problems the police want to avoid…. This policy applies to all political parties.” – Minister of State for Law and Home Affairs Ho Peng Kee (link) (link)

The rub here is MOS Ho’s statement that “this applies to all political parties”. Well, lets see if this is true.

REJECTED: In 2003, The TWC2’s application to hold a symbolic march from the Esplanade to Boat Quay to mark International Day Against Violence Against Women was rejected by PELU. (link)

INVESTIGATED: On the 10th of December 2006, SDP held a “Freedom Walk” to commemorate the International Human Rights Day. Almost all participants of the Freedom Walk are now under police investigation, including Dr Chee’s wife who was also present with their 3 children. (link)

REJECTED: People Like Us’ application to hold a “Pink Run” at the Botanicals Garden. “The Singapore Botanic Gardens is a premier botanical institution. We do not want it to be used as a venue for interest groups to politicise their cause,” said the National Parks Board when rejecting the application.

But in September 2007, the PAP Women’s Wing participated in the Yellow Ribbon Walk 2007 from Pasir Ris Town Park to Prison Link Centre Changi on 2 September 2007. (link)

 

Now, before they quickly take down the web page, notice that the headline says: “PAP Women’s Wing Participated in the Yellow Ribbon Walk 2007.”

 

WHAT HYPOCRISY!

Banning everyone else and then doing it themselves!

 

 

Mr Han, Mr Han…. oh my goodness!

 

Hmm… an interesting series of 3 incidents happened recently. First, MM Lee Kuan Yew pooh-pooh Reporters Without Borders and Freedom House’s rankings of Singapore press freedom. MM Lee spoke on Sunday, 14 Oct.

He had said:

“I do not measure myself by the yardsticks of Amnesty International or Freedom House or Reporters Without Frontiers.”

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Fight your fight – but please keep your clothes on!

I support the online petition to repeal section 377A of the Penal Code. I also support the Parliamentary petition. It is good that at least one MP, albeit an NMP, would be taking up the issue in Parliament.

I think it is a shame that not one of the 82 PAP MPs or the 3 opposition MPs in Parliament have spoken up for the gay community. No doubt it is a political decision – to not risk alienating the majority “conservative vote” in Singapore.

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