Saturday, December 29, 2018
SINGAPORE — From Dec 29, adults taking buses and MRT trains will have to pay six cents more for card fares, while single-trip train fare and adult cash bus fare will rise by 10 cents.
Students and senior citizens will pay up to 1 cent more in card fares. The Public Transport Council (PTC) announced this on Tuesday (Oct 30) at the close of a first fare review using a new formula that factors in changes to operating costs.
It said that these fare changes amounted to an overall 4.3 per cent hike, which is the maximum allowable amount of increase going by the new formula, after factoring in a carry-forward reduction of 3.2 per cent from last year. Otherwise, the increase would have been 7.5 per cent.
The biggest contributing factor to the hike — other than a sharp 26.2 per cent rebound in energy prices — is the new “network capacity factor”, which tracks how much bus and rail capacity has changed in relation to real usage. It indicated that ridership had not kept up with capacity growth, and this accounted for 3 percentage points of the 4.3 per cent cap in fare increase.
There will be no changes to the cash fares for students and senior citizens, or prices of monthly concession passes.
The fare reduction measure introduced last December as part of the 2017 review exercise remains. This is the 50-cent saving for commuters who pay by cards and travel during the morning pre-peak hours by tapping in before 7.45am at any train station.
The Ministry of Transport has accepted the PTC’s recommendations. In a Facebook post on Tuesday, Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan said that raising fares is an “unavoidable decision” even if it is not welcomed by commuters. Public transport operators rely on fare adjustments to keep pace with operating cost, he said.
Mr Khaw noted that commuters earned 10 per cent more in wages in the past three years, yet fares have gone down by 8.3 per cent in three consecutive fare review exercises before this year’s exercise.
Separately, the PTC said in a press release that this round of fare hikes is “necessary in a rising cost environment”, especially since public transport operators SMRT Rail and SBS Transit are facing “significant operating losses”. “These cost pressures have also been faced by other cities which have had to raise fares to keep pace with the operating cost increases,” the council added.
With the hike, SMRT Rail will stand to take in S$24.1 million more for its higher repair and maintenance costs and the increase in manpower to run expanded operations and improve its rail network performance. SBS Transit is expecting to earn S$10.9 million more, which will go into padding up its Downtown Line operations, increase in manpower and salary adjustments for workers.
The hike will also bring in S$43.2 million more in revenue to support public bus operations, which is facing an operation deficit to the tune of some S$1 billion a year, a sum to be borne by the Government through subsidies, PTC chairman Richard Magnus said.
Asked at a press conference on Tuesday why the full 4.3 per cent fare hike is implemented, Mr Magnus said that it is to “narrow the gap as far as possible” between rising infrastructure costs and what commuters are paying. “Even with the 4.3 per cent increase, the gap continues to be there,” he added, noting that the revenue only “marginally” padded up and “contained” the rising public transport costs. “(Our approach is to) balance the economic aspects and social costs.”
FARE REDUCTIONS ‘UNLIKELY’ IN COMING YEARS
Analysing from energy prices, wage, and inflation trends, Mr Magnus said that fare reductions are “unlikely” in the next fare review exercise, and assessed that there is little need to carry over a certain percentage of the amount of increase into the next year.
The next fare review won’t be “a negative” where there is a reduction in fares, but a question of how much higher it might go, he said. If the PTC were to bring over a 2 per cent increase, then next year’s increase will be higher. “It is better to spread out the fare increase over a period of time rather than a steep jump next year.”
Putting it in a larger context, Mr Magnus said that public transport fares had stayed affordable “for a good 10 years”, what with the percentage of household income spent on public transport having gone down since 2007. PTC’s calculations showed that the average commuter spent 1.9 per cent of his income on public transport last year as compared to 2.9 per cent in 2007, while a commuter from the lower-income group spent 2.7 per cent last year versus 4.1 per cent in 2007, he added.
Looks like the govt had no other revenue to increase their ever greedy national funds and had to dig into every population and citizens pockets....no fish no eggs no water no vegetable no pork no haze no chewing gum no sugar drink no carbon emission no parking no bus lane no alcohol no gathering of 4 no sleeping security guard...the nation is in Decaying Mode...
I don't know how we became like this........it is as if citizens here have no say, else they can kenna sued. Can we called ourselves a democratic country.....?
Oil price fell from $85+ to $53+ & yet their tweaked fare formula sent fares up by 6cts. When oil price goes back up abv $80, will they not hike again
The public transport here is monopolised, and all have no choice but to pay what they want to increase.....Here I see meritocracy, and democracy in slow decay.
70% voted for them. I have given up.... hope more and more increases until these people wake up ! GE is the best time to make your stand .... for now nothing you can do .... so no complain
if you have read, bus fares also increase. Instead of thinking of silly things like boycotting public transport unless you drive, you may like to contribute $1 to the circus act by Leong Sze Han to register your unhappiness with the government and the state of affairs.
only few cents nia ..u all buy Mac breakfast ,drink Starbucks but complain about few cents fare increase ..u all are xxx from smell holes lah.
For the SMRT trains , whether they got do servicing , we dont know ...
But we reported many of the SMRT buses never do servicing because we saw their buses
emitting black smoke in the exhaust many times ...
We think they are still cutting back on maintenance ...
Or may be short of manpower like the ICA , SingPost , etc ...
Since when do citizens have any say?
The only and best chance for citizens to voice their unhappiness is by voting for opposition parties during General Elections.
PM Lee HL said that Singapore is not repressive, and yet Channelnewsasia.com repeatedly censor my comments on their website.
It is a violation of my human rights to freedom of speech.
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One month commuters have to spend $6 more
For single trip to n fro.
Can eat 2 packets of nasi lemak
Breakdowns could be a reason for them to increase fare. Need the money to hire more engineers to maintain the trains.
Who are those idiots voted and supporting a govt to raise bus and train fares?
70% Idiots also supported water and electricity rates hike by 30% early this year ..
To be fair. Maybe those 30% should be exempted from paying?
Wednesday, December 26, 2018
If you have, then probably you would have thought of how difficult that is. You would have considered that the AG was handpicked by the PM himself and that the AG was the personal lawyer of the prime minister. No lapdog will bite the hands that feed them.
That's cronyism. By the way cronyism like nepotism is never a crime in Singapore. In fact it was a tradition brought down by LKY himself.
So, even if you win your case in Court, you have to contend with the parliamentary whip that the PM possess at his disposal. Parliament is of course above the Law. There, you have a whole gang of cronies and lapdogs waiting to eat you up. The WP MPs will be glad to tell you more on that.
But what really surprised us is that the sibling of the Prime Minister that is Lee Hsien Yang is chipping in to support this suit against his own brother. He is donating money to help the blogger who is suing his brother to fight abuse of power by the prime minister. This is the first time that the PM got countersued. Also, it is taking the sibling war to a whole new level.
FACTS OF THE MATTER:
Lee Hsien Yang, the self-exiled younger brother of PM Lee Hsien Loong has taken the lead and donated to veteran blogger Leong Sze Hian’s Legal Defence Fund.
Confirming the donation with TR Emeritus (TRE), Leong said that Mr Lee was the first person to make a donation to his Legal Defence Fund. Lee Hsien Yang sent me a message that he has transferred (lo and behold he is the first one to do so into my account!) and he also suggested that I can share his action publicly.
A Legal Defence Fund was recently setup to crowdfund for Leong’s legal expenses against PM Lee’s defamation suit and readers willing to contribute may use the following accounts:
Leong Sze Hian POSB Savings: 064064070 Paynow: S0009739Z Paypal: firstname.lastname@example.org Leong had originally wanted to represent himself against PM Lee’s defamation suit but changed his mind and initiated a counter suit against PM Lee for supposed abuse of court process.
Mr Lim Tean of Carson Laws Chambers is representing Leong in both suits. On his counter suit against PM Lee, Leong said: Singaporeans must let our overpaid Ministers know once and for all, that it does not pay to sue ordinary citizens for defamation.
Singaporeans and their children, and their children’s children will never have to fear being sued, for exercising their rights of freedom of expression. Leong also shared with TRE that Mr Lee had, after making a contribution, expressed his hope that others will be encouraged (by his action) to do the same (contribute to worthy causes).
Mr Lee Lee Hsien Yang also said “hope this will encourage others”, “you are welcome to post that I have donated” . Currently, Leong is hoping to raise S$10,000, the same amount which TRE is also trying to raise to upgrade its ailing website.
TOP PUBLIC COMMENTS
Regardless of how much Hsien Yang has donated (a token gesture since his wealth would cover 1000s of lawsuits), his action has a huge impact on how netizens are going to move forward till the next GE. I see it as Hsien Yang has just sent a stealth but STRONG signal and it is up to Singaporeans to receive it or not. Should we continue to shut up with balls hidden between our legs or stand up, be counted and support worthy causes?
IMHO, as it stands now, those in the ivory towers has just snooked themselves. Maybe they should fire their “sue until your pants drop” panel of advisers who encouraged and suggested the latest slew of legal actions. Mr Leong was a NOBODY compared to the plaintiff, but this lawsuit has just turned him into a SOMEBODY who is fighting for the rights of the PEOPLE. Only morons will think that Just because commoners remain quiet, they are not angry and eager for change. This lawsuit may inadvertently galvanize these angry groups.
The 2 lawsuits are no longer a simple defamation lawsuit, it is a mini GE and whatever the outcome, the ruling party has already lost (in the court of public opinion). Even if the plaintiff were to be awarded 200k in damages, it would also equate to the loss of the number of potential voters who donated even a dollar to finance the lawsuits. What do you think?
Not long ago, LHY n LWL have told Singaporeans in no uncertain terms with very significant keywords Bureaucrats Compliancy n such accusation was not dealt with as most loudly pronounced by the only three PMs all living at the time of their public announcement that any defamatory remarks will be dealt in a Court of Laws else the accusation will be deemed to be true n the said accuser will have to resign.
But in this case, surprising to most Singaporeans the siblings were not sued in a Court of Laws. But most Singaporeans wonder n still wonder how could such accusation be brought before the Court unless the case is heard by a Court independent of bureaucracy but who can verify its independence unless the jury system is revived n the verdict to be decided by the Jury. It is at this juncture Singaporeans realized why LKY abolished the Jury System just because a jury found a man accused of murder not guilty on lack of evidence as seen by the Jury n from then on Court verdict is totally decided by the presiding Judge.
LHY’s contribution is thus most significant in how the State vs Leong is dealt by the Court with the decision purely in the hand of the presiding Judge n the prosecution by AGC headed by AG once faced with conflict of interest which was publicly defended by Indrani by virtue that he has a successful legal career n therefore there is no conflict of interest, which was found ludicrous even to non legal professional with objective n independent thinking as conflict of interest arise solely on relationship which is seen possible to be the very source of career success.
This is indeed more significant to Singapore than the Trump Kim meeting which is seen by PAP n not by the citizenry to be a historic meeting worth $psoending $28 millions of Singaporeans State Fund to provide full financial support at least for Kim as reported but no report whether Trump also enjoyed the same privileges. 好賤哦！ Really pathetic n disgustingly depraving for the little red dot?
Saturday, December 15, 2018
1. Presidential Election
While I totally have no problem with Halimah as President, but the process of getting her there by the PM left much to be desired. There are plenty of excuses given by the govt, but deep down the heart of every Singaporean, including the people directly involved, knows very well there were enough of manipulations to ensure she got there.
The truth is, this absolute power of the PM to manipulate and control the country, if falls into the hands, will one day prove disastrous for the country.
2. The 38 Oxley Road Parliamentary Debate and Conclusion
This is another case of manipulation by the PM to get his wife out of troubles. Ho Ching obviously had committed a very serious jailable crime by signing off as as officer of the PMO, which she never is and never was. This was exposed by the siblings of PM Lee. To go around the legal process, the PM had the Parliament to decide on the issue, as Parliamentary decision is above the Law.
We all saw it "live" on TV, the Parliament debate was a shamble, with the ruling party avoiding and the PM openly ignoring any questions related to the Ho Ching crime, by attacking the oppositions for bringing it up. The case and anything related to Oxley Road was considered closed by the Parliament.
But the truth is, Ho Ching did commit a crime, and should be jailed like anybody else who did the same.
3. The exorbitant salaries of Ministers
This is another sad truth and a case of political manipulation for personal gains by the rulers of this country. They can use all sorts of excuses to justify that they deserve those high salaries. They can even change whatever Law there is to make it perfectly legal.
But the moment you walk out of Singapore, you will find it hard to reconcile the fact that our Ministers are earning many times more than the President of America, who is the highest paid leader in the world, outside of Singapore. And the current leader of China, Xi, who is so devoted and dedicated to making a huge country, China, great again, is happy to be paid about one-tenth of the salary of our PM.
The truth is there for the world to see. But crooks like ex-PM Goh, claimed that they are underpaid. Goh of course is still a Minister despite having resigned as PM eons ago, receiving his huge salary for doing nothing significant.
|World Most Expensive Cabinet|
4. Collusion and Conspiracy?
Call it any name you like, but the truth is when the husband and wife are running 2 totally separate entities, the 2 most powerful and important entities to the country, that is the government, and the other one is a privatised company holding almost all the wealth of the country, how do you ensure independence of the private company from govt intervention? And how do you ensure govt confidential information not passed on to the private company?
The truth is, there is no way to ensure that, as proven by the signing off by Ho Ching as a PMO officer when she is not. This kind of marriage of convenience can never happen in any advance countries, not even communist China. And when this couple inevitably died, this kind of immoral practice of nepotism will continue, and if falls into the wrong hands, the country and it's huge reserve are screwed, like the 1MDB case up north of our border.
Sunday, December 9, 2018
Mahathir is now back with a vengeance. Having lost the Tanjong Pagar railway station and a long stretch of railway land to Singapore through the incompetence of his predecessor, he is now given a second chance to make things right.
Mahathir have also opened another 2 fronts in his vengeance trail. He has revived the call for Singapore to review the price of water that Singapore is paying for the water from Johor, calling the 3 sen pricing ridiculous, which I must agree. But the greedy PAP ministers are not going to give up a sen (Malaysia currency term for cent).
And now we have a totally new front, the sea between Singapore and Johore on the western side of the Straits is now a hotly contested area. This is purely political, as there is no oil, gas or mineral in this stretch of sea. Perhaps a few fishermen.
Only old timer like Mahathir would know the history and evidence behind this latest claim, and he seemed confident of winning court case in this dispute. As usual, don't expect this cunning old man to reveal the evidence to us instead of the judge.
He has also ordered at least 3 Malaysian government-owned boats to enter this area, and remain there until negotiation or court case is over. Be prepared for a long and drawn out saga. It will likely be a permanent stalemate and likely lead to more conflicts later on, as the young leaders from Singapore are just not used to handling such bilateral dispute.
In preparation for future conflict, Mahathir had ordered an unprecedented closure of the custom complex for 2 hours on the 13th of December. They are having a drill on how to handle evacuation in times of emergency. War between these 2 neighbouring countries is looking like a distinct possibility, something we all took for granted for far too long.
Mahathir had also taken potshot at the high salaries of Singapore Ministers. He claimed that Prime Minister's pay of $20,000 is more than enough for himself. Lee Hsien Loong pay of $2,200,000 is widely publicised and he made no apologies for it, and arrogantly claimed that his pay is lower than an average CEO. We haven't talk about the bonuses and other benefits yet.
In fact, his supporters claimed that that is too low, even though it is already 5 times more than the next highest paid leader in the world, the President of USA. Being diplomatic and friendly to everyone, yes, but be humble, no. Not when they can loathe over anyone in the world with their stratospheric remuneration.
This, of course, is causing resentment among leaders of neighbouring countries and far beyond, whom they think is a form of corruption hidden in the paycheck. Karma has it, that Mahathir is now back to haunt the Lee family, just as PM Lee is about to retire as PM and enjoy his loot, while still collecting millions from taxpayers as a non-functional Minister Mentor or Emeritus Minister or whatever title he decides to give himself.
Friday, November 30, 2018
Banyan once argued that the ruling People’s Action Party (pap), with 82 out of 89 elected parliamentary seats, had maintained its uninterrupted rule since 1959 not only by governing competently, but also through gerrymandering, harassing opposition figures, cowing the media, threatening spending cuts in districts that vote against it and “inculcating the absurd notion that its survival and that of Singapore itself are synonymous”.
The high commissioner duly responded: Singaporeans vote for the pap “because it continues to deliver them good government, stability and progress”. One reader promptly called out the “delicious irony”: surely such claims are for the pap to make, not “the ambassador who represents the very state she insists is not synonymous with its ruling party.”
This column returns to the one-party theme, because years of speculation over who the next prime minister of Singapore will be would appear to have been settled. Lee Hsien Loong, eldest child of Singapore’s late independence leader, Lee Kuan Yew, has run the country since 2004. But he will step down ahead of his 70th birthday in 2022.
Never say that Singapore is a hereditary state, like North Korea. The fact that Lee family members occupy high positions in state bodies has nothing to do with nepotism but with talent and selfless energies. Admittedly, Lee Kuan Yew occasionally allowed that superior genes might have something to do with it. But those genes are not flawless. Their inheritors have indulged in an unseemly family squabble, played out in social media, over the great man’s will. That may have tarnished the family somewhat in Singaporeans’ eyes. At any rate, there is no strong family candidate to take over the reins.
On November 23rd came news instead that Heng Swee Keat, the 57-year-old finance minister, will be Singapore’s next leader. The pap didn’t put it quite like that: it announced that he had been appointed its first assistant secretary-general. But media with ties to the government, such as the Straits Times, lost no time inferring it.
So comparisons with China may be more apt. Its Communist Party loves to send signals through appointments to obscure positions within its hierarchy. It refers to party “cadres”—just like the pap. It emphasises “collective” leadership, or did before the rise of Xi Jinping. And it talks in terms of “generations” of leaders since “new” China’s founding in 1949: Mr Xi is of the fifth. Mr Heng’s elevation was supposedly a collective decision of the pap’s “4g” (fourth-generation) cadres. No intra-party democracy there.
Another parallel: for all the talk of a new generation taking over, the oldies never fade away. For 21 years after stepping down as prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew remained in the cabinet. And years ago Lee set up Mr Heng by saying that his bright former private secretary was destined for greatness. Deng Xiaoping also ruled from beyond the grave. Well before his death in 1997, he had picked out Hu Jintao, Mr Xi’s predecessor, who held power from 2002 to 2012.
The late Mr Lee’s only regret was that Mr Heng, at around five feet six inches, “is not of a big bulk, which makes a difference in a mass rally”. But then the pap loves a technocrat. Mr Heng, who has run the education ministry and the central bank, is nothing if not that.
Popular sentiment also surely counts. Singaporeans like Mr Heng’s soft-spoken humility, and sympathise over a stroke he suffered two years ago. Ad nauseam, the Straits Times and others praise his propensity to “listen”. That has come to matter since the pap’s poor electoral showing in 2011 suggested it had lost touch with ordinary Singaporeans.
A second assistant secretary-general was also appointed: the trade minister, Chan Chun Sing. A scrappy politician, you can imagine him thriving in any full-throated democratic system, unlike Mr Heng. He makes much of his humble origins and subsequent success, including scholarships and a brilliant army career. That grates on many Singaporeans, but there is no denying his ambition. And so, a final parallel with the Chinese Communist Party: might a populist challenge upset succession plans, just as Bo Xilai’s dramatic bid nearly did for Mr Xi in 2012? Best to leave any speculation about that to the high commissioner.
Singapore’s ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) will likely name Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat as its first assistant secretary general, local media said on Thursday, indicating the 57-year-old career public servant is poised to become the city state’s next prime minister.
Following party polls on November 11, the PAP is expected to announce a new line-up of its top leadership on Friday that will provide the firmest indication on who will succeed 66-year-old Lee Hsien Loong.
Insiders and observers have said the person who is made first assistant secretary general – a position traditionally held by a deputy prime minister – will succeed Lee as the country’s fourth prime minister.
Lee, son of the country’s founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, has been in power since 2004 after he succeeded Goh Chok Tong. Following a general election in 2015, Lee said he planned to step down before he turns 70.
The local Chinese daily Lianhe Zaobao reported “there are indications” Heng will be handed the first assistant secretary general position, while trade and industry minister Chan Chun Sing will likely be made the second assistant secretary general.
The Today newspaper, meanwhile, quoted a senior party leader as saying Heng was chosen because he could “rally the ground”.
Both men are part of the PAP’s “4G leadership” – referring to the younger generation of leaders in the party – who won spots in the party’s top decision-making body in the internal polls.
Separately, a source told This Week in Asia the 4G leaders recently held a meeting where they unanimously resolved that Heng, formerly a central banker, would be made “first among equals”.
The PAP, in power since 1959, has a selection process for the prime ministership that observers say resembles the way cardinals pick a pope. The sitting premier stays out of the succession process, and gives that responsibility to younger ministers who choose one among themselves as the first among equals.
Chan, viewed previously by some in the local commentariat as a top contender for the job, in a forum on Thursday said the city state’s leadership model “is stronger than a sum of individual parts”.
“Countries that do well, are those that are fortunate enough not just to have good individuals but to have a strong team,” Chan said. “A strong team that puts aside the individual interest but for the collective aspirations for the country.
“In Singapore, we are proud to say that for the last 53 years, we have been able to find … leadership teams that have been able to abide by this DNA and this set of ethos. And I think the younger generation of leaders are similarly focused on it.
Eugene Tan, a local political observer, said “it would not be too much of a surprise” that Heng was picked by his peers to lead them.
Heng was the managing director of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) from 2005 to 2011 and also served a stint as the principal private secretary to Lee Kuan Yew -– a coveted position in the Singaporean bureaucracy.
Upon Heng’s political entry in 2011, Prime Minister Lee immediately made him education minister. He was made finance minister after the 2015 polls.
He suffered a stroke in 2016 which temporarily halted his quick political rise, but swiftly returned to the political front lines after a full recovery.
“Mr Heng brings to bear an entire career in the public sector and with that a nuanced understanding of how the government works,” said Tan, a law professor at the Singapore Management University.
“As managing director of MAS, he played a pivotal role in Singapore managing the global financial crisis of 2008-09. He is likeable and unassuming too,” Tan said..
Thursday, November 15, 2018
Too much power in the hands of too few is dangerous for the future of Singapore it could end up with what we have seen in Malaysia where the new leader equipped with so much power that when they abused the system and embezzled the country's resources there is no alternate power to stop them other than through the electorate.
In Singapore the electorate is very much controlled by the ruling party via gerrymandering of the electoral boundaries and GRC system and tweaking of the Constitution which makes it impossible to remove future leader who has turn into a rogue or a tyrant. Hence any plundering of Singapore by rogue could only be stopped by external power like what we see in Libya under Gaddafi and Iraq under Saddam Hussein.
Also in Singapore where the husband and wife team also control the sovereign funds of the country in privatized corporations. The future leader will have total and private control over the funds of the country as well without anyone able to check on them. So any abuse and corruption will be impossible to be detected and no chance to be investigated. It will be a replay of the Najib story filled with murders, hidden extravagance, crony judiciary, and ever rising burdens on the people.
While things are looking rosy for Singapore today but that cannot be said of the future. In fact looking at the crop of new leaders it looks bleak indeed. Most of them are from the army and none of them are financially savvy. Running the country's financial is very different from running your own finance. So they will most likely end up running it and using it, like their own money.
Historically we have seen how the second generation of leaders showed signs of things to come by raising their salaries to exorbitant level never seen before in world history. Fortunately LKY was still around to prevent any massive abuse. But he is gone now and we have seen how his son betrayed him in the 38 Oxley Road saga within the first year of his death. Our hard earned reserves are as cold as ice now. For the ordinary folks, anyway, they will never get to touch these money in their lifetime.
Emigration is a good choice if you're thinking of your future generations. Many have done that, including the siblings and descendants of the Lee family.
Thursday, November 8, 2018
I refer to the article “CPIB probes Ang Mo Kio Town Council’s general manager” (http://theindependent.sg/cpib-probes-amk-town-councils-general-manager).
It states that “a general manager and secretary of Ang Mo Kio Town Council is under investigation by the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) for “the way he handles contracts and dealings in the town council”. The general manager and secretary, Mr Victor Wong (picture), works for CPG Facilities Management. He has been put on forced leave.”
Conflict of interest?
Isn’t it a conflict of interest for an employee of the town council’s managing agent to be also the general manager and secretary of the town council?
After reading the subject news article – as a resident of Aljunied town council – I googled “aljunied town council conflict of interest secretary managing agent” and found the following:-
Same conflicts of interest flagged by Aljunied’s auditor?
“These were among several improper payments that the town council made to managing agent FM Solutions and Services (FMSS) and service provider FM Solutions and Integrated Services (FMSI), said KPMG.
Such improper payments were made in a situation where there were “control failures” and conflicts of interest, as the shareholders of the two companies were holding key management positions in the town council.
These include a failure to address serious conflicts of interest and a lack of meaningful oversight by town councillors, it added.
KPMG identified six FMSS shareholders who held key management posts in AHTC, such as secretary, general manager, and finance manager – creating a conflict of interest” (“AHTC failed to address conflicts of interest, says independent auditor KPMG” (Straits Times, Nov 7).
Why same conflict of interest in Ang Mo Kio?
In view of the the independent auditor, KPMG’s report on Aljunied town council regarding “serious conflicts of interest” – why do we have similar conflicts of interest in Ang Mo Kio town council?
Other town councils also have conflicts of interest?
Are there such conflicts of interest in the other town councils as well?
No action, talk only (NATO (about others))?
If so, what actions have such town councils taken, given that KPMG flagged such “serious conflicts of interest” in town councils?
For how long already?
How long have these conflicts of interest been going on?
GM replacement also same conflict of interest?
The Town Council has appointed another employee of CPG, Mr Lim Kian Chiong, as an acting general manager of the town council, but why are we still continuing to have such similar conflicts of interest?
Do town council councilors understand the meaning of “conflicts of interest”?
Mr Ang Hin Kee, MP for Ang Mo Kio GRC said, “if there are declarations to be made, if there are interests to declare, the people involved (must) make those declarations”. But do town councilors understand the meaning of “conflicts of interest”?
Mr Ang also assured residents that the MPs of the GRC do personally check on projects performed by its contractors to ensure oversight, but isn’t all these kind of superfluous when ‘serious conflicts of interest’ are already inherent and embedded in the town council system?
By: Leong Sze Hian
But don't you worry. I'm sure the CPIB will return a finding that there was 'no dishonesty' involved like what PA did in 2015 in the similar case of Tonic Oh, Chairman of the Admiralty ward of Sembawang GRC.
The whole TC committee is in complicit with the conflict of interest. If they deny knowing or even think it's wrong, they are unfit to be in office to serve the people. I think CPIB should include them in their investigation. Then again, CPIB is under PMs control so again we see another conflict of interest. Corruption is pervasive.
Busy counting money no time to do own self check. Only when serious issue pops up then they say the law or policies outdated. Where's the passion to serve and what have they done other than raise costs of living for selfish reasons .. makes you now understand "own self check " is actually mean "being selfish ".
Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones. PAP should keep its own TCs in order before they watch over AHTC like a hawk and whack them over the slightest thing. And where are the HDB Ministers Khaw and Lawrence Wong who are usually full of motherhood statements?
Same problem with the prime minister and his Wife on Temasek holdings. If that is not a conflict of interest then this is not?
"MPs of the GRC do personally check on projects performed by its contractors". Come on Mr Ang, you think we people as stupid as you?
If they had personally checked on projects as they now claimed, why didn't they detect these corrupted practices much earlier and reported the bugger themselves instead of waiting for a whistle blower to blow the matter out of the water?
I am looking forward to a robust response from Shanmuggam and/or Khaw Boon Wan; the kind they give if the offence had ocurred in the opposition ward. Or will everyone act blur?
SOMETHING is rotten in the estate of Ang Mo Kio.
A general manager and secretary of the neighbourhood’s town council has been put on forced leave and is now under investigation by the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB).
Mr Victor Wong works for CPG Facilities Management, the managing agent of the town council, which is helmed by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. No details were given of the case, but the town council’s chairman Ang Hin Kee told The Straits Times (ST) yesterday (Dec 29) that a complaint was made against Mr Wong in September. Mr Wong was removed from his duties last month.
As to nature of the complaint, Mr Ang, who is also a Member of Parliament for Ang Mo Kio GRC, said it had to do with “the way he handles contracts and dealings in the town council”, reported ST.
The complaint “arose out of his dealings which relates to probable behaviour needing investigation done by CPIB”, he said. “Needless to say, the town council ourselves will render all assistance needed to ensure zero tolerance for corruption.”
“We will render all assistance needed to ensure zero tolerance for corruption.”
What exactly are we talking about here?
Clues from Mr Ang’s brief interview with ST point to contracts being handled by Mr Wong and potential conflicts of interests which were possibly undeclared.
Mr Ang declined to give any more details of the investigation, but said that town council staff are constantly reminded to declare any interests concerning tenders being awarded by the council, said ST.
He also said that staff from the managing agent were also reminded that “if there are declarations to be made, if there are interests to declare, the people involved (must) make those declarations”.
Meanwhile, an acting general manager, Mr Lim Kian Chiong, has been asked to replace Mr Wong, who could not be reached for comment yesterday. Mr Lim is also an employee of CPG.
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Friday, October 26, 2018
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Imagine if disaster hits Singapore and power supplies is cut
If you do not have cash on hand and rely totally on electronic payment, then you are finished.
"The cashless society is difficult to face war and disaster" .
Japan's Hokkaido strong earthquake triggered a large-scale power outage, and Sapporo City instantly became the dark capital.
During this period, 1.95 million residents flocked to supermarkets and convenience stores to buy life supplies.
However, some of the victims who usually only use mobile phones have lost their ability to pay and can't buy what they need.
On September 6th, an anonymous discussion on the anonymous forum of the Japan Forum showed an article about crazy electronic payment.
"The Sapporo who only uses electronic payment is finished!" ", the article said:
I usually used to use Apple Pay (Pingguo pay), go out without a wallet, and very little cash.
In the early hours of the morning, after the strong earthquake, Sapporo suffered a large power outage.
He checked the refrigerator in his home and found that only milk and mayonnaise remained.
He rushed to the supermarket to buy living materials.
When he arrived at the supermarket, he found that he had no cash at all.
He took the iPhone with only 62% of the battery and looked at the Apple Pay screen on his mobile phone.
He felt uneasy.
When the queue cane around, the clerk told me that he could not use the electronic paying.
He can't use it anywhere else.
At seven o'clock that night, he sat alone at home, hungry.
Since the cash cannot be taken, the power has not recovered, and there is a feeling that everything is finished.
In February of this year, the Swedish central bank governor Stefan Ingves warned.
He said that the cashless society is unrestrained in the face of war or natural disasters, and the huge social and financial system will collapse in an instant.
“Payment function” is one of the four functions that money needs to have.
Cashless payment is just a supplement to the “payment function” because it can not be replaced by specific basic conditions (electricity, network, base station, etc.).
The Sapporo is still fortunate.
The earthquake gave everyone a lesson and can correctly understand cash payments and cashless payments.
If the large-scale war breaks out and there is a long-term disconnection or power outage, the encounter will be even more serious.
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Sunday, September 30, 2018
At Dec 2017, the electricity tariff was rated at 20.3 cents/kwh, but it is now increased 18.8% to 24.13 cents/kwh.
In 2017, SP Group posted a S$948 million net profit. With the latest increase, the Temasek Holdings-owned subsidiary is expected to cross the billion dollar profit mark and boost after-tax profit by a further S$178 million.
This is on top of a 8.7% increase in gas tariff and a 30% increase in water prices.
Corruption and nepotism remains the primary cause behind the exorbitant hike in energy prices, despite falling oil and natural gas prices. Approving the electricity tariff raised is the Energy Market Authority (EMA), whose Chairman Ng How Yue is the husband of PAP MP Tin Pei Ling.
Ng How Yue was Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s former Private Principal Secretary, and he saw four promotions in five straight years after his wife Tin Pei Ling won the MacPherson constituency.
Saturday, September 29, 2018
1 million citizens want to leave Singapore and leave within 5 years! ! !
Foreigners want to stay but can't stay, young people in Singapore want to leave? What irony?
Singapore, a beautiful and modern "garden city" , it has a clean and honest government, a harmonious and safe living environment, the first education level in Asia, beautiful and pleasant green facilities, convenient public support services... it is the place where tens of thousands of people dream of making it their home, Net Red Nas even called it a near-perfect place, an almost perfect country, living here is happiness found.
We all try our best to stay in Singapore. If we are allowed entry we will not go anywhere else , and we even worry that we will be unable to stay. However, I never expected that in 2016, the Singapore Policy Research Institute spent a lot of time conducting a survey for nearly three months. It interviewed 2013 nationals between the ages of 19 and 30.
The results turned out to be about One out of every three young Singaporeans is considering immigrating to another country in the next five years. Only one-fifth of the respondents admit that they often thought : “ Hey, don’t go to another country to settle down. ” Thoughts!
According to a few days ago released population briefing display, the current total resident population of Singapore citizens and PR is combined 3.99 million or so people, that is to say, as many as one million or so locals wanted to leave Singapore in Singapore within five years! ! !
Too many foreigners want to stay in Singapore but it is difficult to get PR and citizens, but local young people want to "escape from Singapore ". People outside want to come in. People inside want to go out, why does Singapore become such abesieged city? "What?"
Why do you want to go?
Speaking of why you want to go, young people in Singapore have a lot to say.
It can be seen that the green part is the number of migrants. In fact, it is far less than the local citizens and the number of PR. However, more than half of the young people in Singapore believe that the number of migrants in Singapore is now too much! They have greatly weakened Singapore's social cohesion!
Young people in Singapore also feel that foreign talents are only using Singapore's resources to regard Singapore as a “ stepping stone ” for their development in other developed countries !
Moreover, due to the presence of these outsiders, Singapore, a small island country, seems to be more crowded , and the morning and evening peaks are sardines on the subway!
A long, troublesome team at the hawker center during meals...
The local people are sick and can't get out of bed in the hospital...
Living in such a crowded environment, andfierce competition with foreign talents in the work , think it is terrible, it is better to slip.
Among the respondents, dissatisfied like this, there are too many foreigners in Singapore, and the proportion of Singaporeans who want to immigrate abroad is55.9% so high!
In addition, local young people who want to “escape from Singapore” also said:
“The cost of living in Singapore is too high. I don’t want to tie my children and grandchildren to a small country where an ordinary Japanese car would cost $130,000.”
"I am not optimistic about Singapore'seconomic development . In fact, there is not much national pride. I only think that Singapore has no freedom of speech. Even the assembly and protests are not allowed. It will be locked up in disorder!"
“A lot of Singaporeans have realized that they are locked up in a bird cage. I want to immigrate to a country with a larger living cost and a better living space .”
"Singaporeans are too stingy , and there is no way to get along with them, what should care about."
"The law and order is good, there is no way to represent everything..."
So, where do these people want to leave Singapore and go?
Where do Singaporeans want to go, where do they want to go?
Australia and New Zealand are at the forefront of immigrant destinations that young people yearn for.
Young people in Singapore may have wild horses in their hearts, and Singapore’s small land cannot accommodate their dreams, so they will yearn for the vast land of 7,682,300 square kilometers in Australia! Among the immigrant destinations that Singaporeans yearn for, 35.6% of those who want to immigrate to Australia are ranked first among immigrant destinations.
It is also noteworthy that in the 2010 survey, New Zealand was still a destination for uninvited immigrants, but in 2016 it was ranked second in the country that Singaporeans most want to immigrate, accounting for 11.1% of the population. New Zealand has a mild climate and a low unemployment rate. Compared with the competitive Singapore, the pace of life is slower, which may be an important reason for attracting young immigrants from Singapore...
In addition, the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Switzerland, and Malaysia are also on the list of places where Singaporeans want to immigrate.
Why do they want to go but they have not left?
The high cost of immigration, so many young people want to immigrate the "dream" can only be a dream, after all, is to want immigrants to go abroad to live a good life, can not go all the way! On the other hand, many young people in Singapore, even if they are allowed to immigrate on economic conditions, can goeconomically , but they ca n't go emotionally !
Because this year's Singapore Population Briefing shows that Singapore faces a severe population crisis and an aging population. At present, Singapore's elderly population support ratio is 1:4.2 , that is, every 65-year-old or older, 4.2 people need20 to 64. The aged Singaporeans came to take care of them.
Compared with the 2010 survey, “having family members in Singapore” has become the leading reason why Chinese people are rooted in Singapore. "Parents are, not far away," and are deeply rooted in the blood of many Chinese.
Singapore's public health and safety is also an important reason to make Singaporeans can not do without. Many countries are now populist, tribal, and xenophobic, which makes many people say that they must immigrate to Singaporeans in other countries within five years, and they are afraid that they will be eager to go abroad for a "rounder moon". Life, a more free living environment, a higher social status went overseas, but in the end, it was a lifetime of a small red book that was dreamed of by many people, but it was a lifetime in an unfamiliar and incompetent country. outsider……
Think about it this way, the person who wanted to leave, and silently stayed.
I want to stay, but I can’t stay...
One million Singaporeans often want to escape from Singapore, but nearly two million people say: We want to stay in Singapore, but we can't stay...
This year the population briefing display, hold work permits, student, dependent permit non-resident population of1,644,400 people , more than 1,646,500 people in 2017 to reduce the 2100 people. The rigorous immigration and foreign labor policies have not only reduced the number of people holding work permits in Singapore , even the number of permanent residents (PR) in Singapore has decreased from 526,600 last year to 522,300. Many PR After the expiration of the 5-year Re-entry permit, the continuous signing cannot be successful and can only leave Singapore with disappointment...
Two million people who want to stay in Singapore say: Singaporeans should not be excluded!
If Singapore is to achieve about 2.5% annual economic growth, it must increase its population to 6.3 million to 6.7 million by2030 . And in a serious aging problem, reduce the fertility of Singapore society, entering negative population growth pressures , it is now almost a million people to fill the vacancies required, only the top of the native population! It’s not easy to stay in Singapore. If you want to accept the strong xenophobia of local people, it’s really “not worthwhile”.
According to statistics, the mortality rate of Singapore has increased in the past decade. The number of deaths has increased from 16,200 in 2008 to 19,800 last year. The number of deaths has risen from 15,500 in 2008 to last year. According to the trend of 19,100 people , the death toll of citizens may exceed the number of citizens born in the mid-2030s, and Singapore will officially enter a period of negative population growth !
Where will the migrant population and Singaporean locals go ? How can we achieve a balanced and harmonious situation in Singapore and jointly build Singapore into a beautiful country that is more hopeful, perhaps a question that everyone in Singapore should think about.
Article is Courtesy of Weibo, China.