Wednesday, June 29, 2016

20160616 Disciplined and Commitment - Fundamentals for Sustaining Singapore's Success

20160616 Disciplined and Committed - Fundamentals for Sustaining Singapore's Success (note 1)
http://bettersingapore.blogspot.sg/2016/06/20160616-disciplined-and-commitment.html


If we go through our recent recorded history, if there is anyone who tried his best to assist Mr Lee Hsien Loong to be a successful Prime Minister, i do not think i will be counted beyond the top five persons. (note 2)
http://www.cts-ideas.com/20Works/21Foresighted.pdf

This writing becomes necessary, even as Police Officers have recently stopped addressing us as Clients.

This writing becomes necessary, because recently it was reported that ministries of National Development and Transport said in Parliament that parking prices would go up, to bring Singapore's rates in line with those of other global cities.
 2016 06 23

Our economic growth is fallen behind our population expansion. 
Population expansion through importing headcount, talented or otherwise. 
In order words, the more we imported, the slower we grow per headcount. 

We have now invented a new reason for adding cost to our business operation.... prices would go up to bring Singapore's rate in line with those of other global cities. 

In view of this new logic of governance, any positive change, we must notice, register, recognize and show appreciation. 

This writing is for the reinstating of the statutory requirements for displaying the lift inspection certification, as reported on 2016 06 16. 

This blog is written to register highest respect and admiration, together with deepest appreciation to board members of Building and Construction Authority,  especially Mr LEE Fook Sun, Board Chairman and Dr John KEUNG Kam Yin, Chief Executive Office (note 4)



We were facing severe challenges of repeated, escalated, wide spreading setbacks.

Setbacks from trains failures, lift's failures; even our flag carrier, SIA, aircraft caught fire. (note 4). 
This happened while two important and most promising ministers' fell seriously ill(note 5).

However, with disciplined and committed Singaporeans working together, even we have limitations, even the challenges are severe, severely challenging our abilities, even they happened beyond all of our anticipations, we shall overcome one by one.

Minister Heng Swee Keat miraculous, quick recovery is one important example of great disciplined and committed work by team of doctors and nurses, AND heavenly grace




Some setbacks may be hard to anticipate (sicknesses), while some are caused by multiple causes(train failures).

Lift failures, repeated, proliferated lift failures are not.
It is merely due to the lack of regular disciplined and committed maintenance by qualified persons.

Lift is such an important machine that not only it requires proper AND regular maintenance.
It had a statutory requirement for each and every lift to display the certificate of fit for operations.
This certificate must also clearly state expiry date of this certification.

It is a tradition, it is a heritage.
It is a tradition and heritage to secure our basic and fundamental safety.
1857, on March 23, first elevator for passenger was installed in New York City with an important safety device. (note 6)
2005, on April 1, this statutory requirement for the safety of the human lives, was waived.
Noting that it coincide with the beginning of the first Fiscal year under Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
2016, eleven years down the road, we know this waiver needs to be nullified, must be nullified.
It requires great courage and commitment to nullify this waiver.

May we together register highest respect and admiration, together with deepest of appreciation to board members of Building and Construction Authority, especially Mr LEE Fook Sun, Board Chairman and Dr John KEUNG Kam Yin, Chief Executive Office for doing what is needed, fundamentally needed, since lift was first invented and certified for use.

I am writing this blog, is also to urge everyone, including Institute of Engineers, EDB(note 7), Spring, ITE, Polytechnics, Universities to provide all the necessary support, expertise, training to support, ensure, make smooth this reinstatement. These are higher value jobs, really urgently needed.

I am also writing this blog to register the important role SISIR played in our safety, standards and testing. 

Without a state operated standard and testing agency, i am informed by a world leading certifying laboratory, who are operating commercially all over the world. I was told that their testing and services no longer based on the cost of performing the test and certifications, but the commercial values and market size of the sample tested.

Disciplined and Commitment is the fundamentals to sustain Singapore success.

Writing this blog is also to prevent exploitation of this reinstatement of Lift inspection certificate.
We can expect but we shall not allow the upward adjustment of town council's maintenance fees of public, private, industrial, commercial properties. 

Stand in front of us, this waiver did not improve the safety nor even reliability of the lifts.

We have to question did the waiver resulted in reduced cost of maintenance services, did they reduce tariff paid by all of us at all?

An important statutory requirement for human safety was waived with no visible reasons nor benefit!
We took this long 11 years to make ourselves realized what is obviously wrong.

Do we achieve any benefits by going away from the proven methods of HDB run town council?

Is it not time to thoroughly examine why we abandon what was carefully established by our founders, established with steel discipline and full-hearted commitment that brought about a strong and competitive Singapore?

This is also in views of 20160623 report that just two months after the ministries of National Development and Transport said in Parliament that parking prices would go up, to bring Singapore's rates in line with those of other global cities.

Is bringing rate in line with those of other global cities a basis for making any decision?
We have waived a century long statutory requirement so swiftly.
It took us eleven years to realize this mistake and reinstated the requirement.

Do we still boldly move forward what is quietly made, made without steel discipline nor full hearted commitment?

Are lowering requirements, rising Singapore cost of business operations, especially transportation, labor, rental THE ROOT CAUSES of Singapore economic stagnation, retardation, degradation?

This writing becomes necessary, even as Police Officers have recently stopped addressing us as Clients.

The origin of our depletion of relevance, efficiency, effectiveness started when Minister of Health asking Medical Officers to address patients as Clients.

Any wise person, even most vocal opposition leaders, would not want Singapore Prime Minister to fail, the effort to recover is too arduous, the pain too harsh,  the duration too long. 


Followings are three different versions of notices at three lifts managed by three different town councils. 
Only one specifically noticed the weakening of statutory requirements and specifically promised to maintain the lift maintenance despite the waiver of statutory requirements. 
One stated the waiver of statutory requirements
One just tell you to call this number, without lift number, block number, street name printed. 
Photo of lift at MND building was taken and specifically chosen not to be displayed here.








Note 1
May i suggest the certificate the street name, block number, lift number must be displayed together with the contact number, so that enough information can be given by victims trapped in the lift to emergency response team, especially when power failed.

Note 2
Key input to MND and Keppel Corporation on the Tianjin Eco city
1. The planning drawing must indicate the relative position of Ecocity relative Tianjin and Beijing
2. With this drawing, we know Ecocity is not on the high speed rail, cannot be resident hubs of Beijing residents
3. With 200k planned population as then announced, it is the size of Tampinese new town, do not need MRT AND LRT. Keppel Engineers thank Solvere for solving a big problem for them.
4. Recommended to connect and induce more traffic from around into the city, to facilitate more economic activitives to be conducted there.
4 Recommended to study what are key industry for this city. Mr Goh Chok Tong immediately flew to Tianjin to do this study. He recommended to do Banking and Finance. Immediately forewarned that Banking and Finance are oversized industries, in face of economic slow down. Did they eventually become key tenant of this city?

Not included in the Insight are recent events.
1. Minister MEWR and PUB Accepted Solvere alarm that Local Flood Experts' recommendation of raising Orchard Road did not increase the water discharge capacity. A 14 days warning was delivered. On the fifteen day, Storm water attacked undergrounds, including MRT, as forewarned.
2. Minister MEWR ccepted Solvere input to reject World Flood Experts' recommendation to make road porous, which will soften, weaken, destroy foundation of roads, causes sinking, pot holes, hollow out of roads. Costly repair and frequent interruption of traffic was avoided after rejected world flood experts' recommendation.


Note 3
2013 12 18 First alarm was sounded to BCA Chairmanm, CEO and Boardmembers, alarm was published when no action was taken. http://bettersingapore.blogspot.sg/2013/12/20131218-saving-singapore-invoice-1-bca.html
2016 05 18 Wednesday 23:38 In view of fatal incidents provided strong enough evidence to BCA to act, a reminder is again issued.

Note 4
20160627 SIA Flight SQ368 a Boeing 777-300ER with 222 passengers and 19 crew on board had left Changi Airport for Milan, Italy, at around 0205hours. About an hour and 45 minutes into the flight, the pilots received an engine oil warning - possibly indicating an oil leak and decided to turn back and touched down at Changi airport around 0650hours. Runway 2 was off-limits from about 7am to 11.30am.

Note 5

Note 6

Note 7
The champion of our capability development and economic development is EDB

EDB website was last modified on 26 April 2016, at 23:46. 
This web site has now only a paragraph of what EDB was set up.
It did not even display name of the current Chairman and CEO.
Among the list of EDB alumni, Ms Loh Wai Kiew still listed as CEO/Vice President, Shell Marine Products.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

20141210 Developers Declared State of Singapore Economy

20141210 Developers Declared State of Singapore Economy
http://bettersingapore.blogspot.com/2014/12/20141210-developers-declared-state-of.html

Real estate accounts for about half of the total fixed capital formation. 
One in 5 people in the workforce is employed by the real estate and construction industry.

President Chia Boon Kuah 
Real Estate Developers’ Association of Singapore’s (REDAS) 
55th REDAS anniversary dinner at the Ritz-Carlton



Great Problem Solver in Minister Khaw

Minister Khaw Boon Wan has, within a short span of time, turned around housing supply from prices spinning out of control to supplies more than demand.

This showed that a leader with wisdom and commitment, he can capitalize on existing infrastructure, rapidly make a land scarce island overflow with housing supply.

This showed that PAP members has wisely chosen their most capable to be Chairman PAP.

Among PAP members, he has been proven to effectively focus and resolve the most important problem assigned to him.



Higher Calling

However Mr Khaw is not Minister of Housing.
Minister is for National Development.

After solving the basic Housing issue, should we not encourage him to look at how to develop the nation?

With a nation well developed, can Developers not focus on greater goals, higher objectives?

With Developers achieving greater goals, higher objectives, will they not be sought after by the world? 

Will Singapore not become the world model, be the center for conferences for solving such problems?

Did LKY World City Prize, Water Prize achieve any major breakthroughs ?



Singapore can be Most Competitive 

A land scarce island can provide more than enough housing within short span of time.
With so many PMETs, retired doctors, nurses underemployed, unemployed.

Can manufacturers not be provided cheapest factory space for manufacturing the most sought after goods for export, for the world ?
Can airport, laboratories, hospitals, conference and exhibition halls, hotel rooms not be the world most competitive?

The myth of Singapore is land scarce, housing price must go up, PMETs are too expensive, manufacturing cannot be competitive are all proven wrong.

I come, not without knowing what is to come.
I come, not without knowing how Singapore can achieve greater success.




To Win Bread & Abalone for Singapore

This article will provide the direction that will address how Singapore, an export dependent economy, can DEVELOP Singaporeans, including Estate Developers, to become Stronger, to compete in the world, to win bread and abalone, with the objectives to make Singapore better.

We pride ourselves as full literacy, highly educated, first world nation.
We cannot be focusing on Bread and Bread alone !

We must provide the best solutions for the world, so that some of us can have Abalone, Caviar, Foie gras to their liking !



Developers Declared State of Singapore Economy

Real estate accounts for about half of the total fixed capital formation. 
One in 5 people in the workforce is employed by the real estate and construction industry.
This is an overwhelming industry. 

How can this overwhelming industry not crushing the economy ?
How can this overwhelming industry drive Singapore economy ?




Developers are Not Charitable Organizations

First,  Developers are not charity organizations.
Developers sell only to people who has the cash or can secure loans.

They need people with employment or profitable businesses !




Housing is not Wealth Generator

For every house sold, we have to create job for the buyer for at least 10, 20, 30 or even 50 years, in order for the housing loan to be serviced, fully serviced.

House is a resting place, a private family space, it is not a production space.
Housing is not production machines, food factories, ship yards, computer data centers.

Formation of capital in housing will tie the capital to the housing.
Therefore, Housing is a not a source for wealth creation, but a sink for wealth.

Oversize construction industry can crush the economy !



What Support Developers want?

REDAS Chairman stated that ONE in FIVE of our workforce are in Real Estate and Construction (of housing, road, MRT, drainage ? )

Can the other Four in the work force buy up this year houses built?
Can all FIVE of the work force buy the house built next year, year after next, each year?
The answer is obvious.

We can easily open the flood gate for more migrants to buy up house built.
But 
If the migrants come merely to buy the house for investment, without seriously invest in Singapore Economy, then they are merely looking for capital gain from these houses. 
They are speculators. 
They will intensify, dramatize the volatility of prices.

REDAS Chairman warned:

We urge the Government to stand ready, to take supportive measures to prevent a tipping point, should the market turn volatile and worsen further.
REDAS president Chia Boon Kuah
who is also the President and CEO of Guoco Land

Developers, or all wiser persons, want buyers, immigrants to be contributing to Singapore's growth, not as cheap labors squatting on top of each other, or property speculators who look for cheap buy, big gain, fast sell.

The support most valuable to Developers is to use Singapore as a platform, to invent, design, build, operate housing, towns, cities, cluster of cites. 

So that they are sought after by nations, their developments are best sellers.



Hand delivered to LKY 
World has Lost Direction - Reasons & Solutions herein 
http://www.cts-ideas.com/20Works/Writings/20060518WorldLostDirection.pdf



City Planning and Cluster of Cities Planning
Page 5 to 7 Announced by LKY implemented by China



20070420 The Way Forward - Integration and Efficiency
http://bettersingapore.blogspot.com/2011/08/20070420-way-forward-integration-and.html

Announced by PM Lee Hsien Loong



20110417 Help Mah to Save Singapore - 1 Reasons behind Housing Policies
http://bettersingapore.blogspot.com/2011/04/20110417-help-mah-to-save-singapore-1_16.html



20110418 Help Mah to Save Singapore - 2 House Pricing



20110419 Save Singapore Housing - 3 Technology


20110420 Save Singapore Housing - 4 Final Points









20140428 Philippines Casinos sack American Managers


20140428 Philippines Casinos sack American Managers

The Philippines' biggest casino announced on Monday it had begun raking in huge profits in 12 months of operations, which it said vindicated its decision to sack its American managers.








Monday, December 8, 2014

20141209 外劳没犯罪 高过罚款的人头税

20141209 外劳没犯罪  高过罚款的人头税
http://bettersingapore.blogspot.sg/2014/12/20141209.html

致新加坡共和国人力部长陈川仁先生阁下的公开信
拯救新加坡第四张发票

我不是对还未发生的事情耗不知情
我不会对我无法解决的问题提出质问
我不是来让部长们下台。我是来帮您们成为成功的领导,杰出的领导。

新加坡的状况迅速恶化,我们需要杰出的领导
新加坡在没有外来的压力下,自我毁灭,国内外友人都已经看得很清楚。
在这恶劣情况下,我们更要珍惜每一个人来拯救祖国。



听说您考虑对失火劳工房的房东罚款,我敦请阁下考虑以下数点后,才以您的智慧做出明智的决定:

1. 绝大部分外劳没有犯罪,但他们每个月缴交的人头税,(不论是工人还是老板还, 都是膨胀生产成本)都超过他们在新加坡长期逗留期间因犯罪而缴交的罚款。

2. 人头税是反映外劳对社会、房屋、交通等增加的负荷。

3. 人头税因此是责任性亏欠 (liabilities) , 不是贵政府的收入, 更不是利润。
4. 人力部因此除了用人头税来化解社会负担,没有权利把人头税用在其他方面。

5. 贵政府必要用人头税来提供住房给外劳。
6. 因为贵政府,只有贵政府是唯一从人头税获益的个体,也是唯一可以任意调整人头税,收取人头税,规定他人准时缴交人头税的权威。

7. 交通部必要研究如何应用人头税来提供交通给外劳上下班,基本和原始的娱乐。
8. 新加坡人因此不需负担扩建公路、地铁、公共交通等国家投资。
9. 地铁公司必要从人力部吸取款项来交给交通部七百五十万(一年内前的一百五十万大跃进)来督促地铁公司的服务水平。
http://bettersingapore.blogspot.sg/2014/04/20140108-collect-75-million-from-train.html
陈先生,很多人认为你们这群军人不会管理社会,我不认同。
我就帮过眼科医生,应用眼疾的常识来解释为什么新加坡的水道是像病态的眼睛血管,您的眼科专家出身的水务部长同僚就成功运用,还谢谢了我。

我用军人容易理解,感同身受的比喻,来帮您为总理大人护法。

首先,如果政府向武装部队每个士兵征收同额的人头税,你想想士兵们还有衣服穿,不要说人叠人地睡在地板上。

如果武装部队让军人靠兵士的收入出去向私人租房间,您认为兵士的居住条件会好过外劳?

陈先生,您手上的钱是劳工们勤劳工作,超时工作,以劳力,流血,甚至在你眼皮底下牺牲了宝贵的生命赚回来的。

我相信伟大的行动党人都是受过良好教育,月月高薪的人才,是新加坡居民不问成绩给薪水的公仆。超过一半的新加坡居民是移民。

不但新加坡人眼睁睁地看您的工作,外劳,甚至世界都在看你。

请读驻新加坡中华人民共和国大使馆一年前对相似案子发表的声明

“有关当局切实解决引发此案的根源性问题,避免类似事件再度发生”
http://bettersingapore.blogspot.sg/2014/04/20130126-china-embassy-on-bus-driver.html

您也可以读主流报章在报告印度人对到访的新加坡总理提的不客气问题。 同一天报道武吉士地铁工场崩塌压死外劳们。

这封信,是帮您成为一位认真负责,有担当,有能力的领导,而不是圣经里的收税人。

我能不能建议您从您的口袋里掏出一百万新元,设计陈川仁基金,资助为外劳基本生活环境的设计和管理的工作。

请您寄给我一元新元为拯救新加坡的第四张发票。

一个国家,一个小岛,一个人的存活是建设扎实的基础,有经济效益地生产,生产对大家有用的东西。
而不是劳民伤财,劳师动众、集结廉价劳工, 大兴土木,建世界最高的瀑布。

20141209 Foreigners Committed No Crimes, Levy Higher than Fines

20141209 Foreigners Committed No Crimes, Levy Higher than Fines
http://bettersingapore.blogspot.sg/2014/12/20141209-foreigners-committed-no-crimes.html

Open Letter to Mr Tan Chuan Jin, Minister of Manpower
Saving Singapore Invoice Number 4

I come not without knowing what is to come.
I come not to criticize issues that i have no solutions.
I come not to reject you as leaders, but to assist you to become a leader, great leader.

Singapore situation is deteriorating rapidly, we need great leader.
Singapore is performing unforced self-destruction, the dire situation is now clear.
At this moment, every Singaporean is precious to save our nation, our mother land.

This is regarding your intention to fine owners for over crowded hostel.
May i encourage you to make your wise, responsible decision ONLY after considering the followings:

1. If the workers can afford better, more spacious quarters, then would this happen ?
2. Most foreigners committed no crimes, but  every month the levy (whether pay by workers or employers, they are burden to business operation) is more than total fines they pay throughout their working life here.

3. Levy is a reflection of the cost to our society, housing, transportation etc.
4. Levy therefore is a liability, not an income to your government. 
Levy is never a profit !
5. MOM therefore has no freedom to use it, other than using it to mitigate the social cost.
6. These levy should be used to provide housing by the government.
7. This is the responsibility of this government, government is solely responsible.
8. Clearly because your government, only your government is the one, only one who has the power to change the levy at will, and collecting them in full, collecting them in full to be paid promptly.
Collector of Levy is solely responsible.

9. Transport Ministry should discuss how to use these levy for transporting these foreigners to work, from work, to leisure, to drink and be merry.
10. Singaporeans therefore should not be responsible for increase in cost of transport, especially the cost of constructing  and operating new MRTs, Roads, Buses...
11. SMRT should collect monies from MOM in order to pay $7.5 Millons (increased 5 times from $1.5 Million a year before) for MOT to supervise quality of their services.
MOT can increase income more than 5 times a year

Mr Tan, i disagree with others that Military Generals like you are not qualified to run Public Offices.
Mr Tan, this nation invested heavily in you, our people entrusted their survival, future in your hand.
It is costly to have one term Minister like Raymond Lim.

Mr Tan, if i abandon you, am i as irresponsible, idiotic, masochist as those who abandon his country man?


I have helped the eye surgeon to explain to waterway experts, using a sickness of blood vessel in eyes. Dr Bala use it elegantly, and wrote to thank me.
So similar to saving water minister, i use the analogy of financing an Armed Forces for this case.

Mr Tan, you are a soldier, if government collect similar levy on every soldier in the SAF, do you think the SAF can afford to have the soldiers clothed in army uniforms, never mind about sleeping on top of each other on the floor in barracks.

Mr Tan, you are a soldier, army pay is your sole income. If SAF asked soldiers to  stay in private operated hostels and pay rent out from their pity army pay, do you think SAF soldiers can afford a hostel in any conditions better than foreign laborers.

This explained why army, key infrastructures are mostly operated by nations - cheaper.
This explained why levy cannot be imposed at will, especially to the work force - costly.

Mr Tan, these levy you collected from foreigners are monies earned by hard labor, long working hours, some selling their bodies, and even lives sacrificed as you witnessed right in front of you.

Mr Tan, you must hold pride as a man, a well educated man, a well paid servants, servants paid by residents of Singapore, more than half of them are migrants.

Not just Singaporeans, foreign workers here, even the world is watching you.

Mr Tan, please read the statement by the Chinese Embassy a year ago on Chinese Bus Drivers strike, out of similar issues of poor basic living conditions.
The Chinese Embassy stated clearly, firmly that the root cause of this issues must be resolved.
http://bettersingapore.blogspot.sg/2014/04/20130126-china-embassy-on-bus-driver.html

This is about the reliability of our key basic services for our economy to tick.
Would a responsible Prime Minister after much dialog, address this issues and other similar issue at National Day Rally?

You may also read the main stream news paper, on the same day, reporting what PM Lee was asked very blunt questions in India and the fatal accidents in Bugis Station.

This letter to you, is to help you to live as a dignified person than what bible refer to as a tax collector.

May i suggest you take from your own pocket a sum of Singapore Dollar One Millions Only to set up Tan Chuan Jin Foundation (TCJ Foundation) for  Basic Conditions for Migrant Workers. (BCMW) to design, manage basic conditions housing at low costs.

While may i request a check, from your own pocket,  Singapore One Dollar Only to Mr Lim Swee Keng for Saving Singapore Invoice 4

Is it more important that we build solid foundation, reducing cost of business operations, while increasing capabilities and capacity to produce faster, more export to sell to  the world?
Or 
Do we inviting more cheap labors to build the tallest fountain at our airport and aggravate the economy, world reputation that snatches human lives away?


MND
The workers cannot escape from the quarters, a public housing, 
The passenger on stalled Sentosa Light Rail took 4 hours to be evacuated。
Are there evacuation flaws in design?

Monday, April 28, 2014

20130126 China Embassy on Bus Driver

20130126 China Embassy on Bus Driver






有关中国巴士司机。。。其中教训值得总结
有关当局切实解决引发此案的根源性问题,避免类似事件再度发生

Regarding Chinese Bus Driver
this lesson must be concluded
Relevant authority must resolve the root cause of this problem, to avoid repeat of similar happenings.