Friday, August 29, 2008

Gini coefficient: Mdm Ho Ching & Mdm Noorfarizan make the Gini so efficient

After celebrating our silver table tennis medal with so much confusion over the fate of the team manager, chief coach and now the president, we can now celebrate Mrs Prime Minister for being the World's 8th most powerful woman!

With so much power and money in Temasek, but More unable to pay electricity bills can she, her husband or the relevant authorities please help those who have fallen off the cracks?

Since the government has made a mockery of nation building and national service by paying themselves millions, are we going to make a mockery of kindness in helping the poor too? Or is it not the government's responsibility to help?

The loan sharks throw paint, pig's head or even faeces at your doorway to scare you into repaying your debt. The Singapore Power Supplier went one up. They fixed the poor by making them KAYU, I mean, PAYU - Pay As You Use -.

"The pre-paid metering scheme, called Payu, for Pay As You Use, involves replacing conventional power meters with special ones that work only if an account has sufficient credit in it.

Users can top up amounts from $10 to $250 into their accounts. As electricity is used, the sum is drawn down and has to be topped up. Twenty per cent of what they top up goes into settling their outstanding balances with SP Services.

Madam Noorfarizan Abdul Rahim, 30, went on the scheme after failing to pay her bills for three months. Her family owes SP Services over $400, but with four children to feed on a single income of $850 a month, putting food on the table, not paying bills, gets top priority.

Madam Noorfarizan, whose husband is a cleaner and whose children are aged between eight months and 10 years old, said: 'The price of rice has gone up, the price of cooking oil has gone up and everything has gone up.'

To help a little go a long way as far as energy is concerned, she restricts activities like watching TV. Social workers say that other such families also resort to leaving their flats in darkness. Many throw doors and windows open to catch available light from common corridors.

Madam Noorfarizan topped up her Payu account with $10 a few days ago, but just $3 remains. She will head to the Post Office today to top up another $10 - good for 'two to three days of power'."

I wonder how much does it cost to specially fix the meters (replacing conventional power meters with special ones) to fix those too poor to pay their electricity bill on time. If Mr Prime Minister is harping on a gracious society, isn't it time for the Power, including Singapore Power to be kind and gracious enough to help the down and out instead of punishing them?

Or do they just want people like Mdm Noofarizan to 'please, get out of my elite uncaring face'?

Apart from the value of kindness and graciousness, the value of representative democracy went to the dogs when PAP MP's voted against NMP Prof Thio Li-ann's and Dr Loo Choon Yong's motion to make amendments to Parliamentary Elections Act. The must-see speech by NMP Siew Kum Hong on "the 3 P's - Principle, Practicality and People was so sensible and sharp that some sensitive PAP's MPs may wish that they did not listen to it. With the current unhappiness of the people over the inflation, GST and ministers' obscene salary, I guess the chance of having a by election is as good as Mdm Noorfarizan having high tea with the Queen of England. The "Kiasu, Kiasi and PowChiak!" translated from Hokien, "Afraid to Lose, Afraid to Die and Definitely Edible (Sure Win)!" attitude of PAP which is sadly and blindly copied by many Singaporeans has won again!

I'm surprised that The New Paper did a poll in Bukit Batok and published it. "What People of Bukit Batok say by Arul John. "The majority of Parliamentarians voted one way, and heartlanders the other". Are the parliamentarians so high up in their whiter than white ivory tower that they are so out of touch with their residents?

How far and how long can you continue to mock the people who make Singapore what it is today? Oops, or is it only the PAP leaders not the people who made it?

Meanwhile, please do not blow off Mdm Noofarizan's candle to make yours burn brighter. It doesn't work that way.

Have a heart, don't knock her for being poor or for having too many children. (Don't bring her down like you did during the "Stop at 2" days.)

Give her light.



At August 30, 2008 at 10:17 AM , Anonymous gary teoh said...

To top up, one has to go to Post Office,it will be worse for the poor, because transport cost have to be included.It does not make sense.We are moving backwards

At August 30, 2008 at 2:06 PM , Anonymous wasting money said...

Ho Ching is the 8th most powerful woman in the world only by virtue of marrying into the Lee dynasty. It takes mindless PAP supporters and real idiots to believe she has the ability to be CEO of Temasek. Communist China and Taiwan must be amused by such blatant nepotism and will wonder how on earth the Singapore leadership has the gall to preach to them. The billions Ho Ching and her father-in-law has lost could have gone a long way to help many needy Singaporeans. The Lee dynasty deserves a story in the National Geographic !

At August 30, 2008 at 2:44 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

PM says don't use air-con ; don't eat branded rice....Vivian B says u want to eat at food court or hawker centre or restaurant....Yu-Foo Yee Shoon says u want 20% or 30% or 40% subsidy.... I am glad that I am a quitter....I pay more tax as a quitter but I don't have to get angry with overpaid ministers who have this "know it all" attitude.

At August 30, 2008 at 3:15 PM , Anonymous Onlooker said...

But you see all those investment is not for nothing.
Just look at the Job ads in ST, Halliburton is coming here to park money liao :)

At August 30, 2008 at 9:14 PM , Anonymous Sowhat said...

8th powerful woman in this world So What? If someone reputable ask her how her husband helps the poor singaporean - I doubt she can answer.

At August 31, 2008 at 1:31 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

"But you see all those investment is not for nothing.
Just look at the Job ads in ST, Halliburton is coming here to park money liao :)"

So what? Are they going to hire 10000 cleaners? Arere they going to hire all singaporeans, with decent wages?

I have applied for almost 20 positions in ST, not even 1 interview.....

At August 31, 2008 at 12:45 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is exactly a duplicate from our public parking coupon system, you pay upfront first, then we provide the service. If this system works, then what happen? all the others will follow, no choice, its an order from the top. This will happen sooner or later, anyway. Make as much money as you can first, why bother about all you local Singaporean, what can you possibly do?

At August 31, 2008 at 5:36 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do not fret,
The GST was to help the poor,
leaving no man behind
The CPF was to help you retire
Now retire six feet under
Don't depend on us to much
and how many meals do you want to have?
Why wait till you want to shit,before looking for the toilet
Foreign talents are here to boost the economy,
so invite more to boost the babies
Cars are made affordable,
so ERP has to increase,
MRT is the green way to go, but I don't see the ministars taking this world class transport system.

At August 31, 2008 at 9:59 PM , Blogger black feline said...

big deal...why noy build a shrine for her?

At September 1, 2008 at 11:32 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

But you see all those investment is not for nothing.
Just look at the Job ads in ST, Halliburton is coming here to park money liao :)

Who will benefit?, more cheap FTs will be allowed in to take up our jobs.Go back to sq one.

At September 1, 2008 at 5:30 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eh I think August 30, 2008 10:31 AM was trying to be sarcastic.

Halliburton is the American junta.

We are attracting scum from every continent.

At September 4, 2008 at 3:38 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think we need to ask ourselves why those poor folks are poor. Is it society's responsibility that they are poor or is it because they never try hard enough to end their poverty trap? I came from a poor family and I studied hard, worked hard and paid my taxes. Whenever someone my age (I am in my late 30s) asks for government's help, I wonder who owe these people a living. Why should my hard earned money contributed to tax be used to fund these supposedly poor people because they do not have enough? I could have followed my parents' footsteps and be poor still and but I chose to work hard and earn my keep. Just a recent article about this man who lives in a government rented flat because he lost his 4 room HDB flat as a result of his gambling makes me sick. That man should be left to rot in the streets. Our compassionate government is too kind.

At September 4, 2008 at 6:02 PM , Anonymous feedmetothefish said...

Dear Anonymous of September 4, 2008 12:38 AM,

Good for you!

As much as there are bad guys who waste away their fortune through vices, there are some good guys who never had it so good.

I do not mind the poor having some basic necessity like light (whatever the cause of their being poor) but I detest the rich, powerful and 'compassionate government' ministers writing their own million dollar cheque with the citizens' money!


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