Wednesday, November 28, 2012

We Pay $1.1 Billion To Get A Bus Strike?

I was aghast when parliament approved the $1.1 billion (Bus Service Enhancement Programme) of taxpayers money to be given the bus companies to improve bus services.

We cannot help the poorest of the poor in Singapore by providing them with 3 meals in hawkers centre (No, not in food court , definitely not in hotel restaurant!); we cannot have minimum wage for the lowest paid; we cannot buy flats from HDB at affordable price (no, not subsidised but reasonable price at cost plus basis) BUT we can blow $1.1 billion to add comfort to the two public transport operators.

Now I am devastated!

Red vs Red
Men In Red
Vehicles in Red
Do the 'Ang Chia's (Special Operations Command vehicles) still intimidate? Or are they merely 'toys' to PRCs because PRCs did messed around with tanks in Tiananmen Square previously?

I know not the legality nor the justification for the strike by the drivers from PRC. I only know that in Singapore . . .

Times . . . . they are a' changin'!

In the good ole days, when civil servants were charged for corruption, they pleaded guilty and quietly walked into the sunset doing their best not to upset or embarrass the AG and/or the ruling party.

Today, when civil servants are charged for corruption, they take the AG on and show to the public that integrity is worth fighting for. They no longer take it sitting down. The case of former Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) director Ng Boon Gay against te AG is a good example.

In the good ole good ole days, politicians encouraged workers of bus company to strike for fair wages, justice and equality -  and also to enhance their personal political power?  Ironically today, politicians condemned striking bus drivers for their fight for fair wages, justice and equality. Do they do it for the same reason - to enhance their political power? Or do they do it for the welfare  and well-being of the bus drivers?

Lately, SMRT has been in the limelight for all the wrong reasons. Apart from the MRT breakdowns that caused the resignation of Saw Phaik Hwa, and the current bus strike by PRCs, emotion also ran high amongst Singapore bus drivers over their pay and working condition (Link) which, I think, eventually led to the resignation of Ong Ye Kung, the Deputy Secretary General of NTUC. However, “That’s not really the reason for my decision,” he wrote in his facebook. Well, to each is own, conflict of interest is something not easy to live with and "to have the cake and it it too" happens to only the powerful few! Eg: selling an affordable apartment at subsidised price and still making a fat profit out of it! Or do they really sell under cost? 

Anyway, through Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew, we pay $1.1 billion for a fooking strike!

So very funny . . . 



At November 28, 2012 at 2:32 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

In about 50 yrs time, pple who study history will note the big turning point in the Spore Story occurred about 35 yrs after the country became independent.

When the old guard left the govt, when the economy became the only thing that mattered, when the survival of the ruling party became more important than the survival of the country, when hordes of foreigners were allowed in - at far too fast a rate and with no thought given to the infrastructure to accomodate them.

Politicians from around the region will explain to their people that this is how a little island with a lot of promise became a backwater, about 200 yrs after a Brit called Stamford discovered it.

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At November 28, 2012 at 11:32 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Politicians from around the region will explain to their people that this is how a little island with a lot of promise became a backwater, about 200 yrs after a Brit called Stamford discovered it."

When they were a democratic republic with politicians working for the survival and progress of their nation, they succeeded. Then they did what the Romans did - their senators allowed their Caesars to be Emperors and the little red dot empire with higher mortals using meritocracy to dumb down the serfs with their hard truths. Long Love the Lanfang Empire.

At November 29, 2012 at 1:17 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the good old days one particular politician was the legal adviser of unionised workers who organised strikes. After making use of workers to gain power, he did what he did best - he made the unions impotent.

And now the PAP, the Unions and the Workers are living happily ever after. The end!

At November 29, 2012 at 1:33 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

PAP must not have a 2nd chance. Enough is enough of living in all their shitty lies, just like how ST tried to manuveur its reporting to make their master feel like saint and our country is fine. The can of worms are all out and yet LHL still want us to believe PAP is doing the right things for the "good" of the people? Oh gosh, how I wish his lies can be more convincing. Me and my family members' votes for opposition have already casted in stone. No amount of apology from the ruling party will soften my heart but harden it to make me feel voting for any party other than PAP is the wise choice.

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At November 29, 2012 at 9:14 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Singapore may become yet another Easter Island. We ignore our own people and bring in FWs so as to depress locals' pay. How long can this last? When there is no more "trees", all FWs will just pack and go, leaving locals to carry rubbish.

At November 29, 2012 at 10:17 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

//Anonymous @ 11/29/2012 1:17 AM//

Giving $1.1 billion to SBS and SMRT would have been all right, if they had been run by the Government. But privatisation means that Temasek Holdings is the beneficiary of this largesse, not tax-payers. What do you think?

The trades unions used to represent workers' rights. "After the PAP's decisive electoral victory in 1968, the government passed the Industrial Relations (Amendment) Act of 1968, which severely limited workers' rights to strike. From 1969, the NTUC adopted, in its own words, "a cooperative, rather than a confrontational policy towards employers.""

NTUC a cooperative? It is more a conglomerate, running "Social Enterprises", a euphemism for businesses, like supermarkets, insurance, loans, taxis, health services, learning, etc…anything that makes money - in other words, an employer. Being an employer and representing workers is like living in incest, and adding in the PAP, becomes the triumvirate (a "ménage à trois"?). The law says that strikes are illegal, so who will help you? The NTUC?

Where, oh where are they? Deathly silence from the PM, DPMs, Transport Minister, NTUC Secretary General, etc? Wary of adding fuel to the fire because the PRC is watching? Interesting to see what "punishment" meted out.

At November 29, 2012 at 11:03 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

At the rate that the FTs are coming and the LTs (local talents) are leaving, you will soon become the Aboriginal Australians or American Indians on the island.

At November 29, 2012 at 11:08 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

NTUC a union? I'd like to hear it from the minister who called a spade a spade!

At November 29, 2012 at 11:59 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excuse me. I'm a FT.
Isn't NTUC the labour department of the PAP?

At November 29, 2012 at 2:20 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, NTUC is a union.

Its a union of ex generals, and cronies from the party who cannot speak well but have learnt all about twisting perspectives and arguments.

If they cannot con the boss, they con you.

Incompetent, cowardly and a waste of everyone's time and money. Good for publishing adverts for their cronies who run businesses.

At November 29, 2012 at 3:00 PM , Blogger The said...

If only the government had implemented the "shock therapy" recommended by Prof Lim Chong Yah to address the wage disparity between the filthy rich and the low-income earners.

Now, we have been given this different "shock therapy" - a once in 26 years "refusal to work".

At November 29, 2012 at 4:16 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

First they came and arrested the striking Chinese.

Then they came and arrested the striking Indians, who followed the Chinese way.

Then they came and arrested the Thais, Taiwanese, Indonesians, Pinoys and others who followed the Chinese and the Indian examples.

When they came to arrest the Sinkie strikers, there was no one left to fight for them.

At November 29, 2012 at 5:28 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Strike or no strike.
Under PAP rule.
You got benefit or not?

Even if Singapore Reserves got $100 trillion dollars in cash.
You think Singaporean citizen will benefit or not?

After NatConning with PAP.
You think you will benefit or not?

At November 30, 2012 at 12:05 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Natcon is giving them more ideas to screw us. There is a saying in Chinese about asking to sweep the chicken coop but never allowed to collect the chicken eggs.

At November 30, 2012 at 2:31 PM , Blogger oldhorse42 said...

The union leaders are appointed to the management of the company and are given shares of the company. Would they look after the company's interest or the workers' interest?

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At December 2, 2012 at 11:30 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pay of smrt drivers range from 1,075 for PRC, 1.400 for Malaysians n 1,675 for S'poreans. If u have a family to support n with the high cost of living here, how do u manage ? On the other hand, the CEOs n senior staff of GLCs are all paid sky high n get share options. These top people don't know what to do with their money except buy properties all over the world, buy luxury items like many flashy cars, branded stuff, holiday n dine extravagantly. It's nothing but EXTRAVAGANZA all the time. Wow, the smrt had already decided to raise the drivers salary by a huge $25 before the strike. Bless their kind souls. As is the norm, they have learnt ' valuable lessons ' . Waiting for them to say, 'let's move on' ! How come top management are paid so much to keep learning lessons ? Should cut the salaries,bonuses of the ministers, CEOs of GLCs like SMRT, S'Tel, Capitaland, Keppelcorp, Temasek, GIC etc by more than half. They don'T even deserve this much . If a person is doing his own business n making millions, nobody will begrudge him. He can also become a bankrupt another day, But minister n GLC senior people paying themselves so much ?
The word 'conscience ' does not exist in their vocab. Should review the English syllabus in schools

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10 men to a room in a dormitory in Woodlands.
$275 x 10 = $2750

Somebody is making a lot of money renting out a room at $2,750 per month to 10 men.

Who owns these rooms and dormitories?
How did they end up getting this business?
Was there an open tender?
Did the PRC drivers have a choice of accommodations?

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PM Lee: "Singapore must not sacrifice values for progress". So, you pull your head out of the clouds and realise this now? Like you said sorry before, when your head is back in the clouds, you will follow the flow again. Jeez.

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