Wednesday, September 20, 2006

CHIJ Girls Tanished by ST

Oh boy!

I hope ST get if really good this time. I wonder why they decline to comment when contacted...mmm..

Monday, September 18, 2006

Hong Lim Park

Oh gosh! Singapore is getting all the wrong attenstion from the world media and local blogger who actually reporting what they saw at Hong Lim Park. Think they scored compare to the control Main Stream Media. After this, the credibility of the MSM sure had gone down even lower but not suprising as we know already know how low they ranked.

Reuter, ABC and IHT together with several local blogs, I-Speak and YawningBread had good reports on the event.

Serveral things crossed my mind when I read what is happening at Hong Lin Park.

1.Why is there so many police there to monitor the situation? And why are they filming whoever and whatever there?

2.Is it necessary to overkilled the situation? I meant who is paying the police salary man!

3. Why the police is behaving in such an intimitating way? Shouldn't they be protecting the public instead? (In another word, don't they have more important job to do like catching housbreaker and robbers)

I think the reputation of the police force is taking a nose dive judging by the way they are handling this situation.

Friday, September 15, 2006

IMF/ World Bank Meeting Singapore 2006

Everyday when I turn on the TV or read the newspaper these days one thing never failed to appeared are news on the IMF meeting at Suntech.

When you look closely, you can see the distinct “bragging” on the local media. In fact you don't have to look too close.

I saw on TV how workers secured the area by erecting barriers overnight, how police trained for riots, how our SCDF response to FIRE, CHEMICAL ATTACK. Also I saw how rapidly we transformed our garden city into SUPER garden city and we were also reminded not to step on the flowers before the IMF delegates saw them. And also the 4 millions smiles campaign and all those poster of “4 millions smiles welcome you” popping all over town and airport. And news on how our airport staffs are trained to welcom the delegates.

When you look at alternate media, below all this “wayang” there is actually much displeasure.

Firstly, I pity those who work at Suntech, I have read many of them complaining how inconvenience it is for them to get to work these days and how long a driver had to get to work these days. But somehow the people the media interviewed seem to love all these inconveniences and said they don’t mind these as all.

I wonder why Singapore want to host the event in the first place? I suspect we are in for the monetary benefits.

But had the organizing committee weight the pro and cons before taking up the project.

For when chose to host this event, the whole world is looking at us. Well this is good if everything goes well but the hard-handed banned on civil societies are making us look bad to the world already.

I pity the shop owner at Suntech, high rent, no sales, sound like bankruptcy to me.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

National Service


Sep 6, 2006
NSman called up for first ICT at age 36

I WAS surprised to receive notice recently of my first In-Camp Training (ICT) at the age of 36.

How could Mindef expect NSmen to complete the full cycle of their ICT if they start only at 36? Does it mean that NSmen have to go for longer and more frequent ICTs each year in order to do so?

As most NSmen of this age are at the peak of their careers and many are in senior-management positions, going for ICT would definitely affect business operations.

More importantly, most of these NSmen would have families with young children. They have to manage both busy work schedules and taking care of the family.

I have appealed for deferment after the first request was rejected. Until today, I have not heard from Mindef despite numerous calls to the National Servicemen Services Centre (NSSC). I was told by the NSSC staff that they could not transfer my call to the person in-charge, nor could the person in-charge call me or my employer.

I didn't even know which was my unit until I called the NSSC to find out, and even then the staff do not have the contact number of the unit.

Tan Thiam Huat

Look at this poor Thiam Huat, bickering about MINDEF calling him up at 36 for his first in-camp.

Firstly we do not know what rank Thiam Huat in holding, if he is an officer then he is eligible to serve until he is 50yrs (if I am correct). Say there is 10 cycles of reservist to served and by law MINDEF can recall you up to 40 days in a year. From my own experience, an in-camp will last you maximum 14-16days and a short one lasted 6 days. So mathematically and legally you can complete at least 4 cycles in a year.

Haha… so Thiam Huat logically can complete his ICT in 3 years time before he even reach the ripe old age of 40.

If Thiam Huat really is concern about completing ICT earlier or spending more time with his young children or busy carving out his careers, then what has he been doing from the time he ORD till now?? He should have jolly well wrote to MINDEF and request for ICT immediately after he ORD. Gosh! I bet he was happily hoping MINDEF had forgot about him and will not call him up till he is 40yrs old which will be too old if he is not holding on to a commanding position. Guess he had even forgot to downgrade himself during this time!

AND… doesn’t all other Nsmen in have families and career to balance? Some even have studies to balance too! So Thiam Huat, if you can't balance you career and family life, you should renounce your citizenship and move to some nice country that does not required National services.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Back in Office

Just got back from a holiday in Bangkok. Nice cheap food, good shopping and fantastic massage.

Its amazed me how fast the city is changing. I was there only last year and there are already several new shopping malls and several more are half way through their constructions.

Now am just trying to catch up with the news for the past week.