Wednesday, August 27, 2008

How bad Singapore's Society is now.

Some of the inconsiderate acts by Singaporean (or Singapore resident, don’t forget 1 in 3 of us are not born here) I have witness over the pass 2 weeks. Think we are certainly heading towards the wrong end of the spectrum in term of graciousness.

1) Teenager talking shouting and eating on public buses.

I always find that kid nowadays has much better developed vocal organ then hearing organ. For God’s sake, you friend is only sitting next to you do you really have to shout in their ears? But I guess that is the result of spending too much time on their I-pods?

Eating on public transport is really very common now. I am quite surprise that STOMP actually published pictures of people eating on MRT and Buses.

2) Motorcycle failing to stop at traffic lights

Be careful if you are using those pedestrian traffic lights. Some motorists just ignore them especially at night.

3) And the last one that get my vote!

Grandparent brought grandson for dinner at food court. Half way thru the meal, grandson wanna pee. Instead of bringing ihim to the toilet, grandpa too out a plastic bag and let his grand son pee into it. Yes in the food court! Grandpa then tied up the plastic bad and dispose it at the food court dustbin.

Then Grandpa go back to his dinner without washing hand!


Friday, August 22, 2008

The failing Baby Bonus Scheme

Singapore first introduced The Baby Bonus Scheme in April 2001 and enhanced in August 2004, supports parents’ decision to have more children by helping to lighten the financial costs of raising children.

Again this year the government further enhanced it from 2009 onwards.

Does giving more money really encourage Singaporean to make more babies?

Or is it just a short-term plan by the government who are unwilling to solve the root cause of falling birth rates? (Higher cost of living, lousy education system, non pro families working environment, etc….)

Looking at the fertility rate of Singapore over the year, we don’t see a dramatic increase after April 2001 and Aug 2004.

Year Fertility
1997 1.61
2002 1.37
2003 1.27
2004 1.26
2005 1.26
2006 1.28
2007 1.29

Judging by the trend I will say the fertility rate will raise by 0.03 the most to 1.32. Failing to meet the healthy rate of 2.1.

Look like it is getting expensive to get Singaporean to make babies.

Cheaper to import foreigner?

But the government have to tackle this issue very carefully due to our National Services Act.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Great example of overkilling!

Yesterday our dear PM gave his 2008 National Day's Rally speech.

I am not a big fan of his and I know nothing good will come out from his speech anyway.

But I turned on the TV wanting to catch other stuff on the TV but fat hope!

If you are a poor soul like me without cable TV, PM speech was being shown on every damned channels!!.

His face was on, Channel 5, Channel 8, Channel U, Suria, Air Central and Channel News Asia from 8pm – 10am.

Boy talk about over killed. Don’t forget I pay for my TV license annually not to be force fed by you guys man. But hey we all know who own mediacorp.

Yes I understand you need to have one channel for each language but do you really need 2 English channels showing exactly the same thing? (Channels News Asia and Channel 5)

Thanks God for Youtube
Maybe next year PM rally speech will be force feed to us via the internet as well.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

National Day

Nation day is just around the corner. It is the day that we celebrate our independent 43 years ago.

Looking back our country has indeed progress far. From a little fishing village to what it is now, a well-oiled sophisticate money-making machine.

These days Singaporean are divided into 2 lots when come to national day. The first lot are those who want to go to the parade (because it is free) and to get the free goodies bags and the second lots are those who don’t really care about Nation day anymore. (Except we want the free holiday to go for a short holiday)

So get me to think what is National Day for me these days.

To me I find the yearly National Day parade are a complete waste of money and is an exploitation of thousands of NSF so those regulars can get their promotions.

Gosh imagine the time and taxpayer’s money spent on those rehearsals and fireworks. Is the National day's parade really that important to the average Singaporean?

National Day = Parade and Firework = Free Goodies Bags.

Imagine watching the same thing over and over and over again every year.

I believe many people failed to think what National Days should be. What we see around us like the parade , the nicely decorated Community Centers and offices are just skin deep.

I think it should be a time where we reflex on our shortcoming as a Nation and improve on it.

How many people are suffering from hunger in our country and what policies should be improved etc. etc.

Take it as an annual report card, not the financial one which we had in April, but a more humanitarian one which involve Singaporean, not the million dollars civil servants.

But again there many not be much Singaporean in the future to celebrate National Day as more and more Foreigner are coming and more and more Singaporean are leaving.

Friday, August 01, 2008

Social Problem in the Future Start Now!

Singapore's population up almost 200,000 between 2006 and 2007
31 July 2008 2003 hrs (SST)

SINGAPORE : Singapore's population rose by almost 200,000 between 2006 and 2007.

As of last year, total population stood at 4.59 million, up from 4.4 million in 2006. Of these, 3.58 million were citizens and permanent residents.

The latest Yearbook of Statistics released on Thursday also showed there were 39,490 births last year, up by over 1,100 babies compared to the previous year.

Marriage inched up again, registering its highest number in five years. Last year, 23,966 couples tied the knot, up 260 from 2006.

But this is still down by 1,701 compared to a decade ago, which saw 25,667 marriages registered in 1997.

More are also delaying marriage. Last year, the median age for the groom was 29.8 years old, compared with 28.4 in 1997.

For the women, the median age of brides was 27.2 last year, up from 25.7 about a decade ago. - CNA /ls

If you read this article carefully, it can be quite mind-boggling.

Take away the smoke screen, just read what is in RED.

Basically it said there is a 200,000 increased in population and if we minus the 39,490 births, this implies that we has imported 160, 510 foreigner into this country. That is equivalent to 439 new residents every day!!

Look out for more social issue coming up my friends. Unless you live in an ivory towers high up in the sky.