Friday, June 06, 2008

Why Singapore Wants Pedra Branca

12 Comments:

Blogger Solid Snake said...

LOL!!! ERP for speed boat, Junk, yacht (spelling) and sampan

Friday, June 6, 2008 at 6:04:00 PM GMT+8  
Blogger Mockingbird said...

To Solid Snake: Ha, ha, ha...! :D Yaloh :D

If this ERP gantry ever gets erected, somebody would definitely blow it up or steer a super tanker and crash it into bits :p

Monday, June 9, 2008 at 12:28:00 PM GMT+8  
Blogger 刘皇帝 said...

I say the ERP policy is partially successful. Right now, as you can see, many commuters are taking trains and buses which doubled up from last year's stats.

Traffic congestion has been eased but human volume in MRT cabins and buses have sky-rocketed. I always find myself sandwiched between big size commuters when taking the train to my school.

On the other hand, the revenue attained from the ERP gantries can be used to develop our country. For example, mass development projects underway at the Marina Bay.

But sadly, many Singaporeans simply could not accept that. If only they can drop their selfishness, Singaporeans will not be the least happiest people in Asia.

Monday, June 16, 2008 at 1:39:00 PM GMT+8  
Blogger Mockingbird said...

A government is supposed to take care of its people. But don't you think PAP is oppressing the people? They enjoy their super high pay while the majority of average salaried Singaporeans have to struggle to make ends meet. In Malaysia, the government makes healthcare for its people free, almost. In Brunei, the government pays for the education, even foreign tertiary education and gives each student $8,000 per month as allowance :p With 3 such kids studying in UK on government sponsored grant, the 2 parents no need to work already.

Monday, June 16, 2008 at 4:10:00 PM GMT+8  
Blogger Mockingbird said...

i guess it's okay for you inside the train since you're almost always the tallest person inside the whole carriage looking down on almost everybody else.

Monday, June 16, 2008 at 4:11:00 PM GMT+8  
Blogger Mansor said...

Hey! its been awhile since I last heard from you. Busy working?

Hmm I dislike taking trains anymore. Nowadays I will only take trains to school if my first lesson start at 8, 9 or 10. It's really pain to be a sandwich or being block by invisible man/woman at the door.

Any lesson or event that start after 10am will be taken by bus.

Hmm nothing is free in this world. I won't say much about ERP because I do not own a car. I can only say it works partially by reducing the congestion in some part of express way.

Malaysian government is making a big mistake by subsidizing petrol price in Malaysia. Such money can be use for more development in their country.

Monday, June 16, 2008 at 5:41:00 PM GMT+8  
Blogger PrawnKing said...

good one

Monday, June 16, 2008 at 6:41:00 PM GMT+8  
Blogger 刘皇帝 said...

>> i guess it's okay for you inside the train since you're almost always the tallest person inside the whole carriage looking down on almost everybody else.

--> There are some people who are taller than me looking down on me.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008 at 11:33:00 AM GMT+8  
Blogger 刘皇帝 said...

>> A government is supposed to take care of its people. But don't you think PAP is oppressing the people?

--> The government has already been taking care of us and spoon feeding us since the day we are born. The degree of oppression in Singapore as compared to the blanks in US and Muslims in UK, is much less tense. And they are first worlds. Compared to third world countries (eg. Myanmar, Zimbawe, China, India), I shall not elaborate more as it is clear-cut obvious.

--> while the majority of average salaried Singaporeans have to struggle to make ends meet.

--> While grabbing up eletrical products in the PC show? And carrying tons of shopping bags out of The Great Singapore Sale. That sounds rich to me.

--> In Malaysia, the government makes healthcare for its people free, almost.

--> Good point. That is why the Malaysian government is wasting alot of subsidies on medical and petrol. Because it is almost free, people do not treasure them. For example, a sick man gets well and throw away the rest of the medicines (and it is not cheap) while motorists refuel their cars over and over again because the petrol is cheap. This adds alot of financial burden to any of the government in the world. Singapore government cannot afford that to happen (because we have no resource). We need to settle alot of funds for national development, unlike Malaysia.

--> In Brunei, the government pays for the education, even foreign tertiary education and gives each student $8,000 per month as allowance

--> Free education for the Muslims in Singapore. And school fees are considered affordable, except for PRs. Brunei attained alot of revenue from the oil which means they have the natural resource to dig for gold. We do not have, not even one.

>> With 3 such kids studying in UK on government sponsored grant, the 2 parents no need to work already.

--> No wonder they are facing a huge financial burden and cannot afford to help the poor scattered across Britain (pity those street beggars living in London). Much of their subsidies are giving to child bonus, unemployment aid and medical.

If we can learn to appreciate more and stop taking things for granted, then we can see alot of hopes that are covered up.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008 at 11:48:00 AM GMT+8  
Blogger 刘皇帝 said...

blacks*

Tuesday, June 17, 2008 at 11:48:00 AM GMT+8  
Blogger Mockingbird said...

To Liu Huang Di: Even LKY himself is skeptical of the effectiveness of increasing the number of ERP gantries to curb road congestion. He figures no one would spend $70,000 on a car and park it at home and take public transport to work just to avoid ERP charges.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008 at 3:41:00 PM GMT+8  
Blogger 刘皇帝 said...

>> Even LKY himself is skeptical of the effectiveness of increasing the number of ERP gantries to curb road congestion.

--> Unfortunately he is wrong. The traffic volume on major expressways has decreased significantly.

>> He figures no one would spend $70,000 on a car and park it at home and take public transport to work just to avoid ERP charges.

--> Unfortunately he is wrong again. If he reads Yahoo and CNA news, there are such drivers who rather take public transport not only to avoid ERP charges but also save himself from petrol bills. Some people buy cars for the sake of ego and pride.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008 at 5:20:00 PM GMT+8  

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