Kids react to One Singapore

Let Singaporeans create their own NDP songs

One Singapore, theme song for National Day 2013, has outed the closet music critic in every Singaporean since it was unleashed onto the unsuspecting public (unsuspecting because no one had a clue it could be this bad). The criticisms have been harsh: bad lyrics, kiddish arrangement, idiotic rap sequence. Even Stephen Chow thinks it is bad, though as a foreigner he really shouldn’t be meddling in our affairs. After seeing all these sorts of comments, I just had to check out the video to see what all the fuss was about. My impression? Well, I don’t feel anything particular to…

Civil Service Job Poster

More public officers “breaking bad”

Another week, another public officer getting into trouble with the law. As Jesse Pinkman would ask: What’s the matter with you people, yo? What is disturbing in this CPIB case is that this happened right in the heart of the anti-corruption bureau itself. It’s not just about a staff getting caught for an offence; here the criminal activities were repeated and undetected for four long years, totalling eight separate acts of misappropriation and one of forgery. Fool me once, shame on you, but fool me over and over and over again? CPIB head Eric Tan must be feeling pretty daff…

Was Iskandar Rahmat given help?

Was Iskandar Rahmat given help?

I thought Police Commissioner Ng Joo Hee was smart to pre-empt any potential backlash against his force when he gave a sombre statement bracing his men for “an outcry critical of the police, questioning the quality and integrity of police officers. Some of it will be unthinking and plainly unfair. And still some will be deliberately malicious”. Maybe the pre-emption worked, or maybe the majority of Singaporeans are just more rational than he thinks, for I have not seen much of the supposed outcry blaming the police force for the tragic Kovan double murder. Personally, I see no reason for…

10 thoughts on hawker centre cleaning saga

10 thoughts on hawker centre cleaning saga

If you, like Minister Vivian Balakrishnan, haven’t moved on from this whole hawker centre cleaning saga, here are ten thoughts that may interest you. For background reading, please refer to the “dossier” and this email chain between AHPETC and NEA. All observations below are on the assumption that everything in the dossier is true. 1. The NEA officer, Ms Chin Peiyun, clearly misled AHPETC in the email on 7 Feb 2013 by writing “pl note that the Hawkers Association will make the necessary arrangements with their contractors on the scaffold erection/ dismantling during the spring cleaning period from 4-8 March…

Past and present pride and joy

The PM’s midnight musings

So now we know what keeps PM Lee up at night is not so much Ho Ching’s snoring but midnight musings over how to retain the “specialness” of Singapore. This so that outsiders can look at us and say: “Wow, let’s go and see what’s happening there.” Appearance matters, after all, when keeping up with the Jones of the world. PM Lee also said that if he could persuade another ten billionaires to Singapore, he would have no qualms doing so even if it results in higher income inequality, “because they will bring business, they will bring opportunities, they will…

Productivity Fail!

Productivity Fail!

Is it really a mystery why productivity levels in Singapore remain abysmal despite government efforts to restructure? Here is a light-hearted series of real photos culled from our local media that shows how we are better at brute force economic grinding than working smart. Changi Airport employs a real-life scarecrow. Benefits include big yellow car. Apparently the airport has never heard of automation. Two NEA officers checking a “massive” hole for mosquito breeding. At this rate, is it any wonder they need to hire another 300 such officers in the next two months, for a total of 1,150? Four guys (presumably)…