Thursday, 25 June 2015

SG50: From Glory to Shame, Fear remains.

The social media is the new fear target of the PAP.

50 years after independence, the People’s Action Party continues their fear tactics and wants to rule Singapore with their ‘know best’ mentality.  We suppose to celebrate our SG50 achievements, and yet we have turned our international glory into international shame as the Amos Yee shown.

It is a questionable case and the mishandling of the case has led to international shame that involved human rights, child rights and of course, the freedom of expression.  

As far as the fear factor works, the PAP is willing to be criticised for human rights record and press freedom.   

The PAP under PM Lee continues to believe fear is the only option to rule Singapore successfully. Besides using ‘know best’ reason to justify their fear strategy, the PAP also used another Chinese idiom (Ju An Si Wei), ‘Be prepared for danger in peacetime’ to institutionalised their actions.

They want Singaporeans to worry about CPF minimum sum, medical care, retirements, children’s education expenses, ageing, birth rate, jobs etc. They create all kinds of fear for such worries even though their mandate is to take care of citizens. Instead of care, the PAP gives Singaporeans fear.

But the fear created glory is under threat. Some glories have turned bad or shame. The HDB design and build programs have begun to receive negative comments. The unexpected SEA game closing ceremony cock-up is another one.  

Will the PAP change their fear tactic and strategy?  They still have the Internet Security Act with them.  This will be their last resort. Will they dare to use it again for political purpose?

They believe keeping a person away from the public is the best way to silence different views and expressions. It is the thing they refuse to change in the past and present. PM Lee seems determines to continue this institution.  However, unfortunately to the PAP, this is the critical thing that Singaporeans want to see the change.

Fear! Fear! Fear! everywhere.

When we go to the voting centres, we fear whether the vote is secret or not. Whether the PAP knows my voting preference. The right thing should be, instead of fear, we should worry about whether PAP policies will lead to social injustice or not. After 50 years of ‘free’ election, this unnecessary fear still remains. We should worry more about CPF, fear more about the reserve and government investment, and think more about alternative solutions. Why are we so fearful?

Now, the PAP is promoting a new fear. The oppositions can not run a town council. In addition to town management problems, the PAP government can also withhold funds for the town council.  After the fear of the failed lift and estate upgrading, estate cleaning, the PAP now shifts the fear strategy to town council management, accounting and auditing problems. They also create fear for small issue like illegal trade fair.     

If the fear continues and remains in our minds, how can we make the change?

After on the run for 35 years, Phey Yew Kok finally returns to Singapore and was charged in Courts. However, he pleaded not guilty to all six charges.

PM Lee posts this in his Facebook:

[We have maintained a clean and non-corrupt system in Singapore for half a century because we have zero tolerance for corruption. When we discover wrongdoing, we do not hesitate to act. We will not allow any cover up, even when it is awkward or embarrassing for the Government.]

Some are surprises of his return. Has this related to the fear factor, especially after the death of LKY?  We don’t know. Perhaps, yes. Perhaps, no. Anyway, Phey’s life will have a big change, totally difference from the past 35 years.

Will Phey tell the Courts why he has less fear and decides to surrender after such a long time?  Why does he decide to make a change at the age of 81?     

Thursday, 18 June 2015










这真的很令人纳闷,到底总理和行动党的众乐乐和独乐乐标准在哪里?是不是,总理有一套标准,部长有一套标准,国人有一套标准,这样一来新加坡人如何‘Securing our future together’ 一起确保我们的将来?


Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Another Government Knows Best Initiative – Public Bus Contracting Model in Singapore

[PPP Day 17 June 2015]

Singapore public bus industry is moving into a new contracting model. This is a new Public Private Partnership sitting on an existing one.

Contracting model (CM) #1
Bus services in Singapore will be bundled into twelve bus packages, with about 300-500 buses each. For a start, the government will tender out three packages of bus services, starting from the second half of 2014 for the first package, for implementation from the second half of 2016. The contracts will last for five years, and can be extended by another two years with good performance.

The other nine bus packages, comprising the remaining 80% of existing buses, will continue to be operated by the incumbent operators (SBS Transit and SMRT). The government will negotiate with the incumbents to run the nine packages under the contracting model, for durations of about five years when their Bus Service Operating Licences (BSOL) expire on 31 August 2016. After these negotiated contracts expire, more bus services will be gradually tendered out.

Existing model – BSOL, BSEP
Under BSOL, the operators (both listed companies) are responsible for profit/loss with government financial incentives. Under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP), the government partners public bus operators to significantly increase bus capacity and enhance bus service levels to benefit commuters. For example, the government is spending $1.1 billion to purchase 1000 buses for the operators.#2

The expanded BSEP will also provide more resources to double the number of new routes from 40 announced previously to 80. Bus crowdedness and waiting times will also be progressively improved, especially during peak periods. Bus commuters will enjoy a shorter waiting time and more space on board. Majority of the BSEP improvements will be implemented by end 2016. #3

Latest Development
As announced in May 2015, Tower Transit is the successful tenderer of the Bulim Bus Package, who will receive an estimated total fee of $556.0 million over five years. The 26 bus routes will be based out of the new Bulim Bus Depot, which is scheduled to be completed in 2015 and able to accommodate about 500 buses. #4

Comparison between CM and BSOL

Over YouTube presentation, the key difference is:



Under CM, the government is taking more risks. It is looking for a responsive managing agent and creates contract competition.#1

Public and Private Risks
Government political risk
Government financial risk
Private financial risk
No (fee base)
Private performance risk
More demanding
Government knows best
No citizen engagement
No citizen engagement
Government Infrastructure risk
More (government owns buses and infrastructure)
Less (private owns buses, plans routes)

The dark sides of CM
The government hopes to get the 'best practice' in the world to achieve quality bus service under CM. It now goes a step further to plan bus routes and even collecting fares. This is a 'government knows best' mentality. Even under BSOL, the government has already involved in everything. The two bus operators have strong link with the government even though they are public listed companies. BSOL is a semi-government involvement. CM is near to nationalization.

Another key weakness is citizen engagement. Singapore is known to have efficient government. Traditionally, policy making is top down and public feedback is always not the top priority. Whether CM or BSOL, it is a government lead PPP.

The infrastructure planning will continue to be in the hand of government. The only competition created is in service improvement or innovative service solutions.

CM and Nationalized Bus Service

In recent years, there is political pressure, demanding nationalized public transport, due to unhappy incidents of breakdown, poor services, fares increase, late arrivals, scheduling and other problems.

Internationally, almost no country has maintained profitable public transport system. The two operators in Singapore are making profit with government incentives. This income redistribution creates public unhappiness.

The CM is a step closer to nationalized public transport. The bus operators are management contractor, only responsible for running/maintaining bus services. They receive a fixed fee in service performance, for example, $556 million for a 5-year contract for Tower Transit.

Considering Singapore government as a good pay master, this CM is a stable income generator for the contract winner.

Since it is collecting fares, any shortfall in revenue will be shouldered by the government. Subsidy may be needed to maintain bus fares.

However, if the service standard fails to improve, the government will bear the political risk. Any bad planning in routes, infrastructure, bus purchases resulting to lower revenue, the government will bear the financial risk too.

Financial risk, as usual practice in all PAP policies, can be transferred to the citizens but can they do the same for political risk?



[more responsive to changes in ridership and commuter needs, as well as inject more competition into the industry, thereby raising service levels for commuters over time. ]




Thursday, 11 June 2015
















结果如何,还要看阿裕尼的突围战 - 变天的导火线。



Sunday, 7 June 2015

Only 64% Chinese Readers Participate At SG50 Events?

omy SG50 participation 7 June 2015.png 7 June 2015

A survey by shows that only 64% of Chinese readers have participated in any SG50 events. 11% do not know of any SG50 activities. Another 24% either have no interest or do not participate at all.   

Chinese readers are, of course, not the total population. It is a biased sample. However, a strong support from Chinese readers (including Channel8/U viewers) will make a difference of the PAP showing in the coming general election. Why? This is the traditional PAP support base.  

This simple poll, of course, is a not a scientific survey.  However, if we consider those SG50 participants are PAP supporters. Then, the result is quite close to the 2011 GE and the recent (May 2015) Blackbox Research result - within a significant and confident level.

This means there is no improvement or slight improvement of support even with the passing of LKY and SG50 celebration.

Is this a high participation rate after all the promotion efforts in the mainstream media and ads in social media?  Perhaps, it is still too low.

As announced early, around 1.2 million households will receive National Day goodie bags through People’s Association.

The PAP is pushing very hard to reach you. If you don’t come to me, I will go to you. Nearly all households in Singapore, except those poor foreign workers staying in non-resident housing, will indirectly participate at this SG50 goodie event. If you still show no interest, PA will get their RC or CCC volunteers to deliver to you.  

By doing so, no household can claim they don’t know SG50 and its activities. This, in statistics, means all Singaporeans are now participating at the SG50 celebration with the NDP goodie bags, whether you like or don’t like it.

You can consider this is part of the PAP election campaign. In July, the PAP makes sure you have at least one goodie. In August, the PAP has already announced one more public holiday for SG50.  After receiving the goodies and extra holiday, you should know what to do next.  This is how the PAP plan their ideal marketing strategy. Will it work?

Will voters make decision in a straight line, like the traditional three-step model. The PAP uses MSM to stimulate voters’ interest. They then buy it and experience the life under the PAP.  

Or, in a digital world, under the Google’s model of Zero Moment of Truth, the result will be very different.  Voters make decision after they have experience life under the PAP. Besides MSM, they also look at alternative news, attending rally, coffee/taxi talks, etc.

What do you think? Can ZMOT make history in Singapore?

Thursday, 4 June 2015

Amos不拍坐牢, PAP强权高压手段失效。


老子道德经第七十四章 】

人民不畏惧死亡,为什么用死来吓唬他们呢?老子在 2000多年前这么说,那个时代已经到了人民不害怕死亡的阶段。

















Teen avoids charges for faking report of Lee Kuan Yew’s death   TODAYonline.png