Wednesday, September 10, 2014

PAP snake oil seller for 6.9M Population ?

Is ex-HDB planner, Liu Thai-Ker the delegated snake oil seller for PAP unpopular 6.9 million population target? This guy has been going around making speeches and giving interviews that 10 million is no issue in recent months. Is he trying to make the 6.9 million more palatable compare to 10 million?

Likely he thinks his past credentials will enable him to fool the public. Reminds us of  LKY who thinks he is 'God'.  But we have found out to our disappointment the hard truth about LKY is that he normally tells us only half truth. He is just another snake oil seller who is very good at selling himself to get all the credits not due to him for S'pore growth story.

Sure, it is a no brainer right - just tear down lower rise HDB flats through SERS (selective en bloc redevelopment scheme) and in the process make more money out by making poor folks buy another flat and then build 50- storey or even higher flat to house the 10 million.

This same joker was involved in the 1991 Concept Plan which target for 5.5 million. Now he changes his mind and double the figure!  It goes to show how bad in planning our govt is! They normally get their figures and projections wrong. But the worst part is that they still see themselves being 'brilliant' at their social engineering feat just because they are drawing enormous salary.

They still have not learned from the overloaded transport infrastructure and medical services which are still teething problems yet to be resolved.

As it is, our places of leisure and entertainment (parks, zoo, shopping malls...etc) are perpetually very crowded, not just during weekends like 20 years ago.  Every hour is peak hour for MRT, be it weekday or weekend.

So have Liu Thai-Ker look at the bigger picture? What about food, water and energy resources? What will happen if there is a global drought impacting food and water?  Flooding too can destroy crops in countries we import our food from.

S'pore is heading towards the nuclear energy path, which is derailed due to Japan's nuclear disaster. Likely we will be having underground nuclear plant if the 6.9 -10 million target is on PAP plate.

The irony is that our surface area is so small, we don't even have enough safe zone around the nuclear plant, thus the need to go underground.  Is it safe? I don't think so. With so many MRT tunnels and likely more underground malls and living space in future, our underground will be rather 'porous'. Any nuclear leak could be easily channel throughout the island.

Besides, our weather is getting warmer and warmer by the years.  Building more and higher flats will only increase the surface area emitting heat. More roads ? Tarred roads are a known culprit for increasing environmental ambient temperature.

Never trust snake oil sellers - they are short sighted and out to con the public to accept their policies.  They don't care what happen to future generations as they are not around take responsibility anymore.  As it is, even now they are always playing the pushing game when things go wrong.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

MOH HealthAssist (CHAS) scheme

My mum holds a HealthAssist card (Blue CHAS) and also a pioneer generation card. The GP she consulted regarding her blurred vision is under the CHAS scheme.  I was surprised that the GP asked her to see a doctor at the Polyclinic to refer her to a public hospital specialist outpatient clinic (SOC) so that she will be eligible for subsidies.

With all latest changes to MOH Health assistance scheme, a CHAS GP still cannot directly refer a patient to SOC without going through Polyclinic? Isn't CHAS scheme started with the aim to off load the heavy patient numbers thronging Polyclinic? It is also meant to make it more convenient for patients to access healthcare service near to them.  So isn't the whole CHAS scheme a failure if a patient still has to go to the Polyclinic in order to be eligible for subsidy at SOC?

I checked with 2 Polyclinic staff regarding whether if a CHAS GP can refer a CHAS patient to SOC directly. One said 'No' and the other said 'Yes'. When I probed further, both either referred me to MOH or another staff to confirm. Good Grief !

A neighborhood GP under the CHAS scheme is a better choice for elderly patients with poor vision and mobility issues as their process is simple.  The front counter hands out the queue number, does the registration, dispense medicine and accept payment. The GP diagnoses the patient and does the necessary tests.

Whereas at the Polyclinic elderly patients have to negotiate a maze of counters and rooms. We spend more than 2 hours queuing and waiting outside 7 counters/rooms at Polyclinic just to get a SOC appointment :-
1. Queue counter
2. Registration counter
3. BMI and blood pressure testing room
4. Doctor consultation room
5. Vision testing room (and back to consultation room again)
6. Appointment counter for SOC
7. Payment counter

We 'escape' the pharmacy counter as there was no medication. My mum was in a daze at the end of it. I think it was the same for other elderly patients at the Polyclinic. Those who do not have children/relative accompanying them will have terrible time.

Why make patients go the hassle just to get subsidy at SOC due to bureaucratic red tape? Or could it be the CHAS GP and Polyclinic staff are not familiar to the latest policy change ?

Besides, it is highly unproductive and a waste of time for all involved !

Sunday, August 24, 2014

PM Lee - leader of Low Productivity

No wonder our productivity is sliding and govt faces uphill challenge to boost it. PM Lee as leader is setting a bad example.  He probably does not even realise it and think he is pretty 'smart' by creating a new dept to liaise with other govt depts and agencies.  I am referring to the case of clearing of debris & rubbish from the narrow stretch of footpath, mentioned in his boring National Day Rally speech.

Currently there are 3 agencies involved - one handles the footpath, another the greenery to the left of it and the 3rd in charge of the grass verge to the right of it. So messy due to the bulky bureaucracy until no one seems to know who is in charge of what and 'taiji' becomes the way of life.

Any layman can see how ridiculous and unproductive it is. Instead of going to the root cause, which is due to the bulky bureaucracy, he chooses to layer it with another liaison dept. The fact that a liaison dept is needed indicates the system needs simplifying. 

Just look at his cabinet set up overloaded with overpay MPs and ministers.  Do we need so many of them ? They work only part time and spend the rest of their time, each holding directorship in many private companies. This is a glaring example of unproductivity.  Such bad practice of heavy bureaucracy trickles down from his cabinet to the rest of ministries.

PM Lee paves the way to low productivity by leading it. 

CPF rally on 23/8 at Hong Lim Park

The 3rd CPF rally was held at Hong Lim Park on Sat, 23 Aug. The crowd size was smaller than the previous.  The first 2 rallies had stronger speakers and were more informative.

The recent one had some new faces but unfortunately also weak speech content. Only Mr Leong, Ms Han and Roy were able to hold the audience attention.  Ms Han delivery has improved with each rally. There was more control of voice and slower speech delivery. She is one crowd drawer as she spoke in English, Mandarin and Hokkien - typical S'porean style.

Mr Leong with his humour and statistics make simple, is one speaker I always look forward to hearing. He spoke on the lease buy back scheme which now extends to 4 room-flat. It only means govt skimming off more money from the needy elderly, in the pretext of helping them.  Pretty typical of most, if not all PAP schemes.

Posters with the words -  "They suck you dry and then suck until you die. This is what they call subsidize" - sadly summarize PAP money grabbing policies pretty well.

The 2nd speaker articulation was not clear. The worst part  was he spent the last 10 mins speaking about his God.  Good grief !

The next speaker, a lady - tried to list out all PAP flaw policies. She took up too much time because there are so many of them.  It is rather boring as we are already familiar with our govt ridiculous policies. What she could have done is to highlight one or two and give us real life examples of how they have negatively impacted her. 

The next CPF rally is on 27 Sep.  Hope they could get strong speakers with good content and analysis of the current policies.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

We want right Policies NOT right Politics

There goes PM again, he said they need to get their politics right.  To hear that is scary for us ordinary citizens. Right politics only means they want to remain in power at all cost.

How to get the policies right if protection of party's interest is top priority ? 

Then he goes on to say we must share in order to have a first class transport. Is there a transport fare hike soon?

What makes him think just because the govt is bailing out SBS and SMRT, we will have a 1st class transport ?  Looks like they make the mistake to privatize them. Didn't they just spend millions of tax payers' money to help them get new buses recently. So it didn't work ? Now they have to pour in even more money at tax payers' expense.

Reminded  me of the TV program The Noose. One of the funny parts which we can connect with is :-

A Noose report interviewed a mother with school going children. She said that her child used to wait 20 mins for the bus and it took another 20 mins bus journey to reach school. But with the improved service - the bus came every other min but her child took 1 hour to reach school due to the worsening traffic congestion.

Does PM realised that HDB heartlands are experiencing heavy traffic congestion which used to be in city areas only?