The General Election on 11 Sept had drawn to a closed and a new chapter of Singapore beings. PAP and won a surprise landslide victory with a vote swing of around 10%. It’s surprises many, even from the PAP camp. Let look at the factors that causes this landslide victory.

1. Too Many Opposition Parties

A total of nine opposition parties took part in the GE 2015 against PAP. The general feeling is for the opposition to claim victory which was not happening. A lot of people are afraid that PAP will be toppled and the future is uncertain if Opposition won the election. The considerations mainly is, if opposition was to win the election, with so many parties involved, who will be the Prime Minister, who will be the Minister. With each party want the best for their party, this might cause a turmoil for Singapore. This is the major fear factor Singaporeans had when they go to the polling station.

2. Election Strategies

PAP had been using the town council as their firing tools while the opposition parties are using mainly: 6.9 million population white paper, asking Government to return the CPF to citizens at age 55, alternative policy paper, medishield life.

So what went wrong for the opposition parties on election strategies?

On the ground, is majority of citizens really against 6.9 million population white paper? Maybe, what citizens are looking forward to, what are the solution to be offered if they vote against the white paper! Apparently, non of the parties really offer ideal solutions as citizen are afraid of economy downturn which will affect their rice bowl.

Next, return of CPF at age 55! Are majority of the citizens wanting to withdraw their CPF money when they turn 55? The citizens are more concerned about their retirement than taking their money out. The majority of the money in OA account is being used for Housing and Education for their children which left little for them to retire with sufficient money. The opposition parties had not touch on this at all!

Alternative policy – while this is a good initiatives, but do citizens concerned about what you are going to offer? No! the reason is very simple, your party are not big enough to form the government even all your members are elected into the parliament. At most, citizens will treat it as alternative solutions for the government to consider.

Medishield Life – A good initiatives by the government but the drawback is the cost of insurance is rather high. Wanting the citizens to reject it without any ideal solution is crazy especially the high cost of medical in Singapore which the citizens are more worried about.

Do the parties engage people to do survey on what is the real concerned they have? Using parties member to engage the citizens will not enable you to get the true picture.

All these issues raised by the opposition parties compare to PAP firing at Town Council, Citizens would rather choose the latter as they are the government before election.

3. Internal and Inter-parties Issues

Internal fighting within the party itself, and disagreement between parties which usually happened when the election is near. This is very damaging to the parties involved and it will serve any help to the opposition cause.

4. Parties Supporters

Opposition Supporters should support and encourage whichever party to contest in their constituency. Instead, they went about smearing, laughing at the parties and worst wanting a specific party to go and contest there. In the opposition unity, it actually create chaos within the party contesting there as they had to do firefighting first and derailed their preparation. It also gives swing voters more doubts about the party.

It’s nothing wrong in supporting whichever party you like. But contesting an election requires lots of financial and logistic support which the party might not able to support them.

5. Swing Voters

This election saw a huge increase of swing voters, swing voters are the strong forces behind each election. In order to win the election, the party must convinced them before they were to vote for you. Sadly, opposition parties are fighting gorilla warfare against PAP which they are not interested in. They want what kind of benefit, security for them and their family.

The election results never lie, it’s clearly that the opposition parties had played their cards wrongly in this election. It might be a wakeup call for all the parties to rethink and prepare for their next election!


Little India Riot Aftermath


It’s a sad day for Singapore. First Rioting case in 44 years. What cause the riots is everybody’s guess now! Let’s not get into what causes the riot as police investigations are under way now. Till then, let’s us not do the guessing game.

As the dust had settle since, let’s us take a look back on the ground sentiments. For some, anguish,fearful on the extend of the riots. Some are so happy that it’s happens saying it’s a wake up call for the PAP.

For those anguish, fearful. Everyone of us will have the same feeling as you. How can a peaceful nation, Singapore, suddenly having riots over an incident? How safe is Singapore now? Can we still be safe when we go out at night or alone? How can those rioters so disrespectful of our Singapore law? All these questions come into our mind.

For those who are happy, they talk about this is the result of the PAP for bringing in so much foreigners to support the economy.  It’s the failure of the PAP for this riot to happen!

During the riot, people are questioning some the reaction of the police and SCDF. To be fair to the civil servants on the ground, let me say a few fair statement for their reactions:

1) Policemen were seen running away from the angry mob.

  • They were outnumbered at that time. For anyone in that situation, whether you are the ground commander or the police in-charge will ask your man to retreat until enforcement arrives.
  • If the policemen who are outnumbered and continue to stay at the scene, who can ensure that their lives are safe?

2) SCDF Fire Engine Reversing and make a hasty exit from the scene.

  • What can the fire engine do if they stay at the scene? In order to protect the property and the safety of the SCDF personnel, it’s ony the right thing to do is to exit the scene as soon as possible. Let the correct man to do the job.

3) Why the Riot Police arrive so late

  • How fast do you expect the riot police to arrive? Almost immediately after the distress call? Let’s be fair, once button pressed, they need time to go to the scene and to me the response time is reasonable.

4) Why not a single shot fired at the mob?

  • Depend on situations. The mob start to run away once the riot police arrived. With the large number of the riot police around, and no more attacking against the officers on the ground, to fire a shot is an inhuman thing to do. For this, a well done move by the police force.

Let’s get back to the real issue. Minister had called us not to politicised the issue, but can we? Let me explain what’s the real issue leading to the riots (I’m not expert on this matter but giving my view).

  1. In recent years, mass importation of foreigners to our shore, be it expatriate or labour workers, had led to concave of their own people. They coming from different countries and have different culture that is different from us (how about different culture from different countries mixing together?), they don’t even want to integrate into our society. That’s where the tension starts to build up. (Do we see these type of tension when limited importation of foreigner workers?)
  2. Weak Labour Law had led to slavery state of these low-end workers. They do not have any mean of protection from the law against the errant employers and agents. Even when they in dispute with their employers awaiting outcome, they are not allowed to work to survive. Therefore, they do not have any area of letting out their frustrations.
  3. Many of the foreigners that work in Singapore comes from countries that riots are the common scene. It’s their natural behaviour when things turns ugly.

This will not be the one and the last incident to happen to Singapore. With the large importation of the foreigners, Are the Police, Arm Forces ready for more action in the future to come?

Lastly, I wish all injured have a speedy recovery, full punishment to those offender and do not let anyone scot-free.

The unbecoming of Singapore Politicians

After the new parliamentary re-open earlier this week, we are supposedly expecting the politicians debate on the hot topics like, The Haze, The New MDA regulation….

But what occupy the main story, is the Town Council Saga. What had been peacefully settle and yet, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, again accusing the workers’ Party to come clean on the Town Council Saga on the Cleaning of the Market. Mr Low Thia Khiang had again dismiss it as a miscommunication.

Today, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had thrown in his weight behind Dr Balakrishnan, again asking WP to come clean Town Council Saga, putting the WP MP integrity in questions.

Now the main question is not the Town Council Saga, but I am wondering if the PAP are busy fixing the opposition party or solving the current problems Singaporean faced? It’s not hard to see that PAP are more interested in fixing the opposition party than solving problems. They are just degrading the WP to shit. Making sure that only PAP have the cleanest image party in Singapore.

Before calling the WP to come clean and raises the integrity of WP MP, Dr Balakrishnan should come clean on the over budget of the YOG a few years ago, the flooding failure in orchard road. Being a minister with a million dollars paycheck, shouldn’t he be responsible for all the failure where the ministry he work in? Can we ask Dr Balakrishnan to step down for all those failure?

On the other hand, WP had done themselves no favour. They should acknowledge this short coming (whether Miscommunication or not) and made known to public the step taken to prevent the recurring of the similar incident happening again.

Being the elected MP, all MP should have this bearing in mind: To serve wholeheartedly! Stop all these bull shitting and get on to work. Get together, be it PAP or otherwise, debate on the current issue that are concerning Singaporean. The Town Council Saga should best left it alone as it is not longer the main concern of the Singaporean. So get down to work, for you are paid million to work not politicking…

Why the need of Managing Agent in Town Council?

Today, everyone were talking about the Managing Agent (MA) Fee which had blown out of proportion. Now let looks into different perspective view that I’m going to touch on.

What is a MA? Answer taken from the web.

  • In the case of residential developments, e.g. a blocks of flats, an individual investor or a property company may hold the freehold, or the owners of the individual flats may own it collectively.
  • In the case of leasehold properties the lease is a contract between the lessee, and the freeholder (often referred to as the lessor), under the terms of the lease the freeholder may be required to manage the property e.g. maintain the exterior and common areas, provide insurance etc.
  • A managing agent is a person or company appointed by the freeholder of a property, or a management company, to manage that property.
  • The managing agent contracts with the freeholder, or management company, to manage the property in accordance with the terms of the lease and statutory requirements.
  • The managing agent is only an agent of the freeholder therefore legal responsibility for the full and proper management of the property remains with the freeholder, or the management company.

In the case of the town council, town council are the owner while MA is just a middleman managing the properties. So as to say, the management of the town council had actually being “OUTSOURCE” to the MA.

My main question here is: do the management of the town council necessary need to be outsource to MA? The answer from me is a firm NO!

Let me list out the reasons why management of the town council is not necessary to be out source.

1) Take for example, who is the person in charge of Hougang TC is non other than the director of FMSS. Why do WP need to engage FMSS to be MA when the director of FMSS is a PAID salary in the town council? He had the expertise in managing the town council.

2) Out-sourcing your own core duties/business are just heading doom. For Example, Like being a service provider, you outsource your service to the third parties, effectively you are giving away your core business.

3) Outsourcing might not be necessary cheap! Take this example, the MA must make a profit in order for them to survive. Thus, if this is all done by the town council themselves, it can save a huge amount of dollars for other development and  sinking fund.

4) Outsourcing will not improve the life of the cleaner, road sweeper etc. If the town council manage themselves, the saving can translate into more into for the employees.

5) Outsourcing will only benefit a small group of people rather than as a whole.

In short, I don’t favour outsourcing of town council management to the MA, as outsourcing in my own view is a “dirty word”. Just take a look around us. Outsourcing had taken place everywhere, in IT, in cleaning industries, telemarketer, telephone operators etc.

In the town council, I hoped that be it PAP or WP to come clean why they need a MA in their town council which now have the conflict of interest.

AIM Saga

I had been quiet for the past few days. This is due to me falling sick and also refrain from commenting on the AIM Saga happening in the parliament.

The AIM Saga is happening over the debate in parliament between Minister Khaw and WP’s Sylvia Lim. While both parties had their valid points, that doesn’t really concern to me as an ordinary Singaporean.

 While Minister Khaw had said, Town Council are being handle by the respective member of parliament, the town council will be definitely handled with the respective parties agenda. Thus awarding the contract of Managing Agent it deem fit. The point I’m forwarding is: What is the Managing Agent got to do with the parties directive since their duties is to manage the town cleanliness and maintainance? Can’t the MA be non-partisan and serve whichever parties took over the town council?

Next comes in my mind, Why do the town council award contracts to only companies that have managing town council before as a requirement?  This question which I would only agreed part of it. As a MA, the experience is essential to get the job down as smoothly as possible. But on the other hand, if SDP or NSP won a GRC, they did not manage any town council before, how on earth they are getting the job done? So is it to say that they can only goes back the MA that are under PAP or WP to help them? This to me, is a barrier to entry and stopping other political parties to win the GRC.

Third, Sinking Fund. Do we really need to ever increase the sinking fund? Yes, we need to increase the sinking fund as the maintenance cost is ever-increasing. But at what rate the sinking fund should increase? This answer must be answer by all the town council but to me layman, a yearly increase of 4%-5% will be ideal. This can be covered by the prudent investment using the Sinking Fund.  Those the cost of increasing might not necessary pass on to the resident.

Next, Why is there the need to engage a MA when the town council can do the job themselves? To me MA is just a centre-man that help to manage the town council. Why can’t the town council employ the cleaner/technician directly? If they are going to employ directly, they can actually give better pay to the cleaner/technician since the profit for the MA is channel directly to them.

Next and lastly, Minister Khaw had said, the software are readily in the open market, so why there is a need for PAP town council to open a tender to customise the software, isn’t it wasting the resident’s money? This I hoped that Minister Khaw can enlighten us citizen on this issue.

In Summary, What I see on the debate is mainly political issue which is not a concern to us ordinary Singaporean. What is concerned to us is these:

1) Keep the charges to each household to the minimum.

2) To keep the estate clean and well maintain.