Why should Singaporeans Boycott Uber, UberX or Uber Taxi?

With past couple of weeks with Uber company offering free rides under UberX or Uber Taxi, Consumers were delighted that they were able to get two free rides a day. While  the drivers for UberX and Taxis are happily earning to the max.

It brought cheers to consumers and drivers, but there are some angry passengers too. They couldn’t get a free ride after trying to get one after 45 minutes. It’s just a marketing strategy by Uber to market their services to the Singapore consumers.

Let’s get back to reality, here are a list of concern that Singaporeans should think about before using their services again.

1) Credit card information – While the credit card details are stored in the Uber data storage which might be prone by hackers

2) Global Position System (GPS) – Your traveling pattern will be known to unknown as Uber is using GPS to track where your journey starts and ends. Thus disclosing your location to unknown sources.

3) Credit card payment – The payment terminal is not located in Singapore but in United States where you might suffered exchange loss. Right now there isn’t significant different as they are still offering 25% discount on your taxi rides.

4) Unethical ways of doing business

I) Seeking customers to release details of  which taxi drivers and their contact who do not sign up with Uber. While it’s no wrong to share the good things to others, but it’s wrong to share our contact to other people without our permission. It’s the same that as a taxi driver, we do not send out passenger contact details to third parties. It’s the privacy of our rights that the contact must be kept confidential at all times.

II) Which ever taxi drivers that took up their free IPhone and their jobs, received a call from Uber that they are not allowed to use other third parties apps and are told to delete them off. Who are they to mind our business which apps taxi drivers use since they do not have any legal document that say that taxi drivers are not allowed to use other apps. This also create an anti-competition act in Singapore!

5) Most Importantly, Why we Singaporeans should boycott Uber?

While the government are not allowed to ban Uber outright due to the free trade agreement, but What I’m seeking is changing the business model of Uber and UberX which is using metered-charged system (I have previously mention in my blog).

The company comes here to earn money in Singapore without any employment benefit to Singaporeans. Yes they have Singaporean on the ground to run the promotion and signing up drivers. But once they have establish themselves in Singapore, all these job are made redundant. For your information, even their telephone operators are foreigners based overseas, using internet to contact drivers and customers. In other words, their company is nothing but an empty shell in Singapore.

While we welcome foreign companies to set-up their business in Singapore, we need to see economic growth and employment benefit for Singapore. Without any employment benefit to Singaporeans, what the use to welcome this type of company to operate in Singapore? I would rather don’t welcome them at all!

The choice is yours, nobody is stopping you from using Uber! But think again, if any company that comes to Singapore to start business without any employment benefit to Singaporeans, then there will be no job for Singaporeans in the future.


Fallen cases of Ministry denying help to the needy

Yesterday, I was at the HLP to attend a speech by Vivian Pan to pledge for Mercy for the 31 year old women who had killed her son.

What keeps me thinking after the speech by Leong Sze Hian. In his speech, he had met with countless of single parent, be it unwed, divorced or the other partner run off with other party. What strike me the most when he shared, is the policy in Singapore are so rigid to sometime that these category of people falls into the trap.

Like Mr Leong had share, when the a couple divorced, in his case study, a single Mum had the option to buy over the HDB used to share with her ex-husband. But the HDB rules stated that she had to pay back the amount that her ex-husband had paid using his CPF. Thus she was forced to sell her flat.

She couldn’t afford to buy another new HDB flat as she had to wait for 30 months before she can apply for one again. If she want to buy a resale flat, given the current high COV, she couldn’t afford to buy it. Even if she wants to get a rental flat from HDB, she have to wait for another 30 months.

This single mum is one of the person that had fallen into the crack of the government policy. There are many more cases that are happening everyday in Singapore. So what can the Government do to help those cases that had fallen through the policy crack?

Here are my humble view towards all fallen cases:

1) Policies are in place to safe guard others from gaining unfair advantage while trying to help Singaporean.

2) In exercising the policy, the policy maker should be flexible enough to see special case like the one mentioned above on the case by case basis. They shouldn’t outright reject the cases when it doesn’t falls into the category.

3) In the above mentioned case, the HDB should apply the human touch and let the single mum keep the HDB while letting her to work out the installment plan to pay back her ex-husband CPF contribution to the flat.

The policies had both side of the situation they faced and I don’t deny that to safe guard the policy, standard rules must be strictly follow. But in the light of the fallen case, I feel human touch should be applicable as well.

Civil Servant who carry out the policy should not be so rigged not to help the fallen case. If civil servant can’t help those fallen cases should help to expedite up to the ministry for review and see how best the ministry can help. So do not stop those fallen cases at the front desk of the ministry. Help each other as we are Singaporean!!!

How many Singaporean in the banking industry?

A few days ago, in the newspaper, it reported that the lowest ratio of Singaporean/PR to Foreign Talent in the bank is 70% local/PR. Namely the Citibank, Standard Chartered Bank, DBS etc.

Look Again!!! 70% Local and PR are employed in the Banking industry. What does it tell about?

To me, they are hiding some of the details:

1) At what percentage is Singaporean in the management level?

2) What ratio is Singaporean compare to PR?

All along the above statistic is not made known to us! We should demand the government to give us an answer for that.

Now I will deliberate more on point no 2 – What ratio is Singaporean compare to PR in the Banking Industry.

Most will agree that the banking industries is full of Indian and Pinoy and other nationality. We would hardly see Singaporean (which I say Singaporean have becomes minority in the industry.

They have categorised Singaporean and PR together to let us know they indeed employ locals. But Hey!!! We would like to see more data! What is the real ratio of True Blue Native Singaporean vs others.

In my speech at the press conference in the May Day Protest in Hong Lim Park organised by Gilbert Goh:

Press conference after May Day Protest at Hong Lim Park

Jump to 25th minutes of the play that I had spoken about the issue.

Although EP is not counted in the quota system (Not considered as Foreign quota). But when a foreign talent becomes a PR, this will increase the foreign quota that the company can employed. Thus this will enable to company to bring in more foreigner to Singapore instead of looking locally for a suitable candidates. This is true if the company is headed by a certain nationality.

Even Acting Minister for Manpower Tan ChuanJin, had acknowledge that workplace discrimination against Singaporean in the work place.  They are now focus more on fair employment practices by TAFEP.

It is time that PR should be separated from the foreign quota as only Singaporean should be allocated at least 60% for the company instead of 70% inclusive of PR. I hoped that Acting Minister for Manpower Tan ChuanJin would seriously consider implementing the suggestion of separating PR from the local workforce. This will give Singaporean a fair chance in the industry.

PR – Benefiting Singapore or PR themselves?

Singapore Government had been granting Permanent  Residency to foreigner in return hoping that they would convert to Singaporean one day.

Permanent Residency is like a dual citizenship for the foreigner to keep the own citizenship in their home country while enjoying the benefit of a Singaporean. In work, they aren’t counted as foreign quota for the company. In housing, they are allowed to purchase HDB flat although can be bought through resale. For their Children, they can enrol into government school heavy subsidize by the government. The benefit can be listed on….

But do we really need Permanent Resident in Singapore?

In my own view, PR should only be granted to the person that are linked to a Singapore Citizen. Like the spouse of the Singapore Citizen, the children of the Singapore Citizen, Parent of the Singapore Citizen (this might be obsolete case now as we Singaporean are into 3rd or 4th generation).

No other person listed above should be granted PR at all. It’s either they stay as Permit holder or convert to Singapore Pink IC. Granting them a PR will not make feel prestige as a Singaporean. In return, they will compete against Singaporean for job, housing, education etc.

In the Strait Times today (27 May 2013), the title “Singapore PR hopes to run in next Indonesian election“. This article show a very good example foreigner are not going to keep their roots in Singapore.

Mr Yoga Dirga Cahya, 26, first came to Singapore to study in NTU school of Biological Sciences with tuition grant given by MOE. Here he quote in the article ” Many Singaporeans go oversea and get the best education, and the come home and work and contribute to their society. I wish to do the same for mine”.

It shows that he had never have the intention of staying in Singapore at all. So why granting him the PR status in the first place? He can be a permit holder while serving out his bond with NEA.

There are many examples that PR would not want to sink their roots here. Singapore are getting too crowded and we do not need this kind of PR in Singapore. Government should seriously consider granting PR Status to foreigner unless they are linked to a Singapore Citizen. Giving the choice to the foreigner, remain as permit holder or convert in Singapore Pink IC.