Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Lie-To-The-People Sessions

Victim of budget constraint?
A member of parliament earns his keep by attending the meet-the-people-sessions (MPS) , and showing up for televised parliamentary debates. The television cameras should be aimed at the MPS instead, where the true character of the elected representative is often unmasked.

Riverdale Drive resident reported the problem to the Pasir Ris-Punggol Town Council one year ago, about water dripping on residents collecting mail from letterboxes. The HDB representative had inspected the premises and told them it was toilet water from a second floor. Asked why it still rains shit water, MP Michael Palmer outright lied,"sometimes, due to budget constraints, projects take time to implement".

The 16 town councils manage more than $1 billion in sinking funds. Prior to the financial meltdown of 2008, Aljunied Town Council alone had $84 million in its sinking fund. It stashed away so much cash, they parked $44 million with investment bankers, an increase of about 33 per cent over the $30 million in 2005/2006. Rather than meet mundane contractors to fix leaking ceilings, they preferred to convene with (and be feted by) fund managers about esoteric derivatives and Collateralized Debt Obligations. Holland-Bukit Panjang and Pasir Ris-Punggol parted with about $12 million and were taken to the cleaners with troubled structured products like Lehman Minibonds and Merrill Lynch Jubilee Series 3.

But oh, were they were prompt to take a man to court for S&C Arrears of $432! In 2009 Mr Lim Beo Thiam, a 52 year old out of job for 18 months and missing part of a leg through diabetes, wrote to ST Forum (30 September) about how Jalan Besar Town Council piled on court penalties and late payment charges that ballooned to excess of $3,000.

The Marina Bay Sands gambling joint was completed months ahead of time, Vivian Balakrishnan spared no expense to ram through his pet YOG project, and town councils have a "budget constraint"? Surely Palmer has to be stretching the limits of his party's credibility. Next, Transport Minister Raymond Lim will be saying budget constraints delayed the installation of screen doors at the Ang Mo Kio MRT station. Tell that to the parents of the 14-year-old Thai national who fell onto the tracks. To date, only 15 out of 36 above-ground stations are installed with half-height platform screen doors, because SMRT claims "installation work is limited to just 2 to 3 hours each night".

13 comments:

  1. My HDB block is in the midst of a Lift Upgrading Programme (LUP) which is targetted to be completed by year end. Yet the Town Council is now rushing to finish re-painting all the blocks by mid-April this year apparently to look good before the General Election while the LUP remains half completed.

    Looks like they will have to re-paint some of the areas again when the LUP is finally completed. Isn't is a waste of town council funds when they could delayed the re-painting until towards the end of the LUP completion.

    Meanwhile they have just organised 2 community gatherings with free food, freebies and lucky draws for each household in the span of 3 months.

    Do they look like they have a budget constraint ?

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  2. Well said, I remember the police force had proven to Singaporean their effectiveness on handling a case of a man set fire on our great Yio Chu Kang MP SENG Han Thong. Almost immediately, LKY came out and warned that action will be taken to those who harmed any member of the PAP. It looks like the government has the priority for his men.

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  3. I don't understand how did Mr. Palmer lied. If you assert that he lied, maybe you should state what the truth is?

    Further, I doubt Mr. Palmer was responding to your specific question or issue. You are clearly taking him out of context.

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  4. The SMRT is clearly negligent in the case of the Thai girl who lost both her legs. It is all about money. Indeed if this poor girl is a Singaporean, I wonder what would be the response of the public.

    This sin committed by the SMRT is unforgivable. The CEO ought to have her head rolled (literally speaking) but the poor Thai girl physically lost her legs, due to the wickedness of the corporation's inability to see, or maybe refuse to expedite eradicating this danger.

    Unfortunately, the elites don't commute in MRT. If the victim were to be their family members or relatives, I guess the urgency to act is sure their top priority. Too bad, the lesser mortals are always at the losing end.

    Now that the accident has already happened, the least SMRT can do is to compensate fully he medical costs with an appropriate amount for such accident.

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  5. ""sometimes, due to budget constraints, projects take time to implement"."

    I don't need that PAP to tell us this general nonsense. We ask the PAP representatives to comment on this particular issue, just this issue. As usual, PAP clown come out with some lecture to mock the intelligence of lesser mortals that it can't be done.

    Did you find the same excuse of Japanese govt when it comes to disaster ? Does the Jap govt give excuses like what PAP govt gives.

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  6. Lets hope our opposition candidates use the Town Council sinking funds losses as a key attack strategy. People tend to forget, so we must remind them, if they cannot sort out a simple leak, they are worse than a handyman! They don't deserve millions, they deserve shit water!

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  7. Keep voting for the PAP, you dumb people

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  8. guess no one has looked in the drains these days. full of leaves and rubbish and weeds.
    great breeding places for insects, and reason
    for flooding.

    at a park connector in the east that i use every day, i saw the same pile of rubbish sit for Five Days next to a park bench.

    it seems the more we pay, the worse the service we get.

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  9. Maybe it the "out-sourcing" phenomena.

    By the way, I thought I read something about the SCDF about to out-source some "disciplinary functions".

    Stretching it a bit furthur, why not out-source
    the Regimental Seargent Major , the RP , MP in our SAF ? Remember the "ROBO COP" series ?

    We should consider out-sourcing our Ministers , no ?

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  10. ...i m pretty sure they will win with overwhelming results... as people are still concerned about lift upgradings..

    its so easy to fool the voters...and the citizens fall for the same trap over and over again...lol

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