Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Recalling Good Events

On New Year’s Eve, ESM Goh Chok Tong blogged that he can’t recall any good events in 2012, "I cannot instantly think of good events to recall, not that they were none but that they were overwhelmed by the bad news." Goh must have been reminiscing about his last positive experience, when he "had a good conversation" with Libya's Colonel Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

The first individual Olympic medal clinched by Singapore since the 1960 Rome Olympics should have been something to shout about, except that some of the metal clinched in London is heading back to China. So what's there to cheer up the people Gallup polled "least likely worldwide to report feeling positive emotions"?

The man-made mechanical forest of 18 super trees towering up to 50 meters high in the Bay South garden was finally opened to the public on June 29. Project organizers are hoping the completed Gardens by the Bay will become an eco-tourist destination showcasing sustainable practices and plants from across the globe. The estimated $1 billion undertaking was launched 7 years ago by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong during the National Day Rally.

Two pandas from China, Jia Jia and Kai Kai, were welcomed to their new home at River Safari in September, a 1,500-square-metre lush and green oasis custom built for their comfort at a reputed $8.6 million. Chairman of the Wildlife Reserves Singapore, Claire Chiang, was coy about the cost of the annual upkeep and who's picking up the bill, estimated at $1 million for each of their 10 years' paid holiday in Singapore.

Singapore's motorsports industry welcomed the contract renewal of the Singapore Formula One race for another five years. Who cares about the disruption to business when the area goes into lockdown for the three-day extravagance? Apparently not Iswaran, who has yet to present a report card for the economics of the past events, and refused to release the latest financial commitment on grounds of "commercial confidentiality." The cost of each of 5 more races is about $150 million, with the government co-funding 60 percent of the amount.

Madam Tan the 66 year old cleaner was not so enthusiastic about the good news in July from National Trades Union Congress (NTUC),  recommending a pay hike of $50 to workers earning less than $1,000. If she accepted the $50 increase offered by her employer, her rent would have gone up from $26 to $111, "I'm thankful that the authorities are giving this increase but I'll be $35 worse off ". Needless to say, Madam Tan can hardly afford the entrance charges to view the super trees, pandas and formula one cars.


  1. GCT`s view of things is not the only one. If you think positively,his list augurs well for patriots hoping for a change in governance. Predictably, GCT does not mention Bromptongate,Palmergate, and the AIM scandal, Hopefully yhe electorate will wake up from the slumber a't the by-election

  2. I know Gangnam is so 2012, but I'm still waiting for local singaporeans artists to band together and do a singapore spoof version (like Aiweiwei did to CCP) when so much ideas are there for their creative use.

    This govt needs a left slap on the face in the parliament, the people need need to give it a right slap to wake the PAP slumber up..not the other way round.

  3. Well, it shows what does he thinks about the leadership of LHL lah....

  4. They will all go down in history as sinners of singapore cos they made singaporeans lives as miserable as can be.

  5. Another brilliant piece capturing some of the highs and shames? of the past year! Cheers to you!

  6. $1 billion dollars for a bunch of plants?
    $2,000 for a Brompton bike?
    $1 million dollars/year for a PAP Minister?

    A little bit pricey don't you think?
    Where is the money going to come from?

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