I visited the Courts store at Jurong Point in December looking for an Activity Tracker which was advertised in the papers to be available there. “No Stock. Try online.” The staff advised me.
And so I did. It was a pleasant experience. I managed to go from clicking to paying easily. Within seconds I received an email confirming my purchase asking me to expect a call from Customer Care Representative withing the next working day.
The call did not come. Since the estimated available date showed 7 Jan 2015, I decided I’ll wait.
8th Jan came. Still nothing from Courts. So I sent an online inquiry.
The automated response was surprisingly quick since nothing else was.
In the message, I was given a commitment that I will receive a response within 3 working days. A week past. Nothing.
So I did what I really hate to do. Call the service hotline. After pressing numerous numbers which direct me to the same prerecorded message to go online, I managed to get to talk to a human 20 minutes later.
I made my inquiry and the answer given to me was, “Sorry sir. Our stock is not available.” The least Courts could have done is to inform me that they are unable to meet their estimated date.
The human on the other end was unable to give me the date of availability and told me to contact the online guys. I told her that it hasn’t worked for me.
She then told me she will put a request down to the online guys to contact me the next day.
Guess what? No sound no picture. That’s what.
26 Jan 2015 – Courts called today! Almost one month! Gonna deliver on Thursday. Let’s see.
I do not see any point in petitioning online for her to get a lighter sentence. It is a wrong message to send out to any potential vandals out there. Vandalism is vandalism.
These stickers and spray painted roads might put a smile on your face. Then again, it might not. How would you feel if you see these sticker or spray painted texts on the door of you home? Your car? Your pet dog? I’m sure as hell not going to find this amusing.
This is plain wrong.
Here’s why I think she should be severely punished.
- She knows that high profile vandals in Singapore are usually dealt with severely. For example Michael Fay and Oliver Fricker. She knew what the consequences are and still chose to commit the crime.
- When it became evident that her acts are getting a lot of attention, she did not stop. She carried on doing it. This is basically her ego telling her that she is above the law and nobody can touch her. This should not be encouraged. Nobody is above the law.
- Loan shark runners are doing the same thing. If I were to artistically vandalise a door, or a corridor or a lift landing with O$P$, can I call it art and get away with it? Probably not.
She wilfully committed a crime and should be prosecuted according to the law.
Read this headline in the 6th page of The Straits Times on the 16th of April.
Um, does anybody have a brain mouth filter for sale?
If you are the Transport Minister and when someone comes up to you to complain about high COE prices, you don’t say that’s because times are good! You don’t tell them that wages are rising so people can afford it. You don’t tell them that is is a demand thing because seriously, the Ministry under your charge controls the supply!
You can perhaps say:
a) We have no choice, there are too much vehicular traffic and some form of control is needed till more roads become available. (That’s the original story, stick to it. It buys you more time too!)
b) That is why Bukit Brown has got to go. To build more roads to accomodate more traffic. (Kill two birds with one stone.)
Nobody would be complaining to you if the economy is good enough for them to afford the high COE prices. These complaining chaps obviously are not feeling it.
You might as well just show them the LOSER sign in their face and tell them “COE price high meh? People paying these current prices obviously doesn’t think so!
Channel News Asia reported on a study carried out by the Institute of Political Studies (IPS) which measured the political cynicism among Singaporeans and found that 30% qualify to be cynics.
They then went on to say that “it is believed this cynicism is targeted, to a greater degree, at the ruling party.” Um, seriously, believed? Where did this believe stem from? The believe of the writer or the news agency as a whole? I don’t think publishing make belief is a good idea but then, that’s not my point.
I am doing this limited blog because I find the response from people interviewed interesting.
I think Mr Vikram Nair is not doing very well differentiating cynicism from criticism. He keeps talking about being criticised. We are talking about cynics not critics ya? If I am a cynic, nothing you do is right. Even if you answer to my feedback (which I won’t since I’m cynical), I will still think that it is crap. If I am a critic, you might have a chance to change my view with an intelligent response.
Since he is addressing criticism, I am of the opinion that it not true that more criticism are levelled at the PAP because they have been in government a long time. It is because we have limited opposition in parliament to criticise. As an active citizen, people criticise when there is a lack of it. If you kena criticise until damn jialat, I will not waste my energy to criticise somemore. Where got time? You will probably have less criticism if there were more opposition in parliament but then again, you can’t have the cake and eat it can you?
Mr Baey feels that “that each society needs to be looked at on its own” and the level of cynicism at 30% is not alarming because a similar study in the US found that 47% to 74% of their people are politically cynical. I think 30% is alarming.
Voting is not compulsory in the US. The cynics generally don’t come out and vote because to a cynic, their vote don’t matter. In Singapore, voting is compulsory. So cynics will come out and anyhow vote. I would say that 30% of people coming out to anyhow vote is pretty dangerous.
As for the opposition MPs who decline to comment, well maybe they don’t know the difference between cynicism and criticism so better shaddap. Or maybe they just want to stay below the radar. They are indeed quite stealthy. I’ve not seen a single one of them in Aljuneid since they won the election. Or maybe they are still feeling sore about not being invited to PA events. I don’t know.
I agree that cynicism must be kept in check. The best way to go about this is not to answer to criticisms because good response won’t appease a cynic but a crappy response will contribute to the growth of cynicism.
I think transparency in governance is the way forward. A transparent government will show the electorate that they have nothing to hide, gain their trust and hence, eradicate cynicism. Except for some high level cynics who will just say “Transparent meh? Fake one lah!”
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Firstly, congratulations to the PAP for a landslide victory. The people of Singapore has spoken and once again, given you a strong mandate to govern Singapore for an unprecedented 13th term.
81 to 6 majority in parliament is a figure other governing democracies could only dream about.
MM, we all love you deep deep but please don’t say young people forget how we got to where we are today. We not around to see then how to forget? Not many of us also know that last time policemen wear shorts.
As a country, if we keep looking at past glories, then it is difficult to aim for future success.
Looking at the +41.15 points on the STI as of 11.25am, I’d say the market like the results too!
Congratulations to the WP too for making history as the first opposition party to win a GRC and for being the first opposition party to parachute people we never hear before into parliament.
While the co-driver analogy certainly made some impact, your MP-elect for Hougang having a minor accident while dozing off behind the wheel the following day does not do you any credit. It makes me wonder how you can be a good co-driver when you fall asleep while driving. You can’t slap the driver when you fall asleep first. Please don’t do that in parliament. The 6 of you are all the opposition voice that we have.
Lastly, congratulations to the people of Singapore. Most debate among friends I’ve ever seen during an election. There is indeed hope. This has been the most exciting GE I’ve seen! I even sacrificed F1 just to talk about what happened and things to come in the next 5 years!