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金曜日, 11月 10, 0018

i cant ask for help..

busy week at work...settled quite a bit of stuffs...

a reader from France wrote to me ..enquiring on my FireLap truck which i bought a while back.....i will drop by town to find out the cost of the Kyosho MiniZilla

a article on CNA made me a bit questionable on what sort of debate they do in Parliament
MPs decry whinging Singaporeans, call for soul searching
By Leong Wee Keat, TODAY Posted: 10 November 2006 0818 hrs

SINGAPORE: Instead of harping on what the Government can do to bridge the social divide, the spotlight in Parliament on Thursday fell on Singaporeans. And there were some home truths told, too.

"A nation of complainers" and "a society increasing reliant on the Government for help" were among the sadder - and harsher - labels mentioned. Member of Parliament for Sembawang Group Representation Constituency (GRC) Dr Mohamad Maliki Osman started the ball rolling when he called for "reflection and soul searching" among Singaporeans. Dr Maliki noted Singaporeans had become increasing reliant on an "efficient system" that handles issues on the municipal and national level. He said: "When the lift landing of our flat is not clean … we call the town council; when there are mosquitoes in the neighbourhood, we call the NEA (National Environment Agency) … if things don't improve, we go to our MPs or tell the media."

While not advocating that the Government be taken out of the "equation", Dr Maliki hopes to see that the "responsibility to make the society work rests not only on those in the chamber", but also on "the collective interlocking hands of four million Singaporeans". For example, he wanted Singaporeans to reflect on what they, and not the Government, had done to strengthen resilience within their own families.

MP for Marine Parade GRC Lim Biow Chuan called on Singaporeans to be more gracious and compassionate and said Singapore is fast becoming a nation of complainers. While the Government can set the tone, he urged Singaporeans to be "encouragers" - not only in encouraging fellow citizens, but also pushing the society to be an inclusive and cohesive one.

"What makes a country great? It is not just the laws … the efficiency or the beautiful buildings but the people that make it great," Mr Lim said.

East Coast GRC MP Ms Jessica Tan urged Singaporeans and the Government to also provide an environment where "people can run their own race". Using the example of a weekend running club, which she is a member of, Ms Tan said the encouragement from each other helps members to complete their runs. Likewise, she hoped that such encouragement would make "the journey much better" for all Singaporeans. - TODAY



sad..when i read some of the comments....so we are complain king..and we should settle issues ourselves?...

Dr Maliki noted Singaporeans had become increasing reliant on an "efficient system" that handles issues on the municipal and national level. He said: "When the lift landing of our flat is not clean … we call the town council; when there are mosquitoes in the neighbourhood, we call the NEA (National Environment Agency) … if things don't improve, we go to our MPs or tell the media."


come on lar....lift landing not clean then what..we clean ourselves..??..then we pay S&C for what?...

got mosquitoes in area..then we go look for mosquitoes ourselves..when we citizens are not arm with knowledge of where to look for mosquitoes in the first place..

its like asking a citizen to look for a robbery suspect...knn...

What sort of debate do they do in Parliament really??

If I can't ask you, what's the point?
Examples given by MP missed the mark So what am I paying those conservancy charges for?

Letter from Lim Boon Hee
Letter from Pan Pei Yan

While the gist of MP for Sembawang GRC Dr Mohamad Maliki Osman's message to Singaporeans to help themselves more instead of being so reliant on the Government is palatable, the examples he gave are not ("Ask not what your country can do for you…", Nov 10).
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He was quoted as saying: "When the lift landing of our flat is not clean … we call the Town Council; when there are mosquitoes in the neighbourhood, we call the NEA (National Environment Agency) ... if things don't improve we go to our MPs ... or tell the media."
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He added that we call the HDB if we have problems with our neighbours.
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If we do not call the Town Council, then are residents expected to clean the lift landing mess ourselves and catch the culprits for the town council?
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If there are mosquitoes from construction sites or a lot of dengue cases in the neighbourhood, the logical course of action is to call the NEA.
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Surely we are not expected to take things into our own hands and go after the culprits who breed mosquitoes? If we don't seek the HDB's help, then most would seek to end disputes with our neighbours through tit-for-tat measures and even loud quarrels everyday.
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Naturally, if calling the town council or the NEA does not produce any effective action or improvement, the residents are entitled to go to the MP or tell the media. What are MPs for if not to listen to the constituents' problems and represent their legitimate interests?
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Sometimes, people get frustrated by red tape and inertia and have no choice but to publicise their views to the media as a last resort.
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This is not wrong.
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Yes, I agree that we can strengthen "resilience within families" more effectively "outside the chamber", as the MP puts it, rather than depend on the Government to do it for us in matters of the family.
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But in the examples the MP cited, it is best not to encourage Singaporeans to take things into their own hands, and to allow town councils, the NEA, MPs and the media to handle these matters.
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Otherwise, the Government's role in the "equation" will indeed be removed, despite Dr Maliki's assertion to the contrary.
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Dr Mohamad Maliki Osman noted that Singaporeans had become increasingly reliant on an "efficient system" and gave an example of how when the lift landing at our block is not clean, we call the Town Council.
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When I moved to Tampines recently I got a shock — for I saw litter in car park lots and the lift landing area. Rubbish and phlegm are an everyday sight in the lifts, rubbish is left in the corridor and once, I spotted faeces in a corner.
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If I raise these concerns to the Town Council am I considered as relying too much on the Government/Town Council? What is the purpose of paying conservancy charges in that case? Please advise where or to whom the public should turn to for such matters.
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Having said that, I am thankful to Tampines Town Council for their effort in cleaning up the area.
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And much as I want to keep Singapore clean and safe, my effort alone is not enough, and I am hoping public education by way of media or flyers/posters could reach out to Singaporeans.

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