Archive for April 2011

gothere.sg shows you the Election Rally venues

Want to find out where the locations of tonight’s Election Rally? Check out gothere.sg.

Clicking on the political party logo will tell you the date, time and location of the rally. Very useful tool from the guys at gothere.sg! Keep up the good work.

Don’t know how to get to the Election Rally location? Just click on the Rally that you want to attend, key in your starting location and gothere.sg will guide you to the Election Rally venue, by bus, MRT, Taxi or driving. You can even use the search bar to search for directions to the Rally. Example: type “Jurong Point to NSP Rally” on the search bar.

The Election Rally venues seems to be updated daily. This is much better than finding out the locations on Twitter or individual political party’s website.

PM Lee is right. Government ‘not perfect’

I totally agree with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. The People’s Action Party government is not perfect and has slipped up from time to time.

Things don’t always turn out the way we want them to turn out – whether in capturing Mas Selamat, making sure Orchard Road doesn’t flood or other problems. Things sometimes go wrong. When they do, what must we do? We must apologise, acknowledge, put it right, learn from the lessons and try not to make the same mistakes again.

PM Lee Sir, I respect you for being the first to admit that the PAP has slipped up from time to time. I agree that it is impossible to have a perfect government and we should not expect a perfect PAP. And I totally agree that when mistakes happen, we must apologise, acknowledge, put it right, learn from the lessons and try not to make the same mistakes again.

But has the PAP done what you had said?

I certainly don’t remember anyone stepping forward to apologize for the flooding in Orchard Road and Mas Selamat escape. Instead, Singaporeans get blamed for not having the nation building spirit. And did we learn the lessons from the flooding in Orchard? Certainly not. We still get quite a number of flooding after the Orchard Road flood. It was so bad that whenever there is an heavy rain, people turn to Twitter to check if there’s flooding. There’s even a Twitter hashtag #sgflood for flooding in Singapore.

So, what talking you?

Lenovo ThinkPad X1

One of the biggest enemy to mobility is battery. Laptops makers have been innovating to make better batteries. But we don’t see much difference because whenever there’s a better battery, you can be sure there is a better processor that utilize it. In the end, we still get a couple of hours battery life.

Lenovo recently announced the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 which comes with “slice” battery. The Battery is non-user replaceable. But you give up this benefit for better battery life. Lenovo claims that the ThinkPad X1 battery life is 3 times as long as a normal battery. The battery also have this RapidCharge technology which lets it recharge 2.5 times than normal ThinkPad battery.

It’s able to recharge from 0 to 80% battery within 30 minutes. Power!

The ThinkPad X1 is running on Intel Core i5-2520M processor, 8GB RAM, 160GB SSD and 13.3 inch Gorilla Glass screen capable of 1,366 × 768 resolution.

All that just 0.84 inch thick. Sweet.

No news on the release date or pricing yet.

The Royal Wedding: Live On YouTube

The much awaited wedding of Britain’s Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton is today.

Royal Household has announced that footage of the entire ceremony will be live streamed on their official YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/theroyalchannel.

The live stream will begin at 5:00pm Singapore time (10:00am BST) today, and will include the entire wedding procession, marriage ceremony at Westminster Abbey and balcony kiss. Alongside the live stream, The Royal Channel will also feature live blog commentary of the event to give timely updates and insights as the day unfolds.

I won’t be able to watch the wedding ceremony. Sigh. Maybe I’ll just watch the reply and read the updates from Twitter.

Congrats to His Royal Highness Prince William of Wales and Miss Catherine Middleton.

Why we need opposition parties to be co-driver

I’m confused after reading a news article recently. Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam said the Workers’ Party wants to be more than ‘a spare tyre’ locked up in the car boot. He said it wants to be in the front seat of the car as a ‘co-driver’, and able to stop the car if it does not like the direction in which it is going.

Hmmmm……. isn’t that something good? Isn’t that exactly the reason why Singaporeans want more oppositions in the parliament?

PAP is saying that Singapore don’t need oppositions in the Parliament. The current NCMP scheme will allows alternative voices in Parliament. A NCMP can speak up in Parliament to highlight whatever weaknesses there may be in government policies. True.

They forgot to mention that the NCMP can only speak in the Parliament. They can’t vote against any policies. Even if we have 9 NCMP in the Parliament, it’s not going to make any difference. No matter how good they speak, nothing is going to change. They are just voices in the Parliament. Voices that the ruling party can choose to ignore if they want.

A friend of mine described the NCMP system in a very crude way. He said that the NCMP system is like masturbating. You feel shiok after that, but there’s no productivity. End of the day, nothing gets done. You just get the shiok feeling.

I’m afraid I have to agree with him on this.

We need to give the oppositions more power in parliament to represent the people of Singapore. Under Singapore constitution, you need 2/3 majority votes in parliament to pass a Bill. The ruling party managed to pass every single bill that they want because they have more than 2/3 of the seats in Parliament ever since independence.

I’m actually alright with this if every single Bill passed by the ruling party is a good bill. But let’s be honest, not all Bill are good. Take the ministerial pay hikes. Most people objects to it. Opposition parties objects to it. But nobody can do anything to stop the bill.

Not even when Sylvia Lim, NCMP from the Worker’s Party, can do anything. We just sit there helpless as the Bill to increase Minister’s salary was passed in Parliament.

I can only blame ourselves for not giving the opposition party more power to stop the ministerial pay hikes.

The ministerial pay hike is not the only Bill that is not good for Singapore. There are several other Bills that most Singaporeans disagree. But we can’t do anything about it. The ruling party control the Parliament.

We need to do something to stop this from happening. The people of Singapore need to be represented in the Parliament. We need to have the power to say no to bad Bills.

Your PAP Member of Parliament is not representing you in Parliament. He/she represent their party. They have to vote in line with their party because of the Party Whip. Although the Party Whip may be lifted so that MP could vote according to their consciences, this seldom happen.

The opposition parties wants to represent the people of Singapore. But they do not have enough power to do their work in Parliament. They need more than 1/3 of the seats in Parliament. Which means they need at least 29 out of the 87 seats.

And don’t be fooled by those who say the Parliament can’t function if the oppositions hold more than 1/3 of the seats. If the policies and Bills are good, the opposition party would also agree with the ruling party and vote for it. I don’t think any respectable opposition party would vote no just to oppose the ruling party. Unless they don’t want to be re-elected.

Giving the oppositions 1/3 of the Parliament means that every Bill passed will be for the interest of Singapore and our future. If the ruling party really wants the best for Singapore, they would also want the Opposition to have 1/3 seats.

Vote wisely my fellow Singaporeans. Let the opposition parties be the co-driver and drive Singapore to a better future.