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Singapore General Election is coming

In case you haven’t seen the local news, Singapore’s 12th Parliament has been dissolved. Which means Bo Zheng Hu Lor! (No Government)

Nomination date is set on 1 September and Polling date is on 11 September. Cooling Day is on 10 September. Since September 11 falls on a Friday, it will be a public holiday.

Do note that voting is compulsory for all eligible Singapore citizens. You must go to your allocated polling station on Polling Day to cast your vote. If you do not vote in the election, your name will be removed from the register of electors and you will not be allowed to vote in subsequent presidential or parliamentary election. You will also be disqualified from being a candidate at any subsequent presidential or parliamentary election.

You can submit an application to the Registration Officer with an explanation as to why you did not vote to restore your name in the register of electors. A fee of S$50 will be imposed if you do not have a valid or sufficient reason for not voting.

Some of the valid reasons are:
– working overseas (including being on a business trip) at the time of the poll;
– studying overseas at the time of the poll;
– living with your spouse who is working or studying overseas;
– overseas vacation; and
– illness, or delivering a baby.

So remember to vote on 11 September unless you have a valid reason.

Oh by the way. The Returning Officer for the General Election is Mr Ng Wai Choong. No more Mr Yam Ah Mee.

The Proclamation of Singapore

WHEREAS it is the inalienable right of a people to be free and independent.

AND WHEREAS Malaysia was established on the 16th day of September, 1963, by a federation of existing states of the Federation of Malaya and the States of Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore into one independent and sovereign nation.

AND WHEREAS it was also agreed by the parties to the said Agreement that, upon the separation of Singapore from Malaysia, the Government of Malaysia shall relinquish its sovereignty and jurisdiction in respect of Singapore so that the said sovereignty and jurisdiction shall on such relinquishment vest in the Government of Singapore.

AND WHEREAS by a Proclamation dated the ninth day of August in the year one thousand nine hundred and sixty-five the Prime Minister of Malaysia Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj Ibni Almarhum Sultan Abdul Hamid Halim Shah did proclaim and declare that Singapore shall on the ninth day of August in the year one thousand nine hundred and sixty-five cease to be a State of Malaysia and shall become an independent and sovereign state and nation separate from and independent of Malaysia and recognised as such by the Government of Malaysia.

Now I LEE KUAN YEW Prime Minister of Singapore, DO HEREBY PROCLAIM AND DECLARE on behalf of the people and the Government of Singapore that as from today the ninth day of August in the year one thousand nine hundred and sixty-five Singapore shall forever be a sovereign democratic and independent nation, founded upon the principles of liberty and justice and ever seeking the welfare and happiness of her people in a more just and equal society.

(Signed) LEE KUAN YEW Prime Minister of Singapore
Dated the 9th day of August, 1965.

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Happy 50th Birthday Singapore!

Some thoughts on the SMRT disruptions

Yesterday’s SMRT train disruption must be one of the worst since the beginning of SMRT in 1987. Correct me if I’m wrong but I don’t remember the entire NS and EW line going down at the same time before. According to the news report, more than 250,000 people were affected by the 3 hours disruption.

Here’s some of my thoughts regarding the SMRT disruption.

– I guess by now we should be used to having train disruptions. Ever since late 2011, we’ve been getting lots of disruptions. Life goes on. Let’s bear with it while SMRT fix the problems.

– The free shuttle service is not enough to replace the train service. It will definitely be late, slow and fully packed. The free shuttle service are just workaround when the train system is down. If you are not in a hurry, just go a cafe or restaurant and wait for the train service to resume. Don’t expect the free shuttle service to perform like normal train service. They can’t. If they can, we wouldn’t even have a rapid rail system.

– There’s no point getting angry with the SMRT staff on ground. It is not their fault that the train broke down. They are there to help. Most of them are working beyond their official working hours. Scolding them also no use. The train won’t be restored immediately if you scold them. Be nice to them. They are most likely having an equally bad day as you.

– Instead, I think we should thank all the SMRT staff for their hard work last night. The train disruption is a huge inconvenient to everyone. But at least they tried to help. And thanks to the engineers who work though the night to make sure that the train function properly today morning.

– The train disruption shows the best and worst of Singaporeans. We hear stories of how some drivers offered free rides to strangers. Airport staff giving out bottled water to those waiting for train service to be restored. People who brought food and water to the staff deployed to manage the crowd. And there are many other acts of kindness which were unmentioned. Its good to see Singaporeans united during the disruption.

– A train disruption like this affects a lot of Singaporeans. Everyone is on the same boat. We can be nasty and keep complaining throughout the entire disruption. Or we can be kind and help one and other during this difficult time. Everyone wants to get to their destination quickly. No point making it even harder by being a jerk.

– There is no point demanding LTA to fine SMRT. No amount of fine will solve this problem. Instead, it would be better for them to focus their effort on fixing the issue.

– But having said all these, everyone should question if the the Transport Minister, LTA CEO and SMRT CEO should take bigger responsibilities for all these train disruption.

Kallang Leisure Park bans entry to all NDP uniformed personnel

This is the kind of thing that makes your blood boil, especially if you have served national service for 2 or 2 1/2 years and spend part of that time doing NDP.

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This sign was posted at the entrance of Kallang Leisure Park yesterday morning (4 July). It was National Day Parade Combined Rehearsal 3 day. Although the parade is held at The Padang this year, the mobile column need to form up at the carpark next to Kallang Leisure Park. Heard form some sources that it was raining in the morning and some NSF went into the mall to seek shelter. The wet uniform and muddy boots might have dirtied the mall, which caused the building management to paste the sign at their entrance.

This kinda stinks. Those guys are serving their nation service. They burnt their weekends for the nation’s birthday celebration. Instead of being nice to them and thanking them for their service, the building management ban them from entering like how some malls ban dogs.

If the soldiers dirtied the floor, get someone to clean it. Or even better, provide water at the entrance of the mall for them to clean their boots before entering. After all, NSF are their biggest group of visitors during NDP rehearsals.

It is disappointing to see the management of Kallang Leisure Park banning NDP uniformed personnel from entering. NSF deserved to be treated better.

Team Singapore records best SEA Games performance

The 28th SEA Games just ended yesterday and Team Singapore recorded a historic medal haul of 84 Gold, 73 Silver and 102 Bronze. This haul surpassed Singapore’s record of 50 Gold, 40 Silver and 74 Bronze when the Games was hosted in Singapore in 1993. This impressive performances also boosted Singapore’s standing to second position on the medal tally – our highest ranking since the 1975.

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Singapore, being the host nation, field its largest team ever of 747 athletes and 347 officials. 421 athletes made their first appearance at the SEA Games.

Of the 36 sports which Team Singapore participated in, Swimming achieved the highest medal count of 42 (23 Gold, 12 Silver and 7 Bronze medals). Swimmers Joseph Schooling and Quah Zheng Wen were among the most bemedalled athletes at the Games with nine Gold medals and 12 medals respectively, winning one in every event they competed in.

There were also many breakthrough performances to celebrate. The synchronised swimming team won their first Gold medal in their sport in the Team Free Combination event. Sprinter Shanti Pereira broke the national record and clocked her personal best timing in the Women’s 200m finals, contributing a Gold medal to Athletics’ achievement of 9 medals (3 Gold, 3 Silver and 3 Bronze medals) and at the same time, breaking a 42-year medal drought in this event.

Windsurfer Audrey Yong beat the odds and sailed a consistent regatta to win Singapore’s first gold medal in a women’s windsurfing event. The Sailing team marked their best SEA Games outing ever with 10 gold, 7 silver and 1 bronze medals.

Also on the water at Bedok Reservoir, water-skier Mark Leong set a Games Record, National Record and Personal Best in the Men’s Slalom event, adding on to the four waterski Games records. The canoeists also set a record haul of seven Gold medals. Other teams who have impressed were from Rhythmic Gymnastics, Equestrian, Wushu and Netball, among many others.

Congrats Team Singapore!