NTA Just Cares For Themselves

Taxi stand

The National Taxi Association (NTA) is an association that represents taxi drivers. If there is some threat to taxi drivers, of course, it’s the NTA’s job to protect them. Let’s just forgive their executive adviser Ang Hin Kee. The remarks he makes about Grab and Uber, it’s just what he has to do. We’ve heard him, so now lets move on. Let’s hope…

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Reminder To SMRT: Claw At Root Cause

SMRT Train

SMRT’s investigation of the fatal accident on 22nd March has concluded that failure to follow key safety procedures led to the deaths of two SMRT employees. I think most of us have pretty much reached that conclusion ourselves, as soon as sufficient details of the accident had been made known, over a month ago. Thank you for stating the obvious. According…

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Celebrate By Keeping Quiet

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It’s funny how things can come back to bite us, and yes that also happens to me, so before I go on, I’m making sure that I’m touching lots of wood. Checked. Table is made of wood. This is about how Transport Minister Mr Khaw Boon Wan jinxed the MRT after celebrating his 100-days of no-break-down milestone. On Tuesday, Mr…

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More COEs Coming, But Higher Prices Expected

Traffic at Upper Bukit Timah Road

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) announced yesterday that there’ll be an increase of 14.7% of Certificate of Entitlement (COE) quota in the coming quarter. More quotas should normally mean that COE prices should see a drop. But it seems that this might not be the case anymore, thanks to new players in the market to compete for COEs. COE quotas are…

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SMRT Embarrassed About Reliability

SMRT Train

Last week LTA very stoically announced how the MRT has gotten more reliable despite a rise in major breakdown. Yes, I know, we are all shaking our heads in disbelief. This is what happens when you ownself check ownself, you can ownself position own goalpost. It seems SMRT played along, then perhaps felt exceedingly embarrassed. Initially, it looked like SMRT was…

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New Singapore Standard For Punishments

First Aid Box

I was in two minds whether or not to write a sequel to my earlier Ownself Protecting Ownself post. But I think our Health Minister has decided for me that there’s more to be said. Policemen, lawyers, and judges, you’re going to be out of job soon. Or maybe, your job role will be significantly redefined. This is according to the logic presented by our Health…

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Ownself Protecting Ownself

SMRT Train

Earlier this week, two young men lost their lives. They were new SMRT staff who met with a fatal accident because, apparently, someone or some people did not observe proper safety protocols. This is happening while the cases of Pte Dominique and the SGH Hepatitis C outbreak are still filling our newsfeed. The deaths of Nasrulhudin Najumudin and Muhammad Asyraf Ahmad Buhari are…

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Non-Vehicles On The Road

Traffic at Upper Bukit Timah Road

It used to be just cyclists which drivers had to contend with on the roads. In recent times, we’re seeing other forms of transportation gadgetry, like motorised micro-scooters, e-monocycles and hover boards, coming onboard to compete for road space. It is high time that the regulators take a clear position and decide if and how these non-vehicles fit on our roads. It…

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New, Better, Faster, Stronger SSL Certificates

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I’ve switched to a new SSL certificate on my blog website. Most of the time, this is just an uninteresting routine maintenance. Certificates expire, and they need to get renewed. It’s not the usual thing this time though. I’ve taken the opportunity to move to ECDSA-based certificates. It replaces the more customary RSA certificates used by most others. I made…

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Singapore Gets More Apathetic

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It was sad enough to read about the death of national serviceman Private Dominique Sarron Lee’s death back in 2012, and subsequently the sad circumstances surrounding the incident, as well as other deaths in the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF). In recent weeks, we’ve also heard about Benjamin Lim’s death, and today, how the case concerning Dominique’s death was dismissed in court. Private…

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