Monday, May 16, 2011

20110516 Efficient Society Blissful Living

20110516 Efficient Society Blissful Living
http://bettersingapore.blogspot.com/2011/05/20110516-efficient-society-blissful.html

The next phase of Singapore shall be how to build our city to be the most efficient, so that our housing, transport, food, telecomes, banking, finance, is the lowest cost in all world class cities.
We will regain competitive edge.
We will gain jobs for Singaporeans as Professionals.
We will have less low level jobs.
Singaporeans will be best at design this, no more foreign non-talent.
But we must be humble, we still get best thinkers, craftman, no matter ang mo, yellow, red, brown, black. to teach us, to train us, to sharpen us.

I shall do a seminar on this in early June.
How to design city, how to build building, how to design water way, power supply, etc....
Supported with Invention, Patents, new thinking with philosophical depth.
These will combined with unique edge of Singapore.
With all the above, we overcome stagnation of technological innovation, weakening of  manufacturing.

You may email ideas@cts-ideas to register your interest in ESBL.
This will be exclusive for Singapore industries & government, media & Students.
We shall form a team to champion this.


We together shall make Singaporeans a talent world sought after.

this is based on a submission to PM on 2006 04 20 to integrate our infrastructure to secure an unique competitive edge. 

ESBL is about hardware integration.
PM announced this in Davos.



Why we succeeded, because LKY is a very stingy guy, all his colleagues agreed.
Every cents he count, and every project, every aspect, every elements, he evaluate.
So we have schools built like factories, quick fast and efficient.
We train our teachers, like assembly lines, quick, fast, reliable, competent.
So when we build new town, we have factories, so people get to work around there.
this work for even woodland, etc.
So one high way CTE can serve up to Yishun without problems.
You asked Yishun resident.

Goh abandon these, first thing high pay for officers, the rest collapse like the dominos.

陆路交通的致命伤
陆路交通的解方

after this was published, i find only prices of HDB resales flat, no more population data.
Schools, even ITE built like palace.

办教育的目的与手段

it is now for LKY to share how he did it, and Goh why he did not follow it.
the Tianjin is a case i worked on.

Tianjin Eco city people complained they are having light rail, MRT.
I asked them what is the population - 300,000?
I asked them is there high speed train to Beijing?
I asked them what industries they are go to employ the town, without high speed train, cannot be resident hub of Beijing high income people.
So Goh went there and proposed Banking.
I asked, when world banking has too much money, banking facing excess capacities, falling into ill control of over abundance wealth (OAW), you must be joking?

So today, is there banking as main driver of Tianjin Ecocity?

Saturday, May 14, 2011

20110515 Direction 1 : Singapore - Most Efficient Blissful Living (MEBL)

20110515 Direction 1 : Singapore - Most Efficient Blissful Living (MEBL)

Singapore, like all communities, has unique advantage of her own.

We must identify, enhance, capitalize on these to compete in the world, to survive our export oriented economy, to bring blissful living. 

Export oriented economy, decided we need a step beyond Bhutan's Happiness Index.
We have to be more efficient than our competitors.

This we need to know where are we advantageous to our competitors, all competitors, all competitors around the world.
The unique advantage of Singapore are thoroughly explained.

http://bettersingapore.blogspot.com/2011/04/20110423-singapores-unsurpassed.html

Singaporeans are pragmatic and willing to work to improve their life.
Singapore must hold its destiny in Singaporeans hand.
Facts has repeatedly reminded leaders that we cannot count on foreigners on key responsibilities.


Capitalize on these, Singapore can stand confidently on our feet, enter competition again, victory is certainly ours.
Bliss is the all encompassing element of how efficient is our design to provide for our living.

With a simple change of mind set we can design Singapore as the most efficient blissful living.
These will be presented in series.

Singapore has turned to a new stage.
Not because Lee Kuan Yew stepped down.
Not because we have a lot of reserves.

Singapore turns to a new page, because
The people of Singapore are matured and now every one recognized and respecting this maturity.
Our yearnings are Pragmatic and Harmony Promoting, therefore are Achievable and Constructive!

With harmony, it promotes cooperation among people of all classes, people local and people foreign.

This will be following up articles on what to abandon, where to head, how and when to build ....

Friday, May 13, 2011

20110513 LKY Factual Mistakes - George Fully Responsible

George
    Repent to a major mistake committed is feeble.
    Atonement is needed, for this nation, for our people, for ourselves


LKY Factual Mistakes - George Fully Responsible
http://bettersingapore.blogspot.com/2011/05/20110513-lky-factual-mistakes-george.html
Saturday, May 14, 2011

Any powerful person, when they get older, less forceful, many mistakes will be attributed to them – because it is believable that powerful person stops others from offering opinions.

This is wrong.
Theoretically and factually wrong.



Theoretical Wrong

Mr. Lee Kuan Yew factual mistake was made in an interview for a book published before election. 
There were months before releasing to the public.
There is ample time to correct.

Mr. Lee made a judgment based on wrong perception.
How can leaders comprehend common people, real society himself.
He need able, devoted, honest officers with keen sensors.

Everyone, including Yaacob, Zainal, George has time to correct, during recording, drafting, editing, artwork, trial print, review…. before releasing to the market.

They did not.

Yaacob, is a minister we are very familiar with.
When there is haze, he said wait for monsoon to come.
When there is dengue, he said when monsoon come haze will go away.
When there is flood, he said global warming, flash flood.
When the grills, drains, river get choked by leaves, he said Singaporeans are litterbugs.  

I cannot recall he went to site visit, comfort the flood victims.
He asked for more money not to improve speed of water flow in the drain, (increase water flow will reduce size of drains, land use for drains, construction and maintenance cost). but
  1. to raise the road level of Orchard Road, 
  2. to decorate Canals banks with plants along Bishan flood areas.
  3. to dig more, bigger, deeper drains and cover them up.
Not tens of thousands, but millions, billions.

These are basic Physics.
Visible, measurable Physics, about how water flow in a drain.
About irrelevant solutions that do not contribute to increasing speed of water flow - even children also know.

How can he convince a powerful leader – especially it is about inner feeling.
Feelings are abstracts, virtual compare to water flow in a drain.

Even his job about economic management of water way, he did not attain a passing mark.
Would he do his utmost to convince a powerful leader something about the society, not so related to his main ministerial KPI?

When Muslim are dinning with us, inviting us to their home on Hari Raya.
Who consider Muslim affair a more important task than flood? 

George is a respected person, he is the most important person not just in the whole of cabinet,  but also the whole of Singapore, the region, to correct the wrong.
  1. He is a Catholic, his opinions for the Muslim will be perceived as objective, unbiased.
  2. He read broadly and most well read, his view will be more solid than Education ( a surgeon) or Cultural Minister (a less philosophical Military General) .
  3. As a foreign minister, he also knows the impact to our Muslim neighbors.
  4. Among all the leaders in Singapore, George is the few, very few who is respected by ALL religion leaders.
He did not do it in the early stage.
This demonstrated a lack of good judgment of the severity, therefore there is no urgency.
The post election review, he also focus on the damage, but not how to heal the wounds.

There was many meeting to thank the voters.
But there was no mosque meeting, kampong gathering to invite Mr Lee to feel the warmth Muslim brothers and sisters, Bapa and Emak offer to all races, religions.
Reforming PAP is the slogan.
Uniting Singaporeans fallen back seat?

This is from theoretical point of view.



Factual Wrong

Mr. Lee Kuan Yew is a world respected leaders, who founded Singapore with great vision, he exercises great might and self discipline.
He keep improving, correcting his policies to meet the changing situation.

He praised a few people.
I remember he praise Ms Ho Ching, because she dared to stand up and argue with conviction with him.

So sitting ducks will not be respected by him.
Arguing without facts he will not listen.
Arguing must be with facts, with convictions - this we do not really know how Ms Ho argue her stands.

I am not a minister.
I do not meet him in person.
But from ten years of communication with him, I found that he is more committed to key issues, and his officers do organize key issues for him to read.
Many Ministers, including George, Mah, Grace, Khaw, Yaacob may delete email concerning their most current issues without reading, even on this critical moment of election.

He read, he acted almost always in time.
His acknowledgment of email are stratified according to priority and classifications.

I shared these not to raise my profile.
I share with Singaporeans, citizens of all nations, leaders do listen.
The key is how to get to them, and how to convince them.

By sharing history, will help us progress better, without repeating mistakes.
Singapore cannot afford more big mistakes like what we recently witnessed.

May I share the following:
1.       2001, I shared with a leader that
  1.  We need to create new industries bigger than electronics to keep the world employed - else the world will face negative interest rate, wars, because of over abundance wealth accumulated in tech boom and brains from China, India, Brazil…
  2. Bio-tech cannot be a driver for world economy.
  3. We need to send Singapore Technology chief to hold sovereign funds to detect the first pulse of new industries.
  4. Pulses can be best felt through retails, banking, telco services, media.
    This leader agreed, but did not act, but was acted on.
2007, LKY sits on major banks.

2005/6 this time i shared with LKY, why bio-tech will not be big enough to drive world economy.

Because in order for bio-tech to drive world economy, then 
a.       Everyone must pop pills like making phone calls, a few cents, a few dollars. 
b.      Everyone must go for operations, changing organs like changing computers, changing cars, a few thousands, a few ten thousands.

I ask him, can it be?
I shared with him that Philip Yeo must be sent to create jobs than sit on research that cannot drive the economy.
Philip Yeo was tasked so one day after he turns 60.
LKY waited so Philip has a good 60 years birthday celebration !
3.  
2007 LKY said the American crises will be over very soon.
i shared with him America is the source of new industries, locomotive of world economy.
i shared with him industries that drive world economy, that benefit us, needs decades to mature.
do you see any?
4.     
Soon, he said, America may not recover - we count on China and India to drive world economy.
i shared with him, China and India are contractors.
China, India are not even yet to attain what Sony did, create new products, industries.
5.      Soon, he said, China and India may not recover, let us look for new growth areas.

He went to Vietnam.
Nearly everyone aware Vietnam economy is smaller than Guanxi.

This is on economic front, he is listening, and if you present logical, factual analysis, he listened, he adjusted, adjusting.

On social-economic front, during the Casino decision making, he was impressed that the whole world falls into decadence, so we might as well fall into decadence together.

So I wrote him a poetry and hand delivered to Istana - reminding him it was his exceptional discipline that brought us success - Beginning or Ending

 I saw this poster at LKY school Li Ka Shing wing Main entrance AND a photo of this poster at school main lobby.
B

2.    

When many believe that Casinos and F1 will drive Singapore economy and Goh Chok Tong said George proposed IR to bring in Casinos.
4.     
I am sure, LKY and the whole cabinets are talking about jobs creation when considering Casinos.
LKY, together may think of abandoning it, or create 10 casinos if George would present the following to him:
a.       We are bigger economy, much bigger population than Macao, Monte Carlo, Las Vegas.
b.      How much bigger than Macao, our casino needs to be?
c.       Las Vegas depends on Semiconductor, etc conferences to bring in visitors, how are we going to bring in visitors?

I shared these, not to highlight how smart I am.
What i presented many people, people with common wisdom, living in real life can also see.

Except few people see that they can convince powerful leaders like LKY.

I just shared that as successful leader, long time successful leaders.
They may may maintain dominance by reject greater people around them.
But they know they cannot succeed without good ideas, they will not reject good ideas.

Mahathir said in a meeting i attended - as leaders, we are plagiarizing other people ideas.
Otherwise they cannot sustain success for such long time.
For the survival of this nation, i am not complaining.
I am honored if my ideas is chosen.
I am even anxious to meet people who initiate same ideas independently.
Great minds love great minded people!

George has not capitalize on his strength, did not excel his best, worse did not avoid Singapore from the harm way of casino.

I do hope George will take up the task of converting Casino to a place where wisdom, solutions for the next phase of civilization be discussed, improvised, propagated.

Repenting a major mistake committed is feeble.
Atonement is needed.




GCT said IR/Casinos was proposed by you.  
Is it time to convert what is harmful to what is beneficial for Singapore, Singaporeans!

Do you agree?
if you can convert such a major project for Singapore, would our economy, jobs, housing problems be resolved to the roots?
Is this not the ultimate objective of transforming PAP?




First, many months ago, I was listed as a fan of LKY facebook.
I wrote to him, telling him I respect him, I cherished the great accomplishment he did for this nation.
But I am one seeking truth, truth that govern nature, manage man’s desires and greed.
I always alert myself not to be a fan of man.
I also shared with him the most important thing now is to rectify many strategic errors we committed, committed deeply into.
We need to rescue Singapore from impending failures, total failures.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

20110511a National Health Care by all Citizens for all Citizens

20110511a  National Health Care by all Citizens for all Citizens
http://bettersingapore.blogspot.com/2011/05/20110511a-national-health-care-by-all.html

It is explained that Insurance do not improve health care, it worsen health care.
     20110511 Insurance Destroys Health Care
 http://bettersingapore.blogspot.com/2011/05/20110511-insurance-destroys-health-care.html

We must remove these nonconstructive, costly acts.
We must divide health care between survival and luxury.

Luxury Health Care

It is important to provide a luxury class of Health Care.
So that the well endowed get the best treatment, best machines, best attitude cares, all around the clock.

This will secure the happiness of the rich and powerful - an important foreign income.
This will afford more than necessary health care professionals employed - by 366x24, from cradle to grave, from diving in ocean to flying in the sky.

And their older machines, beds, wheel chairs, will be given to the lesser.
There is an eye clinics already doing
  1. morning, best doctors, nurses with best machines in Private Hospital
  2. afternoon, doctors, nurses, old machines in Public Housing estates.


Commoners' Health Care
     It is important to maintain the poor's survival, so that wealth is generated, tax is paid, society is orderly.

    Therefore, all the ability of citizens must be used to maintain health, so as to reduce health care needs and costs.
    The rental, medical supplies, professionals used must be encouraged, supported by nation.

    Those serving the luxury class must regularly serve the lesser.
    The lesser provides numerous cases, varieties of cases to trained our health care professionals to higher expertise - better diagnosis, smoother treatment.
    It also support a big pool of health care professionals to be ready for national emergencies.



    Indices

    for the Luxury,
    1. Set a demanding entry level for doctors and nurses
    2. Subject to tightest monitoring, and frequent qualification.
    3. These regulators, regulations are supported by higher taxes.
    4. Back by abundance assets and insurances to compensate the rich, influential, demanding patients
    5. Publishing the price without embarrassment - e.g. minimal $1,000 per second.
    6. Only these group are allowed to do the luxuries, e.g. cosmetic surgeries, prescribe special drugs.
    7. Compulsory regular practices for the lesser.
      for the Lesser:
      Train every girls in primary, secondary schools about basic sicknesses, injuries, and arrange 5 session a months attached to clinics to assist in administration, diagnostics and cure - this is
        total defense starting at young, 
        and 
        cultivate social responsibility, team work, caring hearts
        1. Organize the Baby boom generations Health Care professionals, who are retiring, to provide health care to the communities at free premises.
        2. Nations support them with insurances - which may never be necessary, as the lesser has little ability to litigate.
        1. These experienced professionals were from era without advanced diagnostics, let them train the youth on how to diagnose without instruments.
        2. Organize into clusters, the aged, to learn massage, physio therapy, taiji, to handle stroke, but resuscitation may not be a priority.

        Dr Marhathir said at a meeting:
        When i see a patient walking in
        from his movement, i can detect what is wrong with him.

        This is also applicable to nations' policies.

        Failing this commons wisdom, even smart persons will rely on machines and indices, law and system.
        This bring us detach from realities, brought wrong solutions, resulting in unhappiness, anger, despise and rejection.

        this is merely application of wisdom we learn from this election.

         


        20110511 Insurance Destroys Health Care

        20110511 Insurance Destroys Health Care
        http://bettersingapore.blogspot.com/2011/05/20110511-insurance-destroys-health-care.html

        What Minister shared about $7 surgery is a reality of human behavior that may bring about collapse of health care, society – here or overseas.

        Insurance made what is transparent, direct, become opaque, complex, intertwined, unmeasurable, unaccountable.
        Those who are vocal, those who are rich, powerful, may pay $7 for a complex surgery.
        The rest of the amount supported by the lessers.
          
        Insurance is 
        the application of  financial derivatives on our life, our very survival!

        How can insurance not destroy health care? 


        Insurance bring more financial people to manage a medical treatment.
        What is directly between a doctor and his patient, becomes indirect, complex, opaque therefore not measurable, accountable.

        It needs to pay companies of people who are not contributing to treatment, healing
        1. to promote sales
        2. to valuate claims and 
        3. to reward higher paid supervisors, managers, directors, presidents, board members, chairman
        When it becomes opaque,
        1. It will perform ALL diagnostic tests, even unrelated tests, most expensive tests with most advanced machines.
        2. It will prescrib more expensive drugs, treatment.
        3. It will even extend your hospital stay, add charges so that you cross the minimal amount, and be totally paid by insurance.
        4. Obviously the purpose is to have more transaction, therefore total healing is not a priority.
        Those who are vocal, those who are rich, powerful, may pay $7 for a complex surgery.
        The rest of the amount supported by insurance.

        Certainly this amount is not from the pocket of Insurance Companies.
        It comes from the lesser, the speechless - insurance cost therefore skyrocket over time.

        This is worse than Auto-car insurance.
        Because there is a price for a replacement car.

        Our bodies has no price, nor replacement - therefore same treatment can be charged millions time different.
        There is no way to tell it is wrong, even with Director Medical Services, Ministers, Judges....



        Insurance bring more financial people to manage a medical treatment.
        Insurance made what is transparent, direct, become opaque,  complex, intertwined, unmeasurable, unaccountable.

         Insurance is 
        the application of  financial derivatives on our life, our very survival!

        How can insurance not destroy health care? 
        .









        Thursday, May 5, 2011

        20110506c How Singaporeans' Invention become Foreign Experts Contribution

        20110506c How Singaporeans' Invention become Foreign Experts Contribution
        http://bettersingapore.blogspot.com/2011/05/20110506c-how-singaporeans-invention.html
        In 2005 06 01 upon invitation by PUB's Yap Kheng Guan.

        Among open information i have identified
        1. problems of our waterway design and 
        2. detailed described the need of using the flowing water to guide, to concentrate the rubbish to river bank, so that it is safe and effortless in removing them.

        Otherwise, we will face flood in rainy season, and dengue in dry seasons.

        This proposal titled "Ayer Chantek" Beautiful Water in Malay.

        Also proposed to terrace up the river, to multiply water storage and buffer storm while extending the continuous flow of water in all our waterway.

        This will promote aeration, fishes to consume the rich nutrients.
        This is critical to mitigate the over rich water, which has over abundance of nitrates, algae etc.



        Soon PUB with Yap as champion, announced Active, Beautiful, Clean Water (ABC water)

        I alerted him this is dangerous, because any water that is beautiful must be flowing and clean.

        But putting ABC, will make bureacrates think they know everything, it is simple as ABC.

        I alerted him, with such simpleton thinking, idiots will also think he knows everything and become arrogant.

        He will commit grave mistakes.

        Many following floods, dengue were predicted in writing, ahead of time, some with precise date, time and  location of happening.



        To improve flow, aeration, economy, ease of maintenance and performance

        Verbal and drawing on white boards were showed how a skewed filter will work, effectively, efficiently, economically, elegantly.
        In this way, the filter can be a sheet under tension, we do not need piling in the middle of the river.
        Picture taken on 2008 08 11 a filter done by Ch2M Hill at Kallang area.

        Instead of simple, singular skewed sheet filters, it is made into two, with two boats trying to catch the rubbish.


        Singapore is small island. Rivers is subjected to tidal flow.
        the rubbish get trap, but trap outside this world expert's design.
        May we employ more foreign laborers to clean it up?







        this is what is likely to be done.

        To help Singapore from costly, embarrassing failures.
        the following sketch was sent to Director of Catchment, Tan Nguan Sen detailed in "first lesson of drainage design".

        Even our deemed world expert cannot comprehend such simple concept, to help the world without running around bushes, this was filed as a patent on 2008 08 20.

        Effective Separation, Easy Maintenace 
        (ESEM - IPOS200806192-1)

        20090404 Picture taken on a parallel river, few hundred meter away. around Serangoon, Bendemeer areas.

        Still booms is used, which is not smooth, cannot be tensioned into smooth surface for flotsam to flow to river bank, therefore cannot be easily collected without a boat.

        At the first opportunities of meeting Ch2M Hill engineers at Water Week, i told them how to improve and email them more details.





        Certainly, this is how to make Singapore fits the description of Minister Mentor,
        10% or 20% of foreigners contributed to 80% or 90 % of Singaporeans' jobs




        Singaporeans are idiots, no creativity, not qualified to discuss national issues.




        the following is a tidal flow, 500 meter from south west coast line of Singapore
        recorded on 2010 04 08 hrs 0832 to 0837

        There is beauty when you listen to the sound of nature, the order of our mother land.
        You will no longer think only you are fit to lead this nation, when you pause a moment and watch what beauty this great island brings you.

        and how far will a tsunami hit into this island!

        20110506b Billions Dollars Experts Designed Coffee Bag

        20110506b Billions Dollars Experts Designed Coffee Bag

        This is a typical monsoon drains along Havelock road, with filter, not just one net, but one net plus one Stainless steel filter visited on 2005 06 25.
        It may work.
        But how do i get to invest more into it?


        Lets invite some world experts.
        And to be operated by foreign laborers


        to be impressive, lets call in a crane

         why, it is taller than a lamp-post
        It is not enough to have a solution that buck up the wrong tree, you may start with millions, then using tens, if not hundred, thousands millions to add, to complicate, to become not manageable.


        How many monsoon drains of this size? Will this not add to billions?

        Do we need to increase taxes to cover this,


        then you have no choice but to stick with these dinosaurs.
        but also 

        POLLUTE
        your water by sending your water through an expert designed coffee bag

        How much is enough to manage our water way?

        20110506a Billions Dollar Experts Solutions 1

        20110506a Billions Dollar Experts Solutions 1


         this is Expert Solutions for Kallang River, it need piling in the river

         a stainless steel filters taller than man height
         with stainless steel comb to clear the filter
        With mechanized screw to collect bring the dropping to container.

        But at the entrance, you need a foreign laborers to row across the river, to clear the boom, then to clear most part of the rubbish, before entering this World Expert Design Mechanized Advanced Filters

        Is billions too little for PUB to manage our waterway?



        A solution that buck up the wrong tree, you may start with millions, then using tens, if not hundred, thousands millions to add, to complicate, to become not manageable.

        then you have no choice but to stick with these dinosaurs.

        Wednesday, May 4, 2011

        20110505 Multi-Billion Dysfunctional Waterway - Reasons & Solutions

        20110505 Multi-billion Dysfunctional Waterway - Reasons & Solutions
        http://bettersingapore.blogspot.com/2011/05/20110505-multi-billion-dysfunctional.html

        Forgotten is the slope of drain that accelerate the water flow, to discharge faster to prevent flood from storm, to prevent dengue from stagnated pools in drier season

        This is a picture taken at PUB building second floor, on the day and time i made appointment days ago alerted Minister of impending flood - 2007 08 24 Hrs 1107

        Can one who cannot manage flood on second floor, partially concealed corridor, design our waterway?
        20110504 reported whole island floods






        There is no perfect person, solution
             Because everyone, all solutions can be continuously improved

        But there are many wrong solutions, fundamentally wrong, costly, even fatal solutions.
           because they go against the law of physics, order of nature, interest of society
           they set wrong priorities, measure wrong parameters, heading wrong directions

        What Goh Keng Swee often tell his officers 

        Bucking at the wrong tree

        Persons, if after repeated fundamental errors made, counseled, solutions given
            still has not learn, even fellow Singaporean solutions provider is embargoed

        How do we describe this person?






        The purpose of writing this article is not to claim credit for myself.
        But to
        • Show simple solutions by Singaporeans, in the hand of world experts becomes ineffective, costly solutions.
        • Remove the need of ten of billions of dollars in building huge number of dysfunctional big, deep drains, many concealed.
        • Deep Conceal drains even at hill top, with zero catchment areas is absolutely wasteful. this one at Pepys Hill, at the peak of Pasir Panjang Hill.

        • Big drains, concealed drains even with good slope still caused silting. This picture is one taken on 20080323 on Buona Vista Road, near Fusion Polis, which has very steep slope about 5 degree gradient. Concealed Silted, how are you going to clear them.  
                   (Readers are also recommended to go to Kampong Bahru Pump Station on Kampong Bahru Road, near Prima tower
        1. Too big a drain, flow is slow, water get stagnated. This  i alerted the MP of Tanjong Pagar about Kampong Bahru Pump Station - Fresh Storm water, within half a day of stagnation, form algae and become smelly (Upper Picture 20070523) and after slimming drain down 20070720, flow becomes smooth and pest free - small is better, can even discharge more as there is less stagnated objects.



           
          • Deep drains even less than 50 meter from bottom of slop, youthful, agile foreign workers cannot clear the silt (Photo taken Ang Mo Kio 2009 03 23)

          • Deep drains historically not recommended, as it drains nitrates from the ground and promote algae formation, resulting in water in our reservoirs too rich, treatment too costly. (picture taken on 20110429 Boon Lay Way Lamp Post 66, we see deeper weeping holes, evn fresh water also form algae due to nitrate rich discharge)


          • As Garden City, we need to device better filter to remove leaves - we shall explain in future article. Most of the flash flood in Singapore that subsides in minutes is due to choked filter, NOT undersized drainage.

          • Avoid investing hundreds of millions of decorative work (such as along AMK Ave 1 ) of planting flowers on river slope that may intensifies nitrates into water bodies, resulting in too rich, too much algae - which make water not potable, treatment too costly.
          • Avoid further embarrassment right in front of our people, the world, especially diplomats, visitors who work and shop around Orchard Road.
          • Comfort Singaporeans, government there are many able civil servants
            • Who knows simpler solution is the right solutions, 
            • Who knows Singaporeans can provide many better solutions than the Ang Mo,
            • Who are passionate about solving our problems
            • Who were even short listed for election.
          But they need devoted leaders, many top scholars are inadequate
          Our existing one still cannot after repeated lessons, solutions given



          i am reluctant to write on this topic, even i know the impact to our nation, because i hope the wrong doers have learned, have improved, have corrected.

          But

          Yesterday, 20110504 it is reported Minister for the Environment and Water Resource reported the raise of road level MAY solve the flood problem in Orchard Road, and days ago he claimed that tens of billions has been invested in building our waterway.

          Solving problems cannot be by 
          how much money you dumped into it !

          Most of world problems, our problems were because of

          too much money was dumped into some people, doing something The solutions become inefficient, even ineffective, even wrong

          the world financial crises, the NKF, the Renci, the widening gap between government and people in Singapore.

          We see the sincere apology of the PM, but we need solutions.



          Orchard Road is where world diplomats, visitors works, visits.
          After invested so much, we cannot say we MAY solve the problem.

          We need to
          1. Mark the catchment areas where rainfall depends on Orchard Road canals to discharge
          2. Number the capacity increase in water carriage capacities
          3. identify where is the bottle neck of this flow capacity
          With these, you can arrive at the critical rain fall that
          1. How many gates at Marina Barrage we need to open up at which moment
          2. How many pumps at Marina Barrage we need to start at which moment
          The first was missed out and was said to the cause of one of the flood.
          The second was still not mentioned according to my record.

          The Minister clearly is uncertain of what is the improvement of carriage capacity, because raising of road level
          do not contribute directly to water carriage capacity 

          Our MRT entrances, shopping malls entrance were designed with raised platforms at entry for protection against flood.

          With raise in road level, without corresponding raising of these platforms, 
          Would not subject our MRT, Shopping Mall, Embassies, Electrical Supplies, Sewerage to  
          Critical, Expanded collateral failures when flood hit !



          Wrong tree 1 - Think Big while we are small catchment
          If within about 100 meter across Orchard Road, we need two big canals (in front of Wisma and Lucky Plaza) to serve a catchment of less than 15km by 15 km (Singapore is less than 40km at the longest end, with no less than 5 major rivers to the sea.), with usually less than day long heavy rain

          We have such small catchment, with intense heavy storm do not last longer than a day long.

          Then would not the whole Shanghai go under water to serve few-days-long heavy down pour over one or two provinces upstream Yangtze?



          Wrong tree 2 - Think Far while we are small island

          A few months ago, in a two page Interview on Straits Times, PUB's Yap Kheng Guan said the flooded areas is too far away from the sea, so discharge into sea is irrelvant.

          He live in a very very narrow minded world, has not see how immense the nature, is no learning from recent flood in Australia


          "One of the people who are confirmed deceased was found 
          80 kilometres downstream from where they were reported missing,"

          In flood control, the most important is to discharge into the sea.

          Singapore is the easiest to manage, for our catchment for stormwater is small, is measurable, and better is within one authority.

          We do not need to fly far, drive to Klang River and see the complexity they are managing Klang Valley.

          Obviously, we do not need the immense system Malaysian invested into.
          With this wrong bucking, Singapore will not soon fallen behind Malaysia ?



          Wrong tree 3 - Building More, Bigger, Deeper Drains


          When immense budget is poured into our water department, more, bigger, deeper drains are built.
          And as any National Service man will do, cover them up will make their jobs easier.

          They have forgotten gradient of drains, speed of water flow is important, to discharge, to prevent dengue from stagnated pools of water.

          This is a picture taken at PUB building second floor, on the day and time i made appointment days ago alerted Minister of impending flood - 2007 08 24 Hrs 1107

          Can one who cannot manage flood on second floor, partially concealed corridor design our waterway?


          Can we add some slope or can we dig deeper on this corridor?

          to be continued...