Thursday, June 16, 2011

20110413 Group Think Good Thinking

I do change my opinion about Mr Lim, Chairman of PAP.
He earnt my respect.

Group think is one that is clearly not there.
Good thinking is more important than group think, it is not even mentioned.

Without good thinking, bad solutions are used to create some jobs, and these jobs are not even for improving skills, income of Singaporeans.
Certainly it hurts many families.

We cannot count on
1. no group think, and
2. no good thinking.

For Singapore to suvive, to live
We must, as Singaporeans, ask everyone to contribute solutions, improve upon solutions.

We must become wiser by learning from other people’s mistakes.
When we take French migrants soccer team as a model for our national policy. French soccer has gone from World Champion to nothing. England too.
Brazilian Ambassador told us “Trained your own people”
Nation building is not playing soccer.
It has more than twenty odd people to feed.

Without many Migrants as managers, professionals, researchers, Koreans, Japan still do better than Americans, Europe. Because they work hard and learn from everyone – try to do better than everyone.
(sony and nissan , with foreign chiefs are not doing any better than canon, toyota, honda)


Diverisities, youth are not what Singapore need at this critical time.
They cannot provide Singaporeans’ the basic thing – suvival.

Let us look for solutions.
Let all the candidates, especially repeating ministers, mentors, seniors tell us what solutions they have.
What they want us to do.

Singaporeans are Asians, we are gracious and respectful.
before talking about pride and duty as leaders.
Even Mentor, Senior are not in office, i am sure if they have good solutions, they will be gracious to share.
We will be respectful to listen.

We are westernized nation.
We are not China, the only one who need many DPM.

may i contribute
20070515 陆路交通的致命伤

can someone translate to English for more to consider, to correct, to improve, to implement, to make Singaporeans better

Lim Swee Keng
SM(MIT)

Sunday, June 12, 2011

20110611 Vivian Three Key Errors

20110611 Vivian Three Key Errors
http://bettersingapore.blogspot.com/2011/06/20110611-vivian-three-key-errors.html

This article is not to criticize Vivian, but to help him.
We need holistic solutions, we need to fight flood, but flood is not the highest priority.
Because we are ready to accept some floods, but we cannot delay our water self-sufficient date line.
Which is why this alarm has to be written down at this hour.
Vivian, we have to act speedily, collectively.

The solutions i will share in a seminar tentatively June 28, Tuesday, 1900hrs at old Catholic High at Waterloo street

Ayer Chantek
 (Beautiful Water in our National Language)
that will overcome the simpleton ABC water
that
costs us billions to inflict property and image damage

Please signup follow on this blog so that you will not miss it.
Ministers, serving and retired Civil Servants, Engineers please come and guide me - national water security you play a critical part.


0 Purpose

This article is not to criticized Vivian, but help him to
  1. Purpose - Secured our water security
  2. Apply of Knowledge - Prioritize correctly
  3. Aware of What is Happening - Respect Singaporeans are able, constructive
Vivian has done more than the whole term of his predecessor. 
He went down to flooded sites, to listen, to show cares, to concern about safety, to list down flooded site on internet for all to refer - Yaacob did any ?

This is commendable, i wrote him a note about ground positive reception.

He needs encouragement, not only he took over a trouble loaded ministry. (immediately after massive investment in ABC Water Project, and won Swedish Water Prize)

Vivian is merely a Singapore trained Medical Doctor, taking over from a Stanford University Educated PhD Civil Engineer, albeit an academic ones. 

Vivian therefore need help from all of us - water resource and environment is not one sport games that played over short duration, according to man's set rule.
Our water project has tens of billions pumped into, as we see it - to make the situation worse.

Pour more money into doing the wrong things, will not make it right.
This is one wisdom contrary to recently i heard another perception

since we pumped in so much in biotech
biotech must be the one that bring recovery

Vivian is facing immense challenges, challenges from heaven.
Yet he has to meet the one key element that may threaten security on land - water self-sufficiency!





1. Purpose - Securing Water Resource is the mission 


LKY once said Medical Doctors are not suitable for running country. 
This is especially true for western medical doctors. They look at symptoms and compartmentalized and assign to narrowly specialized specialists - So when flood overwhelming comes, panel set up to fight flood.

He has to know, this flood come after immense investment in Marina Barrage to trapped more water. 
Yaacob blamed Singaporean littering caused waterway choked 2007 06 09 ZhaoBao.

And if you look at water trapped in Marina bay, there is not much rubbish, but rich dark green, because of rich urban water - a lot of nitrogen, lead to a lot of algae.



Right photo was taken 2011 06 11 afternoon, post flood.
This photo, from this angle, gave experts more diagnostic information about upstream waterway, about maintenance of marina bay, about water treatment challenges, even give clues on solving flood.

Fight flood alone the solutions may seemingly simple, direct. 
But
  1. the whole water independence may fail to meet our water needs when our agreement with Malaysia lapses. 
  2. the health of the waterway is not revealed.
To western approach, fighting flood and securing water cannot be met simultaneously, as we see worsening situation. 
Worse, to fight flood at Lucky Plaza, that damage cost $8millions.
Getting many experts, including Dean of NUS Engineering, a MIT trained ocean wave Professor Chan Eng Soon, we stacked up the road, and flood now happened up-streams, and just the luxury car in St Regis cost much more.... 

We need holistic solutions, holistic solutions, is like Chinese Medicines, solve at the root - in this case  correct the wrongs in waterway design.





Why Holistic solutions we need, why ABC Water fail - Straits time kindly put them on the same day, on the front page of the second section what ABC means.

On the launch of ABC Water, i immediately alerted Yaacob, Tan Gee Paw, Khoo Teng Chye and Yap Kheng Guan - ABC will bring complacency and complacency will bring disasters, and surely disasters come in greater frequency, greater intensity, greater span.

Queen Elizerberth questioned London School of Economics about financial crises

"such things were so large
how come everyone missed them"
mirror co.uk 2009 Jul 26 

Now if we focus on flood, not water quality, water security - focus is wrong, Singapore will not perish?


Vivian - Focus is Ayer Chantek (Beautiful Water in our National language)

if water is beautiful, would waterway not clean, would water flow not faster?
Once water flow faster, less drains is needed, land and national budget saved, less foreign labors ....

Beautiful waterway need to be covered?
If waterway is not covered, where is the bottle neck, can we not already know?

Over last years, we have been chasing for where is the choke point, where is flow bottle neck...
Because we cover things up, even we place sensors, it is not clear to us how to program it, how to use it....


2 Apply of Knowledge - Prioritize Correctly

Minister in-charged of waterway, more so than transport, need immense engineering knowledge.

What every engineering student knows about programming will laugh at it
  1. the sensor that send signal once every two minutes, do not care what is critical, when is critical.
  2. stop sending once water overflow. 
Such basic failures happen, our engineering education failed.

But what to do with the signal is yet been discussed.
This should include:
  1. When should it trigger the barrage to start discharging water, 
  2. what is the tide level, 
  3. how many gate to open, 
  4. how many pump to start pumping 
These must be well plan out to take full advantage of LKY great work in setting Marina Barrage a flood control and water reservoir.
The above need basic engineering knowledge.

But for a minister without engineering training, did he ask more basic question
  1. If the water rise so fast, is SMS quick enough?
  2. Is activating everyone around that area not a necessity - an emergency exercise?
  3. Is not sounding a siren more effective?
  4. Is cheaper solutions not a good solution?
Why has he not asked?

Why this is important, because this is really an emergency, because everyone has to act, otherwise someone may be trapped in the basement - because many building's basement are connected - just one gate not shut, we are doomed.

One day after the flood, 2011 06 06 hrs1829 there is a fire alarm at ION, the roller shutter is down, everyone need to be diverted.

But:
  1. The security people of ION and Wheellock has not establish communication, even this often happen.
  2. The roller shutter will not stop flood water from entering the ION, also the subway

video
    Is not Sounding a siren important?
    How come Civil Defence is not mentioned till today?
    Is there emergency drill for subway flood?

    This need sophisticated engineering knowledge to be water minister - this is thousands life involved.




    3. Aware of What is Happening - Respect Singaporeans are able, constructive

    As elected Representative, you may made some mistakes, many vocal voices may be against you.
    But it is the best chance to reflect and improve.

    It is pointless to set up a blog site and people cannot contribute.
    Please look at the various site by KBW who is more popular, even Shanmugam, many do not, the discussion are getting more and more constructive. Soon, they become wiser, likable.

    Be courageous, you are paid to work, we want you to work to the best to serve us.
    Singaporeans are constructive, they do not pin people on their weaknesses to win a campaign.

    Next, when i sent you an email telling you i am coming on June 10 at 1000hrs and open to your alternative arrangement.
    If you have time to tell the guard to look out for me, why have you no time to inform me you cannot meet me at that hour.
    If you are meeting the mountain climber at the airport,
    why your Press Secretary told me in terse voice:
    "he is talking to expert as we speak!"



    Now, as i write, i recall your press secretary did not mention is a flood expert or mountain climbing expert.

    The qualification of Ministers, MP are no longer superior to the people they lead
    How could your press secretary think i am coming not to help, but to express frustration?

    He does not know the name of Yaacob secretary, how does he so confident he knows me.

    An experienced practicing MIT engineer come to a locally graduated doctor without proven water way expertise to express frustration?
    MIT do not train such engineer, even most of us listen and respect even janitors.

    Vivian, this is a critical job for this nation, just as well for you.
    I come to help, do your comprehend?

    Every word spoke to your Press Secretary is important to help you, i asked him to take note, he refused.
    My Chief, Strategy and Synergy, elderly Ang Mo man, carefully taking note.
    I ask for a meeting record, your Press Secretary said this is unofficial.
    During office hour doing unofficial things, i dismissed him.
    He repeatedly made vocal and gesture insult in the open reception area, public apology i expect.

    But i congratulate you, he speaks like you, even more elegantly.

    Friday, June 10, 2011

    20110611 Pension - Purpose and Measure

    20110611 Pension - Purpose and Measure

    The amount of pension office holders has is known, it is astronomical.
    There is a gulf of difference on this very single, countable issue - money for old age.
    The rich has much more from the nation, while they will never be able to spend it.
    The poor has so little, that they cannot even survive.

    First do we realize there are many old people, middle age people who are single, without children, or children who do not come back to take care of them.

    We need to take care of them, this is not just a moral responsibility.
    If we fail now, we will suffer in our children's hand - this is reality.

    Where do we get the money to take care of so many old age, poorer single?

    Now, we just realize there is huge amount of pension for our senior office holders.
    When you are in power, you are definitely able to effect these.

    However, those in power, hold power, the power can help you, also can kill you.
    When you have too much money, when you are old, do you need them?
    When you are bed ridden, can you use them?
    Would you not be at the mercy of your children, your personal nurses, your will lawyer, your doctors?
    and may be many wives....

    this we see in Stanley Ho, the king of Casino.
    We are not as witty, powerful, skillful.
    If we have so much money besides us when we are feeble, is it a blessing or a curse?

    It is therefore, a wise decision for government to take care of old age, while not giving so much of them to the rich and powerful, leaders and officers.
    This will ensure they live their full life in dignified way.
    The cost of this much lower.
    The torment Stanley Ho experienced, is spared from our rich and powerful.

    How could such simple thing, easy thing to implement is not considered?

    Basically money squat over merits and purpose.
    When money rules, the purpose is money, not our bliss, no wise decision can be made.
    Once we know the purpose, we have money to do what is critical, basic needs.
    Then many troubles can be avoided, solved.

    Then the rich can leave in peaceful way.
    While the nation's coffer remains adequate....




    20110610 Ultra High Pay May No Longer Needed

    20110610 Ultra High Pay May No Longer Needed

    Sometime ago a PMO Minister complained about no group think, and we find no good thinking, who would like to do a job like this, unless there is high, very high rewards.


    Recently, we appointed an accounting professional to investigate the pay for political office holders.
    Soon, he seek public opinions.
    This underlined that leaders are seeking professionals advice, professionals are seeking public opinions.
    This situation is a true admission that leaders is awared they are fallen behind the very people they lead.



    The doing in open is the act of a courageous Prime Minister.
    He admitted areas to improve, he admitted he is responsible, he needs help, he acted to seek help, to redress...
    It is courageous, because Confucius said : "Those who know what is wrong is courageous"
    知耻近乎勇”,语出《中庸》


    He demonstrated high standard of responsibility and willingness.
    He listens, he acts, he improves.
    I mixed around with full spectrum of people, few used to be very vocal, more recently almost everyone, all camps, is vocal.
    i heard many complaints about others, very few about Prime Minister.


    With such situation, money is no longer needed to attract good people, to run easier jobs MP, high impact jobs Ministers, boring job President.
    Hopefully soon, more grass root will return to run truthfully for the people, improving every possible way, better than reforming from the lips.

    People's action then no longer for magnifying property price.
    People's action then will be on constructing a better tomorrow for all.


    Under such leadership, in such situation, it shall be a new beginning of our Republic

       Experience definitely tell you to be efficient in every doing
            Rally every bit you have and not buy the best with all you have

            Good men will come to you for lesser if you are good
            While 
            Those not so good will come to you ask for everything better

            Your greatest value, to the world
                 is you do more, better, faster with less
                 then the world will pay you your worth
             Even Billions will be a small rewards


    A first nation full moon that was eclipsed, is now again a crescent, a new crescent.


    Meaningful, constructive jobs constructing a real goal will inspire everyone, just like volunteers who made our youth Olympic a success with minimal expenses on them.  


    Do you think an accountant is qualified, or even needed to make such moral and political decision?
    Do you think the MP, Ministers will not agree to take more than 20% pay cut, if their choice is open for scrutiny?

    Sunday, June 5, 2011

    20110505 Alerted Raising Orchard Road Definitely Worsen Flood

    2011 05 05 an email to Prime Minister, Minister Mentor, then Minister Water Resource was sent to alert the raising of Road Level will worsen Floods as i see it coming - the reason is detailed in the following email.

    2011 06 05, first time Tanglin Mall, upstream of raised orchard road, was flooded.


    From: Sweekeng [mailto:sweekeng@cts-ideas.com]
    Sent: Thursday, 5 May 2011 2:16 PM
    To: lee_hsien_loong; Lee Kuan Yew; Yaacob ibrahim
    Cc: 

    sylvia Lim; 
    ltk;
    chiam; 
    heng_chee_how; 
    liu thai ker; 
    k shanmugam; 
    ho peng kee; 


    lilyneo1; dphua; 
    indranee.rajah; 
    Lee Bee Wah
    Subject: Waterway design - where did we went wrong and what are solutions
    Importance: High


    20110505 Multi-Billion Dysfunctional Waterway - Reasons & Solutions

    This is compilation of years of accurate prediction of time and space, causes and solutions provided in the above link

    We witness Minister’s 2011 05 04 admission faulty flood management, about stacking up Orchard Road but without
    1.       giving how much more flow we can provide,
    2.      where is the bottle neck
    3.      where are critical turning point and what action we need to take
    4.      can stack up of road risk the surrounding MRT entrances...

    show a lack of commitment to solve these problems we are facing….

    Cc to Mr Liu, as I noticed the stacking up is done by RSP.

    This will bring tragic outcome to our reputation, our business, our infinite dumping of billions without solving flood, water reserve, water quality.

    Solutions has been given via different channels, even through the peers of Minister.
    I was told that good solutions are embargoed.

    We need to change, this is one change we need, to bring better life to Singaporean, we need to encourage, cultivate Singaporeans, our people, our ideas, our ability….




    They have forgotten speed of water flow is important, gradient is important, to discharge to prevent flood in 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?