The Government's poorly executed blanket ban on all PMD use on footpath, no matter whether the PMDs are used for individual needs, delivery needs or business needs, have claimed yet another victim. This time, three weeks after the effective ban date on all PMDs, the small crop of firms providing guided tours using PMDs are next affected badly.
I was informed that SAF will be paying me $35 per day during my whole course of my ICT! I am very unsatisfied of the result of my Make Up Claim and so I called up and even emailed them regarding my displeasure as I am severely underpaid during my ICT, I am not getting what I supposed to get at all, not even close. How am I going to pay all my household bills or even eat with only $35 a day? And this include the rental fees I still have to keep paying even when I was on Reservist!
Residents also indicated that there was one other lift, but that was undergoing upgrading works, so they are left with the one lift that broke down. Calls to the Essential Maintenance Service Unit (EMSU) by the residents resulted in the EMSU telling them they cannot do anything, while the Town Council office did not answer residents' calls, even though it was on a Thursday afternoon, when every salaried employees are supposed to be working.
Of course, we know now these had not happened. Aljunied GRC did not become a slum, in fact, they are thriving under WP's stewardship. No one cannot spread CECA untruths, as the real reason behind CECA was not even made public by the government. Singapore had not fallen to ruins despite falsehoods spread by the incumbent party themselves, falsehoods like HDB flats are cash cows forever, and CPF is your money.
The question was, how did Wong get away with four full years of accepting bribes and awarding contracts to his 'friends'? Did the AMKTC MPs, all of whom should have been privy to his financial dealings, not noticed something was amiss? After all, Wong is just the GM. Surely, the award of contracts should be under the purview of the TC's top echelons, in this case the AMK GRC MPs themselves. Were the leaders of this TC not discharging their fiduciary duties to the best of their abilities?
This clearly showed that the policy was not overly thought through, because if they were, then the funding would have been announced together with the policy. Jose Raymond opined that the realisation from the government that they had created a bigger problem after they banned the PMDs only came after the delivery riders came out and stated their rice bowls were gone overnight.
This was stated by Minister Josephine Teo, whose obscene salary means she will probably no need to set aside any retirement money, as her role as a Minister in the PAP government ensures she is well paid to retire anytime she chooses to. And now, she is telling Singaporeans that they do not have enough money for retirement and they should save more. Would Singaporeans not safe money if they could? Why is the Minister stating the bloody obvious?
Now is this not putting the blame somewhere else and refusing to take responsibility? We know that if this happened in a WP ward, the MPs there would definitely be taken to task and be accused of not doing their duty to ensure resident's safety, even though the problem lies with Town Council staff. What about Murali then? Would he be let off without a single admonishment?
A good solution is one that takes into consideration the interests of as many users as possible, which of course include the safety of pedestrians on footpaths. But what we have seen with the reactions of the food delivery riders, where they gathered in big groups to meet MPs to hear them out, it is clear that no one was appeased in this fiasco of a decision by the PAP. This goes to show that the PAP has no idea how to solve the problem they themselves created. They have really lost their way.
But come 23rd November, PMD riders have been given a platform to air their grievances in public, without fear of getting cut off by Lam Pin Min or any of the PAP MPs who so readily agreed with the overnight ban. PMD delivery riders are invited to come and speak your mind at Hong Lim Park, and let Lam Pim Min and the other ministers know that they are taking away your livelihoods by taking away your PMDs.