Tag Archive | Tanjong Pagar

I am curious… but not yellow…

so will ask the Ministry of National Development and other ministries, agencies, statutory boards or what have you to please let me and other equally kay poh Singaporeans know

1) MND’s reply (see below) –to one of Mediacorp’s several questions ignited by the seemingly lousy debt collecting ability of the Workers Party when it came to the s&CC of households in its Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East Town Council –makes me hungering for more.

MND, do give a total breakdown of just how many 1, 2, 3 and 4 room flats there are, instead of lumping them into 3-room and smaller and 4-roomers. And don’t stop at just four Town Councils! Please give statistics for all 16 Town Councils.

That way, kay pohs on both sides of the divide — pro-PAP and pro WP — will see the exact picture of who gets what and how much. Then can better compare and contrast.

Shouldn’t be a Herculean task as I’m sure all the needed data are in the MND or the HDB’s database.

2) Other stuff that I am curious about is crime statistics. Not where crimes are committed but which town council has the dubious reputation of having the most residents calling Changi prison home at one time or another in their life.

Breakdown of their crimes too would be great for then we will know which crime flavour — murder, assault, molest, cheating, CBT, arson, you get the picture — permeates the air of which TC.

3) Another set of numbers that should prove interesting is which TC has the most residents depending on public assistance.

4) On the plus side, I would like to know which TC has nurtured the most government scholars and the most graduates. Good too if we are told whether any TC is the best breeding ground for Singapore politicians. Or where they would move to once they get into Parliament.

While Singapore and the world now knows that 1 in 3 residents in AHPETC didn’t pay-won’t pay-can’t pay their S&CC bills, it would be interesting to uncover if Tanjong Pagar Town Council is where most of our politicians live ūüėÜ

Question: How is the S&CC Operating Grant computed?

MND Answer: The S&CC operating grant is allocated to all Town Councils (TCs) based on the number of HDB flat units and the flat types. Smaller flat types get higher grants.

The grant enables TCs to subsidise the S&CC for residents living in 4-room and smaller flats, with more being allocated for 1-room (S$33.70 per month), 2-room (S$26.20 per month) and 3-room (S$17.00 per month) households. The grant for each 4-room household is S$9.00 per month.

This grant formula has been in place since 1999, and is applied consistently to all TCs. S&CC grants are not based on the number of voters, nor does it apply to private property residents. TCs will receive more grants if they have more and smaller HDB flat types.

Ang Mo Kio TC and Tanjong Pagar TC receive more grants than AHPETC because they have more and smaller HDB flats. Ang Mo Kio has 89,127 HDB flats, of which 39 per cent are 3-room or smaller. Tanjong Pagar has 75,050 HDB flats, of which 59 per cent are 3-room or smaller. In comparison, AHPETC has 71,760 flats, of which only 29 per cent are 3-room or smaller. Likewise, even though Chua Chu Kang has about the same number of HDB flats (71,348) as AHPETC, Chua Chu Kang receives less S&CC grant (S$4.9 million compared to AHPETC’s S$7.2 million), because only 12 per cent of its flats are 3-room or smaller.


Bye bye ERP on Saturdays?

and good riddance too, if the three PAP MPs’ concerted effort to move the Ministry of Transport into high gear on getting rid of the wacky Electronic Road Pricing charges on Saturday is successful.

Minister of State for Transport Josephine Teo’s explanation of the rationale for introducing Saturday charges failed to placate the MPs and really Ms Teo, they don’t placate your voters either¬†—¬†not that I voted in the last General Election since my home is in the Tanjong Pagar GRC ūüôĄ

Neither did her repeated emphasis that the implementation of ERP charges is not static, and that the Government will continue to ‘fine-tune (the charges) from time to time’.

Frankly I wonder if Ms Teo has ever driven in the city area on a Saturday when ERP is on, to be able to say what she said with a straight face on Parliament on Tuesday, Nov 22?

Let me show her what’s real on the ground with links to my various encounters with ERP on Saturday.






Thank you Messrs Liang Eng Hua, Lim Biow Chuan and Seah Kian Peng for putting pressure on¬†your MOS.¬†Here’s to your anticipated success in making Ms Teo take the road she’s probably not travelled on ūüėÜ

No Menu but got price

Last nite, the regular — perhaps not so regular now — travelling group got together to celebrate LW’s b-day.

While March is CK’s month, April is definitely LW’s, to be followed by three — always combined celebrations in May — and then after a break in June, July’s the month to say cheers to He Who Shall Not Be Named, our resident cook who cooks out of pure love and enjoyment, not for bread or something more crass.

We settled for No Menu at Boon Tat Street. While the service was excellent — ie helpful, friendly¬†and accommodating¬†— the food wasn’t at all memorable, I regret to say, especially when measured against the price tag — just a shade under $2K for the six of us.

Perhaps we shouldn’t have gone for the tasting menu which apart from the main course was more tapas like than a proper meal.

Compare this to the $1,200 we paid last year for LW’s b-day at Private Affairs and the less than $600 for CK’s recent bash at Le Bistrot du Sommelier and you would get the picture!¬†Which unfortunately there are none of the latest feed since¬†my Sony Ericsson phone’s camera refused to work.

So, no pix unless and until LW lets me have hers! (which she has done after this post was published: see below)

Still, a great time was had by all, despite the so-so food. And two other things stood out.

  • The first was about our General Election 2011 which featured much in our conversation, especially when one of my¬†best friends text me a¬†few times with salacious points and even more salacious commentaries right from where the hustings were.

I duly read out the text messages to the assembled table, which mostly added salt and pepper to the comments, altho I noticed that one of us at the table was duly buttoned up lip-wise where PAP politics was concerned.

Anyway, we may or may not be typical of the Singaporean picture but two at the table won’t be here to vote, having long planned a European holiday starting on May 6. Another two needn’t vote since both live in the Tanjong Pagar Group Representation Constituency although both their homes are anywhere but near Tg Pagar ūüėÜ

That leaves two others: one of them, going by what was being declared, won’t be for the PAP, at least if action matches words. There remains just one whose political views were strangely silent. Could be for or against the PAP but then again what’s articulated for consumption among even close friends may not be what’s done in the secrecy of¬†making that fateful X.

  • The second thing that stood out was the number of celebrity faces in the crowded dining room converted from the conservation house where once coolies fresh off the boat probably spent their first wretched nite in Singapore.

At a large table behind us was Eric Khoo and a sister (the banker at my table thought it was Mavis?) the offspring of the late multi-billionaire Khoo Teck Puat, pluse several children.

At another table — for three– near the door all scrunched up was¬†ex-CEO of Singapore Airlines, Chew Choon Seng, who is currently both the chairman of the Singapore Exchange and the Singapore Tourism Board.

And we might have missed her altogether if she didn’t march up to the lawyer at our table as she was leaving, to say hello to said lawyer, gave her name and said they would be having lunch together on “the 26”.

After she was gone, said lawyer said to the table: “Huh? Did she say her name was Shirley? I thought her name was Cindy.”

I contributed: “I didn’t hear what she said her name was, but I definitely heard she said¬†she’s from K-reit.”

Anyway, as I’m writing this, I googled for names at K-reit who might know¬†my lawyer friend and might dine at No Menu.

I think I hit pay dirt with the the reit’s ceo whose name¬†isn’t Cindy or Shirley but Hsueh Ling! ūüėÜ The photo on K-reit’s website matched the face of the woman who stopped at our table, all friendly and smiley-toothy!¬†

amuse bouche?





2 kinds of pasta



prawns 2 share

Ms Tin Pei Ling, you go girl…

and show your nay-sayers that you are a lady not for burning! Or turning!

Sure, you are all of 27 but that’s your advantage against all those jealous uncles, aunties, Bengs and western liberal wannabe camp followers: most of whom have had¬†their best years behind them. Your best years are all before you!

Sure you chose to marry a high-flyer who is the principal private secretary to our Prime Minister. What is wrong with that?

Any mother would applause such a sensible and wise choice. If I had a daughter, and she married PM’s PPS, I would consider myself and my family blessed. So being the wife of PPS to PM is definitely a plus¬†where I’m concerned.¬†Your husband¬†would be an issue only if he’s a convicted felon — and you try to hide it!

While all the spinsters who missed their boat because they aimed too high and all those spinsters to be — because they are still¬†pursuing time waster¬†projects like GAHB¬†— are green at the gills that at your age you’ve already turned your GAHB into a hubby, it’s no reason for them to pick on you.

OK, so it seems you might have had a boyfriend — or maybe two? — in the past. Let me rephrase something that was said to me when I was very young. If you have no boyfriend when you are 16, you must be damn choosy. If you have no boyfriend when you are 24, you must be damn ugly — or worse!

Having had boyfriends is no sin. Being able to choose the better or best option from the slate available is your good fortune.

Finally, the question about what you regret most and your answer about not taking your parents to Universal Studios: the person who should have been hauled over the coals is the one who posed such a stupid template question!

What does someone of 27 doing so well in so many ways have to regret? If I were you, I would have answered: “I don’t have any till I find I have to answer a stupid question like yours!”

But seriously speaking, it’s important that you take¬†your¬†parents¬†as soon as possible. Forget the upcoming GE for a few hours and go with them. I say this from personal experience. I never heeded my mother’s wish to revisit Las Vegas (she had been once previously with friends) as that wasn’t my cup of tea.

Now, I want to take her to our integrated resorts but mum’s mind isn’t what it was and prefers only very short eating stints confined to places within minutes of drive away from our home.

So do steal a few hours be4 the hustings begin. You don’t know what being busy is till the next Parliament sits.

I hope you will become my Member of Parliament: provided you get to stand in the Tanjong Pagar Group Representation Constituency.

If as our PM says, the next PM will come from the 4th generation leaders, you stand a very good chance to be our first woman prime minister! I look forward to that development.

And btw, I do like your choice of handbags. :mrgreen:

5 fatal mistakes Opposition parties must avoid …

if they want to have bona fide wards in the next Parliament and not just be given the consolation prizes of NCMP seats.

Opposition parties must not

  • Fall into the PAP trap of contesting all the¬†15 Group Representation Constituencies and 12 Single Member Constituencies. Sure, Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong said he welcomed such a scenario but there’s no need to do his bidding, surely?¬†To do so would be tantamount to¬†sitting at roulette trying to ensure a win by putting chips on all the numbers. The punter¬†(for which read Opposition) will win — on one number but lose on all the other 36, giving rise to¬†the scenario put so congently by Yawning Bread here.
  • Have three or heavens forbid even four corner fights because there will be only one sure winner in this: the PAP.
  • Let Mr Chiam See Tong contest in a GRC. While most of us admire Mr Chiam for all the right and wrong reasons, admiration for the elderly politician may not be enough to garner him¬†sufficient practical support and faith¬†based on which residents hand over the running of their homes and lives for the next five years to him, especially when he doesn’t appear to be in the best of health and hasn’t similar machinery like that of the PAP should anything adverse happen. Better to convince him to stay put in Potong Pasir where he and his devoted wife Lina are well-known to residents and well loved. Best for the Chiam See Tong legacy to¬†come out of¬†his last election (assuming he will retire from politics at the election after next?)¬† a winner, than a loser.
  • Let Mr Low Thia Kiang contest a GRC either. He is younger than Mr Chiam; he appears healthier too. But it is in Hougang that¬†he can depend¬†on the embedded loyalty he’s built up over the elections with the residents.¬†As the leader of the Workers Party, he may feel he should lead a GRC team, rather than be stuck in a SMC. However doing¬†that is to buy into the bait that the PAP is dangling¬†and could lead¬†him ending up as an NCMP. Opposition big wigs tempted to leave the security of their roots should pause and ponder: why haven’t MM Lee Kuan Yew and SM Goh ever wanted to leave Tanjong Pagar and Marine Parade to try their luck elsewhere? Because, silly, that’s their home base! That’s a lesson Messrs Chiam and Low should take to heart.
  • Take¬†what my internet pal Petunia Lee calls “the¬†streams of internet invective sloshed all over public internet forums and in blogosphere” as the real thing straight from the heart of the Singaporean electorate¬†that will translate into¬†landslide voter support come¬†polling day. Alas, alas, the overwhelming majority who are going to vote will either never have touched a computer or¬†no longer have time or interest in¬†the continuous stream of poison against the PAP, because the accusations and complaints have become so predictable and same-old same-old that their¬†creators¬†could possibly regain their passe appeal only if they sang a different tune — which they can’t!

So, dear Opp members and leaders, don’t say Auntie L didn’t warn you! Like all Singaporeans, I want some Opposition voice in Parliament: because that chamber’s made for dialogue, not soliloquy. ūüôĄ