Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Watz Buzzing - 31 Oct 2012

Treatment to Unfair and Unclear ICA, CNB Procedures



Daniel Lee Yong Boon is a sportsman, NUS administrator and caring counselor. Recently, while returning to Singapore from Malaysia, he was unfairly suspected of using illegal substances at the Woodlands checkpoint.

After reading his online letter to Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) and Immigrations & Checkpoints Authority (ICA), I could only imagine his confusion as he was subjected to a sequence of treatments that is all the more bewildering and unfair considering that he is innocent.

I’ve approached Daniel to request his permission to repost his letter on KRC so that the relevant authorities could be more persuaded to study how the system could be improved. Daniel granted his permission. His email to CNB and ICA on 29th October is reposted below:

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‘Millionaire’ Cabby: I don’t make $7000 every month

SPH earlier reported a news about a cab driver, Mr Mohammed Hasnor Bin Hashim, who quit his $5,000 a month job as a security manager to become a cab driver (‘Ex-manager earns $7,000 as cabby‘). SPH reported that on average, this cab driver earns about $7,000 a month, working from Monday to Sathurday.

SPH said, “The driver with Premier Taxis finds it puzzling when some cabbies complain that it is a struggle to earn a living. It could be because some are semi-retired and spend time in coffee shops chatting.” After the story was featured by SPH, there has been a flurry of exchanges among netizens on the Net. Most were quite skeptical and wondered if the story is true.

TR Emeritus then reported that a netizen, Rasyed Abdul Rahim wrote on Facebook that that he knows Mr Muhammad personally and said that if Mr Muhammad is earning $7K monthly, he won’t need to ask him to help pay Mr Muhammad’s taxi rental (‘More than meets the eye on The Sunday Times’s ‘millionaire’ cabby‘).

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This cabby earns $7,000 a month



Mr Muhammad Hasnor Hashim quit his $5,000 a month job as a security manager a year ago to become a cabby, and has no regrets. He now earns about $7,000 a month, and gets to spend more time with his family.

The 32-year-old describes his cab as a "money machine", adding: "Every day, I see the money and it is directly dependent on how hard I work".

Mr Muhammad works 6 days a week for at least eight hours a day, and rests on Sundays. His work day starts at 5.30am when he sets off from his Woodlands flat, and ends at 10pm, with enough time in between for him to drive his children to his in-law's home, have his meals, take a nap to recharge, and spend time with his family

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‘S$7k a month driving a taxi? Possible, but they’ll burn out’



Can taxi drivers in Singapore really make as much as S$7,000 a month?

Yes, according to stories carried in The Sunday Times.

But don’t quit your day job yet.

32-year-old Muhammad Hasnor Hashim and 32-year-old Mark Leow, who have only started driving taxis in the past year, told the paper they earn S$7,000 and S$6,000 a month, respectively.

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Is ST’s story on $7K a month cabby real or fake?

After the Sunday Times featured a cab driver earning $7,000 a month last Sun (28 Oct), there has been a flurry of exchanges among netizens on the Net. Most were quite skeptical and wondered if the Sunday Times’ story is true.
In the ST story, the cabby, Mohammed Hasnor Bin Hashim, 32, was said to have given up his $5,000 security manager job to drive taxi.

A blogger, supposedly a cab driver himself wrote [Link]:
“If that cabby – Mr. M. H. Hashim, 32, drives for only 8 hours and take home $200 per day after paying his $50 fuel and $100 rental, it means that he collects $43.75 per hour or $0.73 per minute.
At that rate, he is occupied on the road with a paying passenger every minute of the 8 hours, with no waiting at taxi stands, airports or anywhere. Is that possible?
I’m sure you have seen long taxi queue at shopping malls, airports and empty taxis cruising around with no passengers. But Mr. M.H. Hashim is occupied in all the 8 hours with a paying passengers! How preposterous and incredible!”
Another netizen, Rasyed Abdul Rahim wrote on Facebook that that he knows Mr Muhammad personally and said that if Mr Muhammad is earning $7K monthly, he won’t need to ask him to help pay Mr Muhammad’s taxi rental:


I want to be a cab driver

The glorious reports of cab drivers earning $6k to $7k must be very attractive to many out of job PMETs. This used to be peanuts at one time. But today, with a stock market that is dying and performing worst than a fish market, when the income of many remisiers is less than a fishmonger or butcher or vegetable seller in the wet market, becoming a cab driver is now an attractive option. I am seriously thinking about this and would have jumped in if not of the risk of being beaten up by a drunk or murdered by a desperado. There is no need to risk life and limbs to be a cab driver.

Leave it to the younger heroes that could defend themselves when attacked or their youthful bulk will keep the attackers at bay.

How about being a school teacher? Read that there is a great advertisement flying in Australia that our MOE is recruiting experienced teachers from down under. Some commented that with so many PMETs available, and a few thousand remisiers waiting to join the queue, perhaps MOE may want to send its flyer to these professionals who are also armed with quite a few pieces of papers and a mountain of life experiences to share with the young. Would not the MOE pick on our locals to educate our young or prefer to choose from some unknowns who would expect to be paid more than the locals, with housing and relocation allowances added?

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Cabby who claimed he earns $7,000 a month had difficulty paying his taxi rental?



Is ST story on $7k a month cabby a fake? Hear it from cabby65's blog

So, was the story cited by ST about a cabby who earned $7k a month real after all? Here are two other versions that will make you doubt ST's report.

First Version - A Millionaire Cabby with $7,000 per month Earning!
I think The Sunday Times news reports contained lots of half truths and unsustainable facts. Let me explain from my perspective, knowledge and experience as a cabby for the last seven years.

1. If that cabby - Mr. M. H. Hashim, 32, drives for only 8 hours and take home $200 per day after paying his $50 fuel and $100 rental, it means that he collects $43.75 per hour or 0.73 per minute. At that rate, he is occupied on the road with a paying passenger every minute of the 8 hours, with no waiting at taxi stands, airports or anywhere. Is that possible?. I'm sure you have seen long taxi queue at shopping malls, airports and empty taxis cruising around with no passengers. But Mr. M.H. Hashim is occupied in all the 8 hours with a paying passengers! How preposterous and incredible!

lol more dark secrets revealed about Sg millionaire taxi driver



let u cum to conclusion

154th never check before printing

ST is reliable my foot!


PRC passengers take Jetstar crew hostage in Shanghai after delay


Stuff.co.nz, 31 Oct 2012
A Jetstar pilot and crew were held hostage for more than six hours by a mob of angry passengers after their flight was diverted from Beijing to Shanghai because of bad weather.

The experienced Australian pilot is being hailed as a hero for his calm actions after being confronted by the angry passengers as they disembarked at Shanghai's Pudong airport.

Upset at the delay and fearful they would be abandoned and left to find their own way to Beijing, the passengers bailed the crew up inside a section of the arrivals area and refused to let them leave. Full story

Related:
Jetstar passengers rebel in Shanghai - news.com.au


The National Cost of Growing Old .... Is Perhaps Not That Large

Greying population could 'cost Govt S$13b more by 2025'
by Teo Xuanwei 
SINGAPORE - By 2025, public services for what will be a greyer Singapore could cost the Government S$79 billion, or S$13 billion more than what it spends today, according to a new report released by global management consultancy Accenture.

These types of figures always look scary to the uninformed. "Oh my goodness," they will say, "How can Singapore afford all these costs?".

Actually, there are many possible ways. For example, as senior citizens form an increasing proportion of the population, younger people necessarily form a decreasing proportion. The government will need to look after more old people, but fewer young people. Increased government expenditure on the old can be offset by decreased government expenditure on the young. For example, if Singapore has fewer young people, government expenditure on education must logically decrease.


Gaps In Public Service

Quoting a report by consulting, technology- services and outsourcing company Accenture ("Delivering Public Service For The Future: Navigating The Shifts") the mainstream media said the Singapore Government may have to spend an additional $13 billion to fund public services by 2025. The puzzle here is where the billions have been spent, if they were actually expended for public services at all. The mind boggling amount is supposed to be required due to costs associated with the country's ageing population. Ask Ah Pek when was the last time he received any handout without strings attached - as in the nefarious one-time GST voucher for a life-time hike in good and services tax.



Reading the report proper, Accenture's focus was actually about the gap between what the citizens want, and what the Government is delivering. They have identified four clear structural shifts that are needed to push public services toward becoming more outcome focused:


Hawkers votes ‘no’ to convert wet market after NEA wants rental hike

The Holland Village Market and Food Centre was upgraded in 2005, but business has not been as good as the stall owners have hoped for.

In August last year, over 20 hawkers petitioned the National Environment Agency (NEA) to convert the wet market section into food stalls, making the Holland Village Market and Food Centre completely into a food centre only. The centre is operated by NEA.

The hawkers hoped that with the revamp, it would help improve business for everyone there.