Monday, October 21, 2019

WOTC - Should PSLE questions be easier?

Wisdom of the Crowd: 76% of the participants in this survey prefer the questions in the PSLE to be set an an easier level; 24% prefer to continue with difficult questions.

See the breakdown of the votes in
https://tklcloud.com/Crowd2/chart.aspx?ID=1627

WOTC - Is Donald Trump a smart negotiator?

Wisdom of the Crowd: 74% of the respondents in this survey does not consider Donald Trump to be a smart negotiator, 26% does.

See the breakdown of the votes sin
https://tklcloud.com/Crowd2/chart.aspx?ID=1626

Sunday, October 20, 2019

WOTC - PM Lee's satatement on the need to increase the birth rate

Wisdom of the Crowd: 92% of the participants in this survey held a negative opinion about PM Lee's statement that he wish to increase the birth rate in Singapore.

See the two key reasons that guide their views here
https://tklcloud.com/Crowd2/chart.aspx?ID=1624

WOTC - Prof Koh's statement about Singporean's behavior

Wisdom of the Crowd: 77% of the participants in this survey said that Prof Tommy Koh was largely correct when he described that many Singaporeans behave like citizens of third world countries. Only 23% considered that he was insulting Singaporeans or third world countries.

See the breakdown of the votes in
https://tklcloud.com/Crowd2/chart.aspx?ID=1624

Saturday, October 19, 2019

WOTC - Why did Dyson decide to stop the electric car project?

Wisdom of the Crowd: The participants in this survey did not provide any clear guess of the reason why Dyson decided to stop its project to produce electric cars in Singapore. They were confused due to the lack of transparency from Dyson and the Singapore govt.

See the breakdown of the votes in
https://tklcloud.com/Crowd2/chart.aspx?ID=1623

WOTC - Impeachment of Donald Trump

Wisdom of the Crowd: 87% of the respondents to this survey expect that impeachment of President Trump will fail; only 13% expect that it will succeed.

See the breakdown of the votes in
https://tklcloud.com/Crowd2/chart.aspx?ID=1622

Friday, October 18, 2019

Wisdom of the Crowd - New Issues

1. Did the AHTC acted correctly in appointing FMSS as its managing agent?
2. Is it proper for an existing managing agent to decline to serve a newly elected town council?
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WOTC - Voting preference at next general election

Wisdom of the Crowd: 71% of the participants in this survey said that their voting preference (for or against the PAP) has not changed. Of the other 29%, a net of 9.3% said that the will change their voting preference away from PAP.

See the breakdown of the votes in
https://tklcloud.com/Crowd2/chart.aspx?ID=1621

WOTC - Ministry statements against The Online Citizen

Wisdom of the Crowd: 87% of the respondents to this survey said that the statements of various ministries against The Online Citizen were unfair for various reasons. 13% said that the statements were fair and necessary to correct misreporting by this website.

See the breakdown of the votes in
https://tklcloud.com/Crowd2/chart.aspx?ID=1620

Thursday, October 17, 2019

My secret for a successful weight loss program

I lost 10 kg in 4 months. From a BMI of 29.3 (rated as obese), I reduced to 2.45 (rated as normal).

My friend said that I achieved it through "determination". In reality, I have not changed my character. The primary driving force is explained by two words starting with M & E.

https://tklcloud.com/Feedback/feedback2.aspx?id=2067

New York Times: Trump doesn’t have the integrity to be a mob boss


By Paul Krugman

Many people have compared Donald Trump to a mob boss. But I’m starting to think that the comparison is unfair — to mob bosses.

After all, you can’t build an empire, even a criminal empire, unless people believe that your word is worth something. They have to believe both that you’ll honor your promises and that you’ll make good on your threats. The first few times you renege on agreements it may look as if you’re being smart and other people are being suckers; but soon they’ll take your measure, and realize that you’re actually the guy who can be rolled.

I’ve been thinking about this reality over the past few days, as we’ve watched two separate Trump administration debacles unfold.

The biggest debacle, the one that has many of us feeling a bit ashamed to be Americans, is, of course, the betrayal of the Kurds. We don’t really know why Trump so casually abandoned allies who have fought and died on our behalf, but one thing is clear: Turkey’s President Recep Erdogan took Trump’s measure, decided that his threats to retaliate against Turkey’s effective invasion of Kurdish territory were empty, and seized the moment.

But there was another, lower-key debacle involving China. Trump has, of course, made a trade war with China the centerpiece of his economic policy, inflicting substantial harm on both economies along the way. Last week, however — perhaps realizing the weakness of his domestic position as the march to impeachment gathers momentum — he seemingly decided to declare victory and retreat, proclaiming that he had a deal with China that, even by his own officials’ description, sounded like getting nothing China hasn’t been offering all along.

But it was actually worse than that. Acute observers quickly pointed out that all we had was a unilateral announcement by U.S. officials that there was a deal, which should be treated with skepticism until and unless we got an explicit joint statement of what had been agreed.

And sure enough, yesterday the Chinese basically said, “Oh, that deal? Well, we’re thinking about it. Let’s talk some more.”

In other words, like Turkey’s Erdogan — and, actually, North Korea’s Kim Jong Un a while back — they’ve taken Trump’s measure and decided that he can be rolled.

The point is that Trump’s actual art of the deal, which involves making promises you intend to break whenever it seems convenient, only works if you can keep finding fresh suckers to cheat. If there are people you have to deal with repeatedly, like the leaders of other nations, they eventually figure out both that you can’t be trusted and that you needn’t be feared: your promises are empty, but so are your threats.

All of this has vastly weakened America. We used to be a country of great power but even greater influence, because we had principles other nations could count on us to follow. Now we have a leader whom other leaders see as malleable — an unprincipled and ill-informed guy who can be flattered, bribed or simply fooled into giving them what they want.

Making America great again, indeed.

A big hassle to report a non-delivery

I wish to describe a troublesome process adopted by Lazada and the unreliable service and poor process of Sing Post.
I mentioned Lee HL because he is the source of the dysfunction system adopted in Singapore, aggravated by PDPA.

Wisdom of the Crowd - New Issues

1. The PDPA is a good law
2. The GRC is a good system

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A bad law that cause a lot of damage

The PDPA is a bad law that has caused a lot of damage to our economy and daily life.

Quora: How is the U.S. trade war with China going for America?

Pavel Fekula, Active in Russian-American Relations, answered.

Trump has managed to secure some concessions from the Chinese, because his moves make them nervous, however it is not likely to end up going in Trump’s favor in the end. The Chinese leadership regard Trump as reckless and inexperienced, and that makes them nervous. He doesn’t understand the complex macroeconomic and foreign policy issues that he is dealing with. As a result, the Chinese have given him some concessions out of a fear that he will do something stupid that wrecks his economy and theirs.

Between the two nations, the Chinese have more leverage in the trade war. They are the US’s main creditor after all. If they want to hurt the US economy, all they have to do is start selling dollars and buying gold. However, the Chinese don’t want to wreck the economy of their #1 export market. At that, it would be hard for the Chinese to de-dollarize without losing a significant portion of their investment as the dollar drops in value.

However, in the event that there is a total breakdown between the two nations, China will emerge quicker than the US. As the dollar declines in value, the US descend into hyperinflation, making American consumers unable to afford foreign goods. It will be a long time before American manufacturing comes online to alleviate goods shortages. However if the Chinese lose their main export market, while it will likely produce a severe recession, in the end they will simply redirect their manufacturing towards domestic consumption.

WOTC - Increase in public transport fares

Wisdom of the Crowd: 96% of the participants in this survey said that the increase of 9 cents and 4 cents in the public transport fare is not fair, as there are other ways for the government to reduce the operating loss. The other 4% said that it is fair.

See the breakdown of the votes in
https://tklcloud.com/Crowd2/chart.aspx?ID=1619

WOTC - Is Hong Kong important to China?

Wisdom of the Crowd: 76% of the participants in this survey said that Hong Kong is not important to China and can be easily displaced. the other 24% hold a different opinion.

See the breakdown of the votes in
https://tklcloud.com/Crowd2/chart.aspx?ID=1618

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Wong meter reading result in high water bill

If you receive a bill from PUB stating that you had high consumption of water, it could be due to wrong reading of the water meter. It could be the latest reading or an earlier reading.

I found out and share my experience here.
https://tklcloud.com/Feedback/feedback2.aspx?id=2059

Quora: Why has China the position of strength in negotiating a new trade deal with the US?

Paul Sutton, Stock Trader, electrical engineer answered.

China is stalling. It’s that simple. They dangle a carrot, and Trump thinks “Aha! I’ve got them on the ropes!” and then China slides off to the side and pulls the same stunt again. And again.

They have no interest is striking a deal with Trump. Trump is a bully. Imagine if Russia (or China) used or tried to use the same intimidating tactics on the US. Citizens from one side of the country to the next - most of whom now applaud Trump’s bullying - would be up in arms. We’d have the Chinese equivalent of “Freedom Fries.” Remember the furor over France not endorsing our desire to invade Iraq? Too far back?

Those same folks would be advocating boycotting of Chinese goods in the US far and wide, screaming epithets on every public forum available, and so on. But they think it’s okay if we do it to China.

China is more pragmatic than the US. They simply deflect the situation and stall knowing that Trump’s time in office is limited, whether to four years or eight is not of much consequence.

Trump thinks he’s winning. His supporters think he’s winning. I can’t see it. Nor can I see China rolling over because Trump demands that they do so. We certainly wouldn’t. What makes anyone think China will, or even should? Trade is negotiated, not dictated. Presuming that might makes right simply doesn’t work, as Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Iraq should amply demonstrate, and I’d bet dimes to donuts the same frothing crowd that supported those wars also stand behind Trump. They never learn, do they?

WOTC - How the public view America

Wisdom of the Crowd: 24% of the participants in this survey have a positive view about America, 76% have a negative view.

See the breakdown of the votes in
https://tklcloud.com/Crowd2/chart.aspx?ID=1617

WOTC - How the public view China

Wisdom of the Crowd: 80% of the participants in this survey have a favorable view about China, 20% have a negative view.

See the breakdown of the votes in
https://tklcloud.com/Crowd2/chart.aspx?ID=1616

Are we paying too much to outsource the bus operations

In recent years, the government collects the revenue from the bus operations and tenders out the operations to the bus operators.

This is supposed to be a good system to keep the cost of operations low through competition, but there is a risk that this system could be badly managed.

I share my views.
https://tklcloud.com/Feedback/feedback2.aspx?id=2054

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Wisdom of the Crowd - New Issues

1. PM Lee said that workers will not be left to fend for themselves during transition
2. Is the NTUC effective in looking after the welfare of the workers.
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Partial trade deal between US and China

On Friday 11 November, President Trump was jubilant about the partial trade deal with China.

He tweeted - (it is) as a major achievement and the best deal US farmers have ever secured. WOW, the Farmers really hit pay dirt,"

The following day, China said - not yet, we need more talks to clarify the terms of the deal before we sign the agreement.

Why did China take this stand?

I see two reasons.

First, China knows that Trump is desperate to have a trade agreement to present to the American voters.

Second, China is wary about Trump's erratic and unpredictable behavior. What is to stop him from implementing new demands at any time?

I believe that China wants to make sure that the partial trade deal will mean - no new demands.

What do you think?

WOTC - Ban on face mask in HK

Wisdom of the Crowd: 59% of the participants in this survey said that it is proper for the HK government to call for a ban on the use of the face mask during the current unrest. The remaining 41% disagreed.

See the breakdown of the votes in
https://tklcloud.com/Crowd2/chart.aspx?ID=1615

WOTC - HK Police action in dealing with riots

Wisdom of the Crowd: 84%of the participants in this survey had a positive view of the HK Police in dealing with the rioters The remaining 16% said that the police had used excessive force.

See the breakdown of the votes in
https://tklcloud.com/Crowd2/chart.aspx?ID=1614

Monday, October 14, 2019

Complicated situation in Syria

Wow. The situation in Syria is very complicated. There are so many parties - Syria, ISIS, Kurdish militia, Turkey.

It is a fertile ground for DT erratic policy.

New York Times: Turkish attack enables a gain for ISIS

On Sunday, hundreds of relatives of Islamic State fighters fled a detention camp run by Kurds in northern Syria after Turkish airstrikes hit the surrounding area.

And our reporters learned that the Kurdish militia, angered by the U.S. military withdrawal before the assault, blocked the Americans from extracting about five dozen “high value” Islamic State detainees from the prisons the militia runs. Here’s an explainer on the prisons, which hold about 11,000 men.

ISIS has already claimed responsibility for at least two attacks since the start of the invasion.

Further U.S. withdrawal: The U.S. said it would withdraw about 1,000 of its remaining troops from northeastern Syria, effectively ceding control to the Syrian government and Russia. Green Berets described feeling “ashamed” at orders to abandon their Kurdish allies.

Russia’s Syria role: Our video investigation proves that the Russian Air Force repeatedly bombed hospitals in rebel-held areas of Syria to crush remaining resistance to the country’s president, Bashar al-Assad.

Analysis: President Trump’s abrupt shift in Syria and acquiescence to the Turkish invasion have alarmed America’s allies in the Middle East.

Wisdom of the Crowd - New Issues

1. Will the seniors vote PAP because of the free fitness band?
2. Is Singapore a good place to retire in?
3. Footballer Ben Davis does not have any intent to return to Singapore

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A more efficient way to handle job interview

My friend migrated to Canada. He applied for a job as a software developer. There is a big demand for this skill in Canada.

He told me that their process is different from Singapore. They take the following steps.
https://tklcloud.com/Feedback/feedback2.aspx?id=2050

Quora: Why doesn't Donald Trump just appoint a special counsel to investigate the Bidens?


Bruce Spielbauer answered.

Because, Trump would have to state the reason (some tiny bit of evidence) — and there is none.
It is the same reason Trump did not just call up the Department of Justice, and ask them to investigate. Either would have been legal. (If Trump had a tiny bit of evidence.)

Asking a foreign power to do it, (both the Ukraine, and now China) was a crime. A felony, in fact.
Because, the subject was a political opponent.

Poor customer service

This is another example of the poor quality of customer service in Singapore. It is shockingly bad.

https://tklcloud.com/Feedback/feedback2.aspx?id=2049



WOTC - Waiting time at pedestrian crossing

Wisdom of the Crowd: 50% of the participants in this survey said that the green man at the pedestrian crossing should appear within 1 minute. The other 50% accept a longer waiting time, depending on traffic condition.

See the breakdown of the votes in
https://tklcloud.com/Crowd2/chart.aspx?ID=1612

WOTC - Protester shot by HK Police

Wisdom of the Crowd: 78% of the participants in this survey said that the protester who was shot by the HK police should be charged for rioting. Another 10% said he should be charged but given a lighter punishment. The remaining 12% said that he should not be charged.

See the breakdown of the votes in
https://tklcloud.com/Crowd2/chart.aspx?ID=1612

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Wine and cheese party

I attend the wine and cheese party organized by the neighborhood committee.

I asked the committee - who pays for the expenses of the party?

I know that the neighborhood committee does not collect any fee from the attendees nor any subscription from the residents.

He told me that the expenses are paid by the People's Association. They set aside an annual budget for the neighborhood committee to spend.

The PAP member of parliament is invited to the party.

Okay, that is fine. The residents should remember that the money come from our taxes and GST. It does not come from the PAP or the MP.

Enjoy the wine, cheese and other food. Remember to vote according to what is best for the people, how to bring down the cost of living, how to ensure that jobs are secure and that the government leaders do not take care of their self interest. OK?




Encourage renting of houses

I wish to suggest that the government should encourage the renting of houses and flats. This will allow working people to live near their workplace and retired people to live near their children.

I quote the example of Mr. K.
https://tklcloud.com/Feedback/feedback2.aspx?id=2044

The ground is sour for PAP

After the judgment for the AHTC case was announced, a few people have expressed their anger in their conversation to me.

They asked for my view, but I told them that I did not follow the judgment closely.

They expressed the following statements:
https://tklcloud.com/Feedback/feedback2.aspx?id=2043

Wisdom of the Crowd - New Issues

1. Which candidate has the best chance to beat Donald Trump in 2020?
2. Do you agree with the judgment on the AHTC case?
3. Will you continue to support the Worker's Party?
4. How much will the WP MPs have to pay in damages for the AHTC case?

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Singaporeans have to think critically

Singaporeans have to think critically before expressing their opinion.
https://tklcloud.com/Feedback/feedback2.aspx?id=2042

WOTC - Performance of President Trump

Wisdom of the Crowd: 75% of the participants in this survey have negative opinion of the performance of President Trump. 25% have a positive opinion.

See the breakdown of the votes in
https://tklcloud.com/Crowd2/chart.aspx?ID=1611

WOTC - Network of bus services

Wisdom of the Crowd: 53% of the participants in this survey preferred to continue with the current wide network of bus services. So they don't mind paying higher public transport fares. The other 47% disagree.

See the breakdown of the votes in
https://tklcloud.com/Crowd2/chart.aspx?ID=1610

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Wisdom of the Crowd - New Issues

1. Is President Trump a smart negotiator?
2. Should we set PSLE examination questions at a difficult level?
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Top leaders must pay attention to problems and direct the people in charge to solve them

Someone sent me a message about my post on the way that the Public Utilities Board handled the water leakage in my home. He asked - do you seriously think that your prime minister should attend to this problem? Does he not have other more important things to do?

Here is my reply.
https://tklcloud.com/Feedback/feedback2.aspx?id=2038

WOTC - Quality of 4G leaders

Wisdom of the Crowd: 83% of the participants in this survey described the 4G leaders as incompetent or arrogant. The remaining 17% have a positive view of these leaders.

See the breakdown of the votes in
https://tklcloud.com/Crowd2/chart.aspx?ID=1609

WOTC - Bad behavior of the people

Wisdom of the Crowd: 68% of the participants said that the bad behavior of the people is caused by the government. The other 32% had different views.

See the breakdown of the votes in
https://tklcloud.com/Crowd2/chart.aspx?ID=1608

We need to change the way that Singapore is governed

We have a dysfunctional system under the leadership of Lee HL. We need to change the way that Singapore is governed.

I add another example of my experience.
https://tklcloud.com/Feedback/feedback2.aspx?id=2037

Friday, October 11, 2019

Singaporeans should be more socially minded

In a panel discussion, Prof Tommy Koh said that many Singaporeans behave like citizens of third world countries.

This remark attracted criticism from several sources. Some people said that he was being unfairly critical of Singaporeans.

A letter published in the Straits Times criticized him for being unfair to third world countries, which include many ASEAN countries.

I wish to give my views on this issue.
https://tklcloud.com/Feedback/feedback2.aspx?id=2033

Wisdom of the Crowd - New Issues

1. Why did Dyson decide to stop its electric car operations in Singapore?
2. Prof Koh said that many Singaporeans behave like citizens of third world countries
3. PM Lee said that we need to increase the birth rate in Singapore

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Top management must take responsibility

My friend complained that Sing Post is now quite unreliable. Many of his mails were not delivered. He asked his bank to keep his statement and he would collect it personally at the branch.

I considered that the top management of Sing Post should be blamed. Another person disagreed with me. He said that it was the individual postman who was at fault, and not the top management.

Should top managers be blamed?
https://tklcloud.com/Feedback/feedback2.aspx?id=2032

WOTC - Is United Nations still useful?

Wisdom of the Crowd: 83% of the participants int his survey said that the United Nations has lost its significance and is now useless. The other 17% are still optimistic that it has a useful role.

See the breakdown of the votes in
https://tklcloud.com/Crowd2/chart.aspx?ID=1607

WOTC - Shooting of HK protester

Wisdom of the Crowd: 88% of the participants in this survey said that the Hong Kong police was not to be blamed in the incident when a young protester was shot. 12% said the police acted improperly.

See the breakdown of the votes in
https://tklcloud.com/Crowd2/chart.aspx?ID=1606

Address the root cause of the low birth rate

I was disgusted when I read this news.

Who wants to have babies in Singapore when the boys have to serve national service which puts them at a big disadvantage compared to foreigners.

Instead of addressing the root of the problem, this PM still thinks of increasing the population with permanent residents who become citizens (may I add, with no national service obligations).

He will destroy the country that Lee Kuan Yew spent his life to build a strong foundation.
https://www.todayonline.com/…/new-towns-industries-are-bein…?

Additional charge for disposable cups and takeaway boxes

Dear Mr. Tan,

My daughter came back from school today and I was informed that drinks in paper disposable cups would cost $0.10 more in school due to an environmentally friendly initiative.

I am very surprised why Ngee Ann Polytechnic is taking such measures to mark up the cost of food and drinks to students.

Why are drinks not being sold in reusable plastic cups? Why should the students be penalised if the canteens want to save time and manpower by not washing cups? Don’t reusable cups fall into the same category as the plates and cutlery which are reused in the canteen after washing? I remember during my days in schools, there were proper cups that were washed after every use.

Ngee Ann Polytechnic should look into the root cause of the problem. I was told that there is a lack of canteen seating space during the term study time. Students often have no place to sit at all in the canteen and they often have to resort to takeaway their food in environmentally friendly boxes will further cost 20-50 cents from the stores.

Isn’t it absurd that students have to pay for such “save the environment” ware, when it is obvious that there is not enough canteen seating and dining capacity for the students? There is not enough seating space and yet still close down a canteen? Ngee Ann Polytechnic should look into the main reason of the demand for takeaways!

Next the fee of 10 cents for environmentally friendly cups is not a fair move, since drinks in plastic bottles are not similarly “taxed”. Are drinks in plastic bottles therefore deemed to be “environmentally friendly”?

Such thinking and mentality of Ngee Ann Polytechnic as an educational institute only grooms students to grow up to think along a line of “ban PMDs because they cause accidents”.

Should Ngee Ann Polytechnic wish to be environmentally friendly and conscious, a very low-lying fruit would be to stop the smoking students from your school from littering. The pavement of the unofficial smoking point is located just next to a waterway, when student litter their cigarette butt onto the pavement, it only eventually ends up into our waterways, polluting our water source. Or is Ngee Ann Polytechnic not concerned since the place is not within their campus?

Instead of making students pay for your so called “green initiative”, please do something for the damage to the environment by your students on the land out of your campus!

Also, why not save energy by getting your staff to car pool? Principals and their deputies should and can set an example to car pool or take public transport to save the environment, instead of putting up a false front on environment friendliness.

Let’s all not be so fixated over the false front of how a 10 cent paper cup can save the environment when there are obviously bigger issues that Ngee Ann Polytechnic have overlooked or is closing a blind eye to!

MY VIEW:
I suggest that the student should bring along a water bottle for to contain the drink and a plastic lunch box to pack their food, rather than to use disposable cup and takeaway box?
I wonder if this suggestion is practical. What do you think?

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Rejected claims due to non-disclosure

A lawyer approached me for help. His client had a $70,000 medical bill rejected by the integrated plan insurer on the grounds of non disclosure. The agent did a bad job and did not fill up the medical history properly. The agent had since resigned.

The client was previously insured under another insurer, also under an integrated plan. There was no need for him to change insurer to get "better coverage".

He ended up with a rejected claim and suffered a large financial loss.

Another insured person approached me directly on a similar case. His medical coverage was also rejected for a similar reason, non disclosure.

I have been approached several times on this kind of problem. I always advised consumers to stay with their current plan or move to Medishield Life.

Tan Kin Lian

Wisdom of the Crowd - New Issues

1. Has your voting preference change from the last general election?
2. What will happen to the move to impeach President Trump?

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Dear Mr Tan,
I took a quick read of our book.

It was very easy to read.
The information were very pertinent, straight to be the point, and not so technical. In this way, I absorb a lot more than when I read the 'usual' kind of self help books, whereby authors tend to try to fortify their credibility with lots of technical details, and unnecessary elaborations.
Thank you for your sharing. I appreciate it.

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WOTC - Will Boris Johnson stay as PM of UK?

Wisdom of the Crowd: 50% of the participants expect Boris Johnson to resign or be voted out as PM of the UK. The other 50% expect him to lead UK out of EU with or without a deal.
See the breakdown of the votes in
https://tklcloud.com/Crowd2/chart.aspx?ID=1605

WOTC - PM Lee gets World Statesman Award

Wisdom of the Crowd: 64% of the participants in this survey said that the United Nations General Assembly was poorly attended when PM Lee spoke because most countries felt that he did not deserve the World Statesman Award. The other participants had other observations.

See the breakdown of the votes in
https://tklcloud.com/Crowd2/chart.aspx?ID=1604

Wednesday, October 09, 2019

Is the govt justified to increase the public transport fares?

The government has announced an increase in public transport fares, citing the recent increase in operating costs. Many people complained about this further increase in the cost of living.

The decision makers and their supporters pointed out that the public transport fares in Singapore are lower than the fares in the major cities in other developed countries.

I wish to give my views on this matter.
https://tklcloud.com/Feedback/feedback2.aspx?id=2027

President Trump defies House investigation

New York Times:

The White House declared war on the House impeachment inquiry, announcing that it would not cooperate with what it called an unconstitutional and partisan effort “to overturn the results of the 2016 election” of President Trump.

Mr. Trump called the inquiry into his efforts to pressure Ukraine to find dirt on his political rivals “a totally compromised kangaroo court,” and the White House intervened for the first time to block the testimony of a key witness.

Related: The whistle-blower at the center of the investigation wrote in a memo that a White House official who listened in on President Trump’s July phone call with Ukraine’s leader called it “crazy,” “frightening” and “completely lacking in substance related to national security.”

The evidence: House investigators have been issuing near-daily requests or subpoenas. Here’s a look at what they’ve collected so far.

Quora: What would happen if the Republicans voted to impeach Trump?

Virginia Hall, Top Writer 2018
Answered Sep 25


I am old enough that as an adult I watched Watergate go down. At first everyone thought Nixon would skate through with the Republicans in the Senate backing him up.
Then came the hearings and evidence came out and the Republicans began to shift.
Just before what turned out to be the end a delegation of Republicans Senators went to the White House and informed him in the Senate there were enough votes to remove Nixon from office. In short, Nixon would be removed from office.
Rather than go through the humiliation of being removed by a vote of the Senate, Nixon decided to resign.
If there were enough Republicans to remove from office, Trump might throw in the towel.
If the Republicans form a red wall, Trump might survive. If the red wall cracks, and it’s a high bar to remove, Trump might survive to run in 2020.
There would be a terrible problem as the Republicans have scuttled all the primaries. Who would they run? Pence? It would be a disaster.

Rule of the mob

I give my views about the ongoing protest in Hong Kong, which has lasted four months, and whether I support the protesters or the government.

https://tklcloud.com/Feedback/feedback2.aspx?id=2022

WOTC - Guidelines on online booking

Wisdom of the Crowd: 87% of the participants in this survey held a negative view of the slow action taken by the Competition watchdog in issuing the guidelines on online booking.

See the breakdown of the votes in
https://tklcloud.com/Crowd2/chart.aspx?ID=1603

WOTC - Sharing of PMDs

Wisdom of the Crowd: 72% of the participants are not in favor of LTA issuing license for sharing of PMDs.

See the breakdown of the votes in
https://tklcloud.com/Crowd2/chart.aspx?ID=1602

Tuesday, October 08, 2019

WOTC - Meritocracy

Wisdom of the Crowd: 93% of the participants in this survey felt that Singapore does not have a truly meritocratic society. The other 7% are positive.

See the breakdown of the votes in
https://tklcloud.com/Crowd2/chart.aspx?ID=1601

WOTC - Racial harmony

Wisdom of the Crowd: 63% of the respondents said that the racial harmony in Singapore is being challenged by the big influx of foreigners. The other 37% had different views on this matter.

See the breakdown of the votes in
https://tklcloud.com/Crowd2/chart.aspx?ID=1600

Wisdom of the Crowd - New Issues

1. Is the increase in public transport fares of 9 cents and 4 cents fair?
2. Are the statements of several ministries against The Online Citizen fair?
Vote in
https://tklcloud.com/Crowd2/vote.aspx

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