Saturday, March 16, 2019

What is an AED?

I see the AED signs in many places. I asked a few people - what does AED stand fo

None has the answer.

So I asked my last resort friend Google. He said - An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses the life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias of ventricular fibrillation and pulseless ventricular tachycardia, and is able to treat them through defibrillation, the application of electricity which stops the arrhythmia, allowing the heart to re-establish an effective rhythm.

With simple audio and visual commands, AEDs are designed to be simple to use for the layperson, and the use of AEDs is taught in many first aid, certified first responder, and basic life support (BLS) level cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) classes.

The portable version of the defibrillator was invented in the mid-1960s by Frank Pantridge in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Set a good example

Dear Kin,
I would like to contribute the following to your website. Cheers.

Title: At 93, Mahathir's leadership-in-action puts our PAP Ministers to shame

Most urgent change in govt policy

I asked a question in the Wisdom of the Crowd website - which issue needs the most urgent attention.

43 people voted. The top choice (44%) was to abolish GST. The other choices - in order of popularity - are the lower health care cost, stop immigration, allow CPF withdrawal at 55 and reduce defense spending.

I wish to explain my interpretation of the findings.

WOTC - Most urgent attention

I asked this question in the Wisdom of the Crowd:
Which issue needs the most urgent attention?

Here are the responses: (43 Votes)
44 % - Abolish GST
26 % - Lower health care cost
14 % - Stop immigration
14 % - Allow CPF to be withdrawn at 55
2 % - Reduce defense spending

See the pie chart at:

WOTC - Stand in solidarity with people in trouble

I asked this question in the Wisdom of the Crowd:

Will you come forward to stand in solidarity with people in trouble?

Here are the responses: (39 Votes)
54 % - Yes. But acting in solidarity with other people, we can make change happen.
26 % - Yes, I will lend my hand and voice.
18 % - No. I do not want to be involved in an issue that I do not understand.
3 % - No. Each person should take care of himself or herself.

See the pie chart at:

Friday, March 15, 2019

Spare a thought for 'jobless' hawkers during renovation

When I visited the Upper Boon Keng Market and Food Centre recently, a hawker told me that the market and food centre will be closed for major renovation for a three-month period from May to July.
There are more than 80 stalls selling cooked food and drinks, as well as a few dozen stalls selling meat, fish, poultry and vegetables.
All in all, a couple of hundred of people will be out of work for this period.

Confusing taxi fares

I went to the taxi queue at Marina Cruise Center. There was a long queue and the taxis were slow in coming.

My friend said that the taxis are not given a surcharge for trips from the cruise center, so they boycott this location.

I went to the queue for large taxis where the fare is higher and the queue is shorter. Still, it took about 15 minutes before a taxi was available to pick me.

The people waiting in the queue for the normal taxi had to wait a much longer time.

WOTC - Head of sovereign wealth fund

I asked this question in the Wisdom of the Crowd:

Is it good for the wife of the PM to be head of the sovereign wealth fund?

Here are the responses: (52 Votes)
54 % - It has many risks of conflict of interest and non-transparency.
40 % - There are other capable people who can be trusted and can act independently.
4 % - It is all right, if she is the most capable. 
2 % - There are advantages in making the right strategic decision.

See the pie chart at:

WOTC - Streaming in education

I asked this question in the Wisdom of the Crowd:

Was streaming in education good for Singapore?

Here are the responses: (47 Votes)
49 % - We should look for other ways to handle students with different pace of learning.
34 % - It has been stressful for many families and is somewhat harmful.
13 % - It was a good way to handle students with different pace of learnings.
4 % - It has produced a favorable outcome in the quality of our students.

See the pie chart at:

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Medical charges for foreign workers

At present, foreign workers have to pay the full medical charges and do not enjoy any subsidy. In some cases, they are treated in A class wards. I find this situation to be quite ridiculous.

I am in favor of giving subsidized health care for foreign maids and workers. Here are my reasons.

Adopt a neutral approach towards home ownership

For more than five decades, home ownership is taken for granted as being a desirable government policy. It has certainly worked very well during the first few decades of our nation building.

With the large increase in property prices since the mid 1980s, home ownership became a financial burden. Many young families could not afford to buy a HDB flat. They delayed their marriage.

To support home ownership, the CPF contribution rates were kept at a high level. This caused problem for local workers in competing for jobs against foreign workers who are not required to contribute to CPF.

Tips on investing in bonds

Recently, investors in the "bonds" of Hyflux were shocked that they could lose up to 90% of the "safe" investments. They thought that all bonds are safe.

Here are the tips on investing in bonds.

WOTC - Does Singapore practice meritocracy

I asked this question in the Wisdom of the Crowd:

Does Singapore practise meritocracy?

Here are the responses: (51 Votes)
73 % - Favoritism and cronyism is now quite bad.
14 % - To a large extent, except for a few instances 
8 % - Favoritism and cronyism happens but not too bad
6 % - Fully.

See the pie chart at:

WOTC - Water agreement

I asked this question in the Wisdom of the Crowd:

How can we respond to the latest request on the water agreement?

Here are the responses: (49 Votes)
65 % - Discuss with Malaysia and revise the water price to take account of inflation or cost of producing water
16 % - Refer the issue to the International Court of Justice
14 % - Insist on the sanctity of the international agreement.
4 % - Ignore Malaysia and be prepared to fight for our survival.

See the pie chart at:

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