Saturday, July 27, 2019

A better way to distribute the Huawei discounted mobile phones

Huawei offered a promotion to sell discounted mobile phones to senior citizens for $54, which is about one third of the retail price. A limited number of phones are offered at each outlet.

Many senior citizens queued up for hours. Those who were not able to buy them, as the limited offers had run out, were angry that they have wasted their time in queuing.

Is there a better way for this promotion to be handled?

Here is my suggestion.

How to track people and things

Over the past four decades, I have been looking for a solution to track family members, especially young children. I worried that my child could wonder away in a shopping mall. How can I find out where they were?

If you know of a solution, please share it here.

Work towards regime change

Many people want the non PAP parties to take over the government, so that the bad PAP policies can be changed. They argued that only a regime change can achieve the goal of a drastic change in the policies on CPF, HDB, jobs and other critical challenges.

They expressed disappointment that the Progress Singapore Party is not working for regime change in the coming general election.

I agree.

Read my suggestion here:

Operate more pre-school centers

There is a need to increase the pre-school centers and offer places at affordable charges to encourage parents to raise more children.

Here is my suggestion on how it can be achieved.

WOTC - Increase in crimes

Wisdom of the Crowd: 61% of the participants in this survey said that the recent increase in crime is due to the influx of foreigners. 17% said that it is due to weak police enforcement. The remaining 12% said that the crime rate is still quite low.

See the detailed result in

WOTC - Preschool centers

Wisdom of the Crowd: 50% of the participants prefer the govt to give subsidised rental to private operators and set fees for child care services. 47% prefer the govt to operate the preschool centers. Only 3% prefer the current arrangement.

See the detailed result in

Friday, July 26, 2019

Are prices in NTUC Fairprice cheaper?

Are prices in NTUC fairprice cheaper? Many consumers say they are not. they can buy cheaper products in other supermarkets.

This report by Smart Money confirmed that prices are indeed rather high in Fairprice.

However, it appears that the article did not take into account that Fairprice gives a rebate to its members. The rebate is about 4% plus Link points (not sure how much it is worth).

See this article for details.

So is Fairprice still competitive after the rebates and Link points are taken into account? I don't know. it seems to be rather complicated.

Restriction in Singapore are unacceptable

Bernie Sanders, US senator for Vermont, takes his constituents to Canada to buy cheaper drugs.

Imagine, if someone organizes this kind of purchasing trip to Johore Bahru to buy cheaper medicines. They will be threatened with breaking the law about importing controlled medicines without a prescription.

Do you wonder why the cost of living is so high in Singapore?

Message from Bernie Sanders.

Here is what I believe, Kin Lian:

The greed of pharmaceutical companies is killing Americans.

In the United States, and this is unique among industrialized nations, drug companies can charge any price they want for prescription drugs. So they do. And as a result, we pay the highest prices in the world, by far, for the medicines we use.

Taking on the pharmaceutical industry has been one of my long time fights.

In 1999, I became the first member of Congress to take constituents over the Canadian border to purchase low-cost prescription drugs. With tears in their eyes, working-class women struggling against breast cancer were able to purchase the same brand-name medicine they were using in Vermont for one-tenth of the price in Montreal.

This Sunday, we are going back to Canada with people with diabetes to purchase insulin at one-tenth of the price.

The trip is going to get a lot of attention. And before we leave for Canada, I want you to join me in sending a message that I hope will be heard loudly and clearly, as well:

Adopt the light weight approach in design of mobile apps

The Ming Fa eatery at Upper Thomson Road allows me to pay by cash or by app.

I chose to pay by Fave, as it offers a rebate of 5%.

I opened by Fave app. It used by GPS location to identify the Ming Fa eatery, even before I scan the QR.

But it went in an endless loop and the page did not load. After waiting for some time, I closed the app and paid in CASH.

This is the problem with the design of the Fave app. (It probably applies to many other apps). It tried to be too smart. In the process, it went into an endless loop and gave a bad user experience.

Some of the bad experience is due to poor data connection. But the app designer should have adopted a light weight approach and avoided the non-essential features that cause the app to crash.

When will they ever learn?

Block chain technology will be another disappointment

Five years ago, my friend was excited about blockchain technology. He explained the concept of this technology. He explained how the use of open ledger system, mining and consensus algorithm will allow systems to be developed that are hacker proof and does not need to rely on a trusted intermediary.

I listened to his explanation and asked him several questions. I felt that it was a complicated way to deal with the challenge of being "hacker proof". I said - it will not work.

Media interview of Progress Singapore Party

At the media interview of Progress Singapore Party, Dr. Tan Cheng Bock made the following announcements:

What will happen to the UK?

You can vote on these three issues:

a) What are your views about the new UK prime minister, Boris Johnson?
b) What form of Brexit is likely to happen?
c) What will happen to the UK as an independent nation?

Vote here:

WOTC - Sharing of pedestrian paths

Wisdom of the Crowd: 53% of the participants in this survey said that pedestrian paths can be shared if PMDs if they are wide enough and safety measures are observed.

The other 47% disagreed.

See the detailed results in

WOTC - Protest in Hong Kong

Wisdom of the Crowd: 27% of the participants in this survey said that the underlying cause of the protest in Hong Kong is the extradition bill. Another 27% said that it is due to the high cost of housing and high cost of living in Hong Kong.

What are the other reasons?

See the detailed results in

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Give permanent residents to foreign spouses

I wish to suggest that permanent residency should be given to foreign spouses of Singapore citizens, regardless of their education level or ability to work in well paying jobs.

See my views here:

WOTC - Can China be trusted?

Wisdom of the Crowd: 54% of the participants in this survey said that China can be trusted as it will act peacefully to develop its country and the world at large.

The other 46% have negative views of China.

WOTC - Can the US be trusted?

Wisdom of the Crowd: 64% of the participants in this survey said that the US cannot be trusted as it has abused its economy and military power for a long time already. The other 36% are positive towards the US.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Wisdom of the Crowd

Why are 60,000 jobs not taken up by locals?
How can we get more people to return trays at hawker centers?

Give your vote in

WOTC - Additional income tax to replace GST

Wisdom of the Crowd: 34% of the participants in this survey opted to require taxpayers to pay an additional 10% on income above $100,000 to abolish income tax. The other people voted for other thresholds.

See the breakdown of the votes in

WOTC - Strategies to deal with impending economic recession

Wisdom of the Crowd: 16% of the participants in this survey agree with the government strategy to train workers with new capabilities to address the impending economic recession. The other 84% opted for other strategies.

See the breakdown in

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Prepare for the future

It is very important for the government to address the problems of a possible recession to prepare for the future.

The government has to make sure that our young people, especially the graduates, have meaningful jobs. We should not allow the talent and energy of our young people to be wasted.

Here are the steps that can be taken.

WOTC: Cope with economic recession

Wisdom of the Crowd: 82% of the participants in this survey said that voters should vote non PAP to change the government policies to cope with the impending economic recession.

See the details in

WOTC: Which leaders do you respect most?

Wisdom of the Crowd: Dr. Tan Cheng Bock received the highest vote (47%) followed by Dr. Chee Soon Juan (32%) in the survey of respected leaders .

See the details in

Monday, July 22, 2019

Wisdom of the Crowd

You can vote on these issues, win an attractive prize and make your voice heard.

WOTC: Dr. Chee Soon Juan

Wisdom of the Crowd: 89% of the participants of this survey has a positive impression of Dr. Chee Soon Juan.

See the breakdown in

WOTC: Salary of CEO of Temasek Holdings

Wisdom of the Crowd: 53% of the participants in this survey said that the salary of the CEO of Temasek Holdings should be benchmark against the salaries of the heads of sovereign funds.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

WOTC: Non PAP parties

How many seats do you expect Tan Cheng Bock's party to win?
Give your vote in

Also give your guess for:
Singapore Democratic Party
Worker Party
People Voice Party (Lim Tean)

WOTC - Salary of Ho Ching (2)

Wisdom of the Crowd: 59% of the participants in this survey guessed that Ho Ching to would earn more than $10 million a year as CEO of Temasek Holdings.

WOTC - Salary of Ho Ching

Wisdom of the Crowd: 98% of the participants in this survey held a strongly negative, if Ho Ching earns a few million dollars a year as CEO of Temasek Holdings.

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