Saturday, November 16, 2019

Wisdom of the Crowd - New Issues

1. Should the AHTC MPs recuse themselves from the financial affairs of the council?
2. Is there a future for Hong Kong?
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WOTC - Ban on PMDs using walkways

Wisdom of the Crowd: 47% of the participants agreed with the ban on PMDs using the walkways. 53% disagreed.

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WOTC - Motion in Parliament against the MPs involved in AHTC case

Wisdom of the Crowd: 98% of the participants disagreed with the motion by Heng SK in Parliament against the MPs involved in the AHTC case. 2% agreed with the motion.

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Friday, November 15, 2019

Wisdom of the Crowd - New Issues

1. Singapore has a bleak future. Agree?
2. Singapore has a good future. Agree?

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We need to think of the social good

The future for Singapore is bleak.

Why? Read this

WOTC - Kickback from employment agency

Wisdom of the Crowd: 84% of the respondents said that it is likely that employment agents give a kickback to the employer or HR manager to recruit a foreigner. 16% think that this is rare.

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WOTC - Outcome for Ramesh

Wisdom of the Crowd: 74% of the respondents want Ramesh to be expelled from Singapore or sacked from his job at JPM. 26% accept his apology.

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Thursday, November 14, 2019

WOTC - Strong dislike of these policies

Wisdom of the Crowd: The respondents dislike the following policies most - high cost of HDB flats (29%), increase in GST (27%), not allowed to take back CPF savings (24%), national service (15%).

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WOTC - Reason to vote against PAP

Wisdom of the Crowd - the respondents gave the following reasons for voting against the PAP - betray Singaporeans (41%), arrogant and incompetent (24%), take care of themselves (19%), increase cost of living (15%).

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Wisdom of the Crowd - New Issues

1. Should the govt implement the ban on PMDs on pavements immediately?
2. Was it proper for the food delivery people to meet the MPs at the Meet the People sessions?
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Is there a need to ban PMDs on pavements?

I wish to give my views on the decision to ban PMDs from using the pavements.

I think it is a wrong decision. We can find a better solution to meet the need for safety for pedestrians and the need for riders to use PMDs for mobility or to make a living.

This is how it can be done.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Wisdom of the Crowd - New Issues

1. Does Singapore need to maintain a high level of defense spending?
2. Should the govt relax the ban on the use of PMDs on walkways?

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WOTC - Reasons to support PAP

Wisdom of the Crowd: 93% of the respondents could not find any reason to support the PAP. 7% could.

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WOTC - National service policy of PAP

Wisdom of the Crowd: 91% of the respondents do not support the current national service policy of the PAP. 9% support.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Wisdom of the Crowd - New Issues

1. Should the govt use tax payer's money to compensate the PMD riders?
2. Should the govt have disallowed the use of PMDs in the first place?
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A platform for official messages

We need a platform for official messages from govt agencies and businesses. It has to be a separate platform from the social media.

Working in Canada, compared to Singapore

My friend worked in Singapore as a permanent resident for 10 years. He decided to migrate to Canada. He found a job as a software developer.

He made this comparison between working in Canada and in Singapore.

I will probably say it is still comparable even after tax. (Tax rate in Canada is quite high.)
However, I do not have to worry much about my health care or my wife's at all.
When we have children, their basic education is free. (Nursery and tertiary are not.)
More, even if I lose job for non-cause (i.e. no fault of my own), there is employment insurance.
Here, governments are eager to spend money on people to help them with their lives.
In general, social welfare is much better here with slower pace compared to Singapore.
On the other hand, Singapore has stronger job market with truly cosmopolitan nature.

WOTC - PAP had betrayed the people of Singapore

Wisdom of the Crowd: 83% of the respondents to this survey said that the PAP had betrayed the people of Singapore. 17% disagreed.

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WOTC - Security arrangement in condominiums

Wisdom of the Crowd: 86% of the respondents said that the security arrangement in condominiums are not useful. 14% think they are.

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Monday, November 11, 2019

Wisdom of the Crowd - New Issues

1. Will voters heed LHL's call to give a strong mandate to PAP to face the future challenges?
2. If every thinking person vote against PAP, will the PAP fall?
3. Why do some people still vote PAP in spite of its bad policies?

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WOTC - Donald Trump has built a strong economy

Wisdom of the Crowd: 69% of the respondents to this survey disagreed with Donald Trump that he has built a strong economy for America. 31% agreed with his statement.

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Sunday, November 10, 2019

Quora: Is Trump's trade war with China working?

Roland Temmerman, masters Social Sciences & Political Science (1990) answered.

Not really, to put it mildly. Apparently Trump is incensed with China. So this is what happens when you make a septic spleen president of the United States…

Donald Trump was reportedly so enraged at China after the country announced $75 billion in tariffs on U.S. goods back in August that he wanted to double existing tariffs on the country.

He also appears to have been surprised by China’s move, despite having personally precipitated the perpetual pud-punching contest that has seen China respond in kind every damn time.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer then enlisted multiple CEOs to call the president and warn him about the impact such a move would have on the stock market and the economy.

He settled on a 5% hike in tariff rates on about $550 billion in Chinese products, which he announced in an Aug. 23 tweet after the market close.

Needless to say, the trade war isn’t working out as planned. And that might be because Trump still seems shocked every time China raises tariffs in response to our pointless tariffs. I mean, who could have ever anticipated that? I thought we’d just hold China down while we gave them a vigorous pink belly. That’s how it works in our most prestigious frat houses.

But, no. Trump appears to have singlehandedly stalled the global economy because — and I can’t stress this enough — HE DOESN’T KNOW WHAT THE FUCK HE’S DOING.

And will he see the devastation he’s wrought and relent, knowing that further escalation of our trade war will only make things worse for our economy and everyone else’s?

If you believe that, you don’t know Donald Trump.

Adoptive a supportive mindset

When someone takes the trouble to analyze a problem and to offer a solution, it is useful to adopt a supportive mindset. What is this mindset?

Hotel should improve their feedback system

Most hotels leave a feedback form for their guests to complete and give feedback about their stay.

Here are some suggestions on how to improve the feedback forms.

WOTC - Testing of autonomous vehicles

Wisdom of the Crowd: 49% of the respondents agreed to allow the western part of Singapore to be used for testing of autonomous vehicles. Another 16% like to see other areas being used for the testing. The other 35% prefer to learn from the experience of other countries in their testing.

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WOTC: Are Singaporeans a gracious people?

Wisdom of the Crowd: 71% of the respondents said that Singaporeans have become ungracious due to the difficult living environment and competition for jobs against foreigners. 23% said that it is not different from people in other countries.

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