Saturday, June 10, 2023


 Wisdom of the Crowd: 92 % of respondents prefer the authorities to set a market price for the COE quotas and distribute the quota by ballot (instead of the current bidding system).

Friday, June 09, 2023

Wisdom of the Crowd - New Issues

1. Who will you vote as President of Singapore (1)
2. Who will you vote as President of Singapore (2)

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WOTC - Land for religious organizations

 80 % of respondents said that the balloting system for land used by religious organizations ensures that the land is priced at market, but is not inflated through bidding

Thursday, June 08, 2023

WOTC - Business mail

 Wisdom of the Crowd: 50% of the respondents said that business mail should be sent to a secured business mail platform, 40% by ordinary email and 10% by login to the individual organization's website.

Wednesday, June 07, 2023

Wisdom of the Crowd - New Issues

1. Who will you vote for at the presidential election, 2023
2. Which candidate will you vote for president 2023?

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WOTC - Bus service at Tuas checkpoint

 Wisdom of the Crowd - 100 % of respondents said that it t is better to have more bus operators at Tuas checkpoint to provide alternative choices to commuters and avoid a monopoly.

Tuesday, June 06, 2023

WOTC - Priority in queues for seniors

 Wisdom of the Crowd: 77 % of respondents said that seniors should be given priority as a sign of respect and also for their health

Monday, June 05, 2023

Invest in SDR of Thai stocks listed in SGX

 Someone asked for my views about investing in SDR (stock deposit receipts) of Thai companies, recently listed in SGX and promoted by Singapore banks.

I wrote my view here.

Trash bins

There is a shortage of trash bins in public places. It is difficult to find a trash bin when it is needed.

Some people said that the trash bins could be a security risk as terrorists could plant explosives in bags that are kept in the bins. I find this reason to be incredible. Terrorist could leave explosives in crowded places that could cause more harm.

Anyway, there are not many incidences of exploding trash bins for this to be a real risk. It is more likely to be imaginary.

The real reason could be the shortage of workers to remove the trash from the bins.

I like to suggest how the disposal of trash can be better organized to solve the shortage of labor and also to achieve the goal of recycling.

a) Provide large trash bins for different types of materials (i.e. different bins for paper, glass and metal) at trash centers located near street corners.
b) Stop collecting of trash at the houses. The householders can deposit their trash centers.
c) Many people go to the bus stop for their daily travel. It is not difficult for them to carry the trash bags to the trash centers along the way.
d) Those who drive cans top their cars near the trash centers.
e) Encourage the households to have separate trash bags for different types of trash (for recycling).
f) Collect the trash from the trash centers a few times each day.

Ordinary people have been used to throwing trash down a chute in a HDB block or in a bin outside their house. They can change their habits to bring the trash in a bag to the trash center.

We need a more efficient way to collect the trash.

Tan Kin Lian

WOTC - Trash bins

 Wisdom of the Crowd: 83 % of respondents said that trash bins are necessary for people to throw their trash at convenient public places.

Sunday, June 04, 2023

Have medical test centers in the neighborhood

I wish to share my experience in visiting the Singapore National Eye Center (SNEC) for treatment as a public patient and give some suggestions on how the process could be improved.

I spent 4 hours at the SNEC clinic to take 2 tests and be seen twice by the specialist(i.e. eye doctor). The technicians performing the two tests took about 20 minutes and by the specialist saw me for 15 minutes. The remainder of the time was sent waiting.

I will break down the process as follows:

a) Carry out tests
b) Review by the specialist

With modern technology, it should be possible for the tests to be taken at a test center in the neighborhood. The images could be seen by the specialist remotely.

If there is a need for the specialist to talk to the patient, it can also be done through teleconferencing. If a live interview is needed, it can be arranged at the test center or a visit to the medical center.

My suggestion is to have a network of test centers in the neighborhood, that are connected to the medical center.

It is better to have adequate testing equipment, manned by medical technicians at test centers. This will reduce the travel and waiting time for the patients and still produce a satisfactory review by the specialist.

We can use modern technology in an efficient manner. It applies to the test centers, to the database system to keep the relevant patient records and to an efficient appointment system.

The use of the test centers in the neighborhood is especially useful to handle the elderly patients who may find it difficult to visit the medical center.

My suggestion can probably be applied to other treatments, i.e. other than eye treatment. However, I am not familiar with these processes, so I will leave this matter for others to comment.

If surgery or treatment are required, the patient will have to visit the medical center to be seen by the specialist. Still, it is useful for the tests to be carried out earlier, using the neighborhood testing centers.

Tan Kin Lian

Wisdom of the Crowd - New Issues

1. Will there be a contest for the presidential election in 2023?
2. Which is the prospect for the Singapore economy during the next 6 months

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Feeder services to MRT stations

 The current bus network comprise of over 300 services that provides a comprehensive coverage of the whole of Singapore. It is possible to get from one part of Singapore to another part on a direct service or by making one or two transfers.

While this system is necessary in the old days before the MRT network was fully developed, it is probably redundant and costly to operate.

The bus network can now be replaced by a new network of feeder buses to bring commuters to the nearby MRT station, where they can use the MRT network to travel a long distance to their destination. If the final destination is far from the MRT station, the commuter can make another transfer on a feeder bus.

The current network of over 300 services can be replaced by a new network of 120 feeder buses, with an average of 2 feeder services serving each town. The feeder buses travel a short distance within the town and can be at intervals of 2 to 5 minutes during peak and off peak hours.

The cost of operating the feeder bus network is likely to be much lower than the cost of operating the current network of over 300 bus services.

I guess that the potential savings could be $50 million a year.

At a later stage, it should be possible to replace the manned feeder buses by an autonomous feeder buses. As the feeder service is short, it should be quite easy to convert the buses to run autonomously. These autonomous buses can run on electricity.

While this will reduce drivers, it will create jobs to provide customer service and technicians to service the buses.

Under the new system of feeder buses, it may be difficult for the wheelchair users to make many transfers. Their needs can be better met by providing a network of wheelchair ready vehicles to bring them to medical facilities. This can be called on demand or by a service that operate at hourly or half hourly intervals.

I hope that the Land Transport Authority will think about this option for the future.

Tan Kin Lian

WOTC - Spratly Islands

 Wisdom of the Crowd: 73 % of the respondents said that it is better for China to take a soft approach on the Spratly Islands and not affect the livelihood of the Filipino fishermen

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