Turning Singapore into a police state …

When you have public servants ready to spend $25,000 on French cooking lessons on paid vacations, can we expect them to be sensitive or numbed when it comes to spending public funds?”

Just because we can afford, it does not mean we have to do it. Many of the past policies were good, but at the hand of new generation of scholar bureaucrats, these good policies have degenerated to a state of unnecessary and frivolous spending. For example, the original intentions of having ERP, COE and CPF schemes were all well and good, but they all have degenerated into money spinning machines for the Government at the expenses of its citizens or grow into a complex system that confuses even the Phds. Likewise for the security cameras, the initial idea is to tackle the serious obstructions that may have an impact to safety or constant uses of the policemen, the numerous cameras now deployed are to ensure “smooth traffic flow”. Looking at the list, it was obvious that many of these places are mostly in the MRT areas where drivers are dropping their friends, kids or wifes to take public transport. Who is to blame for putting all the shopping malls near the MRT stations? Instead of redesigning places for dropping off to give convenience to drivers who already pay a ridiculous price to own a car, LTA is using cameras as a convenient way to get around the problem.

I hope I am wrong in my assessment of the type of leaders we have in some areas of the civil service because if I am right, we will continue to see many more problems simply because the policy makers don’t understand the ground issues and are far detached from the reality of what is happening and what is needed to improve Singaporeans’ life. ” –Inderjit Singh

LTA is not the only Government agency doing this, now buses, trains, lifts, lift lobbies, highways, car parks, shopping malls, Government offices, schools, universities are all fitted with lots of cameras. Even police has revealed that policemen and women will be wearing cameras in future when patrolling (OMG). The camera companies supplying these gadgets/systems and the contractors who are maintaining these systems must be laughing all the way to the banks! Who is going to pay for these huge amount of devices and maintenance? Of course the tax payers lah!

Life in Singapore is getting harder and more congested, Askmelah really misses the good old Singapore…. Sometimes a little chaotic is good, it encourages enterprising business and risk taking, too sterile is going to be bad for Singapore in the long term.



10 more public roads to have CCTVs to deter illegal parking

Source: Todayonline  4 Jul 2014

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) will be using Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras to enforce against illegal parking at 10 more locations from July 15, bringing the total number of public roads using CCTVs to do so to 20.

This will increase to 30 locations by October, said the LTA today (July 4).

When activated, the locations will be monitored by CCTVs for parking offences on a 24-hour basis. The locations monitored by CCTVs are “clearly demarcated by parking restriction lines as well as signs to highlight their presence in the area”, said the LTA.  Available lamp posts or sign posts within the CCTV monitoring zone will also be painted with a vertical strip in a bright orange colour.

The LTA said that the locations are selected based on several considerations, including a high incidence of illegal parking and high concentration of pedestrian activities. Other considerations are that illegal parking impedes the smooth flow of public buses, and it raises safety concerns for pedestrians and road users and/or leads to chronic traffic congestion.

“LTA will continue to monitor the effectiveness of the CCTVs after implementation and review the need for expansion to other areas where necessary,” said the authority.

Here is the list of 30 locations that will have CCTVs installed by October:

Operational from April 14, 2014:

  Beach Road (near Golden Mile Complex)

  Marine Parade Central (near Parkway Parade)

  Upper Bukit Timah Road (after The Linear)

  Ardmore Park, Draycott Park (near Ardmore Park & JC Draycott)

  Commonwealth Avenue West (Clementi MRT, both directions)

  Serangoon Central (Serangoon MRT, near NEX mall)

  Boon Lay Way (Boon Lay MRT, near Jurong Point) 

  Bishan Road (Bishan MRT)

  Jurong Gateway Road  (around Jurong East Central, near Jurong East MRT)

  Jurong West Street 63 (Pioneer MRT)

Operational from July 15, 2014:

  Ang Mo Kio Ave 3 (AMK MRT)

  Boon Lay Way (Lakeside MRT)

  New Upper Changi Rd (Bedok MRT, Bedok Centre)

  Pasir Panjang Road (AVA centre to shophouses before MAS Currency House)

  Woodlands Road (Kranji MRT, both directions)

  Collyer Quay (both directions)

  Choa Chu Kang Avenue 4 (Lot 1, CCK MRT/LRT)

  Choa Chu Kang Loop (outside CCK Bus Interchange)

  Jalan Sultan (Textile Centre)

  Tampines Central 1 (near to bus interchange, Tampines MRT)

Installation Works in 4th Quarter of 2014

  Beach Road (at Golden Mile Food Centre)

  River Valley Road (in front of Spize, Boon Tong Kee)

  Tanjong Katong Road  (near Parkstone Road)

  Woodlands Ave 7 (Admiralty MRT)

  North Bridge Road (opp and along Bugis Junction)

  Jalan Besar (Eminent Plaza)

  Punggol Road  (junction of Punggol Central, both directions)

  Sembawang Road (Jalan Lengkok Sembawang )

  Serangoon Road (Tekka Centre)

  Upper Serangoon Road (junction of Simon Road & Florence Road)