Another sign that GE will be next year

In another sign that GE will be next yr, the PAP govt is showing that it does listen, even if the agitation for a change in policy started in Terry’s Online Channel.

I’m talking about Hawkergate. The qyiet, underground grumbling about the so called “not-for-profit hawker centre model” which some unhappy hawkers and foodies like Seetoh see as Pay And Pay in action* did not catch the public attention until our constructive, nation-building media and TOC publicised the allegations. In highlighting the problems faced by hawkers such as costly tray-return deposit schemes, long working hours, unreasonable penalties for contract termination and additional fees for dishwashing, tray returns and quality control, they started a forest fire which had the PAP scrambling to contain the conflagration. TOC, unlike the MSM, also agitated for something to be done, unlike the MSM, whose silence on what should be done were deafening.

Senior Minister of State for the Environment and Water Resource Dr Amy Khor announced in October that NEA will do a “stock take” of the not-for-profit hawker centre model, which allows social enterprises and cooperatives to run these centres.

The National Environment Agency (NEA) said on Nov 9 that it had ordered “tweaks to standardise the contractual terms between socially-conscious enterprises and hawkers following feedback from hawkers, patrons and social enterprise hawker operators”. More on this at: https://sg.news.yahoo.com/nea-impose-changes-hawker-operator-contract-terms-1-january-085102551.html

The four changes include the removal of “onerous” terms to better safeguard the interest of hawkers, said Dr Khor on Nov 9 during a visit to Ci Yuan Hawker Centre.


All about hawker food

Why are there hawker centres in Singapore?

The Hard Truth about hawker food

The Harder Truth on hawker food

“Dollars and Sense” of a Hawker Stall

Subsidised hawker food book

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Three cheers for Terry and his team (if there’s one). Sadly that’s all the recognition he’ll get. TOC needs $, but the cybernuts don’t want to help it out. A long time (2006 — 2012), the then readers were generous with their money. But then they were not cheapskates, born losers like those now polluting the comment pages of TOC and TRE.

Of course opportunists like Lim Tean and Meng Seng (Lim Tean, Meng Seng where are yr durians?) had to join in the agitation for changes. Since Lim Tean has raised funds from the public for various projects (see above link) but not done anything at all about his projects, he should hand over his loot the monies raised to TOC?


*Written before TOC started publicising the problems faced by hawkers in the not-for-profit hawker centre model and agitating for changes to the model. The contributors were focusing on LGBT and other identity issues. They had and have no time for chay kway teow issues, only ang moh issues.

 

 

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19 Responses to “Another sign that GE will be next year”

  • Rabble-rouser:

    LOL! MSM more interested to publish out-of-this-world restaurant bills for high end consumption at snobbish restaurants at Marina Sands & at Resort’s World. Read….
    Link: http://www.asiaone.com/singapore/trio-have-1755-meal-michelin-starred-restaurant-including-20-each-mineral-water
    http://www.asiaone.com/food/reunion-dinner-costs-240000-much-3-room-hdb-flat
    In both cases, the willingness to foot such ridiculous restaurant bills were instances of CONSPICUOUS CONSUMPTION – typical of the CRAZY RICH ASIANS mentality embedded within S’pore’s Crony Capitalist Economy & reinforced by PAP’s high Ministerial Pay eco-system where $600k annual pay was called “peanuts & <$$1million in pay as "mediocre" talents. S'pore is on a road to financial ruin because of this type of mentality!
    What happened to the early days of S'pore where people scrimped & save every cent for a "rainy" day? Truth was that PAP took a wrong direction some 3 decades back when the late LKY grew egotistic; wanted to create his own dynasty under LEE'jiapore : began removing the 1st Gen leaders by putting them into pastures while he still held the reins of power. Frankly the late LKY's love for his "Wonky" son overshadowed the nation's interest. When his son got cancer probably from his own arrogant confrontation (Dhanabalan's Slap) with the 2nd Gen PAP staff who were more senior than LHL. It took LKY 14 years to manipulate & reconstituted the cabinet so that there were ample "Yes-persons" who would not aggravate his son's poor health state through arguing & debating with him. And the high Ministerial Pay was a cunning move to make the other ministers to hold their tongue or else forfeit the opportunity of lifetime.
    When LHL ascended to the Dragon Throne, he added his own retinue of Sycophants & Loyalists into the cabinet. The decline in quality of PAP Ministers was so obvious yet voters failed to see it?
    The problem reached an apex some time ago. Ask yourself how in touch are the present batch of ministers with every day life?
    * Do they live in HDB flats?
    * Do they take public transportation to work?
    * Do they eat at Hawker Centres regularly & not during walkabouts?
    * With their high pay, do they "feel" the financial issues of a repressive wage eco-system & a highly inflationary environment in S'pore?
    These questions will provide the answers!
    QUOTE: "TOC, unlike the MSM, also agitated for something to be done, unlike the MSM, whose silence on what should be done were deafening."[END]

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  • Harder Truths:

    After GE for pappies it will be back to business as usual.
    Or rather for the hawkers – no business as usual.

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  • PC Ong:

    2019 is the 200th anniversary of the founding of Singapore. Yes, Singapore was not founded by PAP but by Raffles. But the PAP deserves the most credit for getting Singapore to its 200th anniversary, as a top global city where talents and corporations of all kinds want to be. Ever since independence in 1965, Singapore could very easily have lost its way because we do not have natural resources and we were so vulnerable to external threats. Not only were these threats and vulnerabilities overcome, Singapore has just grown better and better, while other top cities in the world like New York, London, Paris, Tokyo and HK decline. This is due in large part to political stability and sound policies in Singapore.

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  • oxygen:

    CAWKED STUPID piece of rectal wind passing from comical idiot claims investor. If PAPpy ever listen to peasants, JUST RETURN THE LAND MONEY PAID for by public housing lessee but no legal title.

    The land belongs to peasants after they paid for it so that they can en bloc it if they want to.

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  • N.Jungne:

    Watch Talking Point, listen to Dr. Amy Khor, the whole picture is drawn.

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  • Zhenzidan:

    oxygen:
    CAWKED STUPID piece of rectal wind passing from comical idiot claims investor. If PAPpy ever listen to peasants, JUST RETURN THE LAND MONEY PAID for by public housing lessee but no legal title.

    The land belongs to peasants after they paid for it so that they can en bloc it if they want to.

    The biggest idiot is still the person who chooses to publish all the idiotic articles again and again.

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  • The Earlier The Better!:

    They still think they can win hands down!

    They don’t even realise the anger of Singaporeans in the past few years!

    Feel sorry for the 4G Group who are still groping for a leader to lead them!

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  • LIONS:

    well,next year or the next does it matter?
    only thing i worry is WHY THE OPPO HAS NOT FORM A STRONG ALLIANCE?

    I can only say for sure,NO OPPO ALLAINCE,NO STRONG VOTE GAINS FOR OPPO,sad but true.

    as for PAPigs,you know,i know,they will COLLECT EVEN MORE $ FROM PEASANT SGS AFTER GE AND DUMP MORE FTs here.

    what else is new?

    tell you all,THEIR CONCERN FOR ORDINARY SGS NOW TILL GE IS FAKE CONCERN.

    TRUST THESE PIGGIE$ AT YOUR OWN PERIL N THAT OF YOUR KIDS.

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  • Haigen-diaz:

    I’m not sure which media universe CI is living in. Yawn. CI, enough with pretense. The problem is that the mainstream media has devolved into a snoozing lapdog, only rousing itself as a hyper alert, aggressive watch puppy when its’ master summons. In the long bygone days of real news, an old newspaper was good only for wrapping leftover fish. Not today. The left over fish, often rotten throughout, gets served to us again and again with a repetitious ad nauseam even greater than the rotting fish.

    Your choice of examples of “fetishizing PAP centrism” is amateurish, OK, so-so. From someone who considers himself to be a cynic, often to own detriment, MSM or alternative media is not the only factor that’s important here. It’s time for the commonweal to engage in serious examination of Govt’s relationship with a stifled media. We hardly need the likes of you, a committed member of that very institution, to do it for us. Wake up. Try harder to be watchdogs, not lap dogs.

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  • Always Reember:

    A political party is just about a group of people.

    A party is only as good as the people in that group at the very moment in time.

    Your primary school teacher who guided you to top performing PSLE, may not be able to do the same when you are in poly, uni or corporate world.

    Especially those who though their past success, entitles them to still herd you around like “fishing villagers”.

    PC Ong:
    2019 is the 200th anniversary of the founding of Singapore. Yes, Singapore was not founded by PAP but by Raffles. But the PAP deserves the most credit for getting Singapore to its 200th anniversary, as a top global city where talents and corporations of all kinds want to be. Ever since independence in 1965, Singapore could very easily have lost its way because we do not have natural resources and we were so vulnerable to external threats. Not only were these threats and vulnerabilities overcome, Singapore has just grown better and better, while other top cities in the world like New York, London, Paris, Tokyo and HK decline. This is due in large part to political stability and sound policies in Singapore.

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  • Jdhdhdhd:

    Faster the better to vote them out, make sure lhy will contest head to head with his bro.

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  • Bystander:

    Common, it’s such idiotic articles that’s worth a laugh, it’s entertaining, and what this clown yearning for is to see your agitated response.
    This is fodder for him to survive on, without it, the alternative he would die from boredom.

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  • oxygen:

    @ PC Ong

    A TINGE OF 1% TRUTH of dusts clouds thrown up to obscure “reality”.

    PC Ong: 2019 is the 200th anniversary of the founding of Singapore. Yes, Singapore was not founded by PAP but by Raffles.

    And what is the fictional “reality”? Your regular TORRENT OF FACILE FARTS below.

    PC Ong: But the PAP deserves the most credit for getting Singapore to its 200th anniversary, as a top global city where talents and corporations of all kinds want to be. Ever since independence in 1965, Singapore could very easily have lost its way because we do not have natural resources and we were so vulnerable to external threats. Not only were these threats and vulnerabilities overcome, Singapore has just grown better and better, while other top cities in the world like New York, London, Paris, Tokyo and HK decline. This is due in large part to political stability and sound policies in Singapore.

    The easiest one to debunk? Singapore do not have natural resources as it handicap??? How come Singapore NEVER INVESTED in the natural resources sector, except for a limited brief in 2011/2012 right at the top of the commodities super cycle. They lost their shirt, pants and something undignified too and flee for their lives thereafter.

    Threats and vulnerabilities overcome post-independence? America and its allies lost Vietnam – the communists swept past them in 5 weeks of surprised military offensive despite Paris peace talks in show. Past Tense said that if Ho Chi Minh wants to carry on, Thailand is walkover in 4 weeks, Malaysia two and Singapore….fill in the blank. Vietnam has no more appetite for warfare, they crushed the Chinese offensive in its northern border after defeating the far superior equipped US military and South Vietnamese army.

    So in reality, Vietnam crushed the French, the American and Chinese military adventures. Singapore can overcome threats and vulnerabilities IF IT WAS FOR REAL?

    YOUR FARTS OF FICTION AGAIN.

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  • HarderTruths:

    @ PC Ong – you sound very familiar.

    Do you know @ GE 2020 Sure Win?

    You may be brothers.

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  • CI the CB:

    CI

    You call Lim Tean an opportunist?
    You kpkb that sg lacking people who step forward . Lim Tean stepped forward and is such a impressive talent yet you label him a opportunist?

    What are you then ?
    CI the CB?

    Knn, you jiabah boh sai bang!
    You are shit compared to him.

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  • People Vote on their Stomach!:

    Don’t play play with hawker centres as no food will result in hungry customers and hungry customers ultimately become angry voters!

    High Rentals and Expensive Food will also result in angry voters.

    Now you know why out of the blue, there is a sudden subsidy of 50% in 2019!

    GE Coming!

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  • rukidding:

    You people believe what Pap IB says ?????

    This IB got “credibility” meh ????

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  • PINK AND PIMPLEE:

    Oh, Singapore & Singaporeans, aren’t you so lucky?

    Count your lucky stars the Old Man didn’t
    - which I, to this day, cannot still fathom why he did not while he was alive and kicking and still in charge of his mental faculties and in form control of Party & country -
    extrapolate from there (the successful, almost-obstruction-free implementation of the GRC concept) and extend it to make the whole island-state a Super Constituency where you, during a General Election, basically have this choice to make:

    PAP
    or the respective Opposition parties (or lumped together as one entity)

    a single selection to make, namely, vote for PAP or whichever other party(ies) on the ballot to be your next Government for a full five-year term or until the next GE is called, whichever earlier.

    That would made his and his associates’ job so much easier without having to go through the hassle
    - every five years or so; “Goddamnit, here we go again, ten days of campaigning and having to do so much wayang-ing!” -
    only having to issue daft voters a single ultimatum and one only:

    “Vote limpeh to govern you, or you can choose to have the Chee Soon Juans of this world lead you (to oblivion!) for the next parliamentary term!”

    Oh dear, might I have inadvertently given those Pimps And Prostitutes a super idea? Oops!!!

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  • Seetoh Woke Up Amy?:

    Very likely Indeed!

    Did not realise that NEA was ‘subletting’ many of her duties in the running of hawker centers to others so as to lessen their workload and thus achieve ‘productivity’?

    She is now carrying out damage control after getting scolded for losing votes?

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