What PM will say in National Dally Rally speech

Singapore must treat climate change seriously as the Republic is a low-lying island that is particularly vulnerable to rising sea levels, PM has said.

In a Facebook post, he said he will be talking about how the country should respond to climate change in his 16th National Day Rally speech later today at the Institute of Technical Education in Ang Mo Kio.

Don’t bother to tune in. A few months ago, the FT had a series of articles on S’pore. This is what it wrote on how the PAP govt is handling the issue of climate change.

Rising sea levels are an area of concern. By 2100, Singapore’s mean sea levels could rise by up to 1 metre, according to the ministry for the environment and water resources. Storms 2,000km away in the South China Sea can trigger jumps in Singapore’s sea levels of up to 40cm for several hours, says Adam Switzer, associate chair of the Asian School of the Environment at Nanyang Technological University.

“The future of extreme sea level events in the region [remains] very uncertain,” says Mr Switzer. “In Singapore we have the potential to engineer solutions to extreme sea levels, but we need a much better idea of what we are going to be up against over the next 50 years or so.”

The city state has raised minimum levels for reclaimed land to four metres above mean sea level. It will also launch a national sea-level programme before the year-end to “develop robust projections and plans for the long term”, says Masagos Zulkifli, minister for the environment and water resources.

To decrease the impact of flooding, Singapore has implemented a system that reroutes rainfall into a river via a tank that can store 15 Olympic-sized swimming pools of stormwater.

With Singapore authorities forecasting a jump of up to 4.6C in daily mean temperatures in the next century and extreme weather increasing the likelihood of flash floods, a second challenge is looming: food security. “[We need to strengthen] food security in the face of possible supply disruptions,” says the ministry of the environment and water resources.

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12 Responses to “What PM will say in National Dally Rally speech”

  • Red herring:

    It feels like it’s a red herring to divert attention away from the real issues.

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  • TruBlu:

    Work till drop dead is the *word*.

    Retirement is just a *mirage*, not a rainbow anymore.
    CPF is not our money oso.

    If no decent job,you can go collect cardboard.
    If no more cardboard to collect,go clean toilet.
    If one day,robots take over cleaning toilets,you go and die?

    No CPF,ONLY PAY AND PAY non-stop.
    NO SOCIAL ASSISTANCE,JUST PAY TAXES?

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  • Bobo:

    TruBlu:
    Work till drop dead is the *word*.

    Retirement is just a *mirage*, not a rainbow anymore.
    CPF is not our money oso.

    If no decent job,you can go collect cardboard.
    If no more cardboard to collect,go clean toilet.
    If one day,robots take over cleaning toilets,you go and die?

    No CPF,ONLY PAY AND PAY non-stop.
    NO SOCIAL ASSISTANCE,JUST PAY TAXES?

    Do you part – VTO.

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  • Rabble-rouser:

    Ha-ha-ha-ha! CI is forever way behind the curve ball on this. I clearly remembered I was already bringing this up 6-7 years ago in TRE. Already in the early 2000s, I had already seen the serious erosion along East Coast shoreline & began predicting serious ecological issues in the forthcoming years. And I’m not even a geological engineer nor an environmental expert. Just a humble guy who thinks & plans for contingency!
    And I had already commented that S’pore is being too overdeveloped with too many high rise buildings. And that our reclamation efforts were becoming zero gains – especially the logic behind Marina Barrage! Remember the Orchard Road flash flooding – a once in 50 year phenomena which were repeated a few times laying waste to the 50 year claim. A number of “How-Lian” car owners had their expensive cars submerged under the wash cycle in underground carparks – Ha-ha-ha-ha!
    Just go & take a look at Jakarta – it is sinking rapidly! Too much of overdevelopment & tall building syndrome, too many people. No wonder, President Jokowi is planning to relocate the govt bodies to Kalimantan to ease congestion & the degradation in Jakarta.
    And S’pore (& PAP) $till harbours a 10 million strong population housed in high rise building 60 stories off the ground (& including building underground structures below ground, too). It would be a geological nightmare. Building a high class marina cum residential development along Tanjong Pagar, Telok Blangah once the port, container facilities were relocated to Tuas West. Creating a new town within the old Paya Lebar Airbase (Bartley East, Kaki Bukit, Kg Ubi). A wonderful dream but one which is clouded by increasingly ecological issues like food production, sand & water shortages!
    But food inflation were rising since last year! Already meat prices had escalated (pork, beef & lamb), dairy also escalated due to looming water shortages, farmers leaving the industry due to drought, etc. In 50 years, you could be eating “meat” cultivated in a laboratory! And ask yourself how does S’pore intent to feed 10 million people without any form of food self-sufficiency? The cost of living would be out of this world!

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  • But:

    @ Work till drop dead is the *word*.

    But in reality many old people prefer to work if not because of physical issues.

    I see many elderly especially chinese everyday occupying all the air con bus terminal seats from 11am to 11pm ? Same old faces doing nothing except talk cock looking at their mobile phones, many complain they prefer to work as time pass faster else boring and like waiting to drop dead.

    I gather from this observation seems that the chinese seems only know how to work but dont know how to enjoy life. As if they have no sports e.g. swimming or hobbies or interest.

    Quiet jialat leh.

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  • Waste Time:

    He became the judge, the jury….. and now the scientist? But still flood, despite millions spent.

    What a waste of time.

    I more interested in bread and butter whether GST will be abolished in times of difficulties.

    VTO will solve all the problems including the scientific ones.

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  • pap cut and paste IB:

    what is the pap cut and paste IB intending?

    cut and paste nothing original is plagiarism.

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  • Harder Truths:

    What he will not say

    ” I am retiring and you loser people who voted for us are soooo screwed……”

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  • rukidding:

    To simplify…it means…”we are stuck , dead in a sinking future” !

    Beter “migrate” to “higher ground countries” to “stay above the rising waters”!

    All these are artificial barriers and will cause alot of $$$$….it means YOU WILL BE PAYING For it !

    May as well , start migrating to “safer places”.

    Take out and Cash out what you can !

    Its going to be known as Sinkapore soon !

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  • Kick Them Out:

    Please don’t read into wayangs too seriously.

    Allowing and putting money to support an ITE student through medical school is not going to solve our CPF and HDB issues and numerous other problems.
    For one showcase, hidden are thousands of issues. We are not new to PAP.

    When he is brave enough to show all the statistics and open scrutiny, not the selective shittytimes surveys to hoodwink dafts, then we come, sit down and talk.

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  • John Lim:

    I thought LKY 12 years ago expressed concern that Singapore would be flooded by the sea. He even got an expert from Holland to come to Singapore and see what can be done. But there was no follow up. The matter just fizzled away. I guess LKY didn’t think it was a problem.

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  • TUCK WAN:

    John lim
    You are right. But again GST coming up. Wonderful news to 70% dafts

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