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3/10/2007

futuristic singapore

Then we have countdown at traffic light junctions. I supported that. It is not only a convenient and useful information, it is also a safety feature to cut down on unnecessary risk taking and accidents. Then we have road signs telling motorists how low it takes to reach certain roads. Dunno for what? Then we have satellite technology to tell bus commuters when the next bus will arrive at the bus terminals. Great piece of information. Then we have signs telling passengers when will be his turn hop into the next taxi or he can change his mind and join another queue somewhere. Now we are going to have signs at all bus stops, did they say all bus stops?, to tell commuters when the next bus will arrive. Too much money to spend? Like Sam Tan raising the issue of a small length swimming pool in a public hospital for the benefit of patients to admire and relax. Something like the beautiful marine aquariums in NKF for the dialysis patients. No cost is mentioned as they were paid for by donors. So nothing to worry about. As long as someone else is paying for it, it is ok. The bus commuters are likely to have all the signs paid for by somebody else for their convenience. Great idea. At the rate we go, we are going to be an ultra modern, technologically advanced and futuristic island. World class facilities and leading edge technology on the road side. Somebody needs to pay for it, surely.

9 comments:

Matilah_Singapura said...
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Matilah_Singapura said...

> Somebody needs to pay for it, surely. <

Ah yes! Matilah Singapura!

The People Get The Government They Deserve.

Ask not what your country can do for you,
But instead ask what the government is doing to =>YOU<=

redbean said...

soon it may not be a country anymore.

in hongkong pre 1997 it was a grab as much as you can and get out. will we reach such a state?

Matilah_Singapura said...

I hope so!

Anonymous said...

I hope so too for I have set myself up to be in a good position to do the grabbing and then the fleeing once the melee starts. So bring it on and MATILAH SINGAPURA !!!

redbean said...

as a heartlander, or most heartlanders, they have only one option. to stay.

they are not so talented to be wanted everywhere in the world or have stashed away several millions to buy a place for themselves in a country of their chosing.

the stakes are very high for heartlanders. like balji said, their parents came with a one way ticket...but did not buy them another to get out.

matilah_singapura said...

Not true, redbean. Everyone has a CHOICE regarding their "identity". All identity (related to ego "I am a ___??") is a mental construct anyway. Therefore the person who describes himself as a "heartlander" has either chosen the label himself, or blindly accepted the label placed on him—usually by a minister or some other kind of Machiavellian thug.

So many "heartlanders" have emigrated, which proves your premise about them having "no choice" totally and utterly fallacious.

I left S'pore when Paya Lebar was the international airport. I walked off a bus to the plane on the tarmac, and only had a few hundred SGD's on me. As a young punk just out of NS, I had no "special skill" or what I now consider to be "talent". But I had a big attitude...

If I can do it—essentially broke and "untrained", anyone can!

redbean said...

wow, packing up and leave after ns. that's a very adventurous spirit.

i wish i could do that when i was young. but looking at the burden that i had to carry then, it was not an option.

when you have dependents waiting for you to earn that $2 to bring home, you cannot wipe your arse and just leave.

glad you did it and set yourself free.

matilah_singapura said...

Fact is, I had "future" dependents. When you have people depending on you, it is even more imperative that you find the courage to "go for it".

In fact, this one-shot life there is little else to do but to "go for it".

That's what I think anyway. Being mortal makes each moment very "valuable" indeed!