2/03/2008

The great planners

The thing that Singapore excelled and did very well is estate planning, infrastructure development and driving the economy, and many other things that planning can do. We have planned everything, and anything that can be planned, we have thought of it and planned ahead. But one area we have failed miserably, that is transportation. We have let the problem grow for too long, and not because we cannot afford to solve them. And this is weird. Of all things, transportion, the roads, vehicles, and population are all numbers that can be crunched easily. Dealing with numbers and being able to manipulate the numbers to a high level accuracy is our forte, what we do best. Can I say that these problems are predictable and could have been forseen and solved progressively instead of the gridlock we are talking of today. Luckily now we have Raymond Lim to look at it closely and to do something about it, quick and fast.

4 comments:

Matilah_Singapura said...

I'll be reminding people that the best way to allocate resources (the means) to achieve certain specific objectives beneficial to human existence (the ends) is to not have ANY Central Plan whatsoever, and allow the market (a demand-driven spontaneous order) to be free to create solutions.

There is no way any thing which has been centrally planned has ever succeeded long-term. This goes back to the very core of nature itself - there is no 'central planner' - things happen 'spontaneously' and any 'planning' which occurs occurs on a non-system-wide, local level.

And the beauty about this, is that everything is connected — non-centrally planned, but working perfectly and changing as needed.

Anonymous said...

In prepare for further increase in our population, SMRT could hire station masters to pack more passengers onto their trains and LTA relax their rules to allow more people into buses and cars, riding like those roof passengers we see in movies.

Anonymous said...

Talking about packing passengers into trains like those in Japan, I just wonder whether the cooler climate in Japan and less sweating overall, could have made it less unbearable. In Singapore the hot and humid climate makes people sweat all the time and if we really pack them in like in Japan, I can imagine the situation.

redbean said...

i had to run away when one was standing two feet away. how could anyone bears sticking together with one who did not bathe and smelt like the inside of a dustbin?