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9/27/2008

Is it good news or bad news?

Only 1 out of 6 planned ERP gantries will be built in Nov. And ERP charges in Shenton Way/Chinatown area will be reduced by $1. Some called it good news because they will be hit by a stick instead of a sledgehammer. Still got whacked. Some said it is good news because the authorities are listening and willing to change. Looking at it from another angle, it is really bad news. Bad news because the thinking and planning processes were not in gear. Bad news because something like this should have been carefully thought through in the first place. A similar approach is what the SGX had done this week. Whack with a hefty $50k fine first, talk later. The regulations will be reviewed in one month's time. Can decision making be so casual and callous? This is Singapore, not some newly independent third world country. Why has the traffic condition improved so drastically against what was planned? Why was there an overkilled or a plan to over kill? Just do it is good for the entrepreneurs or risk takers. Decisions of such nature should be carefully considered by the best brains and when implemented, must work. Not try try lah.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Redbean, this is Singapore and we have the best brains to sort out all problems. We never try try or somehow enforce the laws. We pay millions of $$$ to make our lives comfortable and easy. So please do not say our govt simply try try and somehow grope around in the dark. Every move and decision have been well thought out, debated, carefully considered and above all, the common people have been consulted. This is Singapore and we are the best of the first world countries!!! We do everything right and proper.

redbean said...

yes sir. forgive me for my rudeness sir.

Anonymous said...

Looking at the way they tackle the traffic problems gives the impression of 'chin chye whack and see what happens' attitude. Cannot work just 'reverse gear' lah. But sometimes certain things like having children cannot 'chin chye reverse gear' hor. It may not work.

redbean said...

my apologies if i give the impression that all these remedies were done in a chin chye manner.

with so many supertalents there, i think very serious considerations must have been put into the solutions. it just happens that they did not work out as formulated. must be the computer problem.

Anonymous said...

Of course lah, blame the computer when it does not work out as formulated. If it works well, you know lah, the computer don't get the credit.

Yen said...

However best brains we have, complex issues like traffic woes will not have one or a few "best" solutions. I have no problem with govt decisions "reversing gears" so long as they do not make outright stupid mistakes but rather adjust their strategies after consultation of public and as a response to a sound monitoring and review process (which somehow I feel probably is not done well).

redbean said...

the traffic congestion problem is not really a complex issue. it is a matter of allocation of resources and land to people and vehicles.

the solutions too are not complex. in fact too amateurish. all the increases in erp charges are not only short term but transferring congestions from one road to the next.