1/12/2012

Truly an island with no talent

When they want to find a nice name for Marina Bay, they sought the expertise of foreign consultants who advised them, after collecting $400k, to call it Marina Bay.

Today we have this MRT problem, a system that we have been operating for 30 years and looking like falling into pieces. And who else to look for expert advice when there is none locally? Call for foreign experts lah. Just pay only what. I can’t believe that after 30 years we have no talent good enough to look into the problem which is not let a failure of a rocket to the moon.

And when ponding became a problem, and as usual, there are no local talent that are really good at it, call for foreign talents. After six months of studies by a panel of 12 experts, some local and some foreign, a list of ingenious solutions that our locals would never imagine have been tabled. Roof gardens, roof ponds, porous roads, collecting water by every building, delaying the flow of water, raising barriers, increasing thresholds of buildings, and some enormous infrastructure changes were proposed. Yes, foreign talents are where all the solutions coming from. 6 months of studies with 12 experts cannot be for free.

If only I have a string of engineering degrees I will recommend them to put a bubble roof over the whole of Orchard Road. Not only it would reduce the rain water over the area, the roof must cover a big enough area, it would also be useful to control the climate under the bubble. You want wind you can have wind. You want snow you can have snow. Definitely a great attraction that would improve the attractiveness of Orchard Road. And if solar cells are used, all the improvements and inventions on solar energy can be incorporated. Great stuff, really.
Maybe we can wait for another panel of foreign talents to recommend this. Put a bubble over Orchard Road.

What is the point of paying all the super talented salary for super talents when every little problem there will be a big scramble for foreign talents who were mostly paid half of what our supertalents are being paid?

There is no need for 5 specialists when one gets pile in the arse. And definitely no need to seek reassurance and a second opinion from a foreign pile specialist. Of course when one has all the money to throw, or hoping that if the recommendation is not good enough, then we can point the finger at the foreign specialist, a foreign specialist will come in useful. Or since the foreign specialist cannot solve it, no local talent can. Safe.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

If the Minister uses only local experts, the Minister is still liable for the Singaporean expert's cock-up.

But foreign experts are different.
Any cock-up, Minister will not be blamed.

Let's change the game.
Let's just hold the Minister responsible for fixing the problem.
If a foreign expert gives bad advice.
Blame the Minister anyway for not being able to choose the right people.

Chua Chin Leng aka redbean said...

With the kind of pay they are claiming as super talent, they still want to buy foreign talents that are not as talented as them to give them advice?

Foreign talents don't come cheap and we end up paying for them too.

Anonymous said...

Our ministers are simply not worth the millions. Period.

Chua Chin Leng aka redbean said...

China started to industrialise in 1978. Today they are building rockets to the moon, satellites, high speed trains, submarines, aircraft carriers, they have more high rise building than us, and higher, more train networks, all built by themselves.

Can't imagine these newly reincarnated farmers and peasants would have to call foreign experts to look at their trains every time there is a little problem.

Matilah_Singapura said...

Singapore's brain drain 1960s - 1990s had serious ramifications. China also had brain drain. But they've also got a huge population. You can't argue with LARGE numbers

Anonymous said...

Why no invite foreign experts to sit in Salary Review Committee?

Anonymous said...

Flooding problem can be solved just by converting Orchard Road into Orchard Canal. Vehicles are permitted to go on Orchard Canal at all times but drivers are to use discretion whether to be in the canal when spillover from Stamford Canal occurs, a once in 50 year event.

Saycheese

Anonymous said...

"Singapore's brain drain 1960s - 1990s had serious ramifications. China also had brain drain. But they've also got a huge population. You can't argue with LARGE numbers"

Disagree. If you read more on the Chinese history. You would know they have the spirit and culture to want to do all technology and science stuff on their own. They wants to grow their own SME and industry. In contrast, Sinkapore SME sector is dead and foreign MNCs are moving out so the local support industry is not able to standalone and grow.

What do we expect if we recited national pledge for last 46 years and suddenly now become only an aspiration? Simply, Sinkapore has failed in nation building and lost its identity and has no spirit and culture except scoring top marks in school and earning million dollars.

Sinkapore can only be follower and copycat and will never be original thinker in science and technology. Its copycat is unlike Japan in 19th century and China in current century that can grow their own industry from SMEs. Sinkapore SME sector is dead practically.

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