What can $4.3b buy?

 Last few days we were all marvelling at the new $4.3b wonders in Marina South. There were some comparisons as to what $4.3b could buy other than a 5km stretch of roads albeit underground and under the sea. This kind of thing is something daft Sinkies have heard of for the first time. It was touted as a great engineering feat, maybe can rival the pyramids. The tourists will soon be landing on this city to ogle at this 8th Wonders of the World.

$4.3b can buy something like 43,000 of the latest buses for public transport, or 10,000 units of 5 rm HDB flats. This morning I was enlightened by a better idea on what $4.3b can buy. India has taken delivery of its latest aircraft carrier, an old Russian refit, at a cost of $2.9b. This ship can carry 30 fighter aircraft on board and a crew of 2,000. With a bit more we can have the whole complements of aircraft as well. And if we buy a few junk banks or junk stocks less, we could easily buy 3 or 4 or these aircraft carriers. Then we need not spend so much money stationing our fly boys and their families and aircraft overseas.

Someone in Mindef may want to do a bit of paper shuffling to evaluate the cost of buying a few of these aircraft carriers versus stationing our hardware and soldiers in the other half of the globe. The aircraft carrier group can be floating nearby in the South China Seas. Think it would be cheap and more effective, closer to home and can take up its combat duties immediately when needed, just a few minutes away.

At $2.9b a piece, it is cheap. Throwing $10b we can have 3 to form a carrier battle group that would dwarf those owned by any Asian powers. Wow, the most powerful military state in Asia, for $10b or two underground roads. This must be worth considering. It is a bargain.


Anonymous said...

RB, the tunnel open on dec 29 so the money already spent so no option already on the carrier

Anonymous said...

How much food, medical services and education can $4.3 billion buy for our poor and elderly?

Dr Vivian Balakrishnan:
How much do you want? Do you want three meals in a hawker centre, food court or restaurant?

In response to the question:

Dr Lily Neo:
... May I ask him what is his definition of "subsistence living"? Am I correct to say that, out of $260 per month for PA recipients, $100 goes to rental, power supply and S&C and leaving them with only $5 a day to live on? Am I correct to say that any basic meal in any hawker centre is already $2.50 to $3.00 per meal? Therefore, is it too much to ask for just three meals a day as an entitlement for the PA recipients?


Anonymous said...

We can buy anything with $4.3 billion dollars?
But the money cannot be spent on Singaporeans?
Can be spent on higher PAP Minister salaries?
But not on Singaporeans?

Anonymous said...

That's why it is so important for political parties to win the elections and become the govt.

Because gov can make billions of dollars of decisions, and ministers are also paid millions of dollars salaries making those decisions.

So you see, the stakes involved are indeed very high, tio bo?

But then why is the Sinkie opposition not getting ready for the high stakes? What kind of opposition is that?

If like that, those daft and suffering Sinkies where got hope? Can they get hope online? Or through online govt with online PM? LOL

Anonymous said...

Then employ all the FT in the aircraft carrier.

Anonymous said...

We have so much money to send delegations after delegations overseas to visit and look see look see to learn from the poorly managed countries and their systems.
How much money are spent on these trips? Chiat hong on OPM.

Anonymous said...

We send delegations overseas to selectively reconfirm what we already know is best for Singapore.

Anonymous said...

“I humbly pray that the ruler will purify his heart, minimize his desires, restrain himself and love the common people, convey respect to the former ruler, spread humanness through the land, promote conscientious individualists in order to get wise and good people into position of responsibility, and throw out traitors and calumniators in order to make the manners of the people more substantial.”

Zhuge Liang
The Way of the General

Anonymous said...

Every election is just to reconfirm that PAP is the best to be govt.

Anonymous said...

To the Opposition Parties and the Singaporean People

"To overcome the intelligent by folly is contrary to the natural order of things;
to overcome the foolish by intelligence is in accord with the natural order.
To overcome the intelligent by intelligence, however, is a matter of opportunity.

There are three avenues of opportunity: events, trends, and conditions.

When opportunities occur through events but you are unable to respond, you are not smart.
When opportunities become active through a trend and yet you cannot make plans, you are not wise.
When opportunities emerge through conditions but you cannot act on them, you are not bold .

Those skilled in generalship always achieve their victories by taking advantage of opportunities."

- Zhuge Liang, "Way of the General," circa 200 AD

Ⓜatilah $ingapura⚠️ said...

Kani nah to all of you lah. Govt spends money on making the cuntree more awesome, and able to handle the rapid increase in population and you cocksuckers bitch and complain.

Where got meaning?

Chua Chin Leng aka redbean said...

KNN, more awesome for who?

Ⓜatilah $ingapura⚠️ said...

For me and people like me lah. Who else?

Do you think I give a fuck about how other's feel? I don't. Why? Because I have NO CONTROL on how others create their feelings, from their own experiences in the world.

Keep it awesome. For me.

You have a problem with that?

Anonymous said...

Who fuck cares about matilah.
Go and die lah.
Matilah Singapura.

Anonymous said...

how other developed country like in EU audits such big tickets item in govt ministries?

Anonymous said...

the 5km tunnel can also buy a missile fefence system FD2000 from China for US$3B stll got alot of change! build tunnel better than sell weapons seah !!

'news-28/9/13 China has won the bid to co-produce a multibillion long-range air and missile defence system in Turkey, in what is its largest and most advanced arms sales to a Nato country.

The Turkish defence minister announced the decision to approve the US$3 billion bid by China Precision Machinery Import and Export Corp, rejecting rival offers from Russian, US and European firms.

The winning Chinese FD-2000 system beat the Patriot, the Russian S-400 and the French-Italian Eurosam Samp-T, it was announced on Thursday.'

b said...

It is not about how much was spent but to whose pockets those monies went into. I will not be surprised that a few elites owned corporations are involved in those highly inflated bills. THis world is full of bullshits.