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20 Apr 2019
URA
Suggestion View - 6
Develop Jurong Lake District into wellness precinct

I suggest the authorities study the feasibility of implementing a concept of wellness at the Jurong Lake District as a unique offering to locals and tourists (a href="https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/jurong-lake-district-to-host-new-tourism-hub-......



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20 Apr 2019
Others
Suggestion View - 1
Reconciliation process needs to be included in family justice system

There has been much discussion about divorce in recent months, including whether an adversarial legal system is appropriate to resolve family conflict and post-divorce arrangements, such as care and control of and access to children. ......



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20 Apr 2019
Movement for change
Suggestion View - 60
Be open minded

I find a tendency for many people to be closed minded and to express rigid opinions based on their limited knowledge. A different approach is to be open minded. This involves: a) Considering the views of other people b)  Willing to research and check the facts c)  Willing to carry out an experiment. A closed minded person is usually arrogant. This is also usually associated with a negative attitude......



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20 Apr 2019
Movement for change
Suggestion View - 48
Job loss through use of smart meters

Someone express worry that the use of smart meters will result in unemployment among the people who read meters every month. Should we adopt smart meters? Here is my reply: a) We must examine the cost of installing the smart meters and the pay back period, from the saving in the use of people to read meters. If the installation cost is high, we should not adopt the smart meters. b) If the pay back period is......



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20 Apr 2019
Movement for change
Suggestion View - 131
Financial control over large expenditure

Dr. Mahathir, PM of Malaysia, was unhappy with the large sums that were spent by the previous Najib administration on infrastructure projects. He felt that the sums were excessive and suspected corrupt practices. He canceled the projects but was prepared to re-negotiate the terms of the contracts. He was able to achieve significant cost savings by changing the original design and getting a better deal from the contractors. As the PM, he......



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20 Apr 2019
Movement for change
Suggestion View - 46
Show your support and solidarity

Someone told me that his friend X refused to sign this petition because of this para - If the actions of EMA had been unwise and had caused severe losses to Hyflux, should the government compensate Hyflux and its investors for these losses? X said that he does not want, as a tax payer, to pay a higher tax, if the government has to compensate the investors. I was angry at the stupidity and selfishness of......



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19 Apr 2019
PUB
Suggestion View - 61
Financial discipline in capital expenditure

The Public Utilities Board is installing 300,000 smart meters in residential and commercial premises during the initial phase which will be operational in 2023. These smart meters are likely to replace the manual reading of the meters which is now carried out every two months. Can the PUB share the estimated cost of this installation and the annual savings from the reduced manpower needed to read the meters?  Every major capital ex......



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19 Apr 2019
Land Transport Authority
Suggestion View - 7
Quick fix to gap between platform and train

When riding on the MRT trains, we are all reminded to "mind the gap". However, from time to time, someone could be careless or be pushed from behind and may end up in the gap between the train and the platform. That short incident could led to a lifetime of pain and possible disfigurement. I suggest that the platforms be fit......



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19 Apr 2019
Others
Suggestion View - 73
Singapore spirit has gone missing

I have been observing that over the past few years, Singaporeans' pride in the Republic has been diminishing. Maybe it is due to the rise of social media, but there appears to be more Singaporeans jumping at any opportunity to put our country down. Singaporeans tend to highlight and share all negative news about our country on social media, such as the faulty sprinkler i......



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19 Apr 2019
Ministry of Education
Compliment View - 99
Schools prepare kids for when they enter workforce

In studying the recipe for Singapore's successful transformation from a Third World country to a First World one, I learnt that education has been highly instrumental to Singapore's economic success. I can say with certitude that if our Ministry of Education (MOE) is in keeping with the foresight that has driven Singapore's educational planning all these decades, we are on a good track. span style="......



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18 Apr 2019
Land Transport Authority
Feedback View - 8
Aren't bollards built to withstand vehicle crashes?

It was alarming that a metal bollard apparently failed to stop a car from crashing into pedestrians at the Marina Bay Financial Centre (4 injured in car crash at Marina Bay Financial Centre, driver arrested, April 16). This makes me wonder if the bollards that have been erected in many places in Singapore, like at bus stops, would stop any vehicle from crashing into pedestrians. I am sure there are many nagging questions in the minds of......



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18 Apr 2019
Land Transport Authority
Feedback View - 4
PMD users continue to be reckless

Two days ago, I was nearly hit by a speeding e-scooter as I stepped out of the bus service 317 along Yio Chu Kang Link, opposite the stadium. Had I alighted a fraction of a second earlier, the young person on the e-scooter would have collided into me. I have no doubts that I would have been seriously injured and would have landed in hospital as I am a frail, 73-year-old man. I just do not understand why these personal mob......



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18 Apr 2019
TCM Practitioners Board
Negative View - 2
What is TCM diagnosis based on?

I was disappointed by the Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners Board's reply to my letter (What TCM practitioner failed to do, April 16; and TCM board should clarify proper treatment practices, April 6; respectively). According to the board, the diabetic patient's initial complaints were "weakness and chills". Whether the symptoms were systemic or confined to only the feet is not clear. If the symptoms were systemic......



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17 Apr 2019
Building And Construction Authority
Feedback View - 4
Pre-emptive measures urgently needed to curb falling objects

It may be unrealistic to expect building owners to frequently check structural installations like windows, wall tiles, glass panels, concrete beams and metal cladding. Perhaps the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) could curb those mishaps with compulsory periodic inspections (Building owners must step up maintenance checks, by Mr Andrew Seow Chwee Guan, April 13). Singapore ranks as the third-most densely populated country in th......



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17 Apr 2019
Ministry of Health
Suggestion View - 37
Organ transplant policy needs revamp

Our current organ transplant policy needs a revamp. There aren't enough incentives to prevent people from opting out of the Human Organ Transplant Act (New organ transplant centre to offer better care, shorter wait, April 13). But it is re-examing the rules about living donor organ transplants that could make a difference. Perhaps it is time to look at some form of reimbursement or compensation for living organ donors. Th......



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16 Apr 2019
Land Transport Authority
Feedback View - 8
Having more e-scooters dangerous

I disagree with Mr Phillip Tan Fong Lip's comments on encouraging more e-scooters and making Singapore the e-scooter capital (Make S'pore e-scooter capital, April 13). Ever since e-scooters were introduced in Singapore, there have been numerous accidents where some victims were seriously injured. Sad to say many of our e-scooter riders lack consideration for pedestrians, and ride fast and recklessly, posing a danger to pedestrians.br /......



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16 Apr 2019
Singapore Sports Council
Feedback View - 4
Long wait for drinks not acceptable at world-class venue

Last week, I attended the Singapore Badminton Open held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. I found that spectators had to queue for 45 minutes to buy a cup of coffee or tea, or a bottle of water. As there was only one booth, the queue was the same for both food and drinks, and it extended and snaked outside the immediate area. At such venues, there should not be any queue that is 50 or 60 people deep. This is......



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16 Apr 2019
National Parks Board
Feedback View - 1
More issues to resolve in Ubin

The National Parks Board (NParks) and Friends of Ubin Network (FUN) should be thanked for protecting Pulau Ubin's heritage (NParks working to preserve Ubin's rusticity, by National Parks Board and Friends of Ubin Network, March 18). My friends who are residents at Ubin appreciate it. NParks, FUN and their contractors have addressed several infrastructural needs and environmental issues in Pulau Ubin. However, their letter doesn't take s......



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15 Apr 2019
Ministry of Health
Feedback View - 4
Standardise considerations for hospital subsidies

I felt more confused when I read the recent articles on medical bills and insurance (Private stays at community hospitals: Patients pay cash deposits despite insurance cover; and Subsidies for different care hospitals need to be better aligned, both published on April 11). First, I do not understand why whether a person can use his Medisave is dependent on the type of hospital and ward he is admitted to and not based on his medical condition. This add......



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15 Apr 2019
Ministry of Health
Feedback View - 6
Address dilemma of higher out-of-pocket bills in hospital move

Senior health correspondent Salma Khalik made some good points in her recent commentary (Subsidies for different care hospitals need to be better aligned, April 11). It highlights the dilemma of having to pay more out-of-pocket because of less insurance coverage by MediShield Life, as well as possibly having fewer subsidies when a patient transfers from a general hospital to a community hospital for step-down care. In addition to the po......



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14 Apr 2019
Ministry of Manpower
Suggestion View - 182
Is lifelong learning the solution?

The govt leaders say that the solution to keep older people employed is lifelong learning. Is it? I heard stories of older people who attend skill upgrading courses but found that they cannot get jobs after the training. Some said that the knowledge are useful to them - but they are still not able to get jobs. What is a better approach? Let m......



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14 Apr 2019
Movement for change
Suggestion View - 262
Serious economic challenges

Singapore faces serious economic changes. We have reached a stage where it has become very difficult to solve. The underlying problem is the high cost of living and inadequate wages to meet this cost of living.  One possible solution is to raise wages and control immigration, so that the jobs are available for local workers. This is the approach adopted in Australia. It has worked quite well. Although the cost of liv......



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14 Apr 2019
Movement for change
Suggestion View - 111
Be realistic in decision making

Many people are over cautious. When there is uncertainty, they imagine the worse that could happen and use that scenario as the basis for their decision making. They were probably over trained in scenario planning or in the playing the "devil's advocate". What is the problem with this approach?  They became unwilling to take a decision. They are afraid of the consequence. They want other people to deci......



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13 Apr 2019
Land Transport Authority
Feedback View - 14
Why hasn't work started on covered linkway?

Most of the work as part of the Neighbourhood Renewal Programme in Teck Whye, which started in the first quarter of 2017 and was supposed to end by the fourth quarter of last year, seems to have been completed. However, to date, there is still no sign of any work being done on the covered linkway from the Teck Whye Avenue bus stop to Chua Chu Kang Community Club. This particular linkway was one of the preliminary design plans unveiled i......



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13 Apr 2019
Land Transport Authority
Suggestion View - 4
Make ERP payment system more efficient with grace period

I fully support Mr Pavithran Vidyadharan's suggestion to give motorists a grace period to settle Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) gantry violations (Give 48-hour grace period to settle ERP violations, April 11). There are many reasons why a motorist would pass an ERP gantry with insufficient value - and often these reasons are unintentional. Last week, I drove past an ERP gantry while entering PIE in Jalan Toa Payoh at 7pm, with a value of......



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13 Apr 2019
Building And Construction Authority
Suggestion View - 6
Building owners must step up maintenance checks

It horrified me to read about the metal panels that almost injured a woman (Woman escapes being hit by falling metal panels, April 7). In recent years, there have been incidents of falling glass, wall tiles, windows and metal panels, as well as other concrete structures. As more high-rise buildings are built, the responsibility lies with building owners to step up their preventive maintenance to ensure such materials are secure to avoid......



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12 Apr 2019
Singapore- Malaysia Ties
Feedback View - 52
Look beyond just building new links

The solution to delivering 250,000 to 300,000 people through the Causeway on a daily basis more effectively (Malaysia looking at affordable alternatives to RTS Link Project, April 10) lies in more than just establishing a third or fourth link, as previously suggested by the Malaysian Prime Minister. A duplication of existing ineffectual systems will bring few gains in production. Multi-million-dollar hardware will take years to construc......



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12 Apr 2019
Ministry of Finance
Suggestion View - 44
Look at negative impact of football betting

Rather than bark up the wrong tree by simply targeting our casinos (Address social impact of gambling before expanding casinos, by Dr Ho Ting Fei, April 8), we need to take a multifaceted approach to tackle problem gambling. Football betting is a source of problem gambling that is often overlooked. It not unusual to see groups of people clustered in front of the screens in Singapore Pools outlets, discussing and analysing the game odds ......



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12 Apr 2019
Ministry of Manpower
Suggestion View - 50
Recognise older workers' ability to contribute

Singapore's population is ageing rapidly. By 2030, the ratio of working age citizens to those past the regular working age is expected to fall to around 2.4. This is especially worrying as Singapore's main resource is human capital. With fewer people working, there will be a shortage of qualified workers, resulting in declining productivity, an increase in labour costs and reduced international competitiveness. One way to ease the probl......



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12 Apr 2019
Ministry of Finance
Negative View - 229
Frivolity and financial imprudence

I literally got a shock when I read that the final stage 6 of the Circle Line will cost a whopping $1.2 billion per kilometre to build, or 5 times the average per kilometre cost of the first five stages.  I can't help but wonder how many people truly appreciate and understand just how much $1.2 billion is? For every one metre of that stage 6 Circle Line – with only 3 stations - it will cost our citizens $1.2 billion. If this is not frivolity and ......



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