The powers-that-be approved the surge pricing model for taxis yesterday, trying to copy what Grabtaxi and Uber have been doing all this while. But I have my reservations about that. I remember every Friday, taxis would pick and choose customers. As I read in a report in TodayOnline:
With surge pricing, taxi drivers could spend less time plying the roads for customers and more time ferrying passengers matched to them through a mobile application. In contrast, the situation may be less rosy for commuters who are unwilling or unable to pay higher fares, as they could face the possible scenario of being ignored on the streets during peak hours, transport analysts said on Friday
I knew something like this would occur. That is why I was very happy when Grab and Uber came on the market. It gave those conniving taxi drivers a run for their money. And now those taxi fellas want to implement surge pricing because their livelihoods were threatened by ride-hailing apps. Well done you bunch of idiots. Well done.
In May 2008. I remember that the International Court of Justice in The Hague ruled that Pedra Branca is under Singapore’s sovereignty. You can read about the Pedra Branca dispute here.
In case some people want to know what is Pedra Branca is, it is an outlying island and also the easternmost point of Singapore, an island which consists of a small outcrop of granite rocks with an area of about 8,560 square metres. Between 1850 and 1851, the British built Horsburgh Lighthouse on the island. The Straits Settlements administered the island with the lighthouse and Singapore then assumed responsibility in 1946 after the dissolution of the Straits Settlements. In 1953, the Acting State Secretary of Johor, responding to a query from the Colonial Secretary of Singapore about the status of the island, stated that “the Johore Government does not claim ownership of Pedra Branca”.
Apparently now, Malaysia is challenging the Pedra Branca judgment using three documents discovered in the United Kingdom’s national archive. Apparently, these documents became available after some files were de-classified. So looks like we will be back at the International Court of Justice to plead our case. Let us see how this goes
One thing I really hate is the fact that that some PRs do not want to serve NS. So I will just leave this here, a screenshot I got from a local forum. Nice try buddy but it does not work the way you envisioned. Serve your NS. Don’t be a pussy!
Remember the Michael Bolton song, when it starts, he sings: “I could hardly believe it, when I heard the news today” Well, I can tell you I could scarcely believe the news myself. It’s about the haze that has been blanketing Singapore and most parts of Malaysia and Thailand. I read the article in the Today newspaper, online, and this is what it said:
Indonesian Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung said that Jakarta had earlier rejected Singapore’s offers of assistance to combat the transboundary haze crisis in the region because it was concerned that the city-state would claim credit for solving the problem, even while the officials were worried about the rapidly deteriorating situation.
Now I find that bloody stupid. In the first place, who started the bloody haze by burning their forests? Who did not give a rats ass about the countries around them, or for their own citizens for that matter? And when Singapore offers help to fight the haze, the Indonesian government say this is the reason why they rebuffed Singapore. Bloody idiots. Why on earth would we claim credit for helping you stop something that YOU, Indonesia, started in the first fucking place?
Honestly. This is stupid. Really, really stupid.
It is election time again in Singapore and today, the citizens of Singapore will go to the polls to choose the candidates they want to see in parliament. I too am going to cast my vote and so will the rest of my family. Remember my fellow Singaporeans…voting is compulsory and your vote is secret.
Today is the proclaimed “Cooling Off Day” that was introduced in 2011. I have no idea why it was introduced at all really. But I suppose that is how things go. In any case. Many of you are going to the polls tomorrow. You have heard the rallies. You have read all about the different candidates in the newspapers and online media. You may have made up your mind, then again, you may not have. But remember always…VOTE WISELY!