MRT tunnel flooding: Khaw, SMRT CEO and his army buddies should be thrown under the bus, not only maintenance team

Acting in unison with SMRT CEO and chairman, MOT Minister Khaw has decided to throw the Bishan maintenance team under the bus without addressing the rot at the top.

​In MOT’s wayang, CEO Kuek anyhow claimed that he would be taking full responsibility. when he actually meant other employees would be held responsible, ie bonus of the Bishan maintenance team reduced and the team leader removed. So clever hor, the CEO.

After 9 days of silence, MOT decided to stage the wayang with a new actor, SMRT chairman Seah Ming Moon. Many have been disgusted by this bunch of clowns.

A bit about Seah. He is the CEO of Pavilion Energy, a relatively new TLC set up in 2013. Pavilion must have lost a lot of money when it invested $1.6 billion in a Tanzanian gas deal less than a year after setting up.

Since Seah replaced Koh as SMRT chairman, his part-time work – which now includes bowing – probably earns him more than $200,000 a year on top of his multi-million pay package at Pavilion.

By blaming only rank and file employees, Khaw had hoped to deflect blame from LTA’s incompetence. The oversight authority is currently helmed by former paper general Ngien Hoon Ping with 26 years of irrelevant military experience. Ngien recently took over from former paper general Chew Men Leong who was reported to have left to join the “private sector”, aka GLCs.

Did Colombo Plan Scholar Khaw assume Singaporeans are fools to allow him to protect other PAP-appointed scholars by throwing ordinary citizens under the bus?

Khaw’s mishandling has created a morale issue at SMRT and expectedly, he and other elites have been ripped apart by netizens.

To prevent more massive breakdowns, the government should only appoint competent leaders with relevant experience to run the transport ministry and PTOs.

Under the current leadershit, things are guaranteed to worsen and the only solution is to cut the million-dollar deadwood out from MOT and PTOs. 🙂

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CPF Board not aware of where CPF was invested

Dear CPF members

I am trying to establish if indeed CPF is invested in SSGS. However, there is no information on the history of SSGS besides what we have been told by the government and statements on MOF website.

Tried asking CPF Board but it has been almost a month and it has still refused to provide the requested information.

I have now directed my queries to the PMO, cc to the recipients in my email below.

For a stat board to continue concealing material information from the public, the only conclusion is there must be something terribly amiss.

Phillip Ang

From: Phillip Ang <phillipang63>
To: PM LEE <LEE_HSIEN_LOONG>
Cc: CPF Board <CPFBOARD>, CNA <newseditor>, HENG <ken_dxb>, LAU <cklau60>, ST NEWS <stnewsdesk>, NG_Chee_Peng, YAHOO <reachus>, ST LOCAL <stlocal>, TOC <theonlinecitizen>, TRE <andrew>, ZBLOCAL <zblocal>
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Date: Mon, 16 Oct 2017 23:26:12 +0800
Subject: CPF Board uncertain about CPF investment history?

Dear PM Lee

I refer to my correspondence with the CPF Board (CPFB) and CEO Ng Chee Peng on 22, 27 Sep, 1, 3 and 4 Oct.

My queries:

1. When did CPF Board start to invest CPF OA monies in SSGS?
2. When did CPF Board start to invest CPF MA/SA/RA monies in SSGS?
3. Prior to the issuance of SSGS, where was our CPF invested?
4. When was SSGS introduced?

It is a shame that after almost a month, CPFB has not been able to provide any answer.

CPFB should not try to conceal material information which belongs in the public domain as this has eroded CPF members’ trust. .

The PMO should remind CPFB of its statutory board status and serving citizens should not mean withholding material information or giving us the runaround when such information is requested.

Please reply.

Thank you and have a nice day.

Regards

Phillip Ang

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MOT Minister Khaw’s fake apology: Despite flooded MRT tunnel and record disruptions, we have done well

After more than a week of rehearsals, SMRT CEO, Chairman and MOT Minister Khaw have finally decided to hold their wayang to celebrate the record 20-hour disruption caused by a flooded tunnel on 7 Oct.

SMRT CEO Kuek

Kuek has acknowledged the continued existence of “deep-seated cultural issues” within the company which he said “need time to root out”. However, Kuek has already been CEO for 5 years and has also parachuted his army buddies into top management positions.  So, how much more time does Kuek require to reduce the increasing instances of “human error or failure”?

Kuek was quick to deflect management’s failure by highlighting the need to improve the “level of accountability by supervisors”.

As for taking “full responsibility”, there was no mention of any punitive action taken against management despite 2017 being the worst year of breakdowns.  Full responsibility = Taking same pay and bonus for increasing screw ups?

Commuters are expected to forgive SMRT and move on because Kuek and his incompetent team were “all deeply pained by what happened.” and that they “resolve to learn from the lessons and do better”.

SMRT Chairman Seah Moon Ming

Chairman Seah is an even a bigger joke and you can watch him ‘apologising’ on CNA video.

Seah’s “apology” boils down to one thing: another promise to do better in future. He then mentioned problems encountered by SMRT, such as limited engineering time. But are’t these highly-paid, best and brightest PAP-appointees supposed to deliver results instead of telling us their problems?

After the worst disruption in SMRT history, Seah insisted that more “patience and kind understanding” are still needed for SMRT to provide a better and smoother ride.

Seah did not mention any time frame and at the rate of improvement, this may take forever.

MOT Minister Khaw

After Khaw had lambasted the SMRT maintenance team for sleeping on the job, he claimed that the flooding would not have happened if the out-of-action pump had been replaced by LTA and SMRT on 29 Sep.

Since Khaw has inadvertently disclosed that LTA was also aware of the faulty pump, why didn’t Khaw take LTA to task?

Khaw: “Our findings show that the anti-flooding system there was poorly maintained.” This may be an understatement.

According to Khaw, the stormwater pit was supposed to be able to hold up to 5000 cubic metres of rainfall. Since rainfall could not have exceeded 700 cubic metres on 7 Oct, doesn’t it mean that the pit was almost full before it rained? The system was not only “poorly maintained”: it was not maintained.

After apologizing, Khaw couldn’t help patting himself on the back and claimed “WE’VE MADE SERIOUS IMPROVEMENTS”. He then started talking cock about having exceeded next year’s imaginary target and that commuters won’t be able to understand WTF he was saying.

Khaw tried to imply that all the disruptions could be traced to “improvements to existing lines and resignalling for the NSL”. So, No improvement works = Smooth rides?

In December 2011 when SMRT did not carry out any improvement works under former SMRT CEO Saw, why were there massive breakdowns?

To confirm Khaw was indeed a smart man who could also predict future inconvenience to commuters: “I did say the resignalling would have tonnes of problems. I said so in public, to bear with us.”

Commuters should not blame the authorities because Nostradamus Khaw had already forewarned us.

Despite multi-million man hour in productivity losses due to the incompetent LTA and SMRT, Khaw continued to insist the relevant authorities have done well and media reports have been misleading:
Assuming Khaw is right for once, I guess commuters should ‘thank’ him @ https://www.facebook.com/ministerkhawboonwan/


 

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Class-action suit only option for CPF members to right a sorry situation

Dear CPF members

My proposal to launch a class-action suit against the government has generated a tremendous amount of interest.

As this is an unprecedented move, we should be mindful of pitfalls and temper our expectations but be resolute in our fight to regain what’s rightfully ours.

Over many decades, we dug our own retirement grave by allowing the government free reign to introduce any legislation to suit its political agenda. CPF members should prevent the government from doing likewise to our children.

There have been negative comments suggesting futility of such an effort.  But the same naysayers have no idea whatsoever to help CPF members besides playing along with government narrative.

Should CPF members then continue to plead for transparency and accountability from a party with 93% representation in Parliament?

Why have elected MPs not demanded total transparency in managing $346 billion of CPF members’ retirement savings?

Why is the government still engaging in CPF propaganda instead of resolving the issue of retirement funding shortfall?

The government is not helping us by retaining an increasing amount of CPF for GIC to speculate in foreign assets. In fact, the only beneficiary is the government, ie GIC retains about half of CPF returns for reinvestment or to supplement our budget revenue.

The government could have invested CPF separately from state reserves – like every pension fund – but it does not want to be held accountable for poor performance. CPF members should not allow the government to abuse our CPF, ie use it to conceal the size of state reserves.

The CPF Board has been working against members’ interest and it needs to be taken to task. Without any announcement, the default withdrawal age has been increased to 70.

In a democratic country, the CEO of CPF would have been sacked for partaking in sneaky acts. But here in our little red dot, not one elected MP has even bothered to speak up. Should PAP MPs decide to comment, they will likely tell CPF members that delaying CPF withdrawal is … for our own good.

The serious dereliction of duty by CPF Board needs to be addressed once and for all.

We are currently exploring new ideas and will need to get a few experts on board. How events will pan out, nobody really knows and we should take things one step at a time.

CPF members (non members are also welcomed) who wish to right this sorry state of affairs should contribute and no freeloading, please. Even if 20% of members contribute $10 each, this will be more than sufficient.

Our present priority is to create more awareness and raise sufficient funds before initiating action.

Lim Tean and I have set up a crowdfunding account @ https://www.facebook.com/tean.lim.75. (POSB Savings 198-91842-3) Please keep a record of your transaction as your particulars will be required before the launch of the class-action suit. Unused portion will also be returned, pari passu.

Civil servants or PAP-affiliated grassroots who prefer anonymity could transfer funds jointly with relatives’/friends’ accounts.

Once the required resources, not just financially, are in place and before the suit is launched, there will be more updates. Action speaks louder than words.

Phillip Ang

PS
Elected MPs and almost all finance/legal/accounting professionals who are in a position to speak up and take appropriate action prefer cowardly silence. Time to think out of the box and help ourselves. 🙂

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Silver lining for retrenched SPH journalists, help stop SPH running down our country

Dear retrenched journalists

Things happen for a reason and all is not doom and gloom.

For those of you with a conscience, you must be finally relieved to be free from engaging in propaganda and helping your political master PAP run our country down.

You are presently in a position to help reverse some of the damage caused by state propaganda and at the same time be paid for it. By that, I mean you could write on alternative media sites as P N Balji, Tan Bah Bah and others have done.

Better still, set up another site to prove to SPH that it was a mistake to have expedited the retrenchment to preserve top management pay.

Since you understand how propaganda works, you must also understand its deconstruction. Your alternative media site, which you may want to name ‘The Ass Tee’, will become an instant hit because Singaporeans want to read real news. SPH readership has been declining solely due to the absence of real news.

(Reading propaganda has severe long-term consequences, eg transformation of humans into parrots or increasing Singaporeans’ stupidity.)

Every article on local news is a piece of propaganda for PAP, ie self praise aplenty despite screwing up, deflection of issues, lacking scrutiny, etc. Examples of how propaganda could be deconstructed:

SPH grows net profit 32% in FY17, but will hasten job cuts as media business struggles (11 Oct, Kenneth Lim)

“…(SPH) net profit to a 32 per cent increase in fiscal 2017… will accelerate a previously announced round of job cuts to deal with challenges in its core media business”.

In October 2016, plans were for a 10% reduction in 2 years. Many employees have therefore been shortchanged by the new CEO from NOL who is clearly taking a shortcut to preserve top management remuneration. SPH in no way has addressed the issue of declining media revenue by continuing to publish propaganda.

Senior management is not leading by example or SPH would have announced drastic reduction of top management remuneration to improve morale of employees.

SPH starts retrenching staff (13 Oct, Joanna Seow)
“Union leaders and professional counsellors were present to help the affected workers ..”.
Since all union leaders are PAP-approved individuals and only cares for the bottom line of companies, how could they be helping affected workers?

“Mr Warren Fernandez, editor-in-chief of SPH’s English/Malay/ Tamil Media Group, said it was “a difficult and sad day for all of us in the newsroom”…”None of us wished to see our colleagues having to leave. They have done much good work, and we appreciate all their contributions over the years” .. “I wish we didn’t have to do this, but we had to make some painful decisions. We had to do it to help keep our newsrooms on a sound and sustainable footing going forward.”

Talk is cheap but has Warren accepted any responsibility by agreeing to a pay cut to “keep our newsrooms on a sound and sustainable footing going forward”?

“Creative Media and Publishing Union (CMPU), which represents SPH workers”. CMPU president David Teo: “Both sides compromised and we got the best of a sad situation. I think it’s a fair package by industry norms.”

In reality, workers in Singapore have no union representation because all unions are controlled by PAP. How can it ever be fair to retrench workers when a company’s bottom line has increased by 32%?

“CMPU and NTUC will hold a career networking event for them on Oct 30”. NTUC’s networking events offers mostly low-paying or 60-hour/week jobs where employees are in direct competition with foreigners. Publish the list of jobs and wages to expose NTUC’s fake workers’ union status.

To keep you busy, there are at least 10 ST articles for you to deconstruct their propaganda everyday and keep your readers happy. 🙂

Before concluding, let me just highlight another instance of bullshit and half-truths of your previous company.

In 2009, SPH announced pay cuts across the board and anyhow claimed that senior management staff would bear the brunt of it. Source


Instead of reducing “30% of their total annual remuneration” of senior management staff, scholar-CEO Alan Chan’s remuneration was unchanged from the previous year, ie between $1.25 mil to $1.499 mil. Hmm … was Chan not a senior management staff?

And how did SPH “prepare for a longer than expected downturn so that we can emerge stronger when the economy recovers”? It immediately increased Alan Chan’s remuneration the following year!

Chan’s remuneration had in fact continued increasing by more than $1 million to almost $3 million before he left SPH less than 2 months ago.

Your retrenchment actually allows you to play a bigger role: teach Singaporeans to think critically.

You won’t need more than a couple of journalists to easily deconstruct every propaganda piece in ST daily. It will make for interesting read, not forgetting earning an income without running our country down. 🙂

I hope you will consider my suggestion and wish you all the best.

Phillip Ang

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