20160609 All wrong RC signage should be rectified

From: pipakh
Sent: Thursday, June 09, 2016 11:55 PM
To: MP ZAINAL SAPARI
Cc: AGO WILLIE TAN ; <a title="connie_chan ; MIN LAWRENCE WONG ; <a title="PA_QSM ; PETER ONG ; <a title="pritam.singh ; SDP ; <a title="stlocal ; ST NEWS ; <a title="sylvia ; PASIR RIS PUNGGOL TC ; <a title="theonlinecitizen ; TODAY ; <a title="andrew ; WP ; <a title="reachus ; ZBLOCAL ; <a title="connie_chan
Subject: 20160609 All wrong RC signage should be rectified

Attn:
MP Sapari
Chairman, PR-PTC

Dear MP Sapari

I refer to my email dated 29 May and 29 Feb (enclosed).

Although you have not replied, I have observed PR-PTC has started rectification works.

Before

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After (‘RC’ removed)

.

Before After (former name removed only after more than 2 years)

.

The error seems to have been confined to a cluster of RCs in the west, eg this (below)

RC signage Actual location about 200 metres away

.

.. and others.

The error probably resulted from overzealous grassroots members who thought it was right to do so at the expense of residents and taxpayers.

I hope all errors will be rectified in due course without the need for more feedback.

Thank you and have a nice day.

Regards

Phillip Ang

PS

As a professional estate manager, PR-PTC should not have allowed misdirection to continue for more than 2 years. What is so difficult about the removal of signage with former names?

Before After (old signage removed)

.

PR-PTC is funded by residents and taxpayers and it should not insist on public feedback for common sense issues.

From: pipakh
Sent: Sunday, May 29, 2016 4:01 PM
To: MP ZAINAL SAPARI
Cc: Andy HOE (PA) ; <a title="connie_chan ; PA CEO ; <a title="PA_QSM
Subject: 20160529 Did town council conduct survey before installing RC signage?

Attn:

MP Sapari

Chairman, PR-PTC

Dear MP Sapari

I refer to my feedback to you 3 months ago (enclosed).

It has been confirmed by PA that the town council is responsible for the installation of RC names at inappropriate/wrong locations. The need for such signage is so that “residents could identify the zone they live in”.

This is an incredible reason because none of my fellow residents identify themselves with the zone (the RC) they live in. Worse, some don’t even know the RC names.

We, the residents, identify with the block or location, ie block number, street number, prominent buildings (Loyang Point, Elias Mall, etc). Perhaps all the RC members identify themselves with the zone (the RC) but that’s certainly not true for the majority of residents.

How did the town council come to the conclusion that residents wouldn’t mind paying for such a project? Did the town council conduct any survey prior to the installation of RC signage?

Thank you.

Regards

Phillip Ang

From: PA QSM (PA)
Sent: Tuesday, May 17, 2016 4:47 PM
To: pipakh
Cc: PA QSM (PA)
Subject: PA20160515-005 – 20160515 PMO should not set bad example of engagement for the civil service

Dear Mr Ang

We refer to your feedback to Prime Minister’s Office on 7 April and 15 May 2016.

Mr Andy Hoe, Group Constituency Director, had explained to you on 9 February 2016 that the signages mentioned in your email were installed by the Town Council as precinct landmark at prominent locations so that residents could identify the zone they live in.

Thank you.

Warmest regards

Daniel Foo
for Quality Management Division
People’s Association
Tel: 1-800-422 5572
Email: PA_QSM

Privileged/Confidential information may be contained in this message. If you are not the intended recipient, please notify the sender immediately.

From: pipakh [mailto:pipakh@singnet.com.sg]
Sent: Sunday, 15 May, 2016 3:52 PM
To: PMO Hsien Loong LEE (PMO)
Cc: Willie TAN (AGO); Connie CHAN (PMO); MND Lawrence WONG (MND); PA QSM (PA); MND Benny LIM (MND); MOF Peter ONG (MOF); pritam.singh; SDP; ST LOCAL; ST NEWS; sylvia; PASIR RIS PUNGGOL TC; TOC; TODAY; TRE; WP; YAHOO; ZBLOCAL; leon.perera
Subject: 20160515 PMO should not set bad example of engagement for the civil service

Dear PM Lee

I refer to my feedback on the wastage of tax dollars with regard to the display of RC names at wrong locations (enclosed). It has been more than a month but I have yet to receive a reply.

A mistake has been made by PA/grassroots leaders/town council and the government should not shy away from rectification.

It is meaningless to erect structures with RC names at wrong locations. Going by the same logic, every RC should likewise display their names at any inappropriate locations of their choice. Shouldn’t the name of a town council be displayed at hundreds of locations within the estate under its management?.

I was an RC ‘Observer’ for a number of months many years ago. During meetings, real concerns of residents were never highlighted. These self-serving grassroots leaders had their own ideas about serving residents.

Displaying RC names at prominent locations appears to be one such idea of grassroots leaders. What/who does this serve?

Minister Balakrishnan: “When a mistake is made, just come clean and say so, but don’t cover up.” Tens of thousands of tax dollars have been wasted and those who have erred should come clean and not remain silent.

For our society to progress, there has to be engagement at all levels. When the government can’t or refuses to engage ordinary citizens, something is amiss or the government must be weak.

PM Lee has reminded MPs that they are servants of the people. But by ‘engaging’ with silence and not walking the talk, PM Lee has set the wrong tone for the civil service and all MPs.

I hope this simple issue can be resolved by PA/town council.

Thank you and have a nice day.

Regards

Phillip Ang

From: pipakh

Sent: Thursday, April 07, 2016 6:36 PM

To: PM LEE

Cc: AGO WILLIE TAN ; <a title="connie_chan ; MIN LAWRENCE WONG ; <a title="PA_QSM ; PERM SEC MND ; <a title="PETER_ONG ; PRITAM ; <a title="sdp ; ST LOCAL ; <a title="stnewsdesk ; SYLVIA LIM ; <a title="pasirris ; TOC ; <a title="news ; TRE ; <a title="organising ; YAHOO ; <a title="zblocal

Subject: 20160407 Display of RC names at wrong locations by town council/PA a waste of tax dollars

Attn:

PM Lee Hsien Loong

Chairman, PA

Dear PM Lee

I refer to my feedback to PA and MP Sapari dated 8 Jan and 29 Feb respectively and PA’s reply dated 9 Feb (enclosed).

PA and MP Sapari don’t seem to be aware of what’s really happening on the ground: grassroots members have wasted tax dollars by suka suka displaying the names of RCs at locations of their choice.

An example:

‘Elias Rise RC’ is displayed at different locations as far as 300 metres from its actual location (indicated on map and photos below)

(1)

(2) RC is located at Block 520 and nowhere near Block 502

(3) RC is located beside Pasir Ris Drive 1 and not 300 metres away beside Drive 3

Despite my feedback, PA’s/town council’s errors have yet to be rectified after 3 months.

The PMO should remind PA and MP Sapari not to allow grassroots members to waste tax dollars in future.

Thank you and have a nice day.

Regards

Phillip Ang

From: Zainal Sapari

Sent: Monday, February 29, 2016 3:08 PM

To: pipakh

Cc: PA CEO ; <a title="PA_QSM ; PASIR RIS PUNGGOL TC ; <a title="MND_benny_lim ; Andy HOE (PA)

Subject: Re: 20160229 Improper naming a waste of tax dollars and residents’ S&CC by town council

Thank you for your feedback.

Sent from my iPad

On 29 Feb 2016, at 12:58 AM, pipakh <pipakh> wrote:

Attn:

MP Sapari

Chairman, PR-PTC

Dear MP Sapari

I refer to my email to Mr Ang Hak Seng (PA, CEO) dated 8 Jan and PA’s reply on 9 Feb (both enclosed).

It boggles the mind when PA says the name of an RC has to appear at prominent locations “so that residents can identify the zone they live in”.

If that was true, hundreds of ‘RC’ suffixes would have appeared in each HDB estate.

Since PA has stated that the town council is responsible for the installation, the removal of such improper names should therefore be the responsibility of the town council.

I hope the town council will not waste tax dollars and residents’ S&CC in another improper naming exercise in future.

Thank you.

Regards

Phillip Ang

From: Andy HOE (PA)

Sent: Tuesday, February 09, 2016 8:48 PM

To: pipakh

Subject: RE: 20160108 Why is Elias Rise RC located at numerous places?

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