Self-driving vehicles will be tested on public roads in neighbourhoods
such as Bukit Timah, Clementi and Jurong.

While it was promised that "public safety will continue to be the top priority"
-- Hello, PMDs! -- safety is still a major concern for some residents.

Source unknown

Dug these up from my archive, which were done in 2009.

I cannot recall what news it was but it seems to be about
problematic students at a Girls' school...

What casino-lovers are asking...

Question #1
"Can I go in my singlet, shorts and slippers?"

What casino-lovers are asking...

Question #2
"Will there be girls in skimpy outfits (for good luck)?"

What casino-lovers are asking...

Question #3
"Can I get a refund for carpark fees?"

Hoping to land that job?

Some dos and don’ts

Research the company you are interviewing for. For example, learn about the nature of its business by checking its website. Then learn who its competitors are. You should also be asking yourself: “What makes me choose this company?” or “What makes this company my employer of choice?”

Be clear about the job you are being interviewed for. Prepare yourself by getting a sense of the skills and behavioural characteristics the employer is seeking by reading and understanding the job advertisement and position requirements carefully.

Know your strengths and weaknesses. Candidates need to better understand how they can contribute to a company, and how they can translate their strengths into skills that a prospective employer could use.

Ask about compensation during the first meeting. It is more appropriate to determine the “job fit” first, and discuss compensation later. Candidates should project that they are concerned about doing a good job, rather than just trying to earn a pay cheque.

Over-market yourself. It is not easy, but candidates need to find a balance between being humble and “selling” their skills, knowledge and experience.

Throw everything against the wall and see what sticks

One amazing thing about that Active Mobility Advisory Panel
is no matter how much they've messed up, the Government STILL
accepts its recommendations.

All "advices" from the Panel have resulted in many injuries
and a few deaths.

And this is its latest suggestion:
"Introduce a Code of Conduct for all path users on
how to share paths safely and responsibly."

You simply do not put two entities moving at different speeds
on the same path.

That's just asking for trouble.

LTA really screwed e-scooter users

First, LTA approved the use of e-scooters,
which led to people spending money to purchase those devices.

Then LTA charges $20 for the registration of e-scooters.

After a slew of fires caused by said devices, LTA made it
mandatory to dispose non-UL2272 e-scooters (which are what
most riders are using), which, once again, led to people
forking out another sum of money to buy new machines
that are compliant.

Then, all of a sudden, LTA bans the use of e-scooters on walkways,
which effectively renders e-scooters useless.

In conclusion, many people received the short end of the stick due
to LTA, which had no planning or foresight in place before unleashing
e-scooters in Singapore.

Could this be the REAL reason?

So, 25 major PMD retailers in Singapore have pledged
to make personal mobility devices (PMDs) safer.

I am like, "OH PLEASE! Why do those retailers waited until NOW to act?"

Then it hit me:

A half-baked "solution"

An excerpt from a News Release:

From 31 July 2019, members of public who encounter errant
Personal Mobility Device (PMD) or Power-Assisted Bicycle (PAB) users
who are speeding, riding recklessly, or seen in locations
they are not permitted in (e.g. Pedestrian Overhead Bridges)
can report the incident directly to the Land Transport Authority (LTA)
via the MyTransport.SG mobile application.

Feedback providers should, as far as possible, try to record
the identification numbers of the devices and details of their
sightings such as the date, time and location.


I'll reiterate:
"...try to record the identification numbers of the devices".

Even on LTA's Facebook page, it shows that the only way pedestrians
can capture the identification number is when the rider poses IN FRONT of them:

Fact is, we report an accident AFTER we got hit.
By then, all we can see is the BACK of the fleeing rider.

Meanwhile, in Japan...

A head scratcher

Each time LTA posts an entry on their Faceboook page
proclaiming how many errant PMD riders they have intercepted,
there will be people who respond like so:

What I don't understand is, why are they praising LTA
(and why there are others who THUMBS UP those praises)?

It was LTA which allowed PMDs on walkways in the first place,
which led to...

How could you praise someone who puts your life at risk?

The only "Good Job" LTA has done is not allowing
shared e-scooters on public land. Yet.

It is already a struggle to contain the current PMD mayhem.
To open the shared e-scooter floodgates would be an unwise move.

(Note: I have nothing against PMDs. But I have major issues
with errant riders. I was nearly hit by a Grabfood delivery guy
speeding on his e-scooter on July 13, 2019.)

It's no crime. Or is it?

Residents who report the antics of a nuisance neighbour
to the police are always left helpless.

This is because according to the police,
intentional harassment, noise pollution and mischief
are non-arrestable offences.

I guess it all lies with the intent:
One is mischief, the other is a threat.

But then again, what if the loanshark claims that
his is also an act of mischief?


Thailand is SO MUCH MORE ADVANCED than Singapore

Thailand: We must protect non-smokers from harmful second-hand smoke.

Whereas Singapore is more concerned about "community harmony".


It's amazing what policy-makers come up with sometimes.

Get fit without exercising

 This is the bit that makes me go, "Huh?":

Riding e-scooters -- without any physical movements --
leads to Healthy Lives??


And to think our Government is worrying about healthcare costs in the coming years.
Banish such a foolish thought, 'cos e-scooters are here to save the day!

"I don't care!"

May 26, Sunday, 2019.
Circle Line, heading to Bishan.

Accessing his media without earphones at full volume.
So annoying.

Such an excruciating train ride for the rest of the commuters.

What were they thinking?!?

The revamped Funan allows cyclists and PMD users to ride within the mall.

The safety features are speed-regulating strips on the path
Photo credit: The Straits Times

But what's stopping errant riders from doing this?

This is one mall which I'll never step foot in, thank you very much.

We, the pedestrians, are screwed

The following letter was published in the papers on May 17, 2019:

Recently, there have been calls for e-scooters to be banned here.

Yes, a life lost is one too many.

I understand the calls for a ban on e-scooters, but will this
really solve the problems we have today, which have been partly
brought about by inconsiderate behaviour and a lack of graciousness?
If we were to ban everything that has the potential to harm,
the list will be never-ending.

Instead, rules have been introduced and enforcement efforts
have been increased. Infrastructure has been developed and
public education has been conducted such that these activities
can exist but the damage caused will be minimised.
The same has been done for e-scooters.

Globally, e-scooters have risen in popularity as a mode
of transport.

E-scooters are an attractive mode of transport to those
looking to ditch their cars, and as a first-and-last-mile
form of travel to complement our public transport.
They are also environmentally friendly.

To effect a ban now would have repercussions on the segment
of the population that is using PMDs as a way of life.
These are considerations that the Government has to weigh
and trade off.

In an ideal world, there would be separate paths for
different users. But land is scarce in Singapore and,
so, we will have to learn to share. All e-scooter users
have a responsibility to other path users to show
more consideration, slow down and be gracious when
sharing paths.

The policy to allow the use of e-scooters and bicycles
on footpaths is still fairly new. The Active Mobility Act
was enacted only over a year ago and, as with any new policy,
there is a period of adjustment.

That is why policymakers have to continuously monitor
the situation and further fine-tune policies where necessary.

This is also where the Active Mobility Advisory Panel comes in,
to monitor the ground situation, engage various stakeholders
and make recommendations on changes that are necessary
to ensure that active mobility can be encouraged in
a safe manner in Singapore.

Steven Lim Soo Huat
Active Mobility Advisory Panel (Member)


As the above was written by someone from the
Active Mobility Advisory Panel, I HAVE TO respond:

E-scooters as a "first-and-last-mile form of travel"?
Singapore is tiny and compact with a well-connected transport system.
Why not just walk?

On the one hand, the health ministry encourages us to be
more physically active by coming up with the National Steps Challenge.

On the other, the transport ministry encourages the
use of e-scooters, which leads to people taking zero steps.

I acknowledge the fact that there are some e-scooter users
who ride in a safe manner.

But please stop harbouring the delusion that the rest
would show "more consideration, slow down and be gracious
when sharing paths".

They don't. And they won't.

In you must force e-scooters upon us, please do so only
after proper safety measures are in place. Here's one solution I can offer:

[Obviously, the humps were drawn exaggeratedly huge for comic effect.
In real life, they can be much smaller but still deter speeding PMDs
while allowing wheelchair users to manoeuvre over them.]
As it now stands, the slew of accidents caused by
errant e-scooter riders clearly shows that:

- They are still not ready to be unleashed on walkways.

- Enforcement is lacking.

- Whatever "advices" the Active Mobility Advisory Panel
dishes out are woefully ineffective.

The lives of pedestrians are not something to be toyed with.

NEWS FLASH (May 17, 2019):
Germany is the latest -- after Britain, Peru and France --
to ban e-scooters on pavements to protect pedestrians.

Globally, more countries are coming to their senses.
When is Singapore's turn?

An angry response

After this was printed...

...a few days later, NUS put up barriers at all shower stalls:

Then someone sent a vicious email, saying that my cartoon is "in poor taste"
and "a punch in the face of victims - an additional blow to what they have undergone".

He also stated it doesn't respect "religious sensitivity".


What poor taste? What religious sensitivity?

The aim of my cartoon is to offer a way to keep the students safe.

So why is this person so vindictive?
I am baffled.

My utmost respect for France and Peru

Here's the full story.
( opposed to LTA's pathetic half-baked attempts.
I have NEVER felt so disappointed with a Government agency.)

With such lame punishment, no wonder this is always happening

Singapore's crappy "law" at play again.

Only five months's jail for mowing people down with a car.

Happy news

Next to go (hopefully!): Shared-e-scooters.

Pure stupidity

Seriously, who came up with the idea of introducing e-scooters in Singapore in the first place?

Temasek Polytechnic School of Design...

...held an event to showcase "400 Innovative, Purposeful Ideas for an Evolving World"
on Friday, 8 March 2019.

One of them was this:

Protective Gear for PMD Users... who are the ones causing injuries.

Major facepalm moment.

Through thick and thin

Budget 2019

Of all the goodies announced, this one elicits two opposing reactions from Singaporeans:

Sometimes, I really wonder why

E-scooter rider: A ridiculously short eight months and seven weeks' jail.

Victim: Now needs help with basic functions such as standing, walking and showering. FOR LIFE.

And, as if that is not enough, LTA has invited MORE e-scooter companies
to operate in public areas and on walkways in Singapore:



Feb 3, 2019

Lack of convenience is the main reason why commuters do not walk more,
but transport planners are hoping to coax them to use their legs,
by exploring ways to make walking more enjoyable.

Besides building sheltered walkways, planting more greenery and having rest stops,
as well as things to look at and do along the way, are some of the possibilities
being looked into, Senior Minister of State for Transport Janil Puthucheary
told The Sunday Times in a recent interview.

"We want to find ways that we can re-engineer our towns, our roads,
(and) roadside spaces to make walking more pleasant for people an
 give people the choice to walk as an option," he said.


It's quite amusing that after approving the use of e-scooters
(and soon -- horror of horrors -- shared e-scooters) on walkways,
the authorities are now trying to make people walk more!