Let me put a positive spin to this sordid affair and turn it into a splendid affair. Too many negative views had been expressed in the media and it is timely that we look at in from a different angle. The two events staged at Hong Lim were incompatible in many ways and no responsible person in his right mind would put the two together.
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For some mainland Chinese in Hong Kong, the sight of thousands of people on the streets protesting for greater democracy is an alien one that has prompted comparisons with the relative lack of political freedom back home. Others are less impressed, and see the mass show of defiance as a dangerous tactic that has shut down large parts of the city and raised the risk of serious confrontation with Hong Kong police.
Bad news travels in pairs. Last week, Reuters reported Amid growing anxiety over a glut of high-rise residences in Malaysia’s Iskandar, a mega waterfront township project there appears to have hit a snag. The Business Times understands that CapitaLand, South-east Asia’s largest real estate developer, recently sought a six-month extension on the launch of its 900-unit high rise condominium, which is the first phase of a S$3.2 billion ($2.52 billion) Danga Bay project, which spans some 28 hectares on a man-made island.
I've been thinking about Tan Pin Pin's 'To Singapore With Love' (have yet to watch it) and how we can collectively respond to instances of censorship. The first line is of course to mobilise support (petitions, letters, etc) to try to convince the authorities to rethink (and reverse) their decision.
The LTA’s new tolls at the Causeway came into effect today (Oct 1). The tolls have tripled for all vehicles and those vehicles coming into Singapore will have to also pay a fee. The changes come soon after Malaysia raised their tolls and LTA explained that it has always been a longstanding policy of theirs to match Malaysian tolls.
When a Singapore registered vehicle leaves the country it reduces congestion on Singapore roads which is what our transport policy makers wish to see. Hence I do not see LTA’s logic of tripling the exit toll from $1.20 to $3.80 on October 1. Neither do I see the logic of imposing another $2.70 on a Singapore car returning to its country of origin when previously it was free.
Teo Ser Luck, the guest of honour at the YMCA charity event at Hong Lim Park on Saturday, wrote on his facebook that Roy’s apology is “a step forward”. He also decided that it was appropriate to apologise also for the trouble he may have caused. He explained that he felt that part of the inconvenience was caused because he was at the YMCA event as much of the protesters’ anger was actually directed at him.