Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Marina Bay Shrouded by the Haze

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

of Ello Ed Mundsel Bello and his 4-month jail instead of 4-year jail...

Four months jail for shooting your mouth off online and then lying about it to the police looks extremely heavy punishment, doesn’t it?

Nah, not really. Such a person could have been sentenced to three years in prison for sedition and a year for lying to the police. In other words, Ello Ed Mundsel Bello the 29-year old Filipino nurse (or rather, ex-nurse) have actually got a very light punishment. Instead of a total of 4 years in jail, he was slapped with merely 4 months duration just because the State Courts Judge Siva Shanmugam said that he was "a first-time offender" who "showed remorse by pleading guilty at the first opportunity".

Yeah sure. At the first opportunity, ‘Edz Ello’ showed remorse by claiming to police investigators that his account had been hacked by an unknown person before he eventually admitted posting the comments.

Being "a FIRST offender", he had actually made THREE other similar online posts in 2014 which led to him being dismissed from his job at Singapore's Tan Tock Seng Hospital.

On a separate note, there may be a possibility that EDZ.com.my and eDZ interior are considering legal actions to prevent Ello Ed Mundsel Bello to continue using his online moniker of 'Edz Ello'. You see, now, if one is to google for 'edz', the result page will feature the infamous Ello as well. Heh.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

of Han Hui Hui, Samir Salim Neji and their victory by losing in GE 2015

I sure hope that in the next General Elections, there'd be more independent candidates participating. Winning or losing is secondary. Who knows one day we'd be having a unique political party consisting of independent candidates working together to push through what they sincerely believe to the good of Singapore. Losing election deposit now will be worth it for the future.

Partially quoted from Channel NewsAsia "Independent candidates lose election deposit":

The two independent candidates in this year’s General Election — the first such contenders since the 2001 polls — have each lost their election deposit of S$14,500.

Blogger Han Hui Hui, who ran in the single-seat ward of Radin Mas, garnered 10 per cent of the votes in a three-cornered fight won by Mr Sam Tan of the People’s Action Party (PAP). Mr Tan won the seat with 77.25 per cent, or 20,230 votes; while the Reform Party’s Kumar Appavoo received 12.7 per cent.

At Bukit Batok Single Member Constituency, independent candidate Samir Salim Neji garnered only 150 votes, or 0.6 per cent of the total.

Mr Samir, the managing director of software firm Anaplan Asia, was a surprise candidate, turning up out of the blue on Nomination Day to contest against Singapore Democratic Party’s Sadasivam Veriyah and PAP incumbent David Ong.

Mr Ong won Bukit Batok with 73 per cent of votes cast, while Mr Veriyah received 6.4 per cent.

If any of the independent candidate is a fan of an English rockband, Radiohead, he/she may have thought this part of the band song lyric at any time during the election process:
What the hell am I doing here?
I don't belong here...

Don't get me wrong. The appropriateness of the song lyric (the song title is Creep, by the way) is just limited to the above two sentences.

The independent candidates despite their losing now have to be applauded of their willingness to step up in the political arena. And in any case these independent candidates are MUCH better than those who did not even (bother to) turn up to cast their votes. Yes, you know who you are. Heh.

GE 2015 Aftermath - Whatever happened to the vanishing 9,258 who did not vote for Aljunied GRC?

Vanishing indeed because there were 9,258 eligible voters who did not cast their votes during the general election in particular for the Aljunied GRC where their votes could have been influential (because Workers' Party only won by a thin margin of just over 2,600 votes) to either a) make a more 'decent' result to the incumbent Workers' Party or b) enable People's Action Party to win back the GRC.

Alas, despite voting being compulsory, there are still such individuals who for whatever reason chose not to vote.

According Elections Dept Singapore website:

Voting at Singapore's presidential elections or parliamentary elections is compulsory for all eligible citizens. It is part of the responsibilities of being an adult Singapore citizen.

It also mentions that you can submit an application to the Registration Officer with an explanation as to why you did not vote. Application may be made online via this website or in person at the Elections Department or any community centre/club. Alternatively, you can download the form here and submit it by post or fax to the Elections Department. However, a fee of $50 will be imposed if you do not have a valid and sufficient reason for not voting.

What? Only $50? I am puzzled. If voting is compulsory, then the seemingly "cost" of not voting at $50 is really rather insignificant, isn't it? See, if something is 'compulsory', but it is not 'enforced', it will very fast lose the meaning of 'compulsory'.

TODAY reports: "We'll reflect on the election outcome and hope that in the near future, we can win a more absolute trust from you," says The Workers' Party's Chen Show Mao.

And perhaps if I may add, to have more awareness raised on the importance to vote...And of course a much harsher, costlier penalty should one fail to vote without a valid and sufficient reason for not voting.

From Straits Times - General Election 2015 Live Results

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Behold...the Lonely Seahorse on the Mountain!