SMRT and PAP must be made responsible for SMRT strikes

Why the discrepancy in salary, SMRT?

Singapore must thank the China drivers on strike for opening up the can of worms behind Singapore’s success – a facade built on cheap foreign labor. While the mainstream media are faulting the workers for this “illegal” strike, the real culprits responsible for the fiasco have been too easily let off the hook. The salary dispute was not raised just a few days ago, it first appeared in May this year.Eventually the problem compounded and worsen into a strike, it was an outcome of months and even latently years of anger built up over SMRT’s exploitations. Clearly, if SMRT is claiming that there already are communications in place, the SMRT must have adopted the PAP’s habit of ignoring the noisy minority. If the workers on strike deserve a jail term, the SMRT should be fined no less than a million dollar for promoting inequality. Till today, the SMRT still did not address the salary discrepancy and what follow up actions to be taken to prevent such strikes from recurring in the future.

What tripartiam, PAP?

Singapore public transport drivers were well taken care of back when the company was still nationalized. So why do we privatize it? To plug Temasek Holdings’ losses in overseas investments of course, but also to adopt a dirct managerial role over the workers’ welfare. Today, the worst of privatization has happened: blatant exploitation. PAP must ultimately be responsible for allowing the private monopoly to exploit cheap foreign labor. And instead of helping the workers resolve their grievances, the NTUC unions are saying these foreign workers are not under their protection and they absolve themselves of any responsibility for the strike, and even gone to the extent of saying “it supports the actions of the Government”. Such useless, weak and spineless unions we have. These PAP-controlled puppets is the vey reason why the much touted tripartism is a failed concept.

NTUC must be abolished and no unionist must be affiliated with the ruling party. We should start with removing Lim Swee Say for a start.

Oh by the way the strike happened 3 days ago, where is Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew?

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NS propaganda firm: Ah Boys to Men

Unknown enemy forces have invaded Singapore and innocent citizens were brutally murdered by the occupying force. Then the SAF soldiers started coming in and battle scenes ensued. Is this an early April Fool’s joke?

Nah, its just another Jack Neo’s movie. The PAP grassroot member is the director of the 3 million dollar local movie which seems to have a political agenda to fulfill aside from delivering classic hokkien jokes by lao pengs(old soldiers). Painting a doomsday scenario and raising the fear factor has always been PAP’s forte in keeping National Service “platable” for Singaporeans. How many times were Singaporeans reminded of the gruesome massacres during the Japanese Occupation? The strategy of invoking fear and disgust has also been a key cornerstone of National Service – and my, Jack Neo have overdone the SAF this time.

National Service today is very different from the past, and Jack Neo happily emphasized that with typical SAF’s bullshit like “the life of soldiers today is wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyy better than the hell people went through in the past”. Good food, good bed and heck each solder even got his own laptop? So being relatively better-enslaved is supposed to justify why National Service is even necessary in the first place?

It is bad enough to put fallacious points across like a 2 years of conscription is the only manner Singaporean men could ever become mature. Worse, Jack Neo has literally slandered the act of chao keng, or malingering in the SAF’s eyes. In fact, chao keng couldn’t have been more maligned. When freedom is taken by unjust laws and the dictatorship threatens young men to hand over their freedom or face jail terms, chao keng is nothing more than an act of response. Jack Neo has tactically tilted favorably to the SAF and the PAP by presenting a transformation of an anti-NS immature boy to a responsible pro-NS adult. Nothing could really be further away from the truth with this stereotyping of the chao kengs. Chao keng is a punishable offense that warrant a mandatory jail term under the draconian SAF military law, and risking one’s weeks of freedom to enjoy moments of respite is totally unproportionate and lack common sense. Chao keng soldiers are not cowards, knowing full well a war in Singapore is very unlikely and dying during training is far and between with all the safety procedures, they still take the real risk to challenge the SAF. In fact, getting jailed by the SAF is more probable than a war happening so thats why cowardice are ruled out. The real reason behind chao keng is never told in the pro-SAF movie.

Most chao keng soldiers, are in fact very well aware of what they are doing and the consequences of serving in the SAF. Some could even tell you what are the exact punishments and statures are. There are many who are anti-war, but succumb because they do not want to be criminals by default. There are some who are sole breadwinners and are having such a hard life already that enlistment has seriously jeopardized their family’s finance. There are some who are responsible fathers and sons, and they know full well that their deaths is too much for their families. There are some who have great hopes for the future they want to be in, and risking a limb or a life for the SAF is totally unworthy. There are some who sees the PAP government as the real enemy of Singaporeans, and they see NS as a Treason Service furthering the PAP’s interests instead of a National Service to Singapore. Or there are some, who are simply unconvinced by the lopsided logic of National Service.

Defending Singapore today is a harsh joke. A joke where foreigners flood the country, take the jobs and partners these young slaves could have. When the ruling PAP government shamelessly announced that their National Service has to be paid in millions while the NS men are paid in hundreds, seriously, what’s left of Singapore to defend? The flashy economy is not worth defending either because the GDP figures doesn’t concern the average NS men who are left jobless by the influx of foreign labor. The same subsidies and perks Permanent Residents and New Citizens enjoyed without having to serve NS because “it is not fair to them”, is not worth defending. What is worth defending then? The PAP government who tells you Meritocracy is in place and confiscates your CPF money?

What’s in it for NS men then? Since it is not for National Identity in a country flooded by so many foreigners you can barely call home. What is that particular something in those on-the-ball die-hards? Like a mysterious cocktail, an ingredient is the siege mentality that Singapore would be under attack where mothers would be raped. The other could be the facade that the SAF and the PAP government is uncorrupted and that they are the best the world could wish for. Propaganda, and that is what keep them going, for they are addicted to propaganda like cocaine, or perhaps something better like the rare divine drops of benefits from the PAP and SAF – awards, guaranteed employment, riches and pearls of wisdom by esteemed PAP Ministers and the army generals. These garang warriors are puppets who have been psycho-ed and their primary role is to spread lies like a ponzi scheme so newly indoctrinated slaves would always cushion their feets and help them grow. The unknowing ones could be mere fools, but the knowing ones acted purely out of self-interests, and it is totally common to see these appointed “leaders” with little or no leadership abilities. Every soldier a leader? Sounds familiar.

If I had propaganda my way, instead of stories about merciless killings from an invasion, I would run stories of how a repressive authoritarian regime rounded up political activists and jailed them indefinitely without any remorse, or perhaps stories of how elections were rigged or stories of “National Con-versations” with disenfranchised citizens. That would pretty much play up the fear of having a single party state and the consequences leading from a lack of democracy.

200 SMRT China drivers on strike against unfair wages

About 200 SMRT China drivers are on strike today because of low wages and poor living conditions of the accommodation provided for by SMRT Corporation. The Special Operations Command has been called for and at least 3 riot police vans were at the site.

The drivers, who are Chinese nationals, were unhappy about the recent pay increase that Malaysian drivers had received, reported Chinese newspaper Shin Min Daily News. Malaysian drivers got a $275 increment and a month’s bonus, while Chinese nationals were paid $75 extra without any bonus. An SMRT human resource executive was called in to resolve the dispute but when the discussion came to a standstill, police with their riot vans were called.

A SMRT bus driver, or “Bus Captain” as SMRT called them, earns a monthly salary between $2400 to $2900 for a 6-day work week with 8 hours shifts. The newly appointed SMRT CEO Desmond Kuek was the former SAF’s Chief of Army, a general who knows zilch about managing a public transport company. Both the SMRT and the PAP Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew has been silent on this matter.

 

Singapore has the highest income inequality in the world but the PAP government refuse to solve the social issue because they believe a meritocratic system is in place. The last bus strike in Singapore happened in 1955. The Internal Security Act outlaws congregation of more than 4 person and it grants the PAP government the right to detain anybody indefinitely. ISA has became an effective tool against the people in Singapore which have seen no strikes from 1975 onwards until today.

 

250km daily mileage forced upon taxi drivers by the PAP

The Land Transport Authority has ruled that 70% of all taxis will have to clock a daily mileage of at least 250km from 2013 onwards. This move is said to aim at increasing the number of taxis during peak hours, however even with this new ruling, only 900 out of 28000 taxis will be affected as the majority of them are already cloaking in 250km or at least 9 hours daily.

Singapore’s only taxi union, the government-controlled National Taxi Association, supported the new ruling and also shot down suggestions to increase the taxi population citing “worsening traffic congestion” as an excuse.

There is usually a shortage of taxis on the streets during the peak hours and bad weather times. Most taxi drivers avoid driving during bad weather conditions because of the harsh penalties issued to road accidents by taxi operator companies. 2 collisions in the same year will render a Comfort taxi driver unfit for driving along with fines for repairs. The real solution to the shortage of taxis on the road is however to increase the taxi per population ratio. Although Singapore has a higher taxi to population ratio than most cities, car ownership to population is the lowest among them all.

Impact of high COE prices on taxi demand
Due to high COE prices, most people in Singapore do not own a car and rely heavily on taxis and public transport. As such, the demand for taxi inevidently shot up as lesser people are buying cars. The problem is further compounded by the inefficiency of the public train and bus network where breakdowns are frequent and overcrowding is common.Overcrowding in public transport has remained unsolved ever since the PAP government began importing a huge number of foreigners to provide a slew of cheap labor to businesses in 2007.

Taxi operators do not give their drivers CPF contributions, Medical Leaves, Annual Leaves or any other usual employee benefits because they see the drivers as “partners”. Unlike a free market, no taxi driver is allowed to own their own taxi vehicle. The recent regulaton to enforce the 250km daily mileage ruling contravenes the free market concept that was used as an excuse by taxi operator companies not to give any employment benefits to the drivers. The average driver earns about $2500 to $3000 a month with a 48 hour work week, while the taxi operator companies earn about $3500 a month in rental from each taxi. One of Singapore’s biggest taxi operator companies, ComfortDelgro, has been posting consistent profits over the years with the latest Q2 result of $65 millions profit. There is no plan to reduce the monthly rentals of the taxi drivers.

Many taxi drivers are driven by elderly Singaporeans in their late 50s. The maximum permissible age for taxi driving is 70, but elderly drivers do not get to pay lesser monthly rentals despite their experience and safety record on the road. The PAP government, through the Land Transport Authority, only regulates taxi companies but they do not protect the drivers from exploitations by their companies. The taxi union, NTA, is controlled by the NTUC, the only legal workers’ union in Singapore with key ministers and PAP MPs sitting in the management. As the taxi drivers are abandoned to fend for themselves, most taxi drivers are anti-PAP and they would usually badmouth the PAP government in front of their passengers. Many Singaporean men in their late 40s who have finished serving their National Service are retrenched because of PAP’s loose foreign labor policies and they turned to taxi driving hence furthering the angst and hatred against the PAP regime. The former National Taxi Association advisor Seng Han Thong was punched and set fire upon on 2 seperate occasions by 2 different taxi drivers. Seng Han Thong was the PAP MP for Yio Chu Kang GRC, the new NTA advisor today is Ang Mo Kio GRC PAP MP Ang Hin Kee.

PAP Supporter Gavin Ng

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