Some interesting Biblical Wisdom

June 1, 2010 at 1:12 am | Posted in Being Me | Leave a comment

Jesus entered the temple area and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. 1“It is written,” he said to them, ” ‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it a ‘den of robbers’” – Matthew 21: 12-13

On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple area and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts. And as he taught them, he said, “Is it not written: “‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’” – Mark 11: 15-17

Then he entered the temple area and began driving out those who were selling. “It is written,” he said to them, ” ‘My house will be a house of prayer’; but you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’” – Luke 19: 45-46

When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple courts he found men selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple area, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! How dare you turn my Father’s house into a market!” – John 2: 13-16

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The Internet: Perfectly suited for Singaporean Culture

May 3, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Posted in Being Me | 1 Comment

I was reading this, and I thought that Singaporeans love to complain a lot. I’ve said it many times, and I’ll say it again, there are good complaints and bad complaints. I, myself, am guilty of bad complaints, especially with Queensway Shopping Centre’s McDonald’s Delivery. I have tried to offer constructive suggestions after the fact, but at the time of complaint I usually am so mad that I just yell at them for being stupid. Same goes for Singapore Post, who keep disappointing me.

It’s gotten so bad with McDelivery, that I now just drive out to get my McDonald’s fix. The upside is that I have eaten less McDonald’s. Now I just go down to the local food stores to get my meals. Or I try out new delivery services, although not as often.

I believe the good thing about the internet and particularly about blogs is that it forces companies to react. I personally don’t like to blog about complaints and deal with them with the managerial staff of that company. I will say the McDonald’s managerial staff in their HQ, as well as their call center staff, are well trained and do put the customer first. It is unfortunate that it does not translate beyond the central HQ staff.

Another good thing is that it makes others aware of the problems that the exist in various service providers. And has repercussions on the reputation of that company. It also means that I am better informed when it comes to choosing some service or other.  It keeps me informed and service providers on their toes.

The downside is that there can be many complaints that are hard to monitor, and the thing is that Singaporean’s can complain about even very tiny things or sometimes ridiculous things. Like that whole OCBC Birthday Cake incident. It’s an advertisement; a mere puff. I’m actually impressed that the manager decided to get a cake (better than dealing with a bitchy customer I suppose).

All in all though, I believe that blogging has allowed Singaporeans to speak out about bad service where previously they would have just fumed in anger. The lack of face to face contact makes one bolder, and so more likely to vent about the poor service or policy. However, there can be a little too much complaining and it can backfire on us, when the companies just stop caring because there are too many complaints to track and not enough time to solve them all.

So please use the internet to complain sparingly. For the big misses, and feedback the small lapses through the company’s complaints channels.

I just don’t get it

May 3, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Posted in Being Me | Leave a comment

I just don’t understand why you would block an ambulance.

I know the paramedic was rude when he yelled at the taxi driver, but I suppose if I had to rush to the hospital I would be rude too.

And I still don’t get why the car behind did not also reverse.

Jail term upheld for blocking ambulance
[2010] 01 May_ST

Title:    Jail term upheld for blocking ambulance
Source:    Straits Times
Author:    Khushwant Singh

Legal News Archive

THE High Court, signalling that obstructing an ambulance crew out on a job was unacceptable behaviour, upheld a taxi driver’s jail term for the offence yesterday.

Tan Teck San, 46, will thus still be imprisoned, as was decided by a lower court, although his jail time was halved to a week.

Justice Lee Seiu Kin, noting yesterday that some motorists fail to give way to ambulances despite their shrieking sirens and flashing beacons, said such selfish behaviour could have serious consequences in emergencies and will not be tolerated.

But in this particular case, a week in jail would be punishment enough for Tan, he added.

The cabby had pleaded guilty in February to refusing to move his taxi, which had been parked so near the back of an ambulance that its doors could not be opened fully for a patient on a stretcher to be loaded into it.

It was about noon on Feb 20 last year when the Raffles Medical Centre in Marina Square called for a Singapore Civil Defence Force ambulance to send a breathless patient to hospital.

A security officer directed the emergency vehicle to park along the driveway of the shopping mall. Its crew then went into the building.

When they returned with the patient on a stretcher, they found Tan’s Mercedes-Benz taxi parked 0.5m away, making it impossible for the doors of the ambulance to open fully.

The ambulance crew asked Tan to reverse his taxi, but he told them to move the ambulance instead.

Defence counsel Joseph Tan Chin Aik argued during his client’s appeal against the jail term yesterday that imprisonment was unnecessarily harsh, because the cabby was unable to reverse as another car was then parked behind his taxi.

Tan also grew ‘hotheaded’ because an ambulance crew member half his age had shouted at him, the defence lawyer said.

A fine would be more appropriate, given Tan’s unblemished record as a taxi driver, he pointed out.

Justice Lee, unconvinced, said any decent person would help an ambulance crew in an emergency.

By asking that the ambulance move forward for the patient to be carried in, ‘he had shown total disregard by insisting that the ambulance staff waste valuable time that they could devote to the patient’, said Justice Lee. ‘Didn’t he realise that it could be a life-threatening situation?’

Strange Weather we’re having

September 30, 2009 at 12:36 pm | Posted in Being Me | 1 Comment

I find it funny that when the PAP had a member who was not very sure he wanted to be part of the party when he joined, and then did not participate at all, the entire Singapore blogdom seemed aflame with how the PAP does not select its members well.

On the other hand, when the Reform Party’s Central Executive Committee member has to step down because he is wanted on charges in the US for aiding and abetting terrorists (freedom fighters, po-tay-to, po-tah-to), all you get is a tiny peep.

Or when the PKMS decides to implode, again there is not much criticism on the party. Instead its all about how the incident is hurting the Opposition. Not about the party’s choice of members.

If I were an outside observer, I would think that Singaporeans are rather indulgent of opposition parties and willing to forgive all sorts of indiscretions (including nude pictures with his maid), but the minute PAP recruits someone who isn’t sure if the party is his cup of tea it is a cardinal sin. So if the opposition were to actually win an election, we could potentially have terrorist sympathisers, perverts and what not alongside honest and good men.

NB: I am not saying all opposition politicians are bad men, but the fact that the good and the bad mix together is not a very heartening prospect should the opposition ever become the government.

Next Dean of NUS Law?

September 28, 2009 at 11:24 pm | Posted in Being Me | Leave a comment

As you know there are now two shortlisted candidates for Dean of NUS Law school. On one side we have Professor Michael Hor (who taught me Criminal Law in Year One) and on the other side we have Professor John Phillips from King’s College London. Personally I’m hoping for Professor Hor to succeed Dean Tan Cheng Han. I suppose I’m plumping for a know entity rather than an unknown outsider. That might make me close minded, but I feel a foreigner might have a hard time negotiating the Byzantine politics of the NUS system. Add the potentially highly politicised, but under-utilised role of the legal fraternity here (uniquely Singapore), and a foreign Dean might feel a little out of place for a couple of years. Valuable years that may cost NUS its high ground against its local competitor, SMU. Plus we’ve done just fine without a foreign Dean since 1968.

All the foreign Deans that we have had, outside of founding Dean Sheridan, stayed for about a year or 2 before leaving. It was not until Thio Su Mien (yes of recent AWARE fame), who took over in 1968, did we have a Dean who remained for a much longer time than 2 years.

Who knows? Maybe I am wrong to pick the familiar over the foreign, especially since I have not had an opportunity to meet Professor Phillips, other than a quick glance before he entered the room for his interview today. I am sure those on the search committee will carefully weigh all pros and cons, but I think I’ll bet on Professor Hor.

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