If you recently read Kirsten Han’s stuff (juz google her leh) in ang moh publications, you would get the impression that S’pore thrives because locals are repressed and FTs exploited, with xenophobia thrown into that mix. Recently too, TOC and TRE carried quite a number of recent BBC articles, clips that didn’t put S’pore in a gd light.
But going by other stuff the BBC has been broadcasting recently (and not highlighted by TRE or TOC), S’pore is doing real cutting edge techie stuff to make life better for S’poreans and the the rest of the world:
– Researchers at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have been working on ways to improve rush hour traffic flows in Singapore.
They are trying a system of tracking vehicle movements through GPS and combining the data with fluid dynamics to predict congestion ahead.
– The ‘supertrees’ of Singapore are the central attraction of the Gardens by the Bay, an energy-efficient district of the bustling city state.
During the day, the man-made structures, which mimic real trees, gather energy through solar panels. At night, they come to life and form a spectacular lightshow.
– Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay were created six years ago from reclaimed land and are now part of trial for the country’s “super wi-fi” white space programme.
White space is the name for a wireless network made available when old frequencies for analogue television signals are repurposed to carry data.
It is hoped free public wi-fi will be rolled out across the island within the next two years.
– Near Field Communications (NFC) technology allows small amounts data to be exchanged when enabled devices are tapped or held closely together or one device is touched against an NFC tag.
Although the technology can be found in many smartphones, credit cards and passports it has yet to become mainstream.
But Singapore’s size and willingness to embrace new technology might make it the perfect place to roll out a nationwide NFC network.
And here are two plugs for the PAP govt, courtesy of the BBC:
– To stay competitive, a country needs to constantly innovate.
Where the US has Silicon Valley, Singapore has Biopolis – a major biomedical research and development hub.
From almost nothing more than a decade ago, the sector has grown to account for a quarter of the country’s manufacturing output.
– Singapore’s economy has often been the envy of many of its neighbours.
Many people have marvelled at how this small island, smaller than New York City, has come to be worth more than $270bn (£167bn).
One key to that success has been the vibrant shipping port.
As far as the issue of state repression, the closest the BBC has come to reporting repression here are these:
Singapore’s Marine Life Park is in the Guinness Book of Records for being the world’s largest aquarium, but it has already come under the scrutiny of environmentalist and critics.
They say that dolphins should not have been caught from the wild to be exhibited in its newly-opened enclosure.
– Dan Tan’s case
In the next few weeks all the evidence that has been gathered against the syndicate will be presented behind closed doors to the Ministry of Home Affairs and then an advisory council, before a final decision is made by the president.
If all agree that the suspects should remain under “preventive detention”, then Dan Tan and his associates could be held for years without ever having the evidence tested in a court of law.
Under huge pressure to act, the Singaporeans say they’ve now “cut the head off the snake”.
In doing so, the world’s biggest match-fixing syndicate may have been disabled but if the process remains behind closed doors it hardly feels like justice being served.
This blog while often critical of the PAP govt, is very happy to live here as quitter in residence.So that tells you that on balance, this blogger is one of the ungrateful S’poreans (at least as the PAPpies are concerned). He’s juz glad that he’s not a young, working S’porean working here. But if he was a young S’porean, he would be working overseas. When he qualified, it was difficult to work overseas because of immigration rules. Eventually he did do stints abroad, but today he could have found a job overseas easily after he qualified.