Monday, January 11, 2010

No Need to be Clever or Prescient, Just Do Your Work

“Nobody, no matter how prescient, no matter how clever, would have been able to predict that this was what was going to happen,” he said.

That was what National Development Minister Mah Bow Tan defended himself for missing the price hike in HDB resale flats last year, a recession year.

By saying that our elite minister didn't seem to know he was telling everybody that he or his officers have not been doing his or their work.

HDB should have all the records of sale or resale of its flats. Those records would show, among other things, who were buying or selling and at what prices were those flats transacted. Had Mr Mah or his officers been monitoring the transactions, he or they would know that the prices were heading north and could take whatever actions needed.

Without a good understanding the current developments, one just wonders how is the National Development Minister going to chart the future development of the country.


OpenID sprachvoll said...

Dear locky2ky,

Thanks very much for your interesting blog. It's always nice to see how people on the other side of the globe live, how they share the same joys and sorrows, what they do in their free time, etc.

I actually have a question about your blog. Would you mind helping us with a linguistic research project? We're compiling data from various Singaporean weblogs. All it requires is checking a few boxes. If you want to take part and/or have more questions, drop me a note ( RE: Question ) so that I can then send you the 'official' project eMail. We'd really appreciate your help.

Thanks very much in advance!
Best regards,
- Fran

January 29, 2010 7:15 PM  
Anonymous Carol Soon said...

Dear blogger of Singaland,

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Without saying too much to bias your responses, my study concerns bloggers' online usage, their social networks and their participation/non-participation in activism. Whether you have participated or have not participated in any activism activity, your responses will be vital in helping me gather empirical evidence on blogging and its effects.

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There has been much talk in the media and in the parliament on the rise of blogging and online discourse. But do blogging really impact civic participation? How does it do so? Your responses to the simple survey will go a long way in contributing to the nascent field of research on blogging in Singapore.

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The survey involves easy-to-answer questions (e.g. Yes/No, ratings of “1” to “5”) and will take only about 20 minutes of your time. Based on your preference, I can conduct the survey via email (or any other ways you prefer). Just send me an email and I will forward you the survey form.

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Bearing in mind the potential difficulties in getting an adequate sample for such a study, I would like to stress that every single participation counts. In addition, this study has been approved by the NUS Ethical Review Committee. You have my complete assurance that all your responses will be kept strictly confidential and your identity anonymous.

I have attached a Participation Information Sheet for more information. Do visit for a brief write-up of my profile (please cut and paste if the link doesn't work). Being a student with no funding support, I am bearing all research costs and appealing to your goodwill (and hopefully curiosity?) to take part in this study.

I look forward to hearing positively from you soon. Thank you for reading this and giving my request your due consideration.

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February 19, 2010 12:06 PM  
OpenID sprachvoll said...

Dear locky2ky,

Some time ago, I left a comment on your blog regarding a linguistic research project but I think I didn't get an answer. Would you be interested? If you want to take part and/or have more questions, please drop me a note ( RE: Question ) so that I can then send you the project eMail. We'd really appreciate your help. (And really, completing our questionnaire takes less than 5 min.)

Thanks very much in advance!
Best regards,
- Fran

PS: Saw that another researcher commented on the same post - what a coincidence! Hope you don't feel too spammed :o)

March 11, 2010 6:30 PM  

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