The Singapore way

yes that was funny that the Senator probably doesnt know Singapore is a country.

Would be like chatting to a former Major of Melbourne, who is ethnically Chinese but family has been in Australia for over 150 years

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At least he got a lot of laughs in Singapore (and beyond).

A familiar sight for those who have passed though Singapore Strait:

Raffles Lighthouse is a lighthouse located on Pulau Satumu in the Singapore Strait, about 14 kilometres (8.7 mi) south of the main island of Singapore:
The Raffles Lighthouse was first mooted in 1833, but the foundation stone was only laid in 1854 when William John Butterworth was the Governor of the Straits Settlements from 1843 to 1855. The stones on which Raffles Lighthouse stands come from the granite quarries on Pulau Ubin. The lighthouse was named after Sir Stamford Raffles, who founded modern Singapore in 1819.
The lighthouse was erected on a 1.3-hectare (3.2-acre) rocky island called Pulau Satumu, the southernmost island off the main island of Singapore. Pulau Satumu means “one tree island” – sa refers to satu (“one”) and tumu is the Malay name for the large mangrove tree, Bruguiera confugata. The light source was a wick burner which was replaced in 1905 by a pressurised vapour kerosene mantle burner to increase the light intensity for a greater visible range. A 2nd Order optic was mounted on a roller carriage to allow for smooth rotation. (The Order is a system of classifying the type of lenses used based on the focal length of the lens).
This roller carriage was a weight-driven machine which had to be rewound manually to lift the weight whenever it reached the base. The rewinding was done hourly. A crew of seven men was required to man the lighthouse.
In 1968, the installation of a 4th Order electrically operated revolving optic replaced the original 2nd Order optic with a pressurised vapour kerosene “Hood” mantle burner. The light source was changed to a 100-volt/1,000-watt incandescent bulb producing 350,000 candelas of light intensity with a visibility range of 22 nautical miles (41 km; 25 mi). The power supply came from one of the three generators installed in a generator room built close to the keeper’s room. As the rotation was electrically driven by motors, the crew was reduced to four men.In 1988 the 4th Order optic was replaced by a rotating beacon. This comprised an array of quartz halogen lamps in aluminium parabolic reflectors mounted on a gearless revolving pedestal. The lamps require only one-fifth of the energy required to produce the same intensity as incandescent lamps. These low-power lamps therefore allow solar power to be used in place of generators. In addition, the operation of the light is controlled by a photocell. The manning of the lighthouse was further reduced to two men. The use of solar energy which is freely and readily available has resulted in a reduction of operating and maintenance cost. The present lighthouse equipment consists of a main and standby rotating beacon, each producing 117,000 candelas with a nominal range of 20 nautical miles (37 km; 23 mi). A radar beacon (racon) was also installed at the lighthouse which provides additional navigational information to ships by emitting a Morse code on the ship’s radar screen. In 2005, an Aids to Navigation Automatic Identification System (AIS) was installed to broadcast additional positioning information to ships.
Text & Photo : Piet Sinke (c)


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A short biography of Lee Kuan Yew, the founding father of Singapore, and a quick introduction to modern Sinhgapore history:

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All these problems with IC cars. No wonder more and more people switch to EVs. :sweat_smile:
OK not the car’s fault. Caused by illegal electric installations and lack of proper maintenance.

Not only a Singaporean problem I suspect.
Share that video with as many of your friends and contacts as possible:

I remember back when the cabs changed over to the new Hyundais, some diesels.
You would see one of those diesels on fire every other day.

Every other day, or two in two week?:

IIRC they found the faulty pretty quick. Hyundai recalled the type of taxies cabs involved to rectify the problem.

That there are taxi fires in Singapore from time to time should not be a surprise. 2.5% of the cars on the roads are taxis of different types and they spend a lot of time in operation every day.
(As you know two or three drivers share one taxi cab on shifts)

Dozens of the diesels burnt, it was in the paper every week.
They did obviously fix it as the issue went away
I remember the cab drivers talking about it as you passed one on fire and your in one.

Hyundai Sonata has been around in Singapore as taxis since 2005/6 until the last was phased out in 2021.
From an ST article in 2018:

Source: ComfortDelGro buying up to 1,200 hybrid Hyundai cabs

Will Singapore go nuclear?:

I noticed an inaccuracy in this reporting:

The gas imported from Malaysia and Indonesia comes in the form of dry gas by pipelines directly from offshore fields in the South China Sea and onshore fields on Sumatra.

The LNG used as a safety backup comes form further afield, like Qatar, Australia etc.

Singapore falls on the ranking, but is still happiest in Asia:

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the locals are laughing at that report.
The government trying hard to keep the trueman show running

Didn’t you get interviewed for the WHR last year?
Silly question. If you had Singapore would have dropped close to bottom of the list.

you must of missed this part
“The annual United Nations-backed report, released on Wednesday (Mar 20), also found that Singaporeans aged under 30 rank lower in terms of happiness measured against their global peers than the elderly here, aged 60 and above.”

The old farts think its great that there is running water, sewerage mrt etc.

The young saying big deal how about our future, they can travel and compare themselves to others worldwide and many work for multinationals so know exactly how things are elsewhere and where they will end up financially and their quality of life in 30 years depending which country they live in.
Since the SGD has been pushed up over 30 years the young can do direct comparisons with jobs money assets, retirement etc in many country s

You must have missed the full report in another thread.
It is a fact that in the western (rich) world the young were generally happier than the old (with exceptions):

You appears to be of the opinion that the “pioneer generation” of Singaporeans are all uneducated “know nothings” that “life in HDB flat” (the horror)
That may be true for a majority that toiled in menial factory jobs and as farmers, hawkers, trishaw riders etc.

Maybe you should learn a little bit about the “founding fathers” of modern Singapore and the ones that were the “founders” of many of the largest companies in Singapore and Malaysia, incl. banks.
Many of those had little formal education and arrive there very young, with no money in their pockets.
They got jobs, worked hard and lived simple, until they had gained some skills and some capital to start a small business on their own. (It’s all in the Singapore History)

But there were also those who studied at the best Universities and traveled widely in the world, which you probably know, or at least should know as a Singapore resident.

So you agree the old think its great and the young dont