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Shut down casinos on Sunday as mark of respect for Lee Kuan Yew, S’poreans petition government

Shut down casinos on Sunday as mark of respect for Lee Kuan Yew, S’poreans petition government

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Allowing the two venues of sin in the first place was a difficult decision for our former prime minister to make.

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Singaporeans from all walks of life who are mourning the passing of Lee Kuan Yew on an unprecedented scale, have formally written to the government urging them to shut down both casinos on Sunday as a mark of respect for the founding prime minister.

This after it was announced that all Singapore Pools branches, authorised retail outlets and Livewire venues will be closed on Sunday with vice put on hold.

One Singaporean, Kee Puah Keow, said he understands the rationale behind this gesture: “It was a difficult decision for Lee Kuan Yew to make and for him to even consider allowing casinos to operate in Singapore.”

“As we have seen so far, casinos have brought nothing but strive and debt to thousands of people and ruined countless of lives.”

“As a mark of respect, it is imperative for both Marina Bay Sands and Resorts World Sentosa be shut down and have all their revenue for the day donated to charity.”

Another Singaporean, Mei Chu Xi, said the closing down of casinos would be something Lee Kuan Yew would have wanted if he really had his way: “Lee Kuan Yew was an industrious man who believed Singaporeans had to be rugged in order to survive. Casinos are antithetical to what he believed in as it left the fate of Man to the vagaries of chance.”

“To show that we love Lee Kuan Yew, both casinos need to be closed down or else it will sully his good name and show that Singapore is beholden to vice.”

“Why not shut them down for two weeks to show our sincerity to Lee Kuan Yew?”

 

Here’s how to respect Lee Kuan Yew:

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Government underestimated how much S’poreans love Lee Kuan Yew

S’poreans queue 12 hours to pay respects to Lee Kuan Yew: ‘We’ve trained hard queuing for Hello Kitty’

SMRT train along East West Line observed 20 minutes of silence on March 23, 2015

99% of S’poreans found out about LKY’s passing while checking their phone in bed, dreading work on Monday

Giving up land to MBS so soon will arouse suspicion of populace

Giving up land to MBS so soon will arouse suspicion of populace

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Singapore land authorities urged to wait a few more months before giving up land previously used for ECP.

Photo stolen from here

Photo stolen from here

Singaporeans from all walks of life who like to gamble have urged the Singapore authorities in charge of land to act more slowly.

This after it was reported that sin-filled casino Marina Bay Sands is seeking to expand its territory, by acquiring land previously occupied by the East Coast Parkway (ECP) expressway, which closed down in late December last year to make way for the Marina Coastal Expressway (MCE).

One Singaporean, Kee Puah Keow, said: “The authorities should act more slowly because if they give up the land to MBS so soon, people will know for sure that the closure of ECP to open the MCE is not a coincidence.”

Another local suggested that the government can act less decisively and issue statements saying that there has not been any formal talks to broach this topic or discuss this issue.

Lai Keh Seow, a local, said: “It is best to do this in a more subtle way that will not arouse the suspicion of the populace who will naturally conclude that a well-functioning ECP expressway had to make way to create more space for a casino.”

Workers of Marina Bay Sands thankful union is toothless

Workers of Marina Bay Sands thankful union is toothless

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MBS workers union is like CPF and HDB.

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Employees of Marina Bay Sands are thanking their employers profusely.

This after MBS has agreed to open its doors for a union to offer membership to its workers.

And as part of this sweet deal, MBS has made it clear that collective bargaining and wage negotiations by the union on behalf of its workers are not allowed.

Singaporeans from all walks of life said this is great as workers don’t deserve any rights and are automatons.

Hor Yee Si, a local, said: “Workers are just cogs in a well-oiled machine. If they can negotiate for better deals, they will just end up like the French who talk about 35-hour work weeks and off on Sundays.”

This sentiment is also shared by other Singaporeans who believe unions get in the way of progress.

Hen Ma Fan, a Singaporean, said: “Imagine what if unions perform the tasks that are actually demanded of them. Then this will be the same as how everybody will have money as they can withdraw their CPF savings at one shot.”

“And people can actually own their HDB flats on a freehold basis and not 99 years as it is paid up.”

“Then people will be free and no one will want to work and there won’t be any more economic progress.”

 

 

 

 

How to start a debate in the toilet

How to start a debate in the toilet

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What happens when you scrawl a question on an A2 paper, paste it up in a toilet cubicle wall, and put some marker pens nearby? Here’s the result.

By Fang Shihan

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TOURISTS often say that Singapore is a sterile city. So clean, so green, like a hospital. The fact that graffiti artist Oliver Fricker got thrown in the can for ‘decorating’ an MRT train only seems to reinforce that notion. I use that word decorating not as an euphemism but because whatever he drew was nice enough for onlookers to mistake it for an advertisement.

But of course there are pockets of this place, far from the roving eye of big brother, that remain autonomous spaces. Places like the toilet. And to paraphrase oscar wilde, shut a man in a cubicle, all alone by himself with nothing to do but wait for poop to drop out and.. he will scribble the truth on a nearby cubicle wall.

I remember my first encounter with toilet vandalism was in a shopping mall known as Oriental, it’s now rebranded into ‘Kovan shopping mall’. It was a dinghy place with an arcade, department store, an A&W, and toilets filled with scrawls on the wall soliciting free sex from ladies with bi-syllabalic names ranging from Amy to Mary to Sally. Phone number attached of course.

Fast forward to 2009. I was on exchange in a university in Sweden and there was a co-ed toilet in the language department that was known for its debates scrawled on the walls of a particular cubicle. Topics ranged from how Swedish girls were hot, to abortion, to feminism. It was clearly an ongoing debate and no one really bothered to wash the walls.

Us at New Nation wanted to replicate a washroom debate in Singapore. Find a toilet, write a question on the wall, leave the pen behind for 2 weeks and hopefully we’ll see a thread of replies at the end of it. Simple enough right? Except that we had to find a toilet that would let us use their walls for this temporary ‘installation’. Because we/I didn’t want to be charged for vandalism.

Places we approached

First up, the Marina Bay Sands Art Science museum. We marketed the experiment as a high-brow art piece and a critique on the sterility of modern Singapore. The museum was kind enough to grant us a pitch in a superposh conference room where this author was promptly told the the idea was neither new nor interesting. Vandalism also didn’t fit into the corporate/high-class image of MBS and they were sure that the powers that be wouldn’t be keen on the idea. Well, we tried.

Second place: a neighbourhood pub in the corner of Serangoon Gardens. The ladies who ran the place were amenable to the idea at first, until we told them that the walls could potentially be vandalised by drunken patrons and the vandalism would have to stay alongside the actual debate for 2 weeks, until the experiment was over. After some hemming and haw-ing, and a conversation over the phone that nearly erupted into a shouting match, we decided not to pester them again.

 

By this time, we gave up/wussed out on the idea of actually writing on the toilet walls and resigned to putting up an A2 sheet of paper for patrons to scrawl on.

After the firm rejection by the pub, this author was walking around dejectedly and decided to try his luck at a cosy restaurant nearby.

The owner-chef didn’t bat an eyelid and said…’ok’.

And so the experiment began at 66A Serangoon Garden Way, in a restaurant called “Arbite“.

Results? Surprisingly polite people

While we weren’t expecting anything close to “f*** your mother” or “For free sex, call Sally at 91234567″, we weren’t expecting replies to be so witty. Must have been the overall atmosphere of the restaurant, or the fact that patrons of the restaurant tended to be middle class, educated, potato-eating folk.

The topic question was decided completely at random: “Should public toilets be free?”

Three coloured markers were placed at the window sill behind the toilet bowl and the A2 sheet of paper was tacked to the wall. The experiment was confined only to the female toilet in Arbite.

One answer was scrawled on by this author to start the conversation: “No! toilet aunties need to make a living too!” While this starting statement could have affected the first few replies, it wouldn’t have much of an overall effect as the writing space was tacked up for 3 weeks.

By the second week, the space was nearly filled. One reply stood out: “I hope whoever used this marker before me used his/her hands”. That one prompted 2 followups: “That’s pretty brilliant. I’m wrapping this marker with a piece of tissue! B.t.w. we’re so off topic.”, and “have you guys washed your hands before writing this?”

Altogether, 15 well-worded replies in 3 weeks. That’s actually more than what the New Nation website gets in the same period of time. 😛

Most felt that toilets should NOT be free while the other 4 felt that there should be a nominal fee charged.

There was also a funny stain on the New Nation logo which could be a protest against the experiment itself, or some patron accidentally flicking water at the sink nearby.

Tentative conclusion? People do write intelligent replies in the toilet. Most of which are better-worded that the comments we find on various online sites.

In fact, we may try starting a conversation about politics the next time around. Thoughts? 😉

Read more toilet articles here.