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Minister Lim Hng Kiang to fly at Red Bull flugtag

Posted on 28 October 2012

Minister for Trade and Industry Lim Hng Kiang has confirmed that he will be the guest of honour of the Red Bull Flugtag at noon today. According to a statement from the ministry, the 58-year-old will be jumping off the ramp in a specially designed vehicle named “Singapore Economy”.

“We avoided a technical recession the last quarter and we’re determined to show that we’re still on track to achieve annual growth of 1.5% to 2.5% by the end of this year,” said MTI spokesperson Mohammad bin Anggu.

The vehicle is said to be modelled after a feather and is attached by a bungee cord to the previous vehicle named “Nervous Dragon”, a colossal gliding machine that has been the best performing vehicle for the past four years. The drive created by “Nervous Dragon” will provide some lift for Minister Lim, though the shape of the feather ensures that “Singapore Economy” will be able to float independently even with minimal support.

“Singapore Economy will probably experience a soft landing,” said aviation specialist Pang Puay Kee.

“Unlike the more modern machines, it is still driven largely by brute force and a tremendous amount of labour. The power created by the ‘jumpers’ on board will create a massive amount momentum initially, but this could also lead to the frame of the vehicle breaking due to an overload of people,” he said.

He also recommended revamping the human engine of the vehicle by cutting down the number of people on board, and limiting them only to those with a minimum level of skill so they don’t waste excessive energy doing on unproductive action.

But any change to the vehicle must be accompanied by a comprehensive plan to retrain unskilled jumpers, especially local ones which would create drag on the vehicle as they cannot be removed.

“We understand that there may be one unskilled Singaporean jumper for every ten, and not imposing a compulsory minimum skill set to be on board will lead to all 11 workers being needed on the vehicle. We also understand that by imposing the ‘minimum skill’ rule, and retraining that one unskilled Singaporean, we can reduce the overall population on the vehicle to just three. But these things take time, we’re not quite sure what works. So we’re taking our time to run around like headless chickens on the policy front until something smacks us in the face,” said Anggu.

“In the meantime though, we are committed to growth. Our participation in the event shows our commitment to a bullish economy,” he said.

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