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Little India riot proves gravity important for society to function properly

Little India riot proves gravity important for society to function properly

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Without it, Singapore will become a topsy-turvy society.


Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Tuesday that the December 8 riot in Little India is a good reminder to people about the importance of a stable society.

PM Lee said the incident, which is the country’s worst riot in 40 years, was a good reminder to people that in a stable society, such incidents can still happen.

Experts that New Nation interviewed said PM Lee’s comments about a stable society most likely referred to the role of gravity being fundamental in maintaining stability, which can also be the cause of riots.

Self-styled political pundit, Eric de Yaya, said: “Imagine if there wasn’t gravity. The rioters will be floating in mid-air, and when they flipped the police car over, they would have sent it hurtling into space.”

“There are, therefore, many lessons to be learnt from the riot. We can point to how a multi-ethnic, harmonious society is necessary, but at the same time, we also need to address the need for physics and fundamental forces like gravitational force.”

“Basically, because, if you want to extrapolate from one riot, anything also can link one.”





Bosses to ensure maids don’t get seduced by gravity

Bosses to ensure maids don’t get seduced by gravity

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PAP MPs have a field day giving reasons about why maids cannot resist the attraction of gravity.

Sweep, sweep... Argh!

Maids have been falling out of Singaporean high-rise homes since 1989.

And in 2011, 15 maids went south and timed out permanently.

The reasons for this phenomenon are aplenty, as PAP MPs provide insights that you might not have thought of unless you make $15,000 a month sitting in parliament.

Tampines GRC MP Baey Yam Keng said many maids who come from rural areas do not know how to stay in high-rise apartments.

Urban living then becomes a bane.

Tanjong Pagar GRC MP Dr Chia Shi-Lu, best known as GE 2011’s PAP super-sub for his last-minute showing playing alongside His Leeness, said employers don’t know that the home is filled with dangers.

Because as a doctor, he has seen many patients who suffered falls at home.

Other risks, he said, include electrical plugs, although he did not elaborate if it is due to people putting their tongues inside or do the plugs grow legs and bite people.

Marine Parade GRC MP Dr Fatimah Lateef said families need to have reasonable expectations about what their maids can do, which means she believes defying gravity is not one of those talents.

So the onus is on the employer to be reasonable enough to put the safety of the maids first.

However, the winner, after all, has to be Dr No Nyok Yong, president of the Singapore Contractors’ Association. (He is not a PAP MP but he said something we’d like to debunk.)

He said that there is no foolproof way to prevent someone from falling.

However, we at New Nation like to prove him wrong.

Who said there is no foolproof way to prevent someone from falling?

This is a 60-second reduction of the original article published in The Straits Times on April 3, 2012.

Indoor skydiving gives you the greatest feeling money can buy

Indoor skydiving gives you the greatest feeling money can buy

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In other words, starting an indoor skydiving business can be as buttocks-clenching exciting as free falling itself.

This article is a truncated version of the original that first appeared in SGEntrepreneurs.

iFly Singapore founder, Lawrence Koh

To do real skydiving can be expensive. Usually at $400 a pop.

Not many people have that kind of money to experience gravity first-hand.

So, last May, Singaporean Lawrence Koh built iFly Singapore, a five-storey indoor skydiving arena at Sentosa for anyone keen to test Newton’s law of universal gravitation (at about $80 for several minutes).

This is, at the moment, the world’s largest indoor wind tunnel with a five-metre diameter.

He secured S$25 million (US$19 million) in funding from one private and one institutional investor.

As a rookie entrepreneur, this was a humongous amount.

But his conviction, stemming from extensive planning and preparation, was what secured the investors.

You see, Lawrence was the officer in charge of a parachuting training school in the Army. So he’s not exactly a newbie trying to ace fun.

Koh said, “I’ve always come up with ten-year plans for my life. I chose to devote the first 30 years of my life — I know this sounds lame — to serving the nation. But after that, I knew I would move on to start a business.”

The largest wind tunnel is at Sentosa. Big enough to blow all bikinis off. Cleanly. Think about that. And weep.

The idea of starting indoor skydiving came about after a visit to the wind tunnel in the US.

That was when Lawrence met the founder of SkyVenture, the inventor of the technology that is used in iFly facilities around the world.

Years later, a call from the SkyVenture founder came with an idea: Why not start iFly Singapore?

Lawrence packed his chute, quit the Army and started the company armed with patent rights given to him for free.

And that was the beginning of trying to have fun.

Even if indoor skydiving can be buttocks-clenching exciting, Lawrence had to find some way to cater free falling to the masses.

This means, in spoken English, he needed a detailed business plan. It took three months to craft.

Lawrence visited wind tunnels around the world. Everywhere he went, it was the same: Indoor skydiving attracted the seasoned skydivers.

If he took that approach, he will be going for broke.

Which means, quite literally, he will be bankrupted because there aren’t that many seasoned skydivers to begin with in Singapore.

So, he shifted the target market from niche to mainstream: From seasoned skydivers to leisure skydivers.

Some dude even tried to do a wedding proposal in it.

And he struck gold.

These days, 50 to 60 percent of his revenue from the wind tunnel is now generated from leisure iFlyers, while 20 percent comes from corporate events.

Lawrence even had to turn down a unique, once-in-a-lifetime request: A popular lads’ magazine, wanted some girls to to do a photoshoot in the wind tunnel.

But Lawrence boo-booed the idea.

“The bikini would fly right off,” he said.

Lawrence, DAMN IT! That’s the whole bloody idea! The bikinis MUST be blown neatly right off!!!

But we digress.

The remainder of the revenue is derived from training stints by professional skydivers and millitaries.

In seven months, the revenue iFly raked in is about $5 million.

After deducting rental, overhead costs, this and that, it probably works out to be less than what ex-SAF regular Chan Chun Sing makes these days?

But we digress again.

So after experiencing weightlessness, skydivers can chew on synthetic things at McDonald’s, wonder if they also have the luck of the Irish at O’Briens or fuel the post-weightlessness high with some alcohol at Bora Bora Margarita Bar.

All of these are located on-site at iFly Singapore.

This Singapore version of iFly has so far been so successful so far, iFly licensees from other countries are ferried here just to see how the Sentosa facility is run.

And if the lad magazines overseas asked to shoot their girls in bikinis inside the wind tunnel, iFly licensees outside Singapore would say yes.

And it would be awesome.