As freak floods that tend to occur once every 50 years hit Singapore this year at a rapid rate making us older than the 45 years we are supposed to be, it is ironic timing to see PUB Chairman Tan Gee Paw given the National Day award of the Distinguished Service Order. While I’m pretty sure the awards were decided eons ago, and it is for recognition for contributions in public service or community work, the flash foods that hit us once again two days after is turning into another huge joke. At this rate, we should be on theChive ahead of HOPA girl.
The ridicule of our supposedly first world country having pictures of our shopping belt flooded being screened around was no laughing matter either. The excuses was pathetic to say the least, clogged culverts? Floods caused by intense storms? Duh, any kid could tell you that. Suddenly, Thomson (where I’ve lived all my life) becomes a “hotspot” for flooding too. The definition should then be everywhere that flooding occurs is equivalent to a hotspot.
Common sense will tell you that the construction of the circle line, ION, etc has had an adverse effect. As we drill deeper underground, compacting the ground as we go along, making it harder for rainwater to seep through – ultimately it means the water cannot flow away as it had in the past. See, you don’t even need to be an engineer to understand the logic. Put that out to the people and perhaps the disgruntled citizens wouldn’t feel so dumb. Example in point is that even the construction works on the CTE widening is causing flooding.
Of course, kayak warrior RX Ang’s latest little adventure had me in stitches (He actually went kayaking). I can even envisage the kayak companies hiring him to be their poster boy – a kayak could very well save you in the next flash flood. Get yours today before the next wave comes! See more on his Facebook.
While ensuring our ministers and civil servants get paid the fees they deserve having sacrificed otherwise supposedly lucrative payoffs in the private sector, shouldn’t they be equally answerable? BP’s CEO Tony Hayward walked for the Gulf oil spill, and while our floods might not be of the same magnitude, it has been 5 or 6 or so flash floods and counting, but we see no heads rolling into the barrage?
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