Petition Tag - singapore

1. Save Our Jobs & Country

As a Singaporean, this does worry me a lot.

This is exactly why so many local born Singaporeans turned against our Government. Are they ensuring the locals are taken care of? I do not mean waiting money to drop from the sky or free incentives. We as local Singaporeans simply do not have a fair ground to compete with the foreigners.

This is my questions I have for the SG government and fellow Singaporeans. The purpose is not against our Malaysian friends. It is simply to highlight the flaw of our government.

1. Is it legal for foreigners to work here without a valid work permit? We have so many foreigners working or contracting jobs here without a valid permit. Look at Deliveroo and Macdonalds. They are just some examples of companies profiting without the consideration of providing jobs to Singaporeans.

2. Is it legal for a motor vehicle to be on the road without a valid insurance cover? Is there any checks done when these vehicles are crossing our Custom checkpoints? Are work permit holders allowed to use foreign vehicles in Singapore (other than for holiday)? If they are allowed to do so, there is no justice for our local riders. Our vehicles are definitely more expensive than our neighbours. In order to survive in Singapore, our local delivery or despatch riders have to incur high cost of maintaining of vehicles, high cost of housing and living cost. Is this not a loophole which our dear government should look into?

3. Economic issue. Are these people contributing to the Singapore? Yes to economy in the short run as more projects will be completed. However most of the SGD earned will be converted to other currencies instead of spending in Singapore. This is simply an outflow of SGD money to other countries and we are not helping ourselves.

4. Environment issue. While our vehicles have to go thru annual vehicle inspections, are these foreign subjected to the inspections of the same or higher standard? It is these mandatory inspections that help our country to enjoy good quality air.

I hope our government could look into this issue seriously. It is affecting the future of our Singaporeans.

2. Save Lush 99.5FM

Taken from ilistentolush.com:

"Lush 99.5FM will be stopping transmission on 31st August at 1159pm after 13 years. Whilst we have built a loyal core of followers, the listeners, who are supporters of local music, we have not managed to grow the base of listeners enough to sustain the operating costs of the station."
Letting Lush die is as good as telling local musicians to give up. As Singaporeans, it is our duty to ensure that our local musicians have a platform like Lush to showcase their works.

3. Bring Rich Chocolate Pie To Singapore

Pictures & videos of the rich chocolate pie had been circulating online since it's launch on 14 August in Korea.
McD fans in Singapore really really really really hope to buy this in our local McD outlets too.
Pretty please.

4. Prevent Demolition of Iconic Parkour Spot: Save Bedok Maze

Bedok Maze is an iconic spot known internationally in the Parkour community. The spot consists of many brick walls with a variety of heights, spread over the wide area. It is also conveniently located at a place where Parkour practitioners can train without obstructing the path of pedestrians. This design and set-up makes it a perfect place to train Parkour, for both beginner or advanced practitioners alike.

As such, many international practitioners have made their way down to Singapore simply to visit this area, even rushing down from the airport during stopovers. In a recently published book called "The Parkour Roadmap", Bedok Maze is even featured as one of the more iconic spots for Parkour.

Most importantly, this spot is where communities come together. In the mornings the elderly walk through for some early exercise. The midday sees teenage parkour practitioners getting active and sharing their love of movement together, and in the late afternoon, the children come to play. The demolition of Bedok Maze will be grieved by many.

What is Parkour?
Parkour is a training discipline using movements to get from one point to another, through a complex environment, in the most efficient manner possible. Movements include jumping, vaulting, climbing and rolling.
Parkour in Singapore (and the world) is still young and undergoing development.

Currently, we are doing our best to educate and be known as a sport that encourages community, altruism, resilience, wellness, and expression; contrary to the negative perceptions that people may have of Parkour, such as recklessness, trespassing and vandalism. Some of Parkour's core values are 'To be, and to last', 'Be strong to be useful', 'Leave no trace', and 'Start together, finish together', The benefits of Parkour are numerous, such as the improvement in mental and physical wellbeing, building character, as well as providing a healthy outlet for creativity and energy. Also, it is an activity which is suitable for all ages, gender, class and race - which promotes social inclusion.

Parkour is getting recognised by government bodies, with UK officially recognising it as a sport and Denmark having built over a hundred parkour parks across its cities. Recently, the Parkour Singapore association has also been established in Singapore to improve the scene. We have been complying with the strict legislation in Singapore, even organising an event in partnership with certain government organisations, as well as volunteering performers for the National Day Parade 2017.

The news of the demolition plans is of huge shock to us and however slim the chances may be, we are pleading for the town council to review its decision.

5. Extend Bus 256 to Tuas

Extend bus 256 to Tuas so that the impact is not as heavy should a train disruption occur on the Tuas West Extension.

6. Rename Raffles Institution to Marymount Junior College

This is a petition to rename the esteemed Raffles Institution to Marymount Junior College in honour of recent paradigm shifts with regards to tertiary education and the utilisation of Darwin's memetic theory.

7. NO TO MOTORCYCLE ARF INCREMENT

Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat announced a new tiered tax system for motorcycles on 20 Feb 2017. Under the new system, the 15% Additional Registration Fee (ARF) will stay for motorcycles with an OMV of up to S$5000. The subsequent S$5000 of its OMV will incur an ARF of 50%, and the remaining OMV above S$10000 will come with an ARF of 100%.

What is the rational behind this move?
If Singapore's goal is to curb road congestion shouldn't we encourage mode of transport such as motorcycling by reducing the taxes?
Motorcycles do not contribute as much to congestion as cars so why are motorcyclist subjected to the same tax amount as cars?

8. Equal Benefits for Unwed Mothers

Unwed Mothers in Singapore are not getting enough support from Singapore Government.

Unwed Mothers are granted some benefits that Married Mothers have.

These are some benefits not granted for Unwed Mothers:
- Application for BTO flats below 35 years old under the Single Singapore Citizen Scheme.
- Entitlement to Baby Bonus as their children are not considered legitimate.
- Entitlement to Parenthood Tax Rebate

9. To alleviate weak water pressure for Mcnair Towers

It has been 5 months since our estate, Mcnair Towers (113A-113D Mcnair Road, Singapore) obtained our Temporary Occupany Permits in October 2016.

For the more fortunate ones who have collected our keys earlier, it had been a common pain point that the water pressure of our homes have been relatively weaker compared to our previous housing estates. A longer time is required to fill babies' bath-tubs, simple chores like quick showers and washing of dishes would take a longer time.

It had dawned to our community that we had all made individual and separate highlights to the Team-Build Building Service Centre ("BSC") about the aforementioned issue. They have sent their service managers and plumbers for inspections but till-date the problem still continues to persist.

According to the service managers and plumbers, the water pump had been maxed out and our water pipes are not choked. They are not able to locate the root cause of the problem.

We fear that this issue may worsen as more of our neighbours move in. As such, we, the community of Mcnair Towers would like to hereby implore Team-Build BSC, the Housing Development Board ("HDB") and Public Utilities Board ("PUB") to jointly-alleviate and supply us with sufficient water pressure to accommodate the community of our estate.

10. Shut Down Alamak Chat Website, Singapore

This petition is to create awareness so that parents and people are aware of what is going on online. The number of married man and woman, teenage boys and girls who have visited Alamak Chat Website for paid sex / FL (Freelance Services) is on the high rise in Singapore, offering their bodies in exchange for monetary gains.

More teenagers are becoming sexually active - with an increasing number thinking that it is normal for them to have sex. Some in primary school are also watching pornography, which is damaging because they form unhealthy perceptions. This affects their studies and some may get pregnant and drop out of school, a lot of them are not ready to take on the responsibility.

Parents play an important part in ensuring that their children grow up with the right values.

Have a close and healthy relationship with your husband / wife / children, so that they will feel comfortable asking you questions, and you will know who their friends are and what they've been up to.

Peer influence is a powerful thing, many married man and woman, teenage boys and girls are clever enough to go under the radar and hide their activities from you

11. THE ORAL CIGARETTES LIVE IN SG

The Oral Cigarettes is a band who have not forgotten their Japanese roots just yet.

We would like to have them in Singapore for a live performance.

12. Coldplay saved my friend's life. Please help him get on stage or at least backstage.

Hi Coldplay,

My name is Kevin and I like your songs. They are pretty chill. I've got a friend, we shall call him 'D', who owes his life to you guys. I'm sure you've had your middleschool/highschool crushes. Well D had his too and things didn't go to well for him. I remember him crying outside classrooms because of his failed attempt to get a girl to be his girlfriend and even teachers had to console him to stop crying. Well none of those efforts worked. My friends and I to be honest found it extremely hilarious and come on who doesn't like good banter. But as friends we had a responsibility whether we liked it or not - prevent him from committing suicide and help his heart heal.

We kinda talked to him about it, but they never worked and he was always in this sad mood with red swollen eyes, sulking. D and a bunch of us, we play football, and D likes to kill people on the pitch. He slides in real hard coming close to breaking people's legs several times. However, his slide tackles became less destructive, he stopped running and soon he stopped stepping foot on to the pitch because of a girl. Seriously. One girl to destroy it all. We were out of options to help this him. Everyday it got worse. I bet it was all those 'Script' songs that worsened the situation. I have no idea how he started listening to you guys but he told us after the ordeal it was Coldplay and Chris Martin's voice that helped him get back to his sane self. So on behalf of D and my friends I'd like to thank you. D is now very happy and is looking for a new partner.

13. Day 2 for Coldplay Singapore

As we know there is a large number of fans who are unable to get their hands on the tickets for Coldplay Singapore.

Part of the reason is because of reselling companies buying in bulk and inflating the prices. As such let's petition for a 2nd day for the concert.

14. Mandatory counselling made for the hurting children of divorce

Children of divorce go through a really difficult time.

This is especially if they are left to process the hurt and pains that they experience. 

Singapore, in 2015, has introduced more programs and solutions targetted to helping these children, such as providing optional counselling services (Goy, 2015) to these children.

Yet, there is an issue with optional counselling services for these kids. As some of the family lawyers have highlighted, some parents simply do not see the need for such services for their children. In the words of Family lawyer Rajan Chettiar, "The law mandates parents attending parental workshops and counselling. But how about the children?" (Goy, 2015

I am advocating for mandatory counselling for children of divorcees are hurting and overlooked.

Every vote will be pivotal in helping to alleviate this issue!

Please sign and support!

GOY, P. (2015). Mandate counselling for children in divorces. The Straits Times. Retrieved 20 October 2016, from http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/health/mandate-counselling-for-children-in-divorces

15. Stop the Legalisation of Online Gambling in Singapore

UPDATE (6 Nov 2016):
1-Click Now – to show you are AGAINST “Putting an ONLINE BETTING OUTLET In Your Home”. You now only need to give your name and email address, and then click "Sign this petition". That's all!
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This petition is to call upon the Singapore Government to immediately and unequivocally reject Singapore Pools and Singapore Turf Club's appeal for exemption from the Remote Gambling Act. We, as fellow citizens of Singapore, are deeply concerned about the possible implications of allowing such exemptions due to the many and real problems caused by the easy availability of online betting.

Even setting limits on how much and how often one can bet is not enough, because the very nature of online betting can cause young people to become addicted to gambling - which can last for a lifetime and be just as addictive or even more than drugs.

According to today's Straits Times articles dated 15 Sep 2016:

1. http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/legal-online-betting-may-be-available-soon
2. http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/online-betting-fear-of-rise-in-addiction

Singapore Pools and the Singapore Turf Club (STC) "are preparing to launch their online betting services, in anticipation of getting the green light from the authorities." And more audaciously, they've even run "final tests on their online betting platforms and have prepared advisories for staff and customers."

Such actions are contrary to the intended objective of the Remote Gambling Act (as listed in Part 1, Section 7), which is to protect "young persons and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by remote gambling".

However, our own MPs have warned that allowing these lottery companies to be exempt from the Remote Gambling Act will "send mixed signals." Furthermore, social workers have seen the rise of additional problems that arise from problem gambling.

In fact, NCPG's own statistics for 2011-2014 have shown that problem gamblers are starting younger, no thanks to online gambling (http://news.asiaone.com/news/singapore/problem-gambling-rate-spore-falls-more-starting-young-survey) .

Already, the legalization of casinos in Singapore has led to families in Singapore getting hooked on gambling, and has led to a rise in crime and bankruptcies. Many of us personally know of families and loved ones who have fallen into the trap of gambling addiction, and the pain and anguish of trying to help them overcome, only to see them relapse and lie and even attempt suicide.

Families have been ruined, fathers and mothers have attempted suicide, careers and marriages destroyed... is it worth it to sacrifice the future of a nation and our next generation for short-term financial gains?

Even the exclusion orders that we can place has proven to be of limited use, as problem gambling is extremely addictive - even more than drugs. Scientific research (e.g. http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-the-brain-gets-addicted-to-gambling/) has clearly shown that gambling is just as - if not more - addictive than drugs. If we are willing to institute the death penalty for drugs because of the social destruction that drugs cause, then why do we allow gambling to enter our nation too?

Thus, the best defense against gambling addiction is to prevent gambling addiction in the first place. Prevention is better than cure.

Therefore let us call upon the Government to set a clear sign that online gambling will continue to not be tolerated, especially in an age where the Internet makes it too easy for young people to get hooked.

[BAHASA MELAYU]
Petisyen ini adalah untuk menyeru Pemerintah Singapura untuk segera menolak rayuan Singapore Pools dan Singapore Turf Club untuk dikecualikan daripada Akta Perjudian Online. Kami, rakyat Singapura, amat bimbang mengenai implikasi membenarkan pengecualian tersebut kerana ternyata banyak masalah yang disebabkan oleh pertaruhan online yang mudah ditemui.

Menetapkan had untuk berapa banyak dan sering seseorang boleh bertaruh tidak mencukupi, kerana tabiat taruhan online boleh menyebabkan anak-anak muda ketagihan judi - ini boleh bertahan sepanjang hayat dan menjadi ketagihan seperti atau lebih daripada dadah.

Menurut laporan Straits Times hari ini, 15 September 2016:

1. http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/legal-online-betting-may-be-available-soon
2. http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/online-betting-fear-of-rise-in-addiction

Singapore Pools dan Singapore Turf Club (STC) "sedang membuat persiapan untuk melancarkan perkhidmatan pertaruhan online, dengan jangkaan mereka akan menerima kebenaran daripada pihak berkuasa." Dan lebih berani lagi, mereka telah pun menjalankan "ujian terakhir pada platform pertaruhan online dan sudah menyediakan nasihat untuk kakitangan dan pelanggan."

Tindakan sedemikian adalah bertentangan dengan objektif Akta Perjudian Online (seperti yang disenaraikan dalam Bahagian 1, Seksyen 7), iaitu untuk melindungi "orang-orang muda dan orang-orang yang terdedah daripada dianiaya atau dieksploitasi oleh perjudian online".

Walau bagaimanapun, Anggota Parlimen kita telah memberi amaran bahawa membenarkan syarikat-syarikat loteri untuk dikecualikan daripada Akta Perjudian Online akan "menghantar isyarat bercampur-campur." Tambahan pula, pekerja-pekerja sosial telah melihat kebangkitan masalah tambahan yang timbul daripada ketagihan judi.

Malah, statistik NCPG untuk 2011-2014 telah menunjukkan bahawa penjudi mula menjudi lebih muda, kerana perjudian online.
(http://news.asiaone.com/news/singapore/problem-gambling-rate-spore-falls-more -starting-young-survey).

Dengan menghalalkan kasino di Singapura, ini telah mengakibatkan keluarga di Singapura semakin ketagihan judi, dan telah menyebabkan peningkatan jenayah dan muflis. Ramai di antara kita kenal dengan keluarga dan orang tersayang yang telah jatuh ke dalam perangkap ketagihan judi, dan kesakitan dan penderitaan ketika cuba untuk membantu mereka mengatasi ketagihan ini, hanya untuk melihat mereka berulang dan berdusta dan juga cuba membunuh diri.

Keluarga telah hancur, bapa-bapa dan ibu-ibu telah cuba membunuh diri, kerjaya dan perkahwinan musnah ... apakah ia menguntungkan untuk mengorbankan masa depan negara dan generasi akan datang untuk keuntungan kewangan jangka pendek?

Walaupun kita boleh meletakkan perintah pengecualian, tetapi kegunaannya terhad, kerana masalah perjudian adalah sangat ketagihan - lebih daripada dadah. Kajian saintifik (http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-the-brain-gets-addicted-to-gambling/) telah menjelaskan bahawa perjudian adalah sama - atau lebih - daripada ketagihan dadah. Jika kita sanggup mempunyai hukuman mati untuk dadah kerana kemusnahan sosial yang disebabkan olehnya, mengapa kita membenarkan perjudian untuk memasuki negara kita juga?

Justeru itu, perlindungan terbaik daripada ketagihan judi adalah untuk mengelakkan terjadinya ketagihan judi. Mencegah lebih baik daripada mengubati.

Oleh itu marilah kita menyeru Pemerintah untuk menetapkan dengan jelas bahawa perjudian online tidak akan diterima, terutama di zaman internet yang menjadikan ia terlalu mudah untuk golongan muda untuk ketagihan judi.

Kami, yang bertandatangan di bawah, menyeru Pemerintah Singapura untuk segera menolak pengecualian Singapore Pools dan Singapore Turf Club daripada Akta Perjudian Online, untuk melindungi keluarga dan rakan-rakan kami dari ancaman ketagihan judi.

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இது, சிங்கப்பூர் அரசு உடனடியாக, முற்றிலும் எவ்வித ஐயத்துக்கிடமின்றி, தொலை சூதாட்டம் சட்டத்திலிருந்து விலக்கு கேட்கும் சிங்கப்பூர் போல்ஸ் மற்றும் சிங்கப்பூர் டர்ஃப் கிளப் மனுவை நிராகரிக்க வேண்டும் என்பதற்காக போடப்படும் மனு. சிங்கப்பூரர்களாகிய நாம், இணையதள சூதாட்டத்தால் எழக்கூடிய பிரச்சனைகளை பற்றி ஆழ்ந்த கவலை கொண்டுள்ளோம்.
இந்த இணையதள சூதாட்டத்திற்கு எந்த வித வரம்புகளுமின்றி தடை செய்ய வேண்டும். ஏனெனில் அது நம் இளைஞர்களை அதற்கு அடிமை படுத்திவிடும். சூதாட்டம் போதை பழக்கத்தை விட கொடியது.
சிங்கப்பூர் போல்ஸ் மற்றும் சிங்கப்பூர் டர்ஃப் கிளப், அதிகாரிகள் ஒப்புதல் தருவார் என்ற நம்பிக்கையில் இணையதள சூதாட்டத்தை ஆரம்பிக்கும் வேலையில் ஈடுபட்டுள்ளனர்.
மேலும் பயமற்ற, அவர்கள், இறுதி கட்ட சோதனைகளை நடத்திவருவதுடன் தங்கள் இணையதள சூதாட்டத்தளங்களில் ஊழியர்கள் மற்றும் வாடிக்கையாளர்களுக்கு ஆலோசனைகளையும் தயாராக வைத்துள்ளனர்.
இத்தகைய செயல் இளைஞர்களையும் மற்ற சூதாட்டத்தால் பாதிக்கப்பட்டவர்களையும், காப்பாற்ற வேண்டிய தொலை சூதாட்ட சட்டத்திற்கு (பகுதி 1, பிரிவு 7 இல் பட்டியலிடப்பட்டுள்ளது ) புறம்பானது.
எனினும், எங்கள் சொந்த பாராளுமன்ற உறுப்பினர், இந்த லாட்டரி நிறுவனங்களை தொலை சூதாட்டம் சட்டத்திலிருந்து விலக்கு அனுமதிப்பதனால் கருத்துவேறுபாடு ஏழும் என்று எச்சரித்துள்ளார். மேலும் சமூக ஆர்வலர்கள் இதனால் எழக்கூடும் கூடுதல் பிரச்சினைகளையும் கண்டுவருகின்றனர்.

உண்மையில், 2011-2014 க்கான NCPG சொந்த புள்ளி விவரப்படி சூதாடிகள் பெரும்பாலும் இளைஞர்கள் என்று காட்டுகின்றது.
ஏற்கனவே, சிங்கப்பூர் சூதாட்ட விடுதியை சட்டபூர்வமாக்கியதால் பல சிங்கப்பூர் குடும்பங்கள் சூதாட வழிவகுத்து, குற்றங்கள் மற்றும் திவால்கள் அதிகரித்துள்ளது .
நமக்கு தனிப்பட்ட முறையில் பல குடும்பங்கள் மற்றும் அன்புக்குரியவர்கள் இந்த சூதாட்ட வலையில் விழுந்த கதைகள் தெரியும். மேலும் அதிலிருந்து வெளிவர அவர்கள் படும் வலி மற்றும் வேதனையினால் அவர்கள் பொய் சொல்லுவதும், சீர்கெடுவதுமின்றி சிலர் தற்கொலைக்கும் முயற்சித்துள்ளனர்.
குடும்பங்கள் பாழாகியுள்ளன, தந்தைகள் மற்றும் தாய்மார்கள் தற்கொலைக்கு முயற்சித்துள்ளனர், தொழில் மற்றும் திருமணங்கள் அழிந்துள்ளன... குறுகிய கால லாபத்திற்காக நமது எதிர்காலத்தையும் அடுத்த தலைமுறையினரையும் தியாகம் செய்ய வேண்டுமா.?
நாம் முன் வைக்கக்கூடிய விலக்கல் கட்டளைகள் கூட, வரையறுக்கப்பட்ட பயந்தான் தரும் என்பது நிரூபிக்கப்பட்டுள்ளது. ஏனெனில் சூதாட்டம், போதை பழக்கத்தை விட அடிமைப்படுத்தும் சக்தி கொண்டது.
அறிவியல் ஆராய்ச்சி (e.g. http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-the-brain-gets-addicted-to-gambling/) இதனை தெள்ளத்தெளிவாக காட்டுகிறது. நாம் போதை பொருட்கள் உபயோகிப்பதற்கு மரண தண்டனை தர தயாராகவுள்ளோம் என்றால் ஏன் அதை விட கொடிய சூதாட்டத்தை நாட்டுக்குள் அனுமதிக்க வேண்டும்.

ஆகையால் சூதாட்டத்திற்கு அடிமையாவதை தடுக்க முதலில் சூதாட்டத்தை தடை செய்ய வேண்டும். வரும் முன் காப்பதே சிறந்தது.
எனவே, இளைஞர்களை எளிதில் அடிமையாகும் இந்த இணையதள சூதாட்டத்திற்கு தடை விதிக்கக்கோரி அரசிடம் நாம் அனைவரும் முறையிடுவோம்.

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这项联名签署的目的是吁请新加坡政府明确的拒绝批准新加坡博彩公司和新加坡赛马公会申请,请政府不让其公司得到远程投注的豁免权,使他们的远程投注无法合法化。
我们以下的新加坡公民,非常关心这两间公司能豁免合法开放远程网上投注后,将给新加坡带来诸多真实并永久性的社会问题和影响。即使政府能够限制次数或赌注数目,博彩和赛马公会的投注网站会使人容易沉迷赌博,比吸食毒品更让人不能自拔。
根据以下2016年9月15日海峡时报报道:
1. http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/legal-online-betting-may-be-available-soon 2. http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/online-betting-fear-of-rise-in-addiction
因为政府即将给予批准远程投注,新加坡博彩和赛马公会正准备开放网上投注服务。他们甚至测试了网上投注的系统,也预备了即将给与职员和顾客的资料。
如此的行为已违背现有 Remote Gambling Act, part 1 section 7的法律精神,促使年轻人和其他人民受到赌博引诱和伤害。
一些国会议员已警告过使以上两家公司合法接受远程投注,不受"Remote Gambling Act"的限制,会给人民带来混乱和不一的信息。社会工作人员也已经观察到本地受赌瘾影响的人增加许多。
根据全国预防嗜赌理事(NCPG) 2011-2014的数据显示,赌徒已有年轻化的趋势。(http://news.asiaone.com/news/singapore/problem-gambling-rate-spore-falls-more-starting-young-survey)
自从新加坡有赌场合法设立,赌博已导致许多家庭破产和犯罪问题增加。我们都有认识一些家庭因为家人赌博而陷入痛苦和困难当中,为了帮助赌徒走出赌瘾,却一次又一次遭到所爱的赌徒欺骗,见到他们越陷越深,甚至走上自杀这条路。无数的家庭受到破坏,父母亲走上自杀这条路,事业和婚姻被赌博摧毁。新加坡是否会为了短期获利,而牺牲下一代的将来?
赌场禁门令与入门次数限制令的功效实在有限,因为赌博比毒品更容易上瘾。科学研究证明:赌博比赌场更容易让人无法自拔。(http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-the-brain-gets-addicted-to-gambling/)
如果我们因为毒品对社会的破坏而执行对毒贩死刑的处置,新加坡为什么要使它能够大方进入我国社会体系,使如此有害的赌博活动远程投注合法化?
最好的防止赌博的方式是不让赌瘾发生。
我们现在活在一个年轻一代能够轻易上网的国家,我们吁请新加坡政府对赌博行为划清界限,不要给予博彩公司和赛马公会赌博远程投注的豁免权。
我们要求政府拒绝新加坡博彩公司和赛马公会远程投注的申请,保护我国家庭和朋友不受赌博引诱和赌瘾侵害。

16. Petition to make REFUNDS for Jay Chou "The Invincible" concert 2016 at National Stadium (Singapore Sports Hub)

Jay Chou "The Invincible" Concert 2016 Singapore was held on 3rd September.

For the whole concert, audience who were not seated in line with the speakers or leveled with the stage only heard muffled sound and strong bass throughout. NONE of what Jay Chou was singing or talking could be heard sharply and clearly.

This was the same exact scenario two years back when Jay Chou held his concert in the newly opened stadium. Feedback was given back then, Singapore Sports Hub acknowledged the feedback and say will contact the organisers for improvements but there was NO improvements seen last night. And once again, Singapore Sports Hub gave the same template reply to the feedback given last night.

On the seating map, speakers round the stadium was promised but on actual day observation, none was seen.

We as consumers should not just keep quiet about this. Obviously feedback was given but fallen on deaf ears. We paid for it, expecting quality but it was way below quality. Even 7th month getai has better standards.

As such, we should all stand together against this, and ask for refunds.

No one will speak up for you, not the Sports Hub, not the media, only YOU can speak up for yourself.

Your $118 might be little to the organisers, but it means a lot to you, months of savings, meals, bills. Are you going to let what you spent be gone in vain?

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“地球最强”2016周杰伦世界巡回演唱会新加坡站日前于9月3日举行。

整场演唱会,观众的座位如果没有对准音箱或与舞台持平,从头到尾就只能听到模糊的声音和强劲的贝斯声,完全不能清楚清晰地听到周杰伦在唱什么或说什么。

这种情况跟两年前一样,周杰伦也在当时刚开幕的同一个体育场举办演唱会。那时候观众也曾遇到相同问题并给予反馈,而国家体育场也表示,会联络承办方讨论改善情况。但昨晚的演唱会显示任何改善都没有,而国家体育场昨晚也给予了相同的模板答复。

根据座位图,环绕体育场内将会安装音箱,不过据当天观察,并没有所述安排。

我们身为消费人不该对此毫不吭声。很明显的,观众之前给予的反馈都不被理会。我们肯付费买门票,当然期望有一定质量的音响,但得到的却是劣等的。就连农历七月歌台的音响水准都更高。

所以,我们对此必须团结起来并要求退款。

没人会为你发言:绝对不会是体育场,也不会是媒体;只有你本人才能代表你自己发声。

你付的$118钱门票也许对承办公司来说是微不足道的,但对你来说或许我是多个月的积蓄,饮食费、账单等。你愿意花这种冤枉钱吗?

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17. Stop pollution and resulting hazes throughout South East Asia

The illegal slash and burn practices that caused forest fires was the main reason for the occurrence of the Southeast Asian haze that happened recently in 2015, affected several countries in Southeast Asia, Singapore included, whereby Indonesia is the most affected country since the forest fires originated from there.

This is a long-term issue that occurs in various intensities during every dry season in the region, hence action must be taken to prevent this air pollution crisis from taking place again, having that the haze causes adverse health and economic impact on Singapore and other countries such as Malaysia.

The haze occurrence had been recorded since 1972 and there were intense cases such as the 1997 Indonesian forest fires, 2005 Malaysian haze and several more. Whereby in the 1997 case, the forest fires began to affect neighboring countries such as Malaysia and Singapore by spreading thick clouds of smoke and haze. An article from StraitsTimes states that "Singapore and Malaysia are likely to see fewer tourist arrivals as some countries are starting to send travel warnings abut the two countries, which might impact hotels and retail spending, said Chua Hak Bin, an economist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Singapore."

Mr Chua Hak Bin had estimated that the impact on Singapore could range from 0.1 per cent to 0.4 per cent of gross domestic product, depending on whether the haze lasts for one month or three. "The health costs might rise exponentially if the haze worsens and persists for a long period," he said.

Alerting news that was taken from the StraitsTimes article was that "The worst haze in 1997 cost Singapore $300 million, while a milder event in 2013 led to about $50 million of losses to retailers, hotels, tourism and the economy overall, according to research by Euston Quah, a professor and head of the economics division at Nanyang Technological University. The impact may go beyond tourism to impact the broader economy."

18. Petition to Stop KFC from Occupying Buddy Hoagies' Signature Venue

Capitalism is on the rise and KFC has set a higher bid on the venue that used to occupy my beloved Buddy Hoagies.

A place that holds many memories for us Northerners.
A place where students study for their Olevels is now being replaced with a fast food restaurant that is bound to bring a lot of noise to the public.
A place that sells reasonably healthy food that is now, sadly gonna be replaced by deep fried unhealthy chicken.
A place that provides jobs for full time students, elderly people and housewives.
A place that allows kids to play while their parents dine.
A place where the kitchen staff and service staff are like family.

Stop capitalism now by pledging against Lee Bee Wah's support of Fast food chain, KFC.

Dear Lee Bee Wah. Step down, because ever since you proposed for cyclers to get a bicycle license, I laughed. Just because you don't like smokers, doesn't mean you can shut down the place they hang out at.

19. Make Singapore Govt Unban Vaping

Due to Shen Yang Lee's video I think we need to create a petition to unban vaping.

20. NO to Roosh V and rape in Singapore

Fort Canning, Singapore is currently listed as one of the locations for an 'International Meet Up Day' organised by pro-rape advocate Daryush Valizadeh, also known as Roosh V. He is behind a blog called Return of Kings, which is catered towards "heterosexual, masculine men" who believe "men should be masculine and women should be feminine".

According to the blog, some principal tenets include men opting out of monogamy and reproduction if there are no incentives to engage in them. Another is of the belief that a woman's value significantly depends on her fertility and beauty, while that of a man's depends on his resources, intellect, and character.

Valizadeh wrote an article in 2015 calling for rape to be legalized on private property as a means to “defeat rape culture”. He wrote, "I propose that we make the violent taking of a woman not punishable by law when done off public grounds. If rape becomes legal under my proposal, a girl will protect her body in the same manner that she protects her purse and smartphone".

The group has been said to be hostile towards men of colour despite the website claiming that the meeting “is for straight men of all races”. The Roosh V following has also been known to be “racist and xenophobic”.

The meet up is to take place this Saturday (February 6) in a private location so as to avoid cancellation. The meet up location has not been moved as of yet and is still at Fort Canning Park underneath the big arch. URL is provided here: http://www.returnofkings.com/78021/full-city-listing-and-meeting-points-for-international-meetup-day#prettyPhoto/56/

URL for the AsiaOne article about the event: http://news.asiaone.com/news/singapore/international-group-pushing-legalize-rape-may-meet-singapore

[Edit] The February 6 meet up has been cancelled. However, as this meet up was part of an even larger global 'International Meet Up Day', the group may try something similar again in the future. It must be made known that it is not just the 'Meet Up' that we are against but rather the ideals that Daryush Valizadeh and his followers represent. This lets it be known that such attitudes will not be welcome here and hence, action must be taken against their group.

21. Protect Changi Point Ferry Terminal Cats

We were alerted to the removal of two community cats from the Changi Point Ferry Terminal on Tuesday, 29 Dec 2015.

The community cats have been living in peaceful co-existence with visitors and Changi Village residents.

There was no attempt at mediation before pest control allegedly swooped in and removed the cats.

We are still trying to establish if it was pest control that took the cats. What we know is the cats have been impounded at AVA.

Update at 12 noon on 31 Dec 2015: The cats have since been bailed out by Cat Welfare Society volunteers.

22. Stop the Sale of Processed Meat in School Canteens

World Health Organisation Agency for Research on Cancer has linked consumption of processed meats with increased risk of colon cancer.

23. Stop The Promotion of Online Gambling by Singapore Pools and STC

We, the undersigned, are beseeching the Prime Minister to deny the current and future applications by Singapore Turf Club and Singapore Pools for their exemption from the Remote Gambling Act through the Ministry of Home Affairs.

We believe that gambling is a vice in whatever forms and thus should never be promoted. The introduction of online gambling by Singapore Turf Club and Singapore Pools only serves to enhance the availability and accessibility of gambling channels. We fear that this can only serve to entice more people to gamble especially young internet-savvy Singaporeans.

For the sake of our children and future generations of Singaporeans to come, we will be grateful if you can accede to our request.

24. Support a new currency series, Singapore's Founding Fathers

To whom it may concern,

Our current Singapore currency portrait series notes has been around since 1999 and with the passing of one of our founding father Mr Lee Kuan Yew, perhaps MAS may consider to have a new notes series titled "Singapore Founding Fathers" to honour and remember our pioneer leaders (Lee Kuan Yew, Toh Chin Chye, Goh Keng Swee, S. Rajaratnam & Yusof Ishak) who have contributed so much towards Singapore's success.

25. #BEATTHECHANTING

What was Zouk like before all this chanting started? Zouk was like a second home to many EDM lovers. But what happened?

The chanting on the dancefloor is getting way out of hand to the extent where it's louder than the music playing.

Has anyone ever spared a thought for the deejays who are trying their best to bring to you the latest hits and yet all the crowd does is to start chanting at every single drop?

Does anyone know how frustrated and helpless they feel? Dont let the deejays lose hope in deejaying in Zouk. Beat the chanting crowd and bring back the way Zouk was before all this chanting started.

Chanting crowds dont go well with brilliant music and in fact it puts the brilliant music to waste. Whatever happened to non chanting crowds and brilliant music?

Has that all been lost in Zouk's final years?

26. Appeal to AVA

I am appealing for AVA to relook at the laws concerning the ownership of certain species of reptiles and mammals. I have grown up with many species of animals surrounding me as a kids and have grown a deep respect and love for all creatures great and small. Singapore is turning 50 next year and our government has asked us how we want Singapore to look like in the next 50 years.

I want an environment where our kids are not text book children, restricted to what can only be read in books or field trips to the zoo. Go to any national library and there is a huge sections on pets. My children always ask me why Singapore only have dogs ,cats and hamsters wherein other countries have so much more choices ranging from the tarantulas spiders to the ball pythons.

Your website states the following reasons for the following ban of animals.

• They may introduce and spread diseases to humans and domestic animals.

Absolutely wrong…Dogs and cats also spread diseases as with rats. And if you say that reptiles spread salmonella , I have you know that a 4 year old boy just died from that diseases from eating nasi padang from a food court. Therefore this notion is absolutely unjustified to say the least. Please also take a look at our neighbor across the causeway if the creatures they are having have spread diseases in anyway to humans and domestic animals alike.
In UK, the 3rd most popular pets after dogs and cats are bearded dragons. Again they have not been known to spread diseases to humans and animals as long as one practice proper hygiene as with handling dogs, cats and hamsters.

• Collection of wild animals for trading will lead to ecosystem imbalance and threaten the survival of endangered species.

That is true. Hence captive breeding is what we should encourage. AVA has done a great job with the Arowana fish and many variations of it has been found that has been the result of selective breeding i.e. the red, gold, white etc.. This species have been captive bred and if release in the wild are unlikely to survive because their colors make them stand out against predators. It is with this notion that many species of lizards have also been captive bred example the bearded dragon, iguanas, chameleons certain species of Tortoises and snakes including .the many morphs of the ball python . They now come in a variety of colors not found in their natural habits. I don’t see why these animals that have been bred locally through selective breeding cannot be tag or license like the Arowana fishes.

• The welfare of the animals may be compromised due to reasons such as unsuitable living conditions, poor diet and pet owner's lack of knowledge of the proper care for the animal.

One bad apple does not spoil the entire bunch. Sure there are bad owners out there. Even with dogs and cats we have people that have no respect for such creatures. AVA has done a great job on education of responsible pet ownership. As Singapore turn 50 next year, are we going to continue to be a ‘nanny state ‘. Singapore can only be first world if the people becomes first world, and responsible pet ownership is an example of a first world society. Just look at US, UK, Japan .

• Singapore's biodiversity would be greatly affected if such exotic pets were released in the wild, as most of them are non-native.

Again this is fundamentally flaw. . I also notice that there are many parrots in Singapore lately, since they are not endemic to Singapore and could have been escape pets should we cull all of them. Most of this animals, are not cheap and people don’t just throw them away. Just look at our neighbor across the causeway and do you see that happening?
Yes there could be escape pets and just hypnotically they survive in Singapore wont that be interesting? I would love to see hedgehogs in Singapore which are clean creatures rather than the rat which live in the sewer.

• If the animal escapes, it may cause nuisance, fear and trauma to the general public.

Seriously this is a joke. Do you want to bring up your children in the fear of animals? The world is getting flat. Our children will be laugh at if they do not know the difference between a python and a king cobra. Or for that matter scream if they see a lizard. It’s time we grew up as a nation!

Therefore what I am proposing is for the relaxation of some species of animals. Singapore signing of the CITES in Nov 1986 needs to be relook in the like of fresh evidence concerning the ownership of illegal wildlife. Animal smuggling continue to threaten critically endangered species of animals like the ploughshare tortoise, and there are certain species of animals that can’t survive well in captivity as pets for example the Jackson chameleon. However there are many species that have been successfully captive bred which AVA should look at. I am not a commercial guy nor in the pet trade but just think of the spillover effect for MICE of such events.

Herpetologist have grown worldwide to promote interest in reptiles and amphibians both captive and wild. Career options in the field of herpetology include, but are not limited to lab research, field studies and survey, zoological staff, museum staff and college teaching. I would love Singapore to have a “crocodile hunter” aka Steve Irwin.

I am no expert in animals beyond some of which I have done some research. Species that are top most on my mind that should be approve in Singapore are those that have been successfully captive bred for more than 3 generations and not taken from the wild population. AVA should conduct a field study trip to some of the reptile convention available in the states or even across our causeway to understand in greater details concerning captive bred “ illegal wildlife”

http://www.herpcenter.com/reptile-shows/
http://www.rep-japan.co.jp/jrs/pg60.html
http://www.kjreptilesupplies.co.uk/uk-reptile-shows-i48

AVA responded on 19th Dec and herein please find the reply.
I will be working on a respond to AVA and you can email me at exoticanimal0@gmail.com to provide your inputs if you support this clause.

Thank you for your email to CEO of AVA, Ms Tan Poh Hong.

2 Currently, there are various breeds of dogs, cats and hamsters, chinchillas and many species and varieties of birds, fishes, shrimps and hermit crabs that can be kept as approved pets in Singapore. All these animals make good pets, and many of these animals can be found at the SPCA where they can be adopted. We recommend that animal lovers consider this option of acquiring a pet. In addition, herptiles (reptiles and amphibians) such as the red-eared slider, Asian box turtle and green tree frog are also allowed as pets in Singapore. Horses may also be owned and kept at our local polo and saddle clubs.

3 AVA safeguards animal and public health, animal welfare and administers the CITES treaty, to which Singapore is a signatory. In assessing requests for the import, sale and keeping of an exotic pet, the AVA needs to consider various risks and possible impact of allowing such animals into Singapore, including impact on the animals traded, other animals, the community and the environment. Specifically, there are 5 areas of concerns that we need to address for any proposed new pet species, i.e.:

a) Animal & public health – The species is assessed on its potential to transmit animal and zoonotic diseases from its introduction to our local animal and human population;

b) Animal welfare – The species is assessed on the standard and skill of husbandry and care required, including housing, diet, maintenance and access to veterinary expertise, and how well it can adapt to Singapore’s climate. These are factors affecting the likely welfare problems;

c) Impact on Singapore’s unique biodiversity and the environment – The species, if it escapes or is abandoned and survives with possible breeding, would be assessed on its potential to become potentially an invasive species;

d) Public safety – Some species may be venomous/poisonous, aggressive and/or has the potential to cause injury/harm to people or other animals. It would be assessed for its propensity to attack or cause harm; and

e) CITES status of the species to be introduced - whether critically endangered, threatened or non-protected.

4 While all animals can potentially carry and spread zoonotic diseases such as rabies, Herpes B virus and Salmonella, the risks are significantly higher with wild species due to their less certain source and health status, and also the risk of emerging diseases in wildlife reservoirs. In Aug 2014, there were multi-State outbreaks of Salmonella in the US, linked to keeping of pet bearded dragons. Out of 166 persons infected, more than half were children (see http://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/cotham-04-14/) and a third of ill persons were hospitalised. On the other hand, with respect to domestic animals, there are comprehensive veterinary import conditions to mitigate the risk of incursion of animal and zoonotic diseases. For example, we have rabies risk classification of exporting countries for dogs and cats, and disease-specific clauses for pet small mammals.

5 Countries including the US, UK and Japan that allow the keeping of exotic pets face major animal welfare and environmental problems. One good example is the problem associated with the Burmese python which has been introduced into the US as a pet. The snake has become an invasive species in the Florida Everglades; not only has it endangered humans but also threatened local animals due to its large size, aggressiveness and lack of a natural predator (http://www.nps.gov/ever/naturescience/burmesepythonsintro.htm). The Burmese python has since been listed, together with a few other species, as injurious wildlife and banned from import into the US and transportation. Introduced non-native species are more likely to damage our biodiversity than enhance it. In New Zealand, where the hedgehog was introduced, the animal has become a pest and an invasive species as it preys on local species of snails, insects, birds, frogs and snakes (see http://www.issg.org/database/species/ecology.asp?fr=1&si=176). Therefore, it is necessary to consider each species every carefully before introducing it into Singapore as a pet. It will take much resources, costs and efforts to manage, remove and control invasive species. Animal shelters in these countries are also burdened with animals that have been surrendered, rescued or abandoned, and suitable homes cannot be found for them. We wish to highlight that countries such as Australia and New Zealand also restrict the introduction of exotic pets.

6 Allowing more exotic pets would encourage illegal wildlife trade. Dealers could also pose sales through the internet. The herptiles are made up of a very large group of animals, for which it requires expertise and knowledge to identify individual species/subspecies/variants and the look-alikes accurately. CITES-protected species can be passed off as non-protected ones, venomous species as non-venomous ones etc. It would be a challenge to control the trade and sale of such animals effectively.

7 Many wild non-domesticated animal species do not take well to captive breeding. Encouraging captive-breeding does not always solve the problem. Thousands of wild animals are illegally captured from the wild each year and smuggled across continents to supply to the pet trade, many of which die in the process and passed off as captive-bred through unmonitored tagging and fake licenses. Demand-driven captive breeding may also result in illegal backyard breeding, inbreeding and weakened animals, causing more suffering to the animals. With regard to tagging, some species may not be suitable for tattoo or microchip identification, or may need to be anaesthetized for to such procedures.

8 Singapore is a densely populated city state with majority of our population living in apartment blocks with shared facilities. Exotic pets such as snakes and tarantulas may not be tolerated by everyone and are likely to cause discomfort in many. Escaped exotic pets would also be a concern with residents. Tarantulas have urticating hairs that are periodically shed or when mishandled. These hairs or bristles may cause serious allergies to children, the elderly and people with weakened immune system. Tarantula owners have reportedly been hurt by the hairs lodged in their eyes (see http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/seriouslyscience/2013/10/23/new-thing-fear-getting-tarantula-hairs-stuck-eyes/).

9 Finally, we share your views on importance of exposure of our younger generation to different species of animals, and to develop love and respect for all creatures. We also feel that many parents that bring their children to zoos, wildlife parks and sanctuaries that have been set up for education and conservation would find these visits to be purposeful and adequate to inculcate such values and knowledge in children, without needing to own some of these animals.

10 Once again, we thank you for your feedback and hope our explanation above clarifies our views on the keeping of exotic species as pets.

Please feel free to contact me if you may have any further questions.

Our respond to AVA on 27th Dec 2014

First of all thank you for your response. In regards to the areas of concern that AVA has highlighted I have to agree with you that with any introduction of “new things” there is bond to have a cause and effect for example the introduction of IRs in Singapore. It brings in “excitement” to the country, creation of jobs, economic benefit etc and of course the potential for crimes in our nation state, addiction to gambling , and other potential social ills etc which was why the government set up the Casino regulatory and authority body in Singapore. Of course this cause that I am appealing won’t need that kind of massive social evaluation, public debate etc. because the appeal is not from the majority but potentially only the minority.
I also do agree with you that every potential creature to be introduce as pets in Singapore need to be evaluate carefully and you have also listed out the guiding principles and the thinking process behind it. However to draw reference to New Zealand and Australia may not be a good example as these are nations that have many unique wildlife not found anyway else in the world primary because they drifted off from the main continent many many billions of years ago. You would know that these countries won’t even allow an apple to be brought in because of the strict quarantine law in a land adrift with a fragile ecosystem.
Singapore on the other hand is very different; we are connected to Malaysia and have been subject to much “invasion”, rats , otters, hornbill, cockatoos, crocodiles and even the occasional elephant.
We understand that the government can never please everyone, in Singapore we are very much a “nanny state” , seriously nothing wrong with that and we have enjoy the wisdom of the people’s elect for a long time. However with the invasion of the internet as well as more well-travelled individuals, believe you me when I say it would be a matter of time when people ask for more freedom like what we have seen during the last election.
It is a misdemeanor that reptile keepers or for that matter exotic pets creatures are irresponsible with no knowledge and just want to show off. Yes there are bad apples out there for everyone with a clear respect for animals big and small. I have stated some of the benefits to society and the potential spill-over effect and making Singapore “more happening” in my previous mail and hence don’t have to repeat it.
Maybe what I can propose or suggest to have some common ground is that AVA slowly but surely loosen our strict laws. Singapore with technology and know- how from those countries that have succeeded and fail can surely do a better job. We did not become 1st in the world by being a follower but a leader that the other nation state emulated.
1) Can we not license very kids friendly animals like the hedgehog, bearded dragon, iguana, ball python and some species of tortoises all of whom have been successfully bred in captivity for many generation with many different morphs not seen in the wild? We can surely microchip these animals with very very strict rules on enforcement for pet abandonment.
2) For every individual that wants to own these pets a strict assessment on the individual means and knowledge should be done. Yes make it difficult to own these pets but not impossible. Our many vets in Singapore already have the knowledge to treat these animals to say the least.
I know some of my suggestion may sound radical but with a working committee in AVA and a detail study I am very sure we can see some very good outcome in the city of Singapore.

Here is wishing the team at AVA the best wishes in the year 2015!

27. Reprint the orchid motif currency note to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Singapore's independence

Singapore is celebrating 50th year of independence. This is a significant milestone.

We should mark it by having the currency board reprint our first national orchid motif currency notes.

28. Implement Service Quality Standards for Businesses in Singapore

Over the years, Singapore has become a popular destination for leisure, business and employment. With the influx of foreigners into Singapore, more jobs are created and thus benefits Singapore's economy. Being a First World country, many expectations are held such as stablility, technology and service quality.

However Singapore is lacking service quality as compared to various First World country counterparts. This is due to the increase in foreign workers in Singapore of more than 1.3 million (http://www.mom.gov.sg/statistics-publications/others/statistics/Pages/ForeignWorkforceNumbers.aspx), more commonly seen in the service (including Food & Beverage) industry.

Although there are extreme minority exceptions, several reasons service quality expected from the people, locals and foreigners, is significantly diminished includes but not limited to, differences in culture, no loyalty towards Singapore, and low wage.

For Singapore to excel and grow further, our service quality standards needs to be improved and managed. Such as the Food Hygiene Standard from NEA, a Service Quality Standard (SQS) can rate a service provider accordingly. The advantages are twofold - improving Singapore's service quality, and challenging businesses to upgrade their employees.

This can be achieved through a star rating system (allowing customers to be informed of the quality of the service provider). The Director and assigned professional officers will conduct regular 'mystery shopping/dining' to access the rating. This will encourage businesses to improve their service if they do not wish to lose out to higher rated SQS businesses.

29. Bringing Chingay back to the People!

Singapore's Chingay Parade first started in 1973, as a result of the ban on firecrackers in Singapore. For the subsequent 3 decades, we had a street parade that many Singaporeans looked forward to every Lunar New Year.

However, over the past few years, the event had become an exclusive ticketed event at the F1 Pit - a place where most people would not find themselves headed for if they were not going to the Singapore Flyer (Most performing groups are just walking by the non-ticketed sectors even, not performing). Many people don't even know that Chingay still exist, though most still fondly reminisce squeezing through the crowd just to get a glimpse of the parade.

Presently, even though we have Chingay@Heartlands, only a handful of floats are selected where few, if not none of the performance presented in the actual parade is brought to the people at the Heartlands.

In short, the Chingay Parade has lost its significance to many Singaporeans. It is now an exclusive for the selected few who have the means to buy the tickets/obtain complimentary tickets.

30. Remove Artifical Barriers against Our Figure Skaters

Our dream of owning an Olympic size ice skating rink finally came true last April, however, few figure skaters can afford to train there even though the Rink (JCube) was built under our community/sports facility fund and supposedly operates as a non-profit model.

The entry fees for figure skaters is over 8 times of the public skating fees and they can only train at unearthly hours such as 5:00am in the morning or 10:45pm at night. For safety reasons, NO private lessons are provided, and NO spinning and jumping are allowed during regular opening hours, even though the rink may have as few as five public skaters during some regular open sessions.

Our Sports Council claimed such practices are modelled after other ice rinks around the world, especially those in Australia, UK and Canada.

1. Graveyard Training Hours and Exorbitant Ice Time Charges
Details of the limited training hours offered to figure skaters can be found in Singapore Ice Skating Association (SISA) website:
http://www.sisa.org.sg/FigureSkating/FigureSkatingGrpClassesPracticeIceSessions.aspx

In order to train at JCube, figure skaters must make prior arrangement with coaches and book ice time through SISA. Details of the cost is as follow:

• An hour of practice fees without coaches is SG$54 (US$42)

• An hour of private coaching fees is SG$168 (US$131) and up, based on the following:
Minimum coaching fees SG$ 60 (US$ 47)
Student’s Ice Time Fees SG$ 54 (US$ 42)
Coach’s Ice Time Fees SG$ 54 (US$ 42)
(Paid by Students)
Total Fees SG$168 (US$131)

2. Beginner Students Cannot Participate in any National Ice Skating Program

According to SISA’s Constitution:
“They will NOT be eligible to participate in the testing, training, judging, officiating and coaching programmes of the Association.”
Please see link : http://sisa.org.sg/Portals/4/Constitution_8Nov.pdf

Most students and parents are unaware of the above restriction when they signed up their lesson with the rink. We doubt they were even aware of the true reasons why their wish to participate in the June Holiday Skating Camp and the Skating Lessons offered by SISA were denied.

What could the rationale be for a National Sporting Association to impose such a restriction against its members to choose best/appropriate training options offered under its umbrella? Could such a behaviour amount to “Market Agreement” prohibited under “Anti-Competition” Acts?

Our skaters are in dire need for training and coaching in The Rink (JCube) since the older commercial rink is no longer available for coaching purposes. Some students have been left in lurch with no lesson since 1st July, 2013 and if help is not provided sooner, more talented skaters will be forced to abandon their passion. This would not bode well for the sport of figure skating in the long run.

Please help us compel the relevant authorities and stakeholders to support every aspects of ice skating, from providing adequate training sessions to grow sports participation in Singapore, and to provide Singaporean competitive skaters with opportunities to challenge themselves against their peers from Asia as well as the rest of the world.

Please help our Singapore figure skaters to put on their skating boots again, to return to the rink, to dance once more.

Thank you.