Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Singapore. Daily flooding dampens property market and business

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am not someone who believes too much in Divine intervention but this time, perhaps it happens. It is happening now in Lee Kuan Yew's Singapore. In the last few months global warming coinciding with higher sea levels and increased rainfall have caused extensive flooding throughout the island almost on a weekly basis if not more.

Orchard Road, the prime shopping district where luxury retail shops abound have been increasingly hit by flooding. Roads there are no longer passable almost every week due to flooding, water floods into stores damaging property in the millions and the luxury apartments in which their millionaires live in the vicinity find themselves imprisoned because of the floodwater's outside, while their expensive cars suffer serious damaged by water in garages.

I understand from information received that this has already started a selling spree among the luxury owners because they fear, quite naturally, that as the effects of global warning continue to heighten, which it must, their luxury homes would be worthless in no time, since it is impossible to live in a place which floods almost everyday.

I also understand that the store owners in Lait Towers and Lucky Plaza in the vicinity housing luxury foreign merchandise, the 2 buildings which have suffered the most damage from repeated flooding, are hurriedly terminating their leases and leaving causing a steep drop in both in prices and rentals.

The flooding is not confined to only Orchard Road; it is island wide. Bukit Tiamh which also has expensive apartments and houses are all selling too and the property market is already on the decline and set to crash.

Lee Kuan Yew, the 89 year old Singapore strongman, who has been strutting around his tiny island in his arrogance for the last 52 years, as if he knows everything is how caught with his pants down. I understand he is in hospital and I can imagine him cursing at his minions accusing them of betraying him by not thinking of flooding when they built all these buildings in his tiny island.

Even if Singaporeans themselves never had the courage to stand up to Lee Kuan Yew and his arrogance, it appears Mother Nature can and will. And this will be the end of Lee Kuan Yew's Singapore. The flooding which now occurs weekly will soon become twice a week, and then thrice a week and then in a few years it will become daily.

And this which is not just probable but an established fact the way the earth is warming, simply means that Singapore is far too small to overcome this phenomenon.

More and more shops will close, more and more people will leave and more and more foreigners will pack up. The property market will collapse, the stock market will collapse and Lee Kuan Yew and his country too will collapse.

I have printed out a copy of the tide tables in Singapore and keeping a lookout on the weather pattern in the island. High tides are jotted down and rainy days are looked at. As and when they coincide, you have another wonderful day of rain and floods galore, around Singapore. It may be fun to watch but not much fun if you were a Lucky Plaza store owner.

Perhaps it is time to sell, take your money and leave for higher ground in Australia.

Gopalan Nair
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Anonymous said...

LKY held on to power using his courts and the ISD.

Unfortunately for him, both of these instruments of power are useless against mother nature.

There were people in the engineering department at NUS who were concerned in the 1990s about the global warming and the likelihood of flooding. They also had concerns about the network of canals in Singapore which were being concreted over.

But, the LKY's Scholars would not hear any of these arguments and the old man had already made up his mind about what he wanted. So, the scholars gave him what he wanted and the NUS team kept their heads down.

In an open society, there would have been more debate.

People of Singapore shouldn't worry about the price of HDB flats or the price of cars, but instead start buying canoes to get them to work.

Anonymous said...

In 2006, LKY boasted:

“The PAP makes promises they deliver. The Opposition cannot deliver.”

“If you have a flood, just carefully think who is more likely to get the drainage put right and have the flood alleviated as quickly as possible: A PAP candidate with links to the ministers and Prime Minister, or a non-PAP candidate who has become an MP, like in Potong Pasir or Hougang, and who has to manage on his own?”

“That’s a fact of life.”

Anonymous said...

Want to know why the canals can't drain - think Marina Barrage.

Built across the mouth of the Marina Channel, the Marina Barrage creates Singapore’s 15th reservoir, and the first in the heart of the city. With a catchment area of 10,000 hectares, or one-sixth the size of Singapore,

"The Marina Barrage is the result of former Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew’s vision nearly two decades ago when he envisaged damming the mouth of the Marina Channel to create a freshwater reservoir."

I think they should built LKY grave next to this reservoir. Everytime Singapore floods, people will be reminded of the fool who came up with the nincompoop idea.

Anonymous said...

Hey Lee Kuan Yew, you can give yourself a dicatator's funeral with this template.

If you are computer illiterate, maybe your MIT-educated grandson (using taxpayers money) can help you with the template.

Anonymous said...

50 years ago, there was a canal along Orchard road, starting from Tanglin and runs in front of Hilton, Ngee Ann Kongsi etc. Now it is filled up. All the grass covered areas on both sides of orchard road are now built up areas. Orchard road is also a valley, lowest in front of CK Tang. So when it rains, what do you think will happen. Flooding will occur and right in front of CK TAng. All these risk factors were never considered by the PAP led by LKY. His reaction to criticism is legend. So the problem slowly built up and now it will drown everyone, including LKY. It is disquieting that LKY is very quiet on a subject closest to him. Dont forget, he ALWAYS derided his neighbours for having floods. Now he will swallow his own words.

Anonymous said...

Don't worry.

These luxury brand can think up of new product line based on global flooding.

LV bag "Liquid" series ?

Anonymous said...

“If you have a flood, just carefully think who is more likely to get the drainage put right and have the flood alleviated as quickly as possible: A PAP candidate with links to the ministers and Prime Minister, or a non-PAP candidate who has become an MP, like in Potong Pasir or Hougang, and who has to manage on his own?”

“That’s a fact of life.”

No wonder that's a fact of life that flooding or in Singapore's PR term, ponding, happens everywhere in SinCity. So Sinful of PAP, and what can I do other than buy swimming attire and diving gears. Here's I come , Orchard Road .

Anonymous said...

"I think they should built LKY grave next to this reservoir. Everytime Singapore floods, people will be reminded of the fool who came up with the nincompoop idea."

A better idea is to build LKY grave in the reservoir so that whenever flood happens, his coffin will float to a level everyone can see and everyone can start cursing him.

Anonymous said...

LKY “If you have a flood, ...”
“That’s a fact of life.”

Hey LKY, when you are dead and gone, the people of Singapore will rise and punish your feckless son and your kleptomaniac family.

All we can then do is quote you and say, "That’s a fact of life."

Anonymous said...

After initially blaming Liat Towers management, the PUB has finally acknowledged the problem.

Liat Towers flooding traced to Stamford Canal
By Saifulbahri Ismail | Posted: 30 December 2011 1029 hrs

SINGAPORE: The cause of flooding at Liat Towers last Friday has been traced to Stamford Canal's fundamental problem of being unable to cope with the surge in water during heavy and prolonged rainfall.

This was reported in the LKY controlled-press and as such sugar coated to absolve him, his son and the PAP of incompetence.

'LKY ideas r more fearful than the man himself' said...

Hi Mr Nair,

In case you have not received this WikiLeaks cable on Singapore Entrepreneurship held back by GIC and Education System.

But the dominance of government-linked corporations in Singapore’s economy, an educational system that stifles independent thinking, and the continued presence of the government in many aspects of Singaporean life perpetuate “habits of constraint” that may hinder the development of entrepreneurship in Singapore. The recent failure of a French topless revue franchise, part of a GOS-led effort to pump up Singapore’s nightlife, has laid bare the limits of such top-down efforts.

Anonymous said...

11th January. Tune in to see Singapore justice in action for

Robert James Springall


Nathan Robert Miller.


As for the other two businessmen involved in the assault case, the first pre-trial conference will be held on 11 January.

Robert Dahlberg had been living in Singapore for about five years and was out drinking with two friends, British man Robert James Springall, 24, and Nathan Robert Miller, 35, an Australian, at Suntec City on April 11 last year when the incident happened.

The three men were believed to be drunk when they allegedly abused two taxi drivers and two passengers.

Dahlberg is understood to have punched a businessman and pushed another man, causing his face to hit a pillar, reportedly fracturing his Nasal bone and cutting his head.

Springall allegedly hijacked the cab and crashed it.

Miller was charged with disorderly behaviour for allegedly jumping on the car bonnet.

Anonymous said...

You were jailed for some trivial 'offence'.

Wonder how these three lads are going to be treated by LKY's courts.

I suspect the white skin will mean that in LKY's eyes they deserve special treatment.