NParks officer in Brompton bikes purchase suspended: public cant be conned
The majority of Singaporeans were upset over NParks imprudent purchase of high-end foldable Brompton bicycles.
Even my normally placid friend George lashed out, pronouncing the whole saga as “fishy”. But National Development Minister Khaw fended off criticism with claims that the procurement process was in order and that such high-end bikes would aid productivity.
However, the suspension of the NParks officer involved in the purchase of the bikes is a hint that the procurement process was somehow not quite right after all.
If you are observant you can see many examples of wasteful expenditure of taxpayers’ money, money that people still have to cough up even though they may be struggling to make ends meet.
Part of Yio Chu Kang Road is being upgraded. But I can see that the road appears narrower now than before and aside from cosmetic effects, what’s the big difference? It probably costs taxpayers a million dollars for the questionable project.
As a long-time cyclist (not on a Brompton but a cheap store-bought bike), I notice many things that our million-dollar Ministers cocooned in their ivory towers don’t.
I’ve observed that a sort of anti-slip mats have been installed on pedestrian paths, even at locations where there’s no human traffic. Obviously it’s to prevent clumsy people from slipping and keeling over into the path of a car. Truth be told, I have yet to see a single instance of such a dramatic occurrence.
Another example of wasteful expenditure of public funds. The contractor involved must be laughing all the way to the bank.
The money saved on questionable and vanity projects could be better used in creating jobs for jobless or elderly Singaporeans. For example, the creation of temporary library assistant posts for older job seekers in community clubs is a good idea.
Behind the outcry over the bike controversy, we must be mindful of the real issue: that government should not waste public funds.
Even though the money is there.
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