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Planning cycling events: Uniquely Singapore, F1 or F9?

By Leong Sze Hian

I refer to Sembawang GRC MP Lim Wee Kiak explanation to the media that,

"While it is true that the YP had put up on its calendar a night cycling event on July 28, it was canned because of poor response from residents. Also, it was not actually organised by the YP.”

The second YP event, a Children’s Day activity done in Amazing Race-style has been postponed for ‘practical reasons’, said Hong Kah GRC MP Zaqy Mohamed.

‘Our main concern was manpower, as we’d be too tied up with other YP events and dialogues taking place around that time,’ he said, adding that these dialogues were to discuss the latest CPF measures".

The above raises the following questions:-

- Is it the practice of the YP to delete away events on its web site when "response was poor from residents"?

- Can the YP cite some previous examples of this "Uniquely Singapore" policy of "canning" (deleting) "poor response events"?

- Since it "was not actually organised by the YP", how and why was it allowed to be on the YP web site in the first place?

- Isn't this a misrepresentation to the public in the first instance, albeit an "honest mistake" in regards to who actually organised such events?

- Can the YP cite some previous examples of events that were "not actually organised by the YP", which ended up in their web site originally as a YP event?

- As to the "second YP event, a Children's Day activity done in Amazing Race-style has been postponed for 'practical reasons'", is it possible to tell us more about what these "practical reasons" are?

- In planning this event, were these "practical reasons" never envisioned in the first place?

- Is this reflective of poor planning to start off with?

- Can the YP cite some previous examples of other events that have been cancelled due to "practical reasons"?

- Do the children who have been looking forward to this event deserve a more detailed explanation?

- Does the YP plan to organise anymore "cycling" events in the future, after it figures out how to overcome the "practical reasons (problems)"?

- With regards to "‘Our main concern was manpower, as we’d be too tied up with other YP events and dialogues taking place around that time” and “that these dialogues were to discuss the latest CPF measures", I think people may be interested to know, since CPF is such a hot issue, what are these "other YP events and dialogues taking place around that time", that will be held on the day, day preceding and day following, the "canned" cycling event date?

- Can the YP cite previous examples of "canning" events because of the "other events" that I guess must have been supposedly conceived only after the "canned" event had been finalised and announced?

- If someday, the YP members became the Government, will it learn from the above, as I cannot imagine how the country can be run, when events are, to put it bluntly, either poorly planned, poorly conceived, and deleted from the record?

- By the way, in regards to a ‘mix-up had occurred’, how many such mix-ups have occured in the history of the YP?

- As to "There was some misunderstanding. I think some are not aware that political parties cannot organise out-door activities without a permit," said Dr Lim, has there been any out-door events ever organised by the YP (a political party?) in the past without a permit? Shouldn't the YP have known this before it announced the event?

- According to the www.theonlinecitizen.com, "The Young PAP had conducted a “cyclethon” last year, on June 24, 2006", was that also “canned”, was the event held, had "poor response from residents", cancelled for "practical reasons", or another "mix-up had occurred"?

Finally, how many events, cycling or otherwise, have ever been deleted from the YP web site in its history?

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