Monday, 6 January 2014
LTA, Tuck Yew, what the tuck are you doing?
I just saw a post on Facebook from one of my ex-colleagues about the traffic jam just outside Changi Naval Base. Of course, it is a problem which will hardly ever concern me again (except if I get recalled from Melbourne for reservist, a distinct possibility until my Pink IC has been
burnt returned to ICA).
Some of us in the RSN found it ironic that despite one of our ex-chiefs of Navy now heading LTA, the traffic outside CNB remains as tucked up as ever! Every morning, a long line of tipper trucks will jam the entire stretch of Tanah Merah Coast Road. That 3-4km stretch typically takes half an hour to traverse, and that's if you come relatively early. It being a dual-carriageway, there's no opportunity for safe overtaking. Every time there's an accident, it's a total FUBAR.
I remember Navy Open House 2013. I was hoping that the public would be given the chance to really experience Navy life, starting with the morning jam. However, I was totally disappointed. It seems that for the public (and Ministerial level guests), arrangements could be made to sort out the traffic. Not at other times.
Evidently, the Navy was never a priority. As I liked to say, if Air Force has their slogan as "Above All", and Navy (formerly) "Nothing Comes Close", it's quite obvious where the RSN stands in the pecking order of the three SAF services...
I can imagine if one fine day, something were to happen. There will be no other access route to Changi Naval Base. Good luck then!
Hopefully this won't happen during my reservist. Shuttle bus services were shit, and taxis are more expensive by the day.
So I beseech Tuck Yew: wake up your Tucking idea, and please do something for YOUR navy. Thank you.