Sunday, November 30, 2014

Travel agencies break free from NATAS

NATAS Fair 2011

I see this as a good move on the part of the 24 travel agencies. If they can organise the fair themselves, why do they need to pay someone else, NATAS in this case, to do it and thereby increasing their own cost.

What's also interesting is how NATAS is interpreting the situation. NATAS claimed 80 to 90 percent of the issues are resolved while the travel agencies refuted that. It's a classic case of not knowing what the other party wants. Reminded me of how SMRT thought they resolved the conflict with their bus drivers who then went on to strike.

And it is not in NATAS's interest to disclose any financial information. If NATAS is bleeding money, the it's NATAS's own problem. However if NATAS is making profits, it means they are taking away profits from the travel agencies indirectly. It all comes down to money. If you know how they earn their money, you'll know how they behave.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Racist joint exercise?

Khaw Boon Wan posted some photos on the joint exercise with Police, SCDF & foreign worker ambassadors

It's interesting how so many people think this incident has something to do with racism.

If the rioters were Chinese or any other race, I suppose there won't be complaints? If so, then racism is already in your mind regardless of which race is rioting. You might be racist without even knowing.