Malunya Malaysia! (Shame for Malaysia!)
On 9 August 1965, Singapore separated from Malaysia to become an independent and sovereign state. The separation was the result of deep political and economic differences between the ruling parties of Singapore and Malaysia, which created communal tensions that resulted in racial riots in July and September 1964. At a press conference announcing the separation, then Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew was overcome by emotions and broke down. Singapore’s union with Malaysia had lasted for less than 23 months … for more, go to http://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/history/events/dc1efe7a-8159-40b2-9244-cdb078755013
Malunya Malaysia! (Shame for Malaysia!)
When Singapore opted (some say it was kicked out by Malaysia) to separate from Malaysia on Aug 9, 1965, many opined that the island state would not survive.
They say Singaporeans would cry and beg to return to Malaysia because the island republic had zero natural resources.
Malaysia was blessed with rich natural resources, namely tin, rubber, oil palm and even oil and gas.
Some five decades after, Singapore has overtaken Malaysia by leaps and bounds in terms of economy and technology. It is also a world financial centre.
“And today (Tuesday Dec 12) Singapore launched its first large-scale electric car-sharing programme,” Gerakan Deputy Speaker Syed Abdul Razak Alsagoff said.
“Electric cars (EVs)? Car-sharing to reduce traffic? Where is Malaysia?
“I doubt the Transport Ministry even knows the the reality of electric vehicles and the evolving global motor industry,” he added.
Robotic ride sharing electric vehicles should create a perfect storm for accelerated elimination of combustion vehicle usage by 2030s
brian wang | January 2, 2017
Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s forecast for EVs to displace about 8 million barrels a day of demand by 2035. That will rise to 13 million barrels a day by 2040, which amounts of about 14 percent of estimated crude oil demand in 2016, the London-based researcher said. Electric cars are displacing about 50,000 barrels a day of demand now, Wood Mackenzie said. Boosting the displacement effect of electric cars will be the rise of robotic cars and ride sharing. A robotic electric car could displace the usage of ten regular vehicles. This will also reduce the supply chain ramp-up burden. Instead of needing to make 2 billion electric vehicles, 200 million robotic ride sharing vehicles would have the same displacement effect. Only 80 gigafactories instead of 800 would be needed to generate the displacement effect … for more, go to https://www.nextbigfuture.com/2017/01/robotic-ride-sharing-electric-vehicles.html
Syed Razak, who is Gerakan’s nominee to contest N.37 Bukit Lanjan in the coming 14th General Election (GE14), said far-sighted investors and entrepreneurs had for at least a decade been trying to import EVs.
“The federal government, specifically the Transport Ministry, had no positive response for those who apply for approval,” he added.
“Today, I have only this to say. Malunya Malaysia!” Syed Razak exclaimed.
This was the Reuters news as posted by The Star Online:
"Singapore’s electric car-sharing programme hits the road
Tuesday, 12 Dec 2017
5:47 PM MYT
Already about 80 cars and 32 charging stations are available for public use, BlueSG said in a statement. — Reuters
SINGAPORE: Singapore launched its first large-scale electric car-sharing programme through which the land-scarce city-state hopes to provide commuters with more transport options and steer them away from the need to buy their own cars.
The service, which will be run for a decade by BlueSG, a unit of France's Bollore Group, is a part of Singapore's plans to reduce the number of vehicles on its roads and encourage the use of public transport.
The city-state, one of the world's most expensive places to own a car, said in October it would not allow any net growth in its car population from February next year citing the scarcity of land and the push to develop its public transport system.
Singapore, with well-maintained roads and relatively smooth traffic conditions, has also been encouraging the testing of various self-driving technologies.
Already about 80 cars and 32 charging stations are available for public use, BlueSG said in a statement on Tuesday.
It aims to roll out a fleet of 1,000 electric vehicles and 2,000 charging points by 2020. BlueSG said Singapore's service will become the world's second-biggest electric car-sharing program after Paris.
The statement did not show how much the project costs. Singapore's government has provided some funding for the program's infrastructure.
BlueSG's cars feature two-door hatchbacks that carry four people running on lithium-metal polymer batteries that drive up to 200 kilometres (124.27 miles) on a full charge.
Users can subscribe to one of two membership plans and will be charged either S$0.33 (RM1) per minute with an annual subscription or S$0.50 (RM1.50) per minute. The rate per minute is similar to prices in Paris for Bollore's Autolib car-sharing service.
BlueSG said 2,000 members had registered to the service ahead of the launch.
Singapore tightly controls its vehicle population by setting an annual growth rate and through a system of bidding for the right to own and use a vehicle for a limited number of years.
A mid-range car in Singapore can typically cost four times the price in the United States. — Reuters"