Mr Philip Yeo was guest speaker at the Fullerton-St Joseph’s Institution leadership lecture in May 2010 when he said those who bought games and other programs Apple’s iPad were wasting their money on "all sorts of useless applications". His personal advice for his own flesh and blood: "I always tell my daughter, make products and services to sell to the dummies." After the inevitable furor erupted, he claimed he used "dummies" to mean "laymen, which is the major market".
Interestingly, a Land Transport Authority spokesman has said the enforcement of parking offences is meant to safeguard road space for safe and smooth traffic flow, explaining "We are not in the position to comment on applications that alert the public to the presence of parking enforcement officers." What a cop out! If a vehicle is safely parked and does not impede smooth traffic flow, why is the owner then slapped with a hefty fine?
The other interesting point to note is that the people behind the free app received a $50,000 grant from Spring Singapore to develop a tool to evade parking fines. Obviously, they must have some other revenue generating ideas to repay the free money handled out by Spring, a government agency that "develops and promotes an internationally-recognised standards (sic) and quality assurance infrastructure that builds trust in Singapore enterprises". With a minor tweak, and we have just the thing for the pimps at Geylang to forewarn the proximity of cops on prowl. Drug traffickers from Russia to Columbia will be able to foil arrest. For that, surely they have Spring Singapore to thank.
BTW, auntie has been unfairly maligned for being a heartless creature. After she scans your vehicle with her own electronic gizmo, you have a 10 minute grace to cough up a valid parking coupon. Apparently she has a quota to meet, scan a certain number of vehicles a day or her kids will go hungry. Save your venom for her employer.