Tuesday, 13 May 2008

The Taiwanese Mochi Merry-go-round - Organisers found

Sent: Monday, January 23, 2006 11:14 PM

To: Yeo Guat Kwang
Cc: Lily Neo
Subject: Fw: Re :
Chinatown Chinese New Year Bazaar 2006

Dear Guat Kwang,

Please see attached complaint of overcharging from a shopper at the Chinatown Bazaar. She has identified herself and the stall that allegedly cheated her. The complaint and the photograph of the stall are attached to this email.

I will be replying to her that I have sent her complaint on to CASE for attention. I would appreciate if someone from CASE could contact her and assist her accordingly.

By this email, I am also keeping Lily in the loop on this complaint.

Many thanks.
Heng Chee How


MP Yeo Guat Kwang asked his staff,
MaryAnn from CASE (Consumer Association of Singapore) to personally attend to my complaint. MaryAnn was very helpful. She informed the Weights and Measurement Office on my behalf. She found the organisers of the event. I was told one of them would contact me but it didn't happen.

I called the Weights and Measurement Office (under civil service too) personally. A Joseph said they were short-handed and they didn't have the manpower to investigate then, as it was the busy pre-Chinese New Year shopping season.

Nothing could be done? No.

The people who could do things and set things right didn't want to do anything. Credit they want to take but when problems arise, they either give excuses or vanish.

Where was MP Lily Neo all this time? She was sent a carbon copy each of my email and her colleague Heng Chee How's email.

The PA staff at Kreta Ayer Community Centre said he didn't know who were the organisers. muahahahahaha........

MP Lily Neo and her grassroot leaders appeared in a TV ad they bought that year. Some of the organisers appeared on TV programmes and accepted newspaper interviews to promote the event. When I called the newspapers' and TV station hotlines to get the contacts of the organisers, they didn't want to help.

The Organizers

"Over the years, with the support from our partners and grassroots organizations, celebrating Chinese New Year in Chinatown has now become an iconic and significant event. Chinatown is a place for that is rich in history, culture and heritage and indeed has a special place for festivals. This year, our Chinese New Year reaches out to the community by engaging the youths and families in our celebration as well as the other racial groups and less privileged. With the festivities, we hope to also inject life and more business for the business community in Chinatown." Dr. Lily Neo, Member of Parliament for Jalan Besar and Adviser to the Kreta Ayer – Kim Seng grassroots organizations.

The Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebrations 2006 is organized by the Kreta Ayer-Kim Seng Citizens’ Consultative Committee with support from Singapore Tourism Board, Central Singapore Community Development Council, Trust Central Committee and Chinatown Business Association.

Chinatown CNY Celebration '06 was officially opened by MM Lee Kuan Yew.


Until this day, in some of our local forums, netizens are still posting topics on being cheated by Taiwanese mochi sellers in Chinatown CNY Bazaar. It's been going on for years. Just avoid the bazaar.

Such a small matter also cannot settle, I don't expect MP Lily Neo to be a Minister.

Thanks to MP Heng Chee How and MP Yeo Guat Kwang for their assistance.

Complaint made to Mayor Heng Chee How on 23th January 2006, 10.08 pm
Mayor Heng Chee How replied on same night 23th January 2006, 11.18 pm - 1 hour 10 mins
Mayor alerted MP Yeo Guat Kwang and MP Lily Neo
Greatest help in this case - Kudos to MaryAnn of CASE

MP Lily Neo who is adviser to Kreta Ayer and her grassroot community didn't even bother to response.



LuckySingaporean said...

I run through your whole blog. I only saw complaints about shop keepsrs cheating you.

What are the issues you have with civil servants or the govt? ...Can you summarise in a list?