Update 2: Details regarding this piece can be read in this post.
Update 1: The link to this week's column is not working at the moment. I will find out why and update you all once I get a clearer picture. Thank you for your kind patience and sorry for the inconvenience.
Insing column is "mrbrown and the flood" [link to column removed]
I think we need to appoint a Minister of Freak Incidents soon.
After all, who is going to deal with the kind of incidents like the recent flooding of Bukit Timah? According to the authorities, the kind of rainfall that can cause such flooding was a 'freak' event that occurs only once in 50 years.
Environment Minister Yaacob Ibrahim even said, "We knew the diversion canal was not big enough to take this."
That was very reassuring to know.
I can imagine someone saying, "You know, those canals are not going to be able to take very heavy rainfall."
And someone else in charge might have said, "We know. But what to do? We cannot make the biggest canals to accommodate the biggest rainfall possible. We can't cater to freaks. Anyway, once in a half-century only lah." [link to column removed]