Fine and reward bus operators – too much privatisation in a public service

The latest announcement by the Land Transport Authority to penalise and reward public transport operators (PTOs) based on the frequency of delays in buses might have raised a few eyebrows. If not, it really should. Indeed, those who have read the comments in the first report by TODAY would have noted the negative reactions among readers. Clearly, this has not gone down well with the average Singaporean. It is interesting to note that the second report on the issue, by the same author, carried a very different headline – see image above. Perhaps there was a realisation, even by TODAY, of what this penalty-reward scheme really is about?

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The alternative news in 1 day? (part 20) – Give buses and to be rewarded via bus trial?

Further to my article “The alternative news in 1 day? (part 18) – Fine transport operators” (Jan 7), I understand from Terry Xu, Executive Editor of theonlinecitizen, some of the bus services selected for the trial are under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP). The programme refers to the 550 buses funded by the Government and another 250 added by the Public Transport Operators (PTOs), to increase the bus fleet by about 20%. The first 15 bus services out of the 22 announced for the trial are: 3, 17, 39, 52, 176, 184, 188, 228, 241, 242, 302, 325, 858, 901 and 911.

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No agent fees, no job for you.

“Brother, it is ok that we are sent back if we did not do good in our job. But it is not fair that we are sent back because we are unwilling to pay the agent money. Where is the justice?”
 
The Online Citizen (TOC) was earlier alerted to a story by one of our readers. She said that she had spoken with a town conservancy worker in her estate and was alarmed to know that he is going to be sent back to his country because he cannot pay the $5,000 agent fees being asked of him.
 
TOC met with the worker in Pasir Ris.
 

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Limit alcohol sale hours at neighbourhood coffee shops

At our neighbourhood coffee shops, there is heavy advertising of the cheap beer available, with young girls promoting and serving the beer. Some coffee shops even organise mini “getai” with a lucky draw and games to draw people to drink more. I have come across residents sleeping at the void decks and public places, thrown out by their families for their drinking habits. When they run out of money, they drink cheap samsu (distilled spirits).

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WDA kicks off footwear design diploma programme

“Based on market reports, Singapore is well-positioned to tap on the strong growth potential of the footwear market in the Asia Pacific region. Hence, it is important to develop a strong pipeline of local PMEs with the knowledge and skills to support the continued growth of the local footwear industry,” Mr Ng said. A total of S$2 million has been set aside by the WDA to fund the training of 450 local PMEs under the WSQ Diploma in Fashion Technology (Footwear Design & Product Development) from September last year to December this year.

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Taxi driver dies in morning Ang Mo Kio accident

A TransCab taxi driver died in an accident between his vehicle and a private bus this morning (Jan 8) at Ang Mo Kio. The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it received a call at about 6.20am today about an incident at Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3. On arrival at the location, SCDF officers pronounced the 61-year-old taxi driver dead. CHANNEL NEWSASIA

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Solicitor-General Koh Juat Jong to retire

SINGAPORE — Solicitor-General Koh Juat Jong will retire on Jan 31 after 31 years in public service, the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) announced today (Jan 8).

She will be replaced by Judicial Commissioner Lionel Yee with effect from Feb 1.

As Solicitor-General, Mrs Koh assisted the Attorney-General to supervise the work of more than 250 lawyers in the diverse fields of criminal prosecution, domestic and international civil advisory and litigation work, and legislative drafting.

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Jalan Besar eatery owner pleads guilty to unlicensed liquor sale

The 44-year-old’s eatery — Prata City — is located on the ground floor of a shophouse which is within a zone around Little India where authorities have imposed stricter regulations on alcohol sale and consumption in light of the Little India riot on Dec 8 last year. Under the new regulations for the designated zones which will last for up to six months, public consumption of alcohol is banned on weekends, public holidays and the eve of public holidays.

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WiFi connection trial to be conducted at 28 MRT stations

The introduction of Wireless@SG at the platforms of all North East Line stations and 12 other stations with high commuter usage is aimed at enhancing wireless connectivity for commuters while they wait for the trains, the LTA said. The 12 major stations shortlisted for the trial are: Jurong East, Raffles Place, City Hall, Dhoby Ghaut, Bishan, Serangoon, Buona Vista, Outram Park, Paya Lebar, Orchard, Choa Chu Kang and HarbourFront.

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