Tag Archives: fare hike

300 PEOPLE TURNED UP TO SPLASH WATER ON LUI TUCK YEW EFFIGY

A plan to burn an effigy of Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew in protest of the fare hike was shelved after the police told the organisers on Friday night that it is illegal to do so and they would be arrested if they do proceeed with the plan, said Mr Goh. A few of the protesters ended up splashing water on the effigy instead

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SMRT CEO LG (NS) DESMOND KUEK – MOST USELESS PERMANENT SECRETARY IN SINGAPORE HISTORY?

Looking at his track record, this is not the first time Desmond Kuek being caught out of his depth. In July 2010, after leaving the SAF, Desmond Kuek was appointed Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Environment and Water Resource. However, Desmond Kuek only lasted for 3 months as Permanent Secretary and quietly left the service soon after. SMRT should take cue from the Singapore Government and get rid of this dead weight at once. The quicker he goes, the faster we get our MRT back on track!

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PTC: Fare hike and breakdowns are separate issues

While yesterday's train delay led some people to comment that fares should not go up when trains are still breaking down, the Public Transport Council (PTC) has said that the two issues should be kept separate. PTC chairman Gerard Ee said the raising of fares is to cover rising costs for operators SMRT and SBS Transit, even as he noted that service reliability has to improve. Staff and material costs have spiralled upwards even as operators have been trying to improve productivity in the past few months.

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SINGAPORE STUDENT CHARGED IN COURT OVER USAGE OF POWER SOCKET AT MRT STATION

She was at one of the SMRT control stations waiting for a friend, when her phone battery was running low. As she saw some sockets available, she did not think much about it and proceeded to charge her phone while waiting. Suddenly, the control station guy informed her that the sockets are not permitted for public usage. She removed her plug immediately. However, things did not end there, when the guy informed her that she would be charged for this. The first time she went to court, the judge advised her to write a letter to appeal to SMRT, considering how minor this issue was. The appeal failed, and the second time she went to court, she was then fined $400.

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FARE HIKE BENEFITS EVERYONE

Singaporeans will only stand to benefit from the inevitable public transport fare hike as services have been improving and will continue to do so, Singaporeans were told today. A transport authority, Hua Tua Chia, explained that the latest round of fare increases is ultimately sound because improvements have occurred and these costs money: “The fare hike is due to the many recent improvements in the public transport system.”

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FARE CONCESSIONS FOR LESS FORTUNATE A GOOD STEP

I refer to the report, “New fare discounts for low-wage workers, those with disabilities” (Jan 17). Singaporeans have, over the years, asked the Government to give concessions to the less fortunate, and I commend it for taking the plunge. I hope there are other big-ticket items in this year’s Budget, though Singaporeans should not assume that the country is on the slippery slope to becoming a welfare state.

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Workers’ Party Statement on Public Transport Fare Review Exercise

The Workers’ Party (WP) welcomes the new and enhanced concession schemes to make public transport more affordable for people with disabilities, senior citizens, low-wage workers, students and full-time national servicemen. These groups will finally enjoy some overdue relief for their travel needs, for which the public and the WP have lobbied for years. The concessions, however, should not be used as a sweetener to make the latest fare increases palatable.

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SMRT: ON THE WRONG TRACK?

The government and Temasek should take this opportunity to review this model of ownership where a public service company is listed on the stock exchange. It is also ironic that many who can only depend on public transport, cannot afford equities that are listed to provide them this essential service. No doubt, public transport companies should be profit making, but should they be publicly listed?

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PUBLIC TRANSPORT COUNCIL MADE UP ENTIRELY OF ELITES

How can a group of elites hope to know about the struggles of the average Singaporean. While low-income earners are receiving a good discount with the new concession rules, there are also many middle-income Singaporeans who may just miss the cut-off for the concession but are still struggling to make ends meet.

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