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TRANSPORT MINISTER LUI TUCK YEW DISAPPOINTED WITH SMRT

Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew has asked rail operator SMRT to provide by next week an update on its investigations into a recent spate of incidents on its rail network. Mr Lui met SMRT chief executive Desmond Kuek and senior management on Thursday to convey his concern and disappointment over the delays - the most recent of which was an hour-long disruption on the East-West Line on Wednesday evening. The incident was caused by a train driver who bypassed a signal point on the track without authorisation.

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SMRT TRAINS WERE RELIABLE IN THE PAST

The pro-MRT camp was represented by Ong Teng Cheong, the former Minister for Communications and Labour. He argued that the MRT system would have a tremendous influence in shaping the economic growth and development of Singapore. Comparing with other cities such as Toronto, Montreal, Chicago and Marseille, Ong Teng Cheong pointed out that an efficient MRT system could also help in enhancing the image of Singapore, and increased the overall standard of living of the people.

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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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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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PAP MP JOSEPHINE TEO ATTACKS WORKERS PARTY

The Workers’ Party never misses an opportunity to pander and its response to the fare review exercise was, to a large extent, predictable. First, they claimed credit for the concessions. That’s always easy. Except someone else did the real work of sorting out the math and getting the balance right. Then, it criticises the Government, for directly funding programmes like the Bus Services Enhancement Programme.

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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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2014 Fare Hike: Shame on you Singaporean SMRT Shareholders!

If you know any Singaporean friends who own SMRT shares, please urge them to do the right thing and stop partaking in this blood sucking exercise! Not every Singaporean is born with a silver spoon in the mouth and all Singaporeans deserve to have a quality standard of living and without having such onerous fare hikes stuff down our throats! Singaporeans should stop cannibalizing fellow Singaporeans!

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