Tag Archives: Straits Times 13 April 2014

WORKERS PARTY: “A BETTER WAY TO CALCULATE FARE HIKES”

He noted that public transport operators had already set service standards for themselves in their charters. For example, SMRT pledges to have at least 94 per cent of trains arrive within two minutes of schedule. SBS Transit pledges waiting times of at most 10 minutes for 90 per cent of feeder bus services during peak periods, he said. Whether operators meet these standards or not can be measured and converted into an index. The percentage change in the index each year can then be used in the fare formula, which sets a cap on how high fares can be raised. This is similar to how changes in inflation, electricity and diesel costs are taken into account in the fare formula now, he added.

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LEE HSIEN LOONG: “POLITICS IS NOT FAMILY BUSINESS”

When he was prime minister, the older Lee had constantly emphasised Singapore's insecurity - urging his fellow citizens to work hard and be vigilant. Since Singapore is a city-state of just 5.3 million people - which became involuntarily independent only in 1965 when it was expelled from the Malaysian federation - such vigilance was understandable. But, since then, Singapore has enjoyed a long period of peace and ever-rising prosperity and now has one of the highest per capita GDPs in the world. So I ask Mr Lee if Singaporeans still need to feel insecure. "Singaporeans generally feel more secure these days," he says but then adds, with a slight frown: "One of our tasks is to remind them that this is a result of a continuing act of will and an appropriate sense of insecurity is very helpful.

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