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S’poreans react to 80% of respondents agreeing S’pore has good public transport system

S’poreans react to 80% of respondents agreeing S’pore has good public transport system

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Three thoughts you must have had.


According to a Reach survey released on April 4, 2016, 80 percent of Singapore residents agreed that the country has a good public transport system, up from 74 percent last year.

Some 66 percent agreed that public transport in Singapore is generally affordable, up from 63 per cent last year.

In terms of bus wait time, 37 percent of those polled felt that the wait time has improved compared to a year ago, while 10 percent said it is longer.

As for bus crowdedness, 39 percent said it is less crowded now than a year ago, while 20 percent felt that it is more crowded.

Here are three thoughts Singaporeans have:


sian-half-auntie “By next year, 120 percent will agree Singapore has a good public transport system.”
Yi Bai Fen, 43-year-old teacher


sian-half-uncle “There is always room for improvement when you ownself check ownself.”
Zuo Ba Shi, 63-year-old paper bag folder


happy-bird-girl “It’s a pity buses and trains are getting better and ministers are still not riding them.”
Ke Xi, 17-year-old flyer distributor










S’poreans react to news that public transport fares to fall by 1.9% in GE2015 year

S’poreans react to news that public transport fares to fall by 1.9% in GE2015 year

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Three thoughts that must have went past your mind at some point.


Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew said on Aug. 3, 2015, that bus and train fares will be reduced by up to 1.9 percent from December 2015. This is against the norm as prices are usually increased.

The reason for the lowering of fares was due to reduced fuel costs.

Minister Lui also said that every commuter group is expected to pay lower fares and the Public Transport Council will work out the specific reductions.

Here are three thoughts Singaporeans have:


sian-half-auntie “This is the reason why we should have General Election every year.”
Ta Xuan, 40-year-old soya bean milk maker


sian-half-uncle “General Election will cause Singaporeans to run out of problems.”
Mei Wen Tee, 60-year-old wholesale fruit seller


happy-bird-girl “This just proves the Public Transport Council is useless because the Minister’s word is the be-all and end-all.”
Zuo Huang Di, 17-year-old jobless










S’poreans agree packing a lot of people on the buses, trains makes system cost efficient

S’poreans agree packing a lot of people on the buses, trains makes system cost efficient

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Yeah, of course. Just keep squeezing more people in.


Singaporeans from all walks of life, who like to take public transport because driving is for rich people, agree with the recent study that said public transport in Singapore is cost efficient.

One Singaporean, Jin Jue Lang, said: “Ya, of course cost efficient. Three million people take one train at a time and squeeze and squeeze confirm cost efficient.”

Another local, Ren Shan, said: “Ya, so cost efficient. Every six minutes one train confirm cost efficient. Might as well make it once every 10 minutes? Then will be super cost efficient.”

Another Singaporean, Ren Hai, said: “Ya, so cost efficient. Until every year got fare increase.”

Poor S’poreans agree public transport should be lousy as this is what they deserve

Poor S’poreans agree public transport should be lousy as this is what they deserve

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They concur with the Public Transport Council chairman Gerard Ee that only rich people deserve to drive.


Singaporeans from all walks of life, who can only afford to watch all the rich people buy and drive all the cars, agree that poor people deserve a lousy transport system.

This after Public Transport Council chairman Gerard Ee said: “If you treasure your time and comfort, you pay a premium — there are premium services. If you value your time and comfort even more, buy a car. And then ultimately, get a chauffeur.”

Those who heard these statements nodded their heads furiously in agreement.

One local, Boh Lui Lang, said: “Yes, I don’t value my time and comfort at all. That’s why I take SMRT trains and SBS buses everyday.”

“They are rarely frequent enough and they are packed practically all the time except non-peak hours.”

Another Singaporean, Pok Kai Leow, said he agrees only rich people have dignity: “I am poor so I don’t have any concept of the value of time. And it is great that SMRT and SBS allows poor people to help rich people pay a premium and treasure the finer things in life.”


Read about the day the SMRT CEO disappeared:
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More S’poreans praise efficacy of spitting on their EZ-Link cards

More S’poreans praise efficacy of spitting on their EZ-Link cards

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They realised spitting on EZ-Link cards help solve all public transport woes.


More Singaporeans from all walks of life who ride on public transport are praising the efficacy of spitting on one’s EZ-Link card as a way to resolve problems.

The idea of spitting on one’s own EZ-Link card when a public transport problem occurs was mooted by Gilbert Goh, a seasoned protest organiser.

One spitter, Pui Chao Nua, said: “After I spit on my EZ-Link card already, I put back into my wallet, my wallet become wet wet.”

“Once I was on this train that was moving very slowly. So I took out my EZ-Link card and spat repeatedly on it.”

“The train was still moving very slowly after that. And I was fined $1,000 for public spitting. Thank you, Gilbert Goh.”

Fare hike benefits all S’poreans

Fare hike benefits all S’poreans

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Public transport costs will inevitably go up because service has been improving non-stop.


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.”

“For example, instead of breaking down everyday, trains are breaking down once every few weeks. This is a vast improvement.”

“Yes, buses are still overcrowded, but if you noticed, they don’t spontaneously catch fire. So that’s a good thing.”

Singaporeans interviewed said they agree with this line of reasoning.

One local, Jiang Huai Hua, said: “Ya, Tuck Yew.”

Future prime minister spotted on MRT

Future prime minister spotted on MRT

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And no, Chen Show Mao-spotting is not a marketing ploy to up ridership numbers.

The cattle-class public transport system of Singapore is getting an unlikely boost having come under intense fire recently.

The future prime minister of Singapore, Chen Show Mao, was spotted by a hawk-eyed commuter recently who noticed the bespectacled hipster member-of-parliament minding his own business while riding on the North East Line.

Chen Show Mao on the North East Line. Photo from Wing Shun Kong's Facebook.

With overcrowded buses the norm and commuters having to put up with an MRT system that increasingly suffers from PMS in recent times, Chen Show Mao’s presence was a reassurance to many everyday commuters that everything is going to be alright.

“If it is good enough for Singapore’s future leader, it is good enough for you and me, the proletariat,” said Tah Dee Tieh, a 36-year-old heavily pregnant woman who is carrying triplets.

Others have even gone so far as to pledge to sell their wheels having seen the future prime minister take the train.

“I am inspired to sell my car and rely on SBS and SMRT from now on,” said a retrenched PMET, Meh You Qian.

An employee from one of Singapore’s train operators who refused to be named, said getting Chen Show Mao to publicly endorse taking public transport was initially proposed as a way to win back the trust of commuters after a spate of embarrassing breakdowns all over the island this year.

However, that was unnecessary as Chen Show Mao really does take public transport everyday anyways.

And his popularity among Singaporean women and hipsters meant that there will always be many out there who will secretly take photos of him and post them on Facebook ensuring constant free publicity for train operators.

The anonymous employee explained: “If you noticed, Chen Show Mao is always photographed by his stalkers sitting down while taking the train and the place is not very crowded? This portrays a very good image of our train system, which in fact, is always overcrowded all the time.”

“Furthermore, Chen Show Mao is also a picture of serenity whenever the trains work or break down,” the anonymous source also said.

There is always a seat for him and he is always happy even when the trains go tits up

Reader writes: Public buses are great!

Reader writes: Public buses are great!

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And why you shouldn’t mind the trains breaking down all the time.

Dear New Nation editors,

Two days ago, as Singapore’s MRT system went down again with the same frequency as Man United’s Nani, I watched with interest at the way stranded commuters were ferried from one destination to another in back-up shuttle buses.

I must say, everything was conducted in an orderly fashion that is beftting of our First World status.

That is why I do not understand how come there is so much fuss with trains breaking down.

Look, every time trains break down, commuters actually get to ride on an alternative form of transport for free. How is that not a good deal?

So, instead of hoping that the trains work like clockwork, shouldn’t people be praying for it to malfunction?

Because from having to pay to not having to pay, it’s a steal.

Moreover, riding buses has its plus points. You can get to sit down and relax.

Even if you don’t, it’s still ok.

Why? Because the bus is very big, it is very spacious. People can stand anywhere they like as I always notice there is empty areas towards the back of the bus.

This just shows that there is no need for people to move in as buses are big enough.

Plus, taking buses is also so much better as all commuters need to do is to put their lives into the hands of a bus driver, who barely makes $1,300 a month.

They can then proceed to molest their smartphones with nary a care in the world.

Moreover, commuters on a bus get to see the wonderful scenery outdoors – if it is not obscured by other people’s bums or torsos, for example.

I also heard that buses these days are very convenient. People, if they really have to, can take a bus to anywhere they like because the routes are well-connected.

It is worth it – if you don’t mind taking more than an hour just to get anywhere on average.

One other reason is because bus fares can be very cheap – if you simply go according to distance.

Since that’s the case, people should always aim not to go to places that are too far away for them.

If people know that they stay in Pasir Ris, they shouldn’t aim to enter university.

NTU and NUS are simply too far away to warrant going to school for four years and making it all worthwhile for a sheet of paper that is getting more and more undervalued as cheaper and more employable immigrants flood our local market.

Therefore, Pasir Ris people shouldn’t bother getting a degree at all. They should just go to work at Downtown East, which is nearer.

Likewise, people in Jurong should never contemplate going overseas. The airport is simply too far.

West side people should always just remain in Singapore.

Or go to Johor Bahru.

It is needless to say that everyone should sort out their entire life plans based on distance of travel and, therefore, this should solve all transport woes.

Once people stop travelling so far, they wouldn’t need to gripe about the state of public transport.

Therefore, of course, everyone should aim to own a car.

Only then, will you get very far.

Yours sincerely,
A Proud Car Owner

Public transport is cheap – not

Public transport is cheap – not

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The Straits Times forum page writer debunked. With evidence.

What is the distance and cost of travelling between Bangkok and Singapore?

It costs S$39.52 to fly 1425km from Bangkok to Singapore! I am amazed indeed!

Where did that ‘$100′ figure come from?

Where did that ‘$100′ figure come from?

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Today newspaper’s Conrad Raj’s op-ed quotes a mysterious ‘$100′ figure. Do you know where it came from?

By Belmont Lay

Where did Conrad Raj get that $100 figure from? Do you know?

The best op-ed piece of this year was published yesterday. Did you miss it?

It is titled “Time to reconsider the N-word” and it’s written by Conrad Raj, the editor-at-large for Today newspaper.

His point? The nationalisation of our public transport should be welcomed in the wake of the recent train failures and security breaches in the past two years.

Nationalisation does three things:

1. It promotes efficiency

2. It promotes cost-savings

3. It puts commuters ahead of shareholders

And nationalisation replaces SMRT and ComforDelGro with a single entity. It could be a statutory board or state corporation.

This article should be applauded for various reasons besides its frankness.

But one paragraph in his article left some readers, including me, slightly confused. And in it, lies what is perhaps a hideous error in counterfactual thinking that threatens to upend the entire thesis.

This is the paragraph:

“Each Singaporean will be able to save at least $100 a year on public transport – based just on the profits in the last financial year of the two companies, S$161 million for SMRT and $220 million for ComfortDelGro. More savings can come from greater efficiency.”

A few people I’ve spoken to, either completely didn’t get it or thought “$100″ was merely a random figure plucked out of thin air.

Perhaps due to space constraints, Conrad didn’t get to elaborate this point. Which is really a pity.

But it’s worthwhile to ferret out the logic behind it.

Here goes: (Note that this is my personal take on it. I’ve no idea if it is correct)

I believe Conrad made the assumption that there are presently 3.8 million Singapore citizens. This information is perhaps somewhat inaccurate, but a liberal assumption that helps him make his point. The 3.8 million figure can be found here.

Based on the figures Conrad quoted, the combined amount of SMRT and ComfortDelGro profits summed up to approximately $381 million last year ($161 million + $220 million).

Assuming all 3.8 million citizens take public transport: $381 million divided by 3.8 million citizens comes up to roughly $100 per citizen.

Therefore, if public transport is nationalised, which means the system doesn’t run for profit, it would, in theory, cost each citizen $100 less a year. Because this amount won’t be going to shareholders but back to everyday commuters.

So far so good?

And this is where we throw a spanner in the works.

Leaving ComfortDelGro out of this for the moment, note that SMRT profits are reaped from three aspects: Ridership, rental and advertisements.

Therefore, if public transport is indeed nationalised, which means it shouldn’t be profit-driven, can we even make the assumption that rental and advertising rates remain competitively high, or as high as what SMRT is currently pricing it to generate part of the $161 million profits that are to be construed as cost savings?

Would rental and advertisements even exist as avenues to generate revenue when public transport is nationalised, since being profit-driven is not even the main motive?

If not, would ridership alone generate enough revenue to cover its own cost?

Last but not least, am I getting this whole argument wrong and this isn’t exactly what Conrad meant and had in mind?

In light of all these questions, do re-read that befuddling paragraph from what is perhaps still the best op-ed piece published this year:

“Each Singaporean will be able to save at least $100 a year on public transport – based just on the profits in the last financial year of the two companies, S$161 million for SMRT and $220 million for ComfortDelGro. More savings can come from greater efficiency.”

There are two things we can do at this point in time:

1. Can we try to crowdsource this question to get to the correct answer?


The suspense is killing me.

2. We can leave it as it is and pretend nothing happened.

Feels like The Matrix, doesn’t it?

Editor’s note: If the Singapore Armed Forces can always be run without profit, you should never doubt that public transport can ever be run without profit either. It’s a matter of will and the imposition of structure.