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More protesters against fare hike could have showed up at Hong Lim Park if they did not lose their way

More protesters against fare hike could have showed up at Hong Lim Park if they did not lose their way

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Thousands of Hong Lim Park protesters failed to get to venue when they boycotted public transport as symbolic statement.

Photo stolen from here

Photo stolen from here

In a bid to make a protest statement against the recent public transport fare hike, several thousand Singaporeans boycotted taking the buses and trains on Jan. 25 as they decided to make their way on foot or bicycle to Hong Lim Park to join the protest against the increase in transport costs.

However, only 300 protesters eventually showed up, close to 90 minutes late, as thousands of others got lost along the way and didn’t make it altogether.

One of the protesters who got lost, Mi Lu Le, said: “I wanted to walk from Ang Mo Kio to Hong Lim Park. But by the time I got to Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10, I got tired and went to drink beer at the coffee shop.”

“I took a cab home afterwards.”

However, those who failed to make the protest were grateful that they got lost.

This after they found out that the protest organiser, Gilbert Goh, asked protesters who were gathered at Hong Lim Park to spit on their EZ-Link cards as a sign of displeasure.

One Singaporean, Hoh Lan Kia, who did not attend the protest as a result of not taking public transport to the venue, said: “I heard a lot of the protesters spit already then remembered never bring tissue, then cannot clean the nua. Fail.”

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.

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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.”

Circle Line train commuters transported from desert to Arctic and back

Circle Line train commuters transported from desert to Arctic and back

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The two-cent fare increase that coincided with the Circle Line’s opening on Oct. 8 is taking commuters to more places than required.

A Circle Line commuter being transported from the desert to the Arctic on the same day a 1 percent nationally-implemented fare hike kicked in on Oct. 8. Too much travel for a slight increase in price? How bizarre?

Singaporeans are expected to feel the pinch again as fares for buses and trains increased on Oct. 8 by about 1 percent.

This translates into adults paying 2 cents more per ride when using EZ Link stored value cards. (This amount, however, is minuscule compared to the explosive increase in housing prices.)

On the same day of the hike, Singapore’s Circle Line also went into full swing plying 12 stations between Harbourfront and Caldecott.

Commenting on his experience taking the train when it started its commute on Saturday, Samuel Gan, a student, said with a poker face, “The air-con was like malfunctioning, because, like, one moment was like you are in the desert, and suddenly, in the other moment, you are in the Arctic.”

But there were others who wouldn’t let the temperature get to their heads.

Jay Tan, a trainspotter, said he didn’t want to miss the early morning commuting action.

The 23-year-old self-professed trainspotter, a slang for “train enthusiast” who spends his free time watching, riding and getting off (to) public transportation, said: “I am too excited, could not sleep last night. I want to board the first train.”

He is also into public transport voyeurism. Tan said, “I also like to board the bus, take a bus photo at the bus stop, outside the bus interchange, doing bus spotting or trainspotting sometimes. Either the new train or the new buses, I like them very much”.

However, it is unknown how many times Tan was spotted and stopped by counter-terrorism patrol guards for taking photos of buses and trains.

Still on the topic of early morning commute which can sometimes get to people, reporter Dylan Loh who was covering the story, could not resist a shout-out to himself, which can be read in the subtext, as a shout-out to his bosses at Mediacorp for a raise.

Dylan said with a poker face too: “Well, I’m on one of the first trains out and it’s been a smooth journey so far. Very few people on board. I suspect because most would prefer sleeping in on a Saturday morning. But not reporters like me, my hardworking camera crew and, of course, a few train enthusiasts”.

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