Minister Khaw also wants commuters to feel the full price of public transport

The government has created an inflation spiral to boost GDP figures. After the water price increase, public transport fare increase akan datang. (CNA article, “Need to strike balance in transport cost burden: Khaw Boon Wan”. link)

Khaw: ”Over the years, taxpayers have had to subsidise more of the rising operation costs as public transport fares have not kept up … strike a fair balance in the proportion of transport costs that will be borne by commuters, taxpayers and operators”.

Is Khaw unaware that commuters are also taxpayers? And isn’t it strange that there are no statistics to support such a ludicrous claim?

Khaw also ignores the fact that both PTOs are very profitable – earning tens of millions in guaranteed profits from non-fare revenue such as advertising, rental, etc.

Just last month, SBS Transit reported its profit had increased by a whopping 87.6% in FY 2016.

And SMRT will soon be reporting a similar sterling set of results but unfortunately, the company has been taken private by …. Temasek. How much will go into the pockets of leeches at SMRT and Temasek? 

By arbitrarily increasing fares, commuters are being ripped off because PAP has privatised profits and socialised costs. CEOs and top management of Temasek, SMRT and SBS will get to reap huge ‘performance-related’ bonuses, courtesy of commuters.

Khaw: “..significant improvements to the country’s public transport network require high capital investments and will incur higher operating costs.”

Whether capital investment costs are high is relative to GDP growth. If spending $20 billion in capital investments increases our GDP by $300 billion, the costs will be eventually recouped from higher taxes. There is no need to increase public transport fares.

Commuters should not be kept in the dark on PAP’s planning – PAP is spending billions on capital investments in anticipation of a 10-million population.

One of the reasons for MOT’s high expenditure – poor/zero planning. This can be easily observed from the sudden widening of almost every road which can be widened only after – not before – an exponential increase in the population.

The Bukit Panjang LRT is a classic example of PAP’s shortsightedness. This $285 million 2- instead of 4-car system did not take into account population increase and has to be replaced after only 18 years. Which government in the universe has replaced an entire LRT system in less than 19 years?

Khaw has asked the PTC to review the fare formula but has cautioned commuters on the “possibility for an upward fare adjustment”.  Khaw also hopes that “commuters will be understanding”.  But will Khaw be understanding if his pay is reduced as many times as our costs have been increased?

Since the PTC is not an independent body, Khaw is actually hinting that a decision has already been made by PAP.  Never mind what commuters think?

Are these PAP-appointed jokers who don’t rely on public transport independent?

Like MEWR Minister Masagos, it appears Hara Kiri Khaw also wants commuters to feel the full price of public transport.

 

Phillip Ang

* The author blogs at LikeTatOsoCanMeh.

 

 

 

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16 Responses to “Minister Khaw also wants commuters to feel the full price of public transport”

  • Actually You Pay:

    Most citizens of the world are not aware that governments use money taken from the people.
    WHEN THEY GIVE YOU $1 , THIS DOLLAR COMES FROM YOU.
    ITS A COST CENTER.

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  • Pink Noise:

    The Masagos Tax is spilling all over the other ministries. The heng bugger is jumping on the masagos wagon. Now, even the cow is using the same tactics. KNN, MF stupid cow !!!

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  • Disgusted!:

    The blogsite given for this writer is Wrong.
    What an insult to Philip Ang!
    What exactly is preventing TRE from getting the address right?

    Yes, what is given here will lead you to his site, where one then
    finds the name is pronounced similarly but spelt different;ly….

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  • voodooChild:

    Khaw must have 9 lives, how many seppuku does he owe himself already ? Japan should arrest him for taking a piss at their warrior code.

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  • Actually You are the 1 Paying:

    Most citizens of the world are not aware that governments use money taken from the people.
    WHEN THEY GIVE YOU $1 , THIS DOLLAR COMES FROM YOU.
    ITS A COST CENTER.

    We should be asked to pay the FULL PRICE OF HAVING THE WORLD’S HIGHEST PAID RULING PARTY MPs.

    But then it means this full price can beat it own recird every year since the word full price is qualitative abd not quantitative in nature.

    English is such a tool for manipulation.
    Twists and turns.

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  • LIONS:

    All these scholar/general-ministers think all SGS are dumb just becos 70 pct choose to remain daft?!

    ALL PUBLIC SERVICES ARE “overtly” subsidised?
    Well,IN THE FIRST PLACE,ALL PUBLIC SERVICES/goods OUGHT TO BE SUBSIDISED FROM ALL THE TAXES COLLECTED,ya?!!!!
    TAX PAYERS DO NOT PAY TAXES just for the MINISTERS TO PAU THEMSRLVES MULTI-MILLION SALARIES or,worse,so that these CHIAK LIAO BEE ministers b GOURMET policy-makers can SQUANDER THEM AWAY ON OSTENTATIOUS LIKE STUPID F1 or the idiotic FT-scholarSHIT scheme or TH’s forays in TOO BIG TO FAIL foreign banks etc.

    By right,TAXES ARE SUPPOSED to SUBSIDY GOVT EXPENDITURES ON BASIC PUBLIC GOODS N SERVICES,isnt it???

    And,BTW,the SURPLUSES OF PUBLIC AGENCIES ARE NOTORIOUS N KNOWN TO ALL!

    The hurried n rash ALL-OUT PRICE INCREASES point to EITHER THE LACK OG GOVT PLANNING or to GREED or BOTH and that is that!
    How can these daft gahmen boast aboutt their HIGH KPIs n pay themselves HUGE BOBUSES then?

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  • Uncle Lim:

    I hope Khaw and PAP will understand when we kick them out at the next polls. We need a balance in Parliament as it is lopsided now.

    Yes, where are the statistics? Stop your mumbo jumbo and stop taking us for granted.

    People should withdraw cooperation with this insanely greedy regime.

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  • Jiak Liow Bees:

    Our multi millionaire ministers have no idea on how to revive the economy but in order to meet govt expenses including their millions in salaries they just have to increase everything ! But the increases :- gas electricity water SC&C , diesel tax only affect the ordinary citizens not the rich! Next they are going to increase GST, income tax bus and train fares just watch! With you for you for SG, the daft 70% are hoodwinked! More good years and Swiss standard of living for SG so says Woody Goh !

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  • 315:

    Today’s World consumer rights day.

    Can we reflect our unhappiness about the upward adjustment proposal ?

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  • Joki:

    Singapore growth is achieved by increasing tax.

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  • opposition dude:

    Ha ha ha see what 70% of votes gets you, you bloody kiasees?

    Gratitude votes lah, ho seh man! Give yourselves a mega huge round of applause because you idiots sure don’t mind paying more for everything.

    If these idiots still don’t wake the hell up in the next GE they can look forward to the GST being increased as well if it hasn’t by then.

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  • Nsman:

    Ministers pay are not sustainable and should be drastically reduced. Taxpayers can’t subsidise their million dollars salaries.

    We are not walking ATM that the regime can rob all the time with flimsy excuses.

    We need a Trump to drain the swamp and evict the greedy political elite.

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  • Commuters vs taxpayers?:

    These statements by KBW making a distinction between taxpayers and commuters about who are bearing more of the operation costs may seem strange at first (especially in the light that most commuters are also taxpayers)till we realize that the aristocrats, the upper echelons (inc some FTs too) hardly or do not even need to take the public transport services like trains and busses at all for their day to day work and chores! They either drive their own luxurious personal vehicles or are chauffeur driven around in their comfortable sedans. Hence he must be meaning that it is unfair that these specific groups of taxpayers are bearing MORE of the burdens now. How else would one interpret them?

    So if he was saying that, we would then need to next ask – Why would it be unfair for taxpayers since it is a common pool (regardless whether classified as direct/indirect tax) of government revenue and should be used quite freely for public causes especially transportation (medical, education too) like defense is a basic need? It is such a fundamental service it has to be a critical component of the social contract that incumbents like him elected to the transport office must fulfill without questioning even if it is borne more by those who can afford to pay more taxes. Also he has to breakdown in nos. how much are these minority few rich really subsidizing the majority who can afford only the cheaper modes of transport?

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  • Neo:

    Team Olympiaks NEED TO FEEL THE FULL PRICE OF PUBLIC WRATH.

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  • rukidding:

    Great to see that PAP boat is fast “leaking and sinking ” !

    Hope it “breaks” into many pieces !

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  • pazuzu:

    I wonder what the 70% pap supporters are feeling or thinking now?….

    They give all their soul and heart to support pap and pap betrays them – they too suffer (if not more) just like those who did not vote for pap – the 30%.

    They too have to bear more hardships and even higher living costs and charges now for:
    water
    gas
    electricity
    town council
    gst
    transport
    carbon tax soon = higher electricity on top of higher electricity tariffs
    and even more to come in the coming months…

    They (70%) betrayed their own family/children/grandparents/spouses/other singaporeans.

    Now they get betrayed and played out.

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