Public Transport Council needs to be sensitive towards the needs of senior citizens

The Singapore People’s Party (SPP) disagrees with the Public Transport Council’s (PTC) decision to scrap the $40 monthly unlimited travel pass for seniors above the age of 60.

The SPP also urges the PTC to reinstate the $40 monthly unlimited travel pass for the seniors immediately.

When the two-year Off-Peak Monthly Travel (OMTP) pass trial was announced by the Ministry of Transport through a media release in January 2015, the Government said that it was meant to encourage public transport commuters who are able to shift their regular travel out of peak periods to do so, and “consequently reduce their monthly travel expenditure.” Seniors were accorded an unlimited travel pass for $40.

The SPP also notes that the scheme started in July 2015, just two months before the 2015 General Elections.

While the PTC announced in the middle of last year that it was extending the scheme for a further six months pending a review, the scheme has now been scrapped unceremoniously, must to the dismay and disappointment of our seniors.

Many seniors who are above 60 are either retirees or not employed and who are living on their savings or monthly Central Provident Fund payouts.

That they have to pay more now is unacceptable.

The manner in which the seniors found out about the ceasing of the scheme also shows that the communications tactics in informing the seniors were poor and not executed effectively.

The PTC needs to be sensitive towards the needs of our senior citizens, and the way this was handled is disappointing and painful.

The SPP would also like to know what is the position of the PAP’s Government Parliamentary Committee (Transport) over this decision by the PTC.

 

Singapore People’s Party

 

 

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15 Responses to “Public Transport Council needs to be sensitive towards the needs of senior citizens”

  • cannot protest:

    What can the pitiful peasants do? Nothing lah ..

    The got 69.999% of the blue bird votes … you have to blue blue accept whatever is dished out to you.

    If make some more noise, the next erection they get 99.99% of the votes, we all sure mati leow.

    Welcome to lala land … sign.

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  • Irene Vanessa Wan Ku Jiao:

    All folks above 50 get free travel, period. Watsons give discount to those 50>. So PTC should reward seniors for their contribution to the country.

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  • MarBowling:

    “The SPP would also like to know what is the position of the PAP’s Government Parliamentary Committee (Transport) over this decision by the PTC.”

    Response: great Q put up by SPP(SinKapore Puki Party:btw because of their UC Lady Indian Chief who helped the PAPigs during the Puki Batok BE by passing last minute crap comments, Dr Chee of SDP was unable to be voted into Parliament!). SPP should DIRECT and AIM the Q to Shitoh Yih Pink who is the MF Chairman of the Coverment Parliamentary for Transport and FYI this Bugger had been all year LOONG offering regular Abalone porridge to residents and voters of Potong Pasir SMC before he finally able to wrestle the SMC from that UC Lady Indian Chief of SPP in GE 2011!

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  • Con you!:

    This is called vote-buying!

    Pappies are the biggest con! Started by the biggest of Con! Con you?

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  • Concerned Citizens:

    If one remember, PAP culture and their dirty politics, at every GE, would offer some kinds of goodies, mostly in monetary form. Clearly, this is a vote buying tactics. Their ‘Por Lum Par’, CCC and RC centers, helped to convince seniors, that if opposition gain more seats, that offer may not proceeds. Most seniors are retiree, and are easily deveived by their dirty tactics.

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  • Let's Give & Take, ok?:

    Raise it by $10 instead of $20!

    Win win situation for everyone!

    Can PTC enforce it?

    GE is not that far away!

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  • Rabble-rouser:

    The truth is that in reality, SMRT Pte Ltd operates as 2 companies under one business entity. One company is a land & real estate business (properties around & within the MRT stations) which is highly profitable; the other company is a public transport service provider – it is not profitable as it is having a hard time as the capital expenditure costs are rising exponentially due to the foreign population explosion.
    Under Public ownership, the profits from the real estate side theoritically could comfortably finance the capital requirements on the maintenance & expansion of the MRT rail system. But the PAP is so money-minded that they want to have their cake & eat it, too. So the public is saddled with the costs of funding the capital expenditures of the rail system through fare increases while the profits from the real estate goes into Temasek Holdings. And that is why SMRT Pte Ltd operates under the Temasek Holdings umbrella & not under the Ministry of Transport or the LTA. As the saying goes, Profits are privatized (under PAP aristocrats & their nominees) while costs are socialized (under tax payers & fare payers). You get what you’ve voted for – a devious & calculating PAP govt. Don’t complain!

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  • LIONS:

    Yep,PTC WILL BE veLEE $en$itive?

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  • Con you:

    When will the daft seniors come to their senses? You rather eat or pay transport charges? Wither sinkpoor?

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  • 陈大婶:

    哎呀,支持党的老人家,大都赞成,取消忧代卡。这是提高生产。

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  • HarderTruths:

    Public sector? Sympathetic?

    Hahahahahahahahahahaha

    What drugs are you on man?

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

    Good one.

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  • Lam Jiao:

    cannot protest:
    What can the pitiful peasants do? Nothing lah ..

    The got 69.999% of the blue bird votes … you have to blue blue accept whatever is dished out to you.

    If make some more noise, the next erection they get 99.99% of the votes, we all sure mati leow.

    Welcome to lala land … sign.

    Let me see how to pronounce LAM JIAO.

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  • Not Real:

    U really trust these “councils” and “boards”?

    They are nothing but lobbyists for corporations to squeeze more money out of the common people.

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  • Tom lee:

    “The SPP also notes that the scheme started in July 2015, just two months before the 2015 General Elections.”

    Many of those seniors took the carrot and gave them the mandate. Let them live with their decisions. There’re more to come for them.

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  • I drive:

    don’t speak for the 70% that asked for it…ignore them

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