Politics

Enough with the ‘endorsements’ of Tony Tan

by: Jewel Philemon/ First it was the lecture in Singapore Management University, then it was the care provided to the boy who had injured himself, and now it is a dialogue organised jointly by Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) and Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SICCI). Yeah, OK I believe that the boy was really hurt and …

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Why public transport fares should not be raised

by: Dr Wong Wee Nam/ The issues at the General Election 2011 were the high cost of living, the income gap between the rich and the poor, the terrible public transport squeeze, the exorbitant HDB prices and the overpopulation of the country by foreign imports. With their votes, the people sent a clear signal what their dissatisfactions were. In a …

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Our readers stories on the public transport

Dear TOC editor I saw your facebook’s call for people to share with TOC our experience of using Singapore public transport, hence I would like to share my train ride experience this morning with your readers and hopefully, the Transport Ministry. This morning (22 July 2011) I had an extremely unpleasant MRT ride at 8.00-8.15am on the train heading towards …

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How to relax? The people’s story of the public transport

On 20 July 2011, The Online Citizen (TOC) put out a call on our Facebook page asking people to send in photographs and accounts of their experience of using Singapore’s public transport. On 23 July 2011, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said that the Public Transport Council is currently doing its work and urged Singaporeans to relax (see HERE). Are …

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Dr Tan Cheng Bock: I have always stood up for Singaporeans

by: Jewel Philemon/ Presidential hopeful, Dr Tan Cheng Bock, submitted his applications for obtaining the Certificate of Eligibility (COE) to contest in the upcoming Presidential Elections, yesterday afternoon at the Election Department. He arrived to a crowd of fifty-over enthusiastic well-wishers who cheered spiritedly and even brought along a poster for supporters to sign. After handing in the forms, Dr …

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Public transport model not key issue

extracts of Minister of State for Transport and Finance, Josephine Teo’s response in The Straits Times, to Gerald Giam’s article “Overhauling Singapore’s public transport model”. — Mr Gerald Giam of the Workers’ Party has argued that Singapore should abandon its current public transport model in favour of a model in which public transport is nationalised. He argues that the current …

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Blast from the past: Raise road tax to subsidise public transport: Blog group

by: Ravi Philemon/ In September 2008, TOC submitted a proposal to revamp the public transportation system which ‘underwhelmed’ the deputy chairman of the Government Parliamentary Committee for Transport, MP Ong Kian Meng. The following is The Straits Times article dated 12 September 2008, outlining the proposal: — IF THE Transport Ministry were run by the people behind the socio-political blog …

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Tan Kin Lian urges Transport Minister to take urgent steps to revamp public transport

by: Ravi Philemon/ Presidential aspirant Tan Kin Lian today urged Singapore’s Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew to take urgent steps to overhaul the nation’s public transportation system. In his blog entry Mr Tan requested the Transport Ministry to take urgent steps to revamp the public transport system by increasing capacity and by studying for implementation “the popular and successful system …

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