My letter on the above matter is published in The New Paper today, Friday 5 August 2011.
Going by what has been aired in the media – online, the airwaves and in print, there is clearly much unhappiness about the impending fare hike in public transport fares.
People with disabilities face huge roadblocks in their lives and the lack of support makes it difficult for these marginalised citizens to move on in life.
Family members who are the backbone for such needy citizens could certainly do with financial support, improved access to support and services in their communities.
I am disappointed that the National Council of Social Services' taxi subsidies for disabled people apply only to the trips made in work or school.
Why are subsidies not extended for trips to hospitals and clinics? Perhaps, even to recreational trips which are crucial in helping the disabled reintegrate into society?
For people who have to make many trips to various clinics and hospitals, like my wife, cab fare can be about $160 per month, not counting peak-hour surcharges.
I hope the Government can look into this area. If Singapore is moving towards becoming an inclusive society, it is only logical to show compassion, understanding and support for these needy citizens.
RAYMOND ANTHONY FERNANDO