Thursday, August 28, 2014

Raymond A Fernando's letter to The Straits Times: Allowing private use of public transport sends wrong message

My letter to The Straits Times on the above matter is published today – Thursday 28th August 2014.

While some people may find the hiring of MRT trains for private purposes innovative, the Land Transport Authority did the right thing by taking train operator SMRT to task (“SMRT faces sanctions for allowing private use of trains”; yesterday).

During major events like the National Day Parade, commuters brave packed trains to make their way to the event venues because they have no choice.  In a way, this builds resilience among our people.

It is an irony that students from Anglo-Chinese School (Independent), on their way to watch a robust game of rugby, are shielded from the slight discomfort of squeezing among other commuters taking public transport.

Allowing private use of public transport by students from a top school indirectly promotes elitism.  It sends the message that anything can be done if one has the money to pay for it.

Do we really want to move in this direction?

Raymond Anthony Fernando


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