Otherwise our beloved govt will be in trouble.
Tan Soo Khoon on public transport fare hikes in the midst of Singapore worst recession since independence (9th July, 2002):
Let me put it squarely to the Government by relating an encounter that I had with a perfect stranger just a few days ago. He expressed his anger and frustration at all the price increases to me in a very cool way. He was not saying it very loudly, but in a very calm way. He told me that he observed that every time after an election, the PAP increased prices and by the time the next election came, people would have forgotten and they would just vote for the PAP again. He then smiled at me and said, "Mr Tan, just tell your leaders, next time round, we would not forget."
This debate is not just about bus and MRT fares. It also has to do with the slew of increases in charges of other public services that have taken place, or are about to take place. Sir, I believe that this is the main cause of discontent on the ground. Consider this: GST up, ERP up, petrol up, car park charges up, telephone charges soon to be up, and, of course, unemployment is up, retrenchment is up. Morale is upside down, and so is our pay, it is down.