The CEO of SMRT goes to work in a Mercedes. She deserves it because the profits of SMRT has doubled in the past few years. Even as the economic crisis put thousands of Singaporeans out of the job, the SMRT's latest quarter results show another increase in profits. Yes, the CEO deserves the credit for this success and along with it, her Mercedes Benz. As the CEO of SMRT, her main KPI is PROFITS - the more, the merrier. You may think that being a virtual monopoly makes it easy to turn a profit - it is not like Singaporeans have many options when it comes to public transport. You may think of it like this lower frequency of trains = higher profits, higher density packing of trains = higher profits, higher fares = higher profits, and so on. There is little to be gain in the way of efficiency when it comes to public transport after operating for a few years so the gains have to come from the customers. You guys might want to scream about being packed like sardines on the trains or the countless fare hikes. But I asked you to hold back. It is not even your turn to complain yet. It isn't even the turn of the poor people struggling with the fare increase - they too have to wait.....and those students in poly who complain about the lack of subsidy...please wait. See, in the pursuit of profits through the endless squeezing of Singaporeans (financial and in the MRT trains), they have really squeezed the people all the way ...even the handicapped are not spared. Last weekend, in Hong Lim, a group of them gathered to protest for higher subsidies. It is already hard enough for them to get a decent job and they too are made to struggle with those high fares.
The CEO of SMRT deserves her Mercedes ride to work but the blind, deaf, and wheelchair bound don't deserve a subsidy so that their lives can just a little better. The Mercedes comes when profits grow and giving the poor, disabled and old a more affordable fare does not help with the maintenance of that Mercedes. If that is the spirit with which we run our 'public' transport system....what does that say about everything else?