Friday, November 06, 2009

Can Raymond Lim survive the rush hour MRT?

The best way to know if the public transport system is good is not to read the statistics from SMRT or SBS Transit but to take the public transport and experience what it is like during the rush hour.

I don't think the sardine can, armpit smelling stuffy experience can ever show up in any of the stats. We may think of Malaysia as being behind us in everything but they have one minister who doesn't just look at statistics...
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M'sia's Transport Minister joins morning rush

He did it to better understand commuters' problems.
Fri, Nov 06, 2009 The Star/Asia News Network
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - Transport Minister Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat joined the morning rush on the KTM Komuter and Light Rail Transit (LRT) systems to better understand commuters' problems. He took the KTM Komuter from the Bank Negara station to KL Sentral, then boarded the LRT to Bangsar. During the ride, Ong spoke to passengers and listened to their feedback on how to further improve the urban public transport system. At a press conference later, Ong said the waiting time for LRT trains will be reduced from three minutes to two once six new trains became operational next month. Ong added that another challenge was to cut the KTM Komuter waiting period. --The Star/ANN

26 comments:

Anonymous said...

is he paid millions to do tat?

onlooker said...

What and leave his cushy air conditioned office?

Anonymous said...

How dare you ask an immortal to take public transport?

Anonymous said...

Don't ask Raymong Lim to take the MRT during rush hour, because he will survive for sure. They will surely clear one cabin to be occupied by him alone, with a few stooges.

Later he will definitely say that it was a comfortable ride. Where is the problem?

Anonymous said...

please be kind lah, don't simply condemn him. He must be given a chance to prove himself. Maybe he will shock you by taking the MRT or the SBS bus, just to show you that he too is human.

Anonymous said...

Hey lucky, could you comment on Temasek issuing US denominated bonds. Does this mean that we are joining the US dollar carry trade. Wun that make us vulenerable to a spike in the us dollar?

Especailly since some ppl are saying the us carry trade is the next bubble.

Anonymous said...

"I don't think the sardine can, armpit smelling stuffy experience can ever show up in any of the stats. "

Ours are extraordinary ministers who rather smell their own arm-pit in their large spacious prestigious car, and then tell you that "Singapore is not as crowded as many say after all !"

Anonymous said...

Please don't ask Raymond Lim to take MRT because he will surely be crushed to death by the vehemented MRT commuters who have the angst for far too long.

Anonymous said...

Mr ong just a sucker ,He is a MCA president just made a big riot in his own party.I think without this he will never act on its way.By the way,notice what solution he given?Is a big joke!!!

Anonymous said...

At least there is a solution or attempt at solving. In Singapore, they will say it is not a problem or you Singaporeans are too pampered. Just compare with other countries and you will see how fortunate and lucky you are...stop complaining lah...

hmm...wonder which one is better...a stupid solution or something akin to shut up and sit down...we know better...though a bit more subtle...

anyway..a *riot* may be for good and bad....many uprisings (riots) were necessary for revolutions and are the main reason we are living in a more reasonable world..though would not advocate the violence

Anonymous said...

The only time a minister would ever take public transport is when there is an official opening of a MRT station and the cabin will be reserved for the VIP and reporters...for example the soon to be open circle line...
and then their faces will be splashed on the media the next day.
If there are no camera or media crew around,you can forget it!

Anonymous said...

'What is a retrenchment exercise?'
http://www.straitstimes.com/Breaking+News/Singapore/Story/STIStory_450151.html

"WHAT IS A MRT?"

Anonymous said...

pls don't ask raymond lim to take mrt. they will simply clear up A FEW carriages for his entourage and the rest of us mortals will be even more squeezed to death...

i'll vote for any party that does not start with a "Pee".

Anonymous said...

if it's any consolation to you guys, bangsar is just two stops away from kl sentral so his 'suffering' lasted 5 minutes max.

Anonymous said...

When Raymond Lim wants to take the MRT, everything will be well prepared.

By hook or by crook, the train frequency will be increased by a few times, peak and off peak, for that day.

So he will conclude that it is not that bad.

Reminds me of the defence minister many years back when he visited an SAF cook house. He concluded that the food there was like those in restaurants!

So I think when ministers want to take public transport or sample ordinary folks' routine, they better do it unannounced and impromptu in order to have the real taste.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone really think that should Raymond takes public transport during rush hour, it would not be staged ?

Let's be real here. SMRT/SBS will be forewarned and they will increase the frequency/capacity during that particular hour. The MSM will cover the wayang and splash on the front page that the minister is satisfied with the smooth and comfortable ride.

Ape said...

It will certainly do some good to make an effort as a transport Minister to experience what the daily commuters have to go through. How else can he relate with the public? Sitting in his office and get feedback from Reach? Or during his MPS? Read statistics or SPH's reports?

However, more importantly, is there a viable solution? Increasing train speed? Increasing number of trains and therefore more frequent arrivals? To what level without compromising safety and risk train collision? Perhaps more lines, more tracks? To what level so as not to incur huge infrastructure cost?

Perhaps MRT can collaborate with airlines or shipping companies on how traffic is managed? Perhaps LTA, MPA and CAAS can work together and share knowledge on how air, sea and land traffic are managed and find out what they can learn from each other.

But Ape is just a lesser mortal... perhaps they have already done so and all viable possibilities have been explored...

Anonymous said...

Hey our transport is the best in the world. This accreditation was given,done by world class institue survey. EVEN THOUGH ALL THE POINTS YOU PEOPLE HIGHLIHGTED ARE RIGHT. IT IS THE CONCLUSION THAT MATTERS. haha (Points or conclusion is up to them to dictate, whichever is beneficial)

and compared to FIRST WORLD TOKYO, LONDON, NEW YORK, I can't really understand??? Singaporeans are sooooo FUSSY. You all should be grateful.

Lim Leng Hiong said...

Hi Lucky, have you read the latest article by Dr. Choy Keen Meng in Today?

http://www.todayonline.com/Singapore/EDC091107-0000042/Rethinking-the-Singapore-growth-model

Exerpts:

1. "In the past, the economy has managed to shoot above its underlying potential, as determined by binding resource constraints, due to an almost infinitely elastic supply of cheap labourers from abroad. The fix to the problem, therefore, is to remove this ready availability of, and excessive reliance on, low-skilled migrant workers by tightening the screws on their intake. The market will then finish the job: as supply shrinks, wages will rise to reflect the true scarcity of labour and this in turn crimps economic growth."

2. "There is a current fad among economists to talk about reorientating Asian economies to be more dependent on domestic rather than external demand. While there are obvious limits to how far down this road Singapore can go, it is equally clear that more could be done to stimulate local consumption spending - one of the lowest in the world - and hence allow it to play its rightful role as a built-in stabiliser during recessions. The price of not doing anything may be more economic roller-coaster rides to come."

Anonymous said...

When Raymond Lim decides to take the MRT, the civil servants below from LTA and the staffs from SMRT will specially arrange a train's arival to coincide with his time of arival. The train will not be crowded, full of seats, and have smiling, unstressed passengers having pleasant conversation. The train will be the newest one, with soft music and soothing lighting, and will arrive at the exact micro second predicted by the screen. The staff at the control station and the crowd-control personnel will give glowing feedbacks on how his remedial policies have eased the commuters' traffic, even at peak hours. The minister will go back to his office thinking what a genius he is, and how deserving his million dollar pay package is, and how ungrateful ordinary singaporeans are. The civil servants and SMRT staff will be complimented by the media and the minister. Higher ranking ones may even get promoted because of such "work smart, dun work hard" tactics.

When the next train arrives, you and me, together with the rest of the sardines, will get on with our real lives.

Anonymous said...

@ lim leng hiong,

that topic lucky tan has blog before. it has been discussed to death. its well known that the consumption level is low ever since SARS.

pap philosophy is trickle down economics, never about increasing real wages for the hoi polloi.

its easier to control poor people.

Cheers

Economist

DanielXX said...

Of course we have a service economy!

Unfortunately the money is all going to the China mei-meis at the massage parlours and then remited back home! For a start, we should start encouraging more SG girls to do the dirty difficult and dangerous work to stimulate domestic consumption!

Anonymous said...

hi Daniel,

as crude as it may sound, i think there might be some truth to that hahaha

Anonymous said...

Remember that a few years ago MM Lee said that it took him 20 minutes to cruise from one end of S'pore to the other end?

Fool would know that the traffic police clears the road in advance. Police service paid by taxpayers.

Well, he is an asshole who talks BIG. I urge all mortals to poke his asshole.

Anonymous said...

I doubt he dare to take MRT during normal rush hour without bodyguards covering all corners as there might be disgruntled citizen waiting to pounce on him. Nowadays, minister are so worry about their personal safety then the plight of the underdogs.

Anonymous said...

Remember the embarrassing taxi stand/stop cock-up. Even tourists were piss-off.