The flutter is turning into a storm
Some thought after the repatriation of 29 strikers, charging a few in courts and the jailing of the leader, the story will come to a natural end. Zero tolerance, nip the problem in the bud, take a tough stand, kill the chicken to frighten the monkeys, easier said than done. A couple of imitation or sympathy strikes had followed. More grievances are surfacing.
The political parties that were in a slumber have risen. Some found it no longer acceptable to remain reticent. Everyone wants to have a say, to be heard. Not doing anything or not saying anything is no longer an option. The biggest opposition party, the WP, has taken a tougher stand with more deliberate comments on the welfare of workers.
The ministers are also chipping in to the latest Natcon. This SMRT drivers strike is taking on a life of its own, overshadowing and silencing whatever was the agenda in the Natcon. Bus fares must go up. Expectations of drivers are higher. Need to attract more Sinkies to be drivers. But there must be a cap. Cheap, better and faster will no longer be cheap anymore.
Professor Lim Chong Yah is smiling. They need to find money to pay the bottom feeders. The ideal choice is to get other bottom feeders to foot the bill. But it seems that the other bottom feeders have gotten the message and already jumped the gun by saying no, they are not going to be the one to pay. They are asking the shareholders, the directors, the top management, to pay for any increases. Is this not what Lim Chong Yah has been suggesting?