10/29/2015

What is the problem with SMRT?

I think I know the problem why so many train breakdown problems. The service quality is going down. And if the commuters want better quality train services they must be prepared to pay more. Did not the commuters know that for so many years the fare has been going up and the quality improving all the time, better and betterer. Everytime there is a fare hike, the quality improved or at least the commuters believed so. Paying for quality is the way to go.

Now suddenly got fare decrease, 1.9% some more. Lower fare price means lower quality lah. Tiok boh? Pay less how to expect better quality? When good quality means must pay more, now can pay less, please accept quality must come down lah, at least a bit.

Just look at the universities, every year hike and hike tuition fees. Now the fees so high, and the quality of university education also go up. Now our universities are among the best in the world. Thanks to the high tuition fees. Another few fee hikes they will be better than Harvard and Cambridge and be the best of the best.

SMRT must learn to hike fares to improve the service quality. Want good quality must pay good price lah. How can cheap be good?

So, you want train service quality to improve or not? So simple!

38 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow just like Pay Wave, So Simple! Lucky all ministers do not think like RB otherwise we will all be begging on the streets. But again, now that they probably would have read RB's article, fare hike may be on the way liou. RB, all your fault for teaching them the wrong thing.

Anonymous said...


ITE! ITE! ITE!

Really don't know what to say anymore.

Recently there were toooooooooooooo manY MRT breakdowns!

Not just breakdowns, slow down here and slow down there.......

Why like that?

Singapore, with all our available expertise and talents pool
together, we really really cannot solve the MRT problems meh?

Already so many years already.

Still cannot solve.

Why like that?

ITE! ITE! ITE!

Anonymous said...

Bo tiok lah.

Ex PTC Chairman Gerard Ee already said fare increase and train breakdowns are 2 separate matters.

So which Sinkie, unless he/she become the PTC chairman, has better credentials than Gerard Ee to say otherwise, u tell me lah? RB?

Anonymous said...

I agree with Gerard Ee
"fare increase and train breakdowns are 2 separate matters."

same reasoning.
PAP Minister's salary and PAP Minister's ability are 2 separate matters.
High salaries does not mean we get good PAP Ministers.

Anonymous said...


why so difficult to solve the mrt breakdowns and related problems.....

don't understand why so difficult difficult difficult.......

just pay and pay the right people to do the job lah...........

they say......有钱能使鬼推磨!........

hahaha.........................

Anonymous said...

I agree with Gerard Ee
"fare increase and train breakdowns are 2 separate matters."

So Minister salary increase and benefits to Singaporeans
They are also two separate matters tio bo?

agongkia said...

Another Teng Ah Gee offering Ting Tong idea.
Or trying to PLP or being brainwashed with the belief that raising fare is the solution.

Replace the whole system and train once and for all.
Only Sinkies like to keep repeating the subject on train breakdown which is not productive.

Paiseh but I still have to repeat...
Nothing unusual for train to breakdown here and it is only unsual if it does not .
Want no breakdown, go travel oversea like Seoul,Bangkok or Taipei etc.Less breakdown there because the management and staff are paid lesser salary and as such,tend to work harder for higher salary and treasure their job .
Here staff are overpaid , klkk, do not bother to do extra, become complacent, cannot or fail to report faults or risks resulting in breakdown that can be avoided. Why? Overpaid so become lazy and not responsible.
Solution.Pay cut for all staff and management by lowering the fare further.Cut salary.

jjgg said...

RB ..pretty obvious..mrt prices must rise to reach an equilibrium with other means of public transport..I suggest that mrt prices be raised at least 5 fold so that there will be wholesale desertion of the train services to other means...eg..taxis buses uber bicycles..why our transport clever people never suggested introducing tuk tuk n motor cycle taxis? They never been to Bangkok meh? You implement my suggestion n Overnight you not only solve the whole transport problem ..the taxi drivers n uber drivers will love you...

Anonymous said...

We had the solution to our MRT problem in GE 2015.
Just vote out the PAP government.
Unfortunately, only 30% of Singaporeans supported this idea.

70% who voted PAP.
Serves you right.
I will cut off my nose to spite my face.
I will pray for two MRT breakdowns everyday.

Anonymous said...

'Paiseh but I still have to repeat...
Nothing unusual for train to breakdown here and it is only unsual if it does not .
Want no breakdown, go travel oversea like Seoul,Bangkok or Taipei etc.Less breakdown there because the management and staff are paid lesser salary and as such,tend to work harder for higher salary and treasure their job.'

I find this statement more khongcum than RB's tongue in cheek comments. Simpletons would find it difficult to see the wise cracks of RB.

Anonymous said...

Europeans Scramble For Guns Amid Islamic Immigrant Invasion: “Long Guns Sold Out”
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" In Austria, the scramble for self defense firearms is on, as WND.com reports, Austrians are arming themselves at record rates in an effort to defend their households against feared attacks from Muslim invaders. "

“People want to protect themselves,” Mayer said. “Nonetheless, the most common purchasers of arms are primarily Austrian women.”

SOURCE
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http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-10-28/austria-runs-out-long-guns-europeans-scramble-protection-against-islamic-invasion

http://www.wnd.com/2015/10/islamic-invasion-pulls-trigger-europeans-scramble-for-guns/

http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/europeans-scramble-for-guns-amid-islamic-immigrant-invasion-long-guns-sold-out_10272015

Anonymous said...

Looks like western Europeans are also learning how to cope with a sudden increase in their population.
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Do you think they are coping as well as Singaporeans?
Do you think they are as tolerant as Singaporeans?
Do you think they will continue to give their current government a "strong" mandate to continue with the current policies?

Anonymous said...

Rats, Food and MRT Stations - Tan Cheng Bock - 19 Dec 2014
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When l was studying the London Underground before we started building our MRT we were advised not have food on trains and that, there should be a buffer zone between food shops and the MRT stations.
The no food and eating rule in the trains was instituted and no food shops were allowed close to the stations.
However overtime, policy changed and l can see food shops even close to the entrance to the stations.
Bukit Batok is one example where food shops are very close to the stations.

SOURCE
https://www.facebook.com/TanChengBock/posts/745025208905350

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Two birds corner rat at stairs in Punggol MRT station - 21 March 2015

http://singaporeseen.stomp.com.sg/this-urban-jungle/who-will-win-this-showdown-two-birds-corner-rat-at-stairs-in-punggol-mrt-station

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0k_OnxVMNgU

Anonymous said...

In the old days, the CEOs of transport companies will be called to have coffee at the Istana where sense will be knocked in them. Now, I kind of miss that touch where it should be applied, instead we have mixed signals from the top.

Anonymous said...

Thanks to the Americans for setting the Middle East burning. Now the hordes of Middle Eastern people are marching into Europe. In no time Europe would be taken over by them and the USA would be the last bastion of White civilisation.

Thank you Americans for blessing Europe with more Middle Eastern people.

Anonymous said...

官 word got 2 mouths in it.

Anonymous said...

When you pay less and quality deteriorates, you have no right to complain, right?

Or, if you complain, SMRT will have a very good excuse for poor quality service, tio bo?

So, in the end, we cannot expect no breakdown, betul kah?

Therefore, credit to Khaw for solving the breakdown problem and the transport problem so fast. He is indeed a miracle worker.

Anonymous said...

The situation in our train operators where the senior executives are paid top $$$ but work is done by lowly-paid workers (some of them contract staff) is replicated across many government agencies. Permanent-contract civil servants are well paid, take long lunch, attend overseas team-building sessions, go for overseas holidays at least twice yearly and for their job, they just need to supervise the temp-contract staff or outsourced vendors. Then things start to breakdown because nobody knows what is going on.

There is something very wrong with this country. Cracks are showing up everywhere. And nobody is taking responsibility. First world my foot!

Anonymous said...

LKY is the best. Period.

Anonymous said...

Hardtruths work for Sg. Period.

Anonymous said...

Nobody can do better than PAP given a tiny piece of barren rock.

Anonymous said...

PAP! PAP! PAP!

Anonymous said...

IS THE BEST!

Anonymous said...

70% have spoken.

Anonymous said...

Redbean soup is NOT HARDTRUTHS.

Anonymous said...

China has Mao Tze Tong.

Anonymous said...

Taiwan has Chiang Kai Shek

Anonymous said...

India has Ghandi

Anonymous said...

S AFRICA has Nelson Mandela.

Anonymous said...

Vietnam has Ho Chi Min

Anonymous said...

Sg has Ho Ching

Anonymous said...

ST has CMH

Anonymous said...

SMRT has ( ....... ) GENERALS and COLONELS and LT COLONELS and MAJORS and ( train and bus ) CAPTAINS.

Anonymous said...

There is something very wrong with this country.
Anon 3:48 p.m.

Then why 70% still voted for PAP, the ruling party of this country?

Anonymous said...

Malaysia has Najib.

Malaysia still boleh!

Anonymous said...

"Then why 70% still voted for PAP, the ruling party of this country?"

Simple. Because this country has the most number of daft citizens. 70% to be exact, give or take a little less than one percent.

Anonymous said...

"Then why 70% still voted for PAP, the ruling party of this country?"

For sure, the folks in civil service, GLCs are all part of this majority. They vote for their good lives to continue till kingdom comes. And with more acting ministers and coordinating ministers appointed who will need their own support staff, the number of civil servants will swell. We will surely be looking to exceed 70% in ge2020. And this is not even including the new citizens.

Anonymous said...

Then surely they do not need talents to rule over the dafts, right? Governing the dafts will be as easy as taking candy from a child.

Soon, in the land of the daft, the pigs are king.