I feel there must be a baseline of minimum standard. Cannot just compare with whatever suits your cause e.g. our fares are cheap compared to Japan or the UK
It is a fact that the reliability of SMRT has dropped tremendously over the years. They really need to up the standard if not, ship out. I don't need them to harakiri.
Last edited by alamak; 5th March 2015 at 03:00 PM.
Haha... ok if u all realize, I was merely repackaging into one post what some forummers here and others elsewhere who are pro-government have said previously.
Interesting about human psychology. When we rightly raise or complain serious issues in Singapore, pro-government people will say we are whiners. But when you bring together all these pro-government arguments together in one place, some of us begin to see how ridiculous they sound.
I won't go further lest it becomes a political post. But I leave it to you to form your own judgments.
At least she harakiri. Hahaha I chuckle all the time when I remember henry thia talking about harakiri.
I'm only looking in from afar and are not aware of which line broke down - but the first trains started running in 1987. Nearly 30 years. Their design life was probably 30 years. Those original trains have run long and hard. At 15-20 years they should have gotten nearly totally rebuilt to ensure reliable running to the end of their life.
Also the first tracks will be 'suffering' from near 30 years hard use - the original control systems will now be obsolete and in need of replacement - and will become progressively more unreliable unless 'refreshed'.
But train rebuilds and control systems upgrades are expensive and very 'un sexy' from a management point of view, especially if your prime objective to to enhance shareholder value - the longer you can defer the big ticket replacement items, the better.
SMRT should have been putting money aside for years to pay for replacement equipment - have they been doing so ?. Or will ultimately the state and thus the taxpayer have to pick up the tab for replacing those 'life expired' assets ?
When Saw PH was at the helm, IIRC it was reported that the money went to create more retail business and not maintenance.
So now Kwek BC parachuted into the post, he had no choice but to clear up the mess which is impossible to catch up with due to the compounding effect over the years.
I wonder how both of them ended up as the CEO when they have no prior experience in the industry.
Is this how meritocracy works in Singapore?
I like this guy who feedback in 97.2 said. LTA imposed heavy fine on SMRT. Next SMRT cited high operation cost an ask fare review committee for fare increase. Request justifiable. Win-win for LTA and SMART. last part is by me. haha
Hmmm, get heavy fine for one year but enjoy higher fares forever (cod it will never come down). Not a bad deal.
With the trend of going for 'design and build' contracts especially government linked project, things are getting worse. Only advantage for Such projects is you leave everything to others and you don't get blame but just point your finger.
Whether pointing in or out, the people using it still suffer. What happen to the good old days?
If you have a chance to talk to SMRT past or present vendors, you will be surprise on how SMRT pays them.
One of the vendor told me for a successful completion of a job, some of them will be presented a cert of plaque signed off by SMRT for job well done! This was he was told after he submitted a final proposal on maintenance of their communication system.
That was during the Peacock's era. But this vendor did not bother to see or response to SMRT job ever since then.
Foreigners complain and when they do, it is big time .... they go on strike.
Listen to KBW because he is well-respected? I respect him for one thing though ... his disclosure about his $5 heart bypass surgery. That man really knows where to find a bargain.
Cycle to work in our type of weather and traffic condition? You must be joking.
Last edited by Zenten; 8th March 2015 at 12:32 PM.
Nikomi Canpen Zenten :eek:
Not exactly 100% Natural but definitely the closest you can get to it
Btw u know how cheap India transport is?
Its fking cheap..
They hv mrt too.. India is not as bad as some media love to show us..