Singapore is NOT a democratic society. In the eyes of our law, all offenders here are guilty until proven innocent, not the other way round.
The trick is to increase the fares by an insignificat 1 or 2 cents. When you start to tally everybody's 1 and 2 cents, you will realise that it adds up to a large amount. Imagine if you take 500k passengers travelling in the day and 500k in the evening, with an increase of 1 cent per trip, that will amount to additional $10K per day. Multiply that by 30 days, you will get $300K. And I am pretty sure the amount of passengers well exceed 500K.
It always never fail to amaze whenever the news interview someone about the fare increase, most will say that it's ok because it is only 1 cents. By agreeing to such increases no matter the amount, is as good as saying we support it. The saying every cent counts really hold true here.
Unfortunately, Singaporeans have memories of 3 years because whenever the election comes, we will be so absorbed by the propaganda and be reminded of all the good things and nothing else. Maybe someone should keep track of all these "events" then that we can all have a recap before every election
Aiya, simple solution. Support Prime Taxi for now. In fact I call for their taxis for any ride that goes above $10 during peak hour, as 35% of $10 is $3.50 which is their call charge. They do not charge the 35% u see. They are getting FEEDBACK from drivers on what should and what should not be raised. Anyway their number is 67780808. I think its time someone silently protested or writes a long article to the newspapers.
erm... i do feel sorry for the drivers that are getting squeezed. and the transport hikes make me unhappy too. but... do we really want taxi drivers setting their own fares? what if the reverse happens and during peak hour no one stops for you unless are willing to negotiate and pay extra $5?
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2. In this case, it's a misconception. LTA can make all the noise they want, but until they prosecute, and until a judge returns a guilty verdict, it's all noise.
A society with rule of law means that both the govt and the citizens have to obey the law, but it is an independent judiciary which decides which party has broken the law, not the govt.
Normally, ordinary people cave in because they don't have the funds to defend themselves in court, or they take a dim view of their chances. In this case, I think LTA is unlikely to prosecute, it would be very bad publicity, big mighty LTA vs little old taxi driver.
Last edited by waileong; 10th January 2008 at 09:51 AM.
BTW, I believe our society system is modelled on a Socialist Democracy model. Not a pure Democracy model like what many young people think.
Thus the words.... "TO BUILD a Democratic Society" not "HAD BUILT a Democratic Society"
It is because of the rule of law that Singtel is able to sue IDA for $1.5B and win, that an asthmatic has successfully sued the Traffic Police for unlawfully denying her a driving licence, and others have successfully sued IRAS for tax-related matters, etc.
The world has changed. Singapore has changed. But many peoples' thinking have not.
Last edited by waileong; 10th January 2008 at 02:02 PM.
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Last edited by insanne; 10th January 2008 at 08:38 PM.
Independent is the key word, do you think that our judiciary is independent?
Singapore has definitely change, but changing to and for what is the issue? And it seems, looking from something as simple as this thread, a lot to desire for. People, certainly more, change, we are all shaped by our enviroment, don't you think so
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