This was the front page of the Straits Times on 16 February 2013:
Yup. It’s another “review” of whether concessions will be given to certain groups, including the disabled. But this time, it seems that the government is taking it more seriously – “a high level committee”, according to the Straits Times, has been tasked to look into the matter.
But lets be clear about one thing – such a “review” is not new. SBS Transit had such a “review” in 2009 to see if concessions would be given to the disabled. Nothing was heard of the review after that. Evidently, it decided that concessions could or would not be given.
The disabled community even took to Hong Lim Park in 2009 to make their plea: [Read it here: “10 years – and still no public transport subsidy for disabled“]
And again last year, 2012, the minister dismissed the appeals for concessions:
And mind you, the disabled have been fighting for this for 14 years now. Yes, 14 years – for concessions, while the CEOs of the transport companies keep being paid exorbitant salaries and bonuses. (I wrote about it here: “No concessions for disabled – but CEOs reap millions“.)
I am not hopeful that the minister for transport or the Public Transport Council (PTC) or the operators will finally give the disabled community – whose members do not earn a lot, mostly – the concessions.
I am also tired of reading about all these “reviews”. 14 years should be more than enough for such things. It really is time for the minister for transport to have some freaking backbone and decide for concessions for the disabled community.
Here is the last article I wrote about this matter, almost a year ago. I wrote it for Yahoo here: “Time to provide transport fare concessions to the disabled“.
Have some balls, Mr Lui.
And have some heart, PTC, SMRT & SBS Transit.