On the ruling party People’s Action Party’s Facebook page, a photo to remind Singaporeans that they are paying one of the lowest fares in the world went viral. Titled “Keeping Transport Costs Affordable”, the photo compared public transport fares of different major cities.

Screenshot from Facebook
Screenshot from Facebook

Unfortunately, the PAP has published a half-truth because income and purchasing power are different in every country. The fares were denominated in Singapore dollars which does not factor in different transport models, wages and cost of living, and the affordability of private transport because unlike other countries, Singaporeans have no option of a private vehicle.

A more accurate post will look like this:

Photo by STR
Photo by STR

The intent of the PAP Facebook page is malicious and meant to mislead readers, especially Singaporeans who have never traveled or lived in the other major cities. In the past 50 years, ignorance and fear have been the major contribution factor to consolidate the PAP support. The decline in electoral support for the PAP in recent years happened because of an increase in exposure and knowledge from the internet, of which the Singapore government has introduced major censorship laws to curb its influence.