Photo from Straits Times

During his speech yesterday (April 12) in Parliament on the Committee of Supply debate, Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan claimed that public transport is making “quantum leap” and that private cars are getting phased out “like horse carriages” in 25 years’ time:

“Changes will be incremental but over 15 years, we shall collectively experience a quantum leap. Private cars will likely start to go the way of horse carriages, if not in 15 years, definitely in 20 or 25 years’ time.”

Minister Khaw Boon Wan avoided talking about the issues of overcrowding and increasing frequency of train breakdowns, and instead implied that Singapore’s public transport is only slightly worse off than Europe:

“Currently, many other cities, like Amsterdam and Copenhagen, do a better job than us. We must close the gap and be better, particularly because we live in the tropics with hotter and wetter weather.”

The Transport Minister then continued to reiterate his point about fronting public transport as the primary mode of transport and reminded Singaporeans to “cherish public transport as an indispensable part of their daily lives”.