In an attempt to get more cars off the overcrowded streets, Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan today (May 9) resorted to pleading car owners to take the public transport from time to time. The self-professed religious Minister said that taking public transport is like being a part-time vegetarian and that “even twice a month is good”:
“At least (be a) part-time public transport user. It’s a little bit like being vegetarian, if you cannot do 100 per cent vegetarian like me… even twice a month is good. “At least (be a) part-time public transport user. It’s a little bit like being vegetarian, if you cannot do 100 per cent vegetarian like me… even twice a month is good.”
The Transport Minister however did not mention concerns about the increasing frequency of train breakdowns and the disproportionate profiteering by the two public transport operators. Previous discussion on revamping the Certificate of Entitlement (COE) tax system has also appeared to died silently as Minister Khaw made no mention about the scheme. Currently, the COE system benefit the rich who can own multiple vehicles without paying more at the same prevailing COE rate.