Photo of Lee Hsien Loong from Facebook

In their eagerness to please dictator Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s call for a “Smart Nation”, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) announced that they will start phasing out cash transactions at train stations including the ticketing machines. The LTA today (Aug 31) said they will start with removing cash counter service for 11 MRT stations – Admiralty, Bedok, Bukit Panjang, Buona Vista, Farrer Park, HarbourFront, Hougang, Lakeside, Pasir Ris, Serangoon and Yew Tee – starting tomorrow (Sep 1).

According to the LTA’s announcement, there will be no cash counters by 2018 and not even cash transaction by 2020. Dictator Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said it is “smart” to go cashless and many government-linked services are forcing Singaporeans to pay via cards.

The move will greatly inconvenient elderly Singaporeans and young children who do not have a bank card. Singaporeans will have to look for convenient stores like 7-Elevens to top up their EZ-link cards if they want to top up with cash, and likely have to pay a transaction fee for every top up.

In his National Day Rally speech, the dictator PM claimed that he wants to emulate China and become a “Smart Nation”. There is no mention of creating massive inconvenience from the lack of cash transaction option.