Seems like the government is giving in more and more to the peoples' cries for welfare and cheese:
Commuters who are willing to get up earlier and travel to the city area before 7.45am will get free train rides from June 24.Free rides, costing ten million just for a trial. I'm wondering if taxes are going to go up somewhere else to make up for the cost. Let's see what the locals have to say about it:
Those who get off trains between 7.45am and 8am in the morning will get a 50 cents discount on their fares. The incentives are part of the government's year-long trial to coax train users to travel earlier and spread out the peak hour crush.
The trial was announced by Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew on Tuesday morning at Raffles Place station. The free travel trial will be implemented in 16 stations where commuters alight, including City Hall, Raffles Place and the Clarke Quay.
Mr Lui projects that 10 to 20 per cent of commuters travelling between 8.15am and 9am in the morning will start their journeys earlier. The government will pick up the tab for the trial which is expected to cost $10 million.
"Is it free? Nope! Taxpayers will be paying for it. Why should taxpayers' money go towards financing a hare-brained scheme that benefits people, most of whom do not need the cost-savings. They merely happen to wake up early and they had been happily paying all along."
"It only benefit people working at town area... Ask them learn from Japan train service... Their train and buses are so precise"So on and so forth, ad infinitum. What I'd like to tell these folks would be to shut up and eat the damned cheese; I know I will when I travel during those times.
"Only @ 16 stations only another smart minister cheating and fooled us again"
"Give a beggar a bunch of 1 cent coins and see if he complain or not lor... when things came with conditions, can we actually call it 'FREE"?"
According to the Straits Times, 37% of responders approved of the new trial while 26% disapproved and the rest were undecided on the issue.
I guess "grateful" is just a measure of cheese. Hey, you wanted socialism. You wanted cheese. Now that you've been given cheese, you're complaining that it isn't the right flavour, that the government is just giving it to you to buy you off when you were the one who wanted to be bought off in the first place.
I guess people can never be pleased, right?