21 Dec '11, 11pm

Great read! System breakdown goes beyond the MRT.... #sgpolitics

There is a lot of anger now with SMRT CEO Saw Paik Hwa and there are calls for her to resign. The Chinese fed the fury of the readers by publishing a photo of her dressed as Cleopetra carried by a few half naked men. She did that to raise money for charity but it doesn't matter - people are just angry and they will find reasons to be angry. Our MRT trains are 25 years old. Things breakdown due to wear and tear....and in an unpredictable fashion and perhaps maintenance cost have to escalate as the trains age but privatisation means a great pressure to increase profits and answer to shareholders. SMRT's profits rose every year even as the quality of service fell due to overcrowding. Its CEO Saw received the highest pay package of any CEO in SMRT's history. Profits vs quality of service. High salaries does not mean the system delivers quality of service to the people and syst...

Full article: http://singaporemind.blogspot.com/2011/12/system-breakdow...

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