Raymond Lim once proposed a way for “completely free” public transport

Actually Minister Raymond Lim had once proposed a way to have completely free public transport. Here’s what he said about public transport concessions during a constituency visit back in 2008.

In response to NCMP Sylvia Lim’s call in Parliament on 11 March 2010 for transport concessions for the disabled, Transport Minister and MP for East Coast GRC, Raymond Lim, said: “I’d be very slow in stipulating (to operators) how best to run the concession policy.”

But actually the Minister had once proposed a way to have completely free public transport. Here’s what he said about public transport concessions during a constituency visit back in 2008:

“The money still must come from somewhere, right? It is about 1.5 percentage point increase in your GST. So now it’s 7 (per cent), you want it to be free? You want the GST to go up to 8.5 per cent, to run a completely free bus and MRT system?”

5 thoughts on “Raymond Lim once proposed a way for “completely free” public transport”

  1. Given the gigantic loss of GIC and TH over state coffers, it is not hard to see that GST will definitely increase to 10% or more after election. Now, make sure Raymond Lim fulfils what he says that public transport will be free of charge if GST increases. Will like to see how he pulls it off just like Woody happily admits ONLY AFTER ELECTION that he has no idea where the $100 millions comes from if Hougang win by PAP. Such empty, incredible and nonsensical remarks are the hallmark of PAP.

  2. I would beseech him to put his money where his mouth is!
    If he is willing to provide free transport, I am willing to let the GST go up to 8.5%!

    And in the event the govt decide to up the GST to 10%, i’d better be able to get up the public transport for FREE!

    All hot air, no substance!

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