My thoughts on the Passion Silver Card (PSC)

In this post, I will share my thoughts on the Passion Silver Card (PSC).

The purpose of PSC is to honour our pioneer and merdeka generations in their contributions toward our country’s nation-building, especially during those early years of our independence. Many of them worked hard in their different ways and the PSC is one way of showing our nation’s appreciation and gratitude for them.

PSC holders can basically do 2 things. They can shop at some participating retail outlets and enjoy some small discounts and they can also travel on public transport such as buses and mrt trains at concessionary rates but not taxis.

I was told that PSC holders can only enjoy a 2% discount on their purchases at NTUC Fairprice supermarkets on Tuesdays only. It was reported that NTUC Fairprice made a whopping > S$370 million profit in 2017 and my repeated enquiries to them to explain how a co-operative was able to earn so very much profits were repeatedly ignored by them.

To give readers a sense of the numbers, there are only 365 days in a year and so, if that Straits Times report was correct and true, then NTUC Fairprice made more than 1 million Singdollars profit every single day in 2017! To me, a mere 2% discount on groceries make with a PSC at NTUC Fairprice supermarkets and only on tuesday is mere tokenism at best and using our elderly PSC holders as cheap skate publicity gimmicks at worse.

Projecting a semblance of appreciation cum gratitude and real appreciation and gratitude are totally different things. If I were in charge of extending discount to PSC holders and bearing in mind NTUC Fairprice’s financial position on one hand and our sincere desire to show our nation’s thanks and appreciation on the other, I will extend a 5% discount to all PSC holders on their grocery bills everyday excluding all alcoholic and tobacco products.

Next, I ask why taxi services which is also a public transport is excluded from PSC list? The predictable and simple-minded argument that taxi ride is a luxury item is a very weak argument. For goodness sake, rich people do not travel in taxis or at best, seldom. Many of them either drive or are driven.

Many of our elderly citizens have mobility difficulties. Many are wheelchair bound or walking with aids. Extending concessionary taxi fares of say, discount 10% outside peak hours to PSC holders will be a great boost for our seniors to be more active, to visit friends and their grown up children and grandchildren more often.

This is what true active aging that the PAP government advocates so much is all about. I urge the them to seriously look into it. Remember that anything that is worth doing is worth doing well and not mere semblance of it.

 

Simon Lim

 

 

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20 Responses to “My thoughts on the Passion Silver Card (PSC)”

  • NTUC is Not Trade Union but ..:

    NTUC means National Trade Union to Cheapskate?
    Sounds about right, if only 2% on Tuesday (i.e. 52 days in a year).
    Isn’t it CHEAP?
    I can’t help it but to think that it is CHEAP and Exploitative.
    Also, looks like their top people don’t the meaning of SHAME?

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  • Black Metallic Private Card:

    Every time the cashier ask “got passion card?” I nodded and pay with my black metallic Private Card.

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  • Better not:

    ….extend a 5% discount to all PSC holders on their grocery bills everyday excluding all alcoholic and tobacco products.
    ………..

    NO NO NO.
    please dont encourage bad habits…will create new problems.
    Thank you for your concerns nonetheless. Like reading your articles..

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  • Better not:

    Better not:
    ….extend a 5% discount to all PSC holders on their grocery bills everyday excluding all alcoholic and tobacco products.
    ………..

    NO NO NO.
    please dont encourage bad habits…will create new problems.
    Thank you for your concerns nonetheless. Like reading your articles..

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  • Better not:

    I apologise.. read simon’s article incorrectly and posted a inaccurate comment..
    Please delete it for me TRE.
    thank you much.

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  • Boh Kia See:

    This is nothing but a marketing ploy disguised as “charity”. Same model of the Social Enterprise con.

    NTUC must have done some surveys to realise that on Tuesdays, their traffic throughput is lower than other days. The goods will remain in the stores one more day and staff had to be paid. So there will be overheads to pay despite the lower than usual customer flow.

    So they do some marginal costing–why not get something rather than nothing and still pump up their “community” image?

    You can see that all their thinking is about their own profit–all the schemes they roll out is to show their own self interest disguised as “for you with you”!!.

    AS I said, the PAP cannot be trusted as their heart is about themselves than the country.

    Citizens need to wise up to those tricks–as it has been happening with increasing regularity for so many years.

    You don’t hear a lot about the Clown or the Kee Chiu minister these days. Why? Maybe they are at their own “summit’ to give space to Ho Jinx acting as Number 1.5 PM.

    For the country to be free and remain free, it has also got to be a country for the brave. Just look at previous photos of how the locals defy the Colonial powers and threw off the yoke of Colonialism. It is the same fight that should be done today to throw off the emperor’s dreams and liberate the people.

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  • LIONS:

    Just REFUND GST TO SENIORS.
    Forget about the BS.

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  • Bapak:

    Philippines is a poorer country than Singapore, and all their Sr Citizens are entitled to 20% discount on almost 99% of their purchases 24/7, including taxi. And their Senior Priority lanes are real not like here where counter staff also bochiap whoever queue. Over there they will tell you off go back to normal queue and will not serving you. Mostly, are foreigners who didnt pay attention to the queue signs. Locals are well aware of its purpose.

    Dont their Government also needs money to run the country? Yet they shown such generousity to their seniors is an refection on how much they appreciate their elders. Here we have mere token lip service. Singaporeans do not know itscrights and bargaining power. We simply surrender all our rights and accept any fucking good, bad & ugly policies PAP throws to us. Our country’s value downfall factor No. 1, is we have the stupid citizens. The Old Hack called DAFT.

    PAP G is just too artficial, run by elites who never understand the poor. Singaporeans are conditioned to accept everythings PAP throws to them without reservations. This is stupidity at its highest level. Dafts are simply dafts. No medicine can cure.

    Time to wake up and throw the arrogant PAP out for good.

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  • MarBowling:

    Great article by Simon.

    Similarily, WHY only Class A to Class B1 in restructed gov hospital wards are air-con and NOT Class B2 and Class C wards. In these days when the temperature hit > 35 degrees Celsius, common folks who have major operation and immobile, the heat is unbearable. As a result, bed sores develop, and take longer period to recuperate. Think the Minister of Health and his top officials need to go thru this similar experience after a major operation to REALLY UNDERSTAND HOW and WHAT the common folks have been subject to all these years staying in a non air-con environment NOT because they want or choose to BUT po bian!

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  • Pakatan Singapura:

    all political parties need S$m to function. the bigger the political party, the more S$m needed.

    clown pap is no different. clown pap needs S$m to function.

    where does clown pap get its S$m? via pap PA through legislation via a pliant parleeement. what is theft anywhere else in the world is legislated as legal via a pliant parleeement. to prevent usurpers, the political party chief is legislated as the chairman of pap PA, so intention being to control the abused S$m.

    all the ccccc cccc ccc cc c chairmen chairwomen so free nothing better to do in life than to vlunteer? NO. they are not volunteering. they are spending time to get lucrative t-shirt contracts from pap PA. and the national day medals from clown pap. remove the t-shirt contracts, and the national day medals, all these money faced chairmen chairwomen all disappear.

    the list of abuse is long. for internal change to take place is to ask the thieve not to steal anymore. UNLIKELY. only regime change can right all the current clown pap wrongs.

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  • Irene Vanessa Wan Si Hung:

    When I go to Fairprice @ Hillion, the staff like to purposely push trolleys in my direction. All these people with xiao dong zhuo (small minded actions) so pathetic!

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  • Sunny:

    How many repairman or salesman worth the highest

    Customer service grade star? answer is non.i come a X.

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  • jaywalker:

    Fake Cooperative. Real Shark.

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  • N.Jungne:

    NTUC a co-operative no more, they do Food business and soon all Hawker Centers under them, Huat Ah

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    Simon…Hypocrite is The Name and Fake Care is The Game

    For the very same Brand Item Digestive Biscuit found in ABC you get 30% cheaper and many more ITEMS and they are only a minor Player in the Retail field

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  • Simon, r u ?:

    Simon, r u proposing to slice a piece of flesh each day from the NTUC management beginning from the PAP multimillion/billionaires down to the little yes polanpa in the committee. Before you suggest to move it at the next NTUC election n fixation, shouldn’t you ask how the profits r being used or distributed. We know that the taxidrivers n NTUC little members r saying they r proud that ntuc management r so good to them that they build a nice golf course for them so that they may get a second job as carriers of the big bag of expensive clubs n balls n most possibly they will get a 20 cents tips .
    PAP has done fantastic to keep us as cheap labor with minister representing the slaves, the bosses n themselves as emperor of the dynasty (thank to LHY/LWL for the inside story).Yet these Biwsr satisfied, they r importing hungry, greedy n aggressive foreign PAP idols to displace the NTUC little members while the ministers n the arrogant polanpa Committee members r golfing away. The little members r saying how grateful they r to be tip off by the great Emperor how to STEAL the job from his foreign loved idols by being hungrier, greedier n more aggressive than them. What he didn’t say was should the little ntuc members be more arrogant n brutal than the foreigners like when they bash up their fellow members taxi drivers n pedestrians.
    Taking about PSC, it is the most insidious act committed on the seniors. The Seniors has this hope that they live long enough to see these biws particularly the punkyV4 scumbags got booted out n the new govt would shine lights into all the dark crevices where these biws were doing n frarful of Singaporeans knowing. How much has PAP abused its power besides those they did so arrogantly thinking that what they said n did r all legal n lawful. Conflict of interest is determined by career success, what a stinking notion the pap plp can twisted n bent. Good grief Singaporeans can tolerate such bushshit in the legal profession and as a member of the Govt. really pathetic n downright degrading

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  • ok lah:

    Ok lah … got PSC card better than nothing. I am grateful for the small things in life.

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  • Why Taking Taxi Is A Luxury:

    Policies are drafted by self entitled young upstarts with limited life experience.
    Policies dreamt up by PAP elites naturally lacked depth and for own career expediency only rather than for needs of fellow country mates.

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  • Beggar mentality:

    Not if the giver treat you like a ‘beggar’ by throwing some coins to you. Don’t be daft. Rather not accept, still you preserve some dignity for yourself.

    ok lah:
    Ok lah … got PSC card better than nothing. I am grateful for the small things in life.

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  • yew like torture then ok lah:

    @ ok lah

    ok lah, keep on bleeding until yew realize yew’ve not been bleeding dry but bled dry by the vampapires yew had been voting for and to whom yew have been so gratefooly thankfool for the “small things” in yewr miserable little life and then finish yewr ignorance with a happy death, ok lah

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