The much delayed Rapid Transit Ststem (RTS) project

The much delayed Rapid Transit Ststem (RTS) project linking Bukit Chagar terminus in Johor and the Singapore terminus in Woodlands North MRT station has finally got the green light to proceed and it must be a welcome news for many people.

Apart from the short 4 km distance between the 2 terminus, the RTS will now be a cheaper standalone LRT system instead of the original plan to use the same trains and systems as Singapore’s Thomson East Coast Line (TEL). A new depot will be built at Wadi Hana, Johor Baru too.

Among all the smiling faces and wavings at the Causeway a few days ago, some very basic and crucial information were missing.

Firstly, the budget and/or the project cost was not mentioned. It must greatly surprised many people that up until the conclusion of the agreement, such information was not disclosed.

Next, it was circulated in some online news that Singapore will foot 61% of the project cost. If the news is true, the pap government must explain clearly to concerned citizens as to why this is so and bearing in mind also that the depot is going to be built in Johor and not in Singapore. Short of describing it in any other way, I am very concerned.

It is my frevent hope that no pap ministers will ever forget about his/her fiduciary duties, transparency and proper accountability that they owe to all our citizens. Do not ever forget also that our tax money are never some windfalls. Think.

 

Simon Lim

 

 

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12 Responses to “The much delayed Rapid Transit Ststem (RTS) project”

  • No fish prawn is fine:

    No hsr but got rts. No bad after all. Better than no rail. Just that from a speed of 200kmh reduced to 50-80kmh. Still benefit us in a certain way.

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  • NotMyProblem:

    “Firstly, the budget and/or the project cost was not mentioned. It must greatly surprised many people that up until the conclusion of the agreement, such information was not disclosed.”

    Like Defence budget, it cannot be audited and cannot be disclosed. This way no one is any wiser where the money is flowing to. It ends up with a lot of distributaries into many people pockets on both sides.

    Just because Najib is going to jail, doesn’t mean there is no Najib 2.0!

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  • Harder Truths:

    Why? Very simple. A fast cheap and mass transport system to bring in FT everyday – thus decreasing their wages and cheapening the job market with anyone who can get on a train at the Malaysian end.

    On the bright side -it also allows the unemployed $G worker to travel to Malaysia to be employed in jobs Malaysians do not want but $G citizens have no choice but to take. For how long can a $G citizen be a Grab food deliveryman to rich FT households?

    And just after the election too! How convenient.

    Ownself fool ownself.

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  • Billy ma:

    The confident level on the quality & competency of the PAP ministers at an historical low, such high cost project is truly worrisome.

    And with ong yekung as transport minister, the chances of screw up is very high.

    These PAP ministers are good at bullying Singaporeans but are like little kids when dealing with Malaysian politicians.

    The incompetency of PAP ministers is staggering & bore really really bad news for the country & citizens.

    What is even worse is that they’ll never admit to their mistakes & mismanagement. To PAP, they can never be wrong.

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  • TUMASIK Patriot:

    SNAP Election PH comes into Power…and the Crooked Bridge is back???…aiyo!!! our commission and kickbacks again suspended leh!!!

    Never Mind we still have our LEEgal Corruption to lean on…no fix amount but can be fixed as we roll along the next 3-5 years lah!!! wife happy children not necessarily be with the peasants and Holidays in the Maldives and Island where COVID 19 is not heard of YET!!!

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  • RTS=RoamTheStreet:

    Sporeans must not be left to Roam The Street aimlessly and be jobless, at any point in time.

    Once the RTS starts operation, more Msians as far North might fill 70-90% of the jobs here. What is left for SGs might be just breadcrumbs while the Msians live in cheaper JB, earning in SGD, spending in RM.

    It’s the resposibility of the government of the day to ensure that every Sporean’s wellbeing be upheld, rain or shine.

    We must not tolerate being treated like stepchildren and pushed to the edge of the cliff.

    We had been promised Swiss Standard of Living some 30 years ago. What materialised now is a Swisscidal Cost of Living that is incessantly climbing at astronomical heights, thus increasing the number of new poor. And the existing poor become destitutes to the point of suicide.

    What good governance then, is left to be seen.

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  • Change We Must:

    Why are we paying so much more to benefit the Malaysians???

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  • Soccerbetting2:

    Stated above :Quote – “….. Firstly, the budget and/or the project cost was not mentioned. It must greatly surprised many people that up until the conclusion of the agreement, such information was not disclosed.

    Next, it was circulated in some online news that Singapore will foot 61% of the project cost. If the news is true, the pap government must explain clearly to concerned citizens as to why this is so and bearing in mind also that the depot is going to be built in Johor and not in Singapore. Short of describing it in any other way, I am very concerned…. Simon Lim”Unquote.

    Response : “Budget or project cost was not mentioned”. Maybe beast Josephine Teo Li Min husband beast Teo Eng Cheong maybe is the one building this LRT system for Johor and obviously may be very “kind” (sarcasm intended) to build it at cost or below cost basis just like the Surbana Jurong previously build at cost or below cost for the expo project (based on recall memory). So as usual, no need to mention any budget or project cost for whatever figure mentioned will always be very minimum to show a front view basis. The final eventual cost may see it balloon to maybe double or triple millions/billions due to profiteering.

    “Singapore will foot 61% of the project cost”. Nothing surprising. To build Malaysia project, sure must pay most of the cost for them. The Malaysians are not dumb stupid but I cannot say about the bad luck Malaysia born cow that become the Singapore transport minister. Singapore should fully check on the entire wealth of that retired bad luck born Malaysian “Cow” who may have amassed huge tons of wealth all these years from the mrt projects behind the scene, who knows? As usual check is always a precaution and a standard SOP procedure. If never check, nothing will be discovered and all those billions disappear off also nobody knows. Recently got one LTA big shop officer found to be suspected to be corrupted and so if never check properly, who knows got more corruptions or not?

    In future, most of the high speed rail billions cost will most likely bear by Singaporeans to pay for their infrasture too. Have no doubt about that too. Next time all these infrasture LRT/high speed rail break down and those billions maintenance cost, go and think who will be paying most of them? Think.

    By the way, hardworking Simon Lim of People Voice come out to work already. Where is that lazy Lim Tean of People Voice who never produce any more of those “Lim Tean” after work entertaining video nowadays ? Still sleeping? So how is Lim Tean going to defeat Josephine Teo Li Min five years down the road next GE?

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  • xoxo:

    Can sgs go to live in Malaysia the way n manjer so many malaysian CHINESE FTs live n WORK N EARN MONEY here?

    These trains are a FREE SERVICE TO THESE NALAYSIANS who cone here to earn money n enjoy life here.
    When sgs go to Malaysia,the treatment we receive is NOT as CORDIAL?

    HOW CAN MINISTERS N OTHER KAYPOHS CALL sgs XENOPHOBIC?
    THEY MUST BE DAFT TO DO SO.

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  • Bad Governance From PAP:

    Why Bad Governance ?

    PAP has made the Cost Of Living In Singapore very high by not controlling the rents of shops, Hawker centers, factories etc.. As a result the companies have to ask for lower labour cost but Singaporeans workers cannot have lower salaries as they cannot cope with the higher cost of living.

    So the PAP government allows cheaper FTs to come in and work for these companies. And these FTs do not have to serve the annual National Service obligations.

    At the same time the PAP is collecting a lot of levies from these companies.

    For the Singaporeans Workers , going right also cannot, going left also cannot. The only way is to commit suicide or fight against the PAP government. The recent GE result is the starting point of this rebellion against the PAP. There will be more to come and in my opinion I will not be surprised to see an armed rebellion in time to come.

    Good Luck to Pinky and his greedy elites.

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  • Emperor Dowager's Court lah:

    (It is my fervent hope that no pap ministers will ever forget about his/her fiduciary duties, transparency and proper accountability that they owe to all our citizens.)

    “Often expectation FAILS, and most often there where most it promises; and often it hits where hope is coldest, and despair most fits.”

    - William Shakespeare

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  • Pap has the mandate:

    Ah….I am sure it will be another case similiar to 1 MDB for years to come. PAP Government is very good to project that Singapore has not money laundering.

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