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A leadership crisis has surfaced with the SimplyGo saga

Simply Unacceptable!

A leadership crisis has surfaced with the SimplyGo saga. Developed by the Land Transport Authority (LTA), a statutory body operating under the Ministry of Transport in Singapore's government, the SimplyGo transition encountered a sudden shift in direction. The Minister of Transport recently announced a reversal in the implementation of the transit ticketing system. Initially slated for a phased replacement of the older ticketing system starting June 1st, Minister Chee Hong Tat publicly apologised on behalf of LTA, acknowledging the "judgement error" in pushing for full adoption of SimplyGo. Some observers, perhaps considering the forthcoming general election, are framing this pivot as a demonstration of the government's responsiveness to public feedback.

At many levels, several aspects of this episode are problematic.

Firstly, this is just a transit ticketing system. We are not pioneering interplanetary travel to Mars. Similar systems are already in place in various cities worldwide, including one just across the causeway. This is literally not rocket science. Moreover, we already possess functioning legacy systems - Ezlink, Nets, NetsFlash… A $40 million overrun on a project is not insignificant, particularly considering the existence of efficient transit ticketing systems already in operation.

Furthermore, why is the minister apologising for LTA? Shouldn't he hold LTA accountable instead? The principles of good governance include the separation of powers.

The expectation from leadership in policy-making is a process where listening comes before action. However, what we observe here is a pattern of acting hastily, followed by reactive listening, and ultimately, reversing course when faced with intense scrutiny or backlash, with the financial burden falling upon the national treasury. This is simply unacceptable!

Finally, it is crucial to have a level of transparency that goes beyond mere ministerial declarations on the subject. There are pressing issues and inquiries that the populace seeks answers to. For instance, who is responsible for the implementation of this system? How were the decisions made? Were there any decisions made in the grandstand of the F1 circuit?

 

Tan Tee Say

 

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29 Responses to “A leadership crisis has surfaced with the SimplyGo saga”

  • opposition dude:

    Ha ha good joke on the bit where they say the government is suddenly more responsive in view of the next GE. Even if this is true then it means that PAP will be back to its bulldozing ways after the election lah?

    All this little episode has shown is that government agencies have long been f-king it up and LTA suay suay 2 quick ones in a row following the reversal to not withdraw 167. Let us not forget that HDB screwed up with the AMK Sers not too long ago too yah? And the AGO publishing reports of various government agencies failing audits, remember those published over a few years hmm?

    One little reversal for a ticketing system is nothing lah, this should be done even without having to wayang and say a government agency suddenly became more “responsive” to commuters. In the first place this is standard procedure to listen to the people who are affected what! It’s all due to PAP’s arrogance over the decades and yet another fine example of “WE KNOW BEST” being displayed, simple as that.

    Lawrence saying he will be more consultative after he takes over ah? Same old nonsense as when Goh Chok Tong took over, say also the same shit but look at who he sued?

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  • Singaporean R Free Rider:

    Dear Tan Tee Say,
    There are no leadership crisis in PAP.

    On the contrary, PAP demonstrate good leadership showing accountability like what this mother did.

    https://shorturl.at/rwzA2

    Transport Minister Chee Hong Tat, like this mother, took responsibility for her son (employees) mistake and then show her son (employees) how to correct the mistake.

    This mother took responsibility, did not run away from the problem just like Chee Hong Tat.

    We must vote PAP. PAP has leadership.

    Opposition on the other hand is behaving like snake, always turn here and turn there like Pastor Kong/Pastor Sun and Venerable MingYi to avoid bearing responsibilities for their actions.

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  • OK lah:

    Good that they make a U turn…
    No need to bash them..if not next time sure no U Turn.

    Sure need more cost to maintain 2 systems…so OK lah until can have better one integrated system solution for all payments in future.

    Not sure edge computing at every MRT station can help reduce the time for SimplyGo to show fare etc..

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  • SimplyGO:

    When SimplyGo first started,still remember their staff at the MRT station was quite convincing on the merit of the SimplyGO system over existing system…until the part cannot show the fare and the remaining value.
    Told them it will be no go for many people,especially the Seniors and should feedback to their boss.
    But they still proceed as it is….

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  • Singaporean R Free Rider:

    The only leadership crisis is your Americunt,
    Dis-United States of America.

    Texas revolted, 25 states support Texas
    https://rb.gy/ovk2uu

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  • Absurdity:

    I have long forgotten GCT till you mentioned him again. Where is he hiding his stupid head now after saying that those getting 500k or less per month are mediocre? Want to come out to comment on his top performers losing 40m and others losing by boggling multiples in sovereign funds?

    opposition dude:
    Ha ha good joke on the bit where they say the government is suddenly more responsive in view of the next GE.Even if this is true then it means that PAP will be back to its bulldozing ways after the election lah?

    All this little episode has shown is that government agencies have long been f-king it up and LTA suay suay 2 quick ones in a row following the reversal to not withdraw 167.Let us not forget that HDB screwed up with the AMK Sers not too long ago too yah?And the AGO publishing reports of various government agencies failing audits, remember those published over a few years hmm?

    One little reversal for a ticketing system is nothing lah, this should be done even without having to wayang and say a government agency suddenly became more “responsive” to commuters.In the first place this is standard procedure to listen to the people who are affected what!It’s all due to PAP’s arrogance over the decades and yet another fine example of “WE KNOW BEST” being displayed, simple as that.

    Lawrence saying he will be more consultative after he takes over ah?Same old nonsense as when Goh Chok Tong took over, say also the same shit but look at who he sued?

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  • SINGAROAR:

    Still haven’t given the costs of SimplyGo.

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  • Adobe Pop-Up:

    Tech–if you do not solve your Adobe Pop -up–Shopee ads you are going to lose a lot of viewers.

    Tech: I am unable to replicate the same on my end, can you please send me a screenshot or URL that it directs to? Also, which country are you visiting the website from? Thank you.

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  • Feedback:

    Well well just Simply Go
    No need consumers feedback
    Simply Go … Go Ahead
    Now spent time to do damage control.
    Not let’s Go … let Go
    No need Feedback from the ground
    Just get the Go Ahead from high Above the ground
    Money no issue. Singaporean can afford.
    Let’s Go Trace Together
    Oops Battery problem
    No Go ….. wait
    Is ok … still can Let Go
    What happen…No Trace Together anymore
    Simply Gadget ….. no longer together anymore
    Now I cannot Trace where my expensive gadget anymore.
    Extra contribution to landfill …cannot recycle . Maybe can be transform to the good old days of pager…
    Anyway got to let go…

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  • Sporeans Keep Govt Employed:

    I have the same problem in Spore. Shopee pee pee ads pop up and block your web COMPLETELY. NO X button.

    Someone doesn’t want you to be read.

    Adobe Pop-Up:
    Tech–if you do not solve your Adobe Pop -up–Shopee ads you are going to lose a lot of viewers.

    Tech: I am unable to replicate the same on my end, can you please send me a screenshot or URL that it directs to? Also, which country are you visiting the website from? Thank you.

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  • Sleazy In Spore:

    Now CDC vouchers can be used for prostate care massage and soft deep intense massage. Oooooh!

    https://mothership.sg/2024/01/cdc-massage-illicit-services-prostate/

    Singaporean R Free Rider:
    The only leadership crisis is your Americunt,
    Dis-United States of America.

    Texas revolted, 25 states support Texas
    https://rb.gy/ovk2uu

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  • rice:

    Frankly it is not a leadership issue per se.
    IT IS a LEEder$HIT problem.
    Looks like a seeming “$imple” $cheme to COLLECT MORE MONEY has been foiled unwittingly,just guessing.

    Scholars cant be that naive.
    Its other rea$on/s ,perhaps?

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  • SINGAROAR:

    @TR Tech
    It is the same with me on the Pop up Shoppee. Started when I was in Malaysia and continuing in Singapore.

    Tech: I have contacted the network and they have agreed to blacklist Shopee on our website and turn off popups. However, since the contents on TRE is cached to your system locally, it would take a day to get rid of the annoyance as the refresh rate for local files is set to 24 hours. Sorry for that.

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  • Light The Way:

    They only apologise but never step down.

    That is the problem.

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  • Singaporean R Free Rider:

    Singaporean R Free Rider:
    The only leadership crisis is your Americunt,
    Dis-United States of America.

    Texas revolted, 25 states support Texas
    https://rb.gy/ovk2uu

    3 idiots Ang Mo Dua Kee thumb me down..

    Hahaha, the truth hurt. Dis-United States of A or B ? U$A or U$B ?

    Next, CCP China imploding soon with its property cra$h.

    China Evergrande ordered to liquidate by Hong Kong court
    https://shorturl.at/qvC69

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  • Current state of affairs:

    Having problems at the top, rotten apples also spotted at the bottom!

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  • VOTE:

    Ya, it’s WAYANG lah!

    Election coming soon!

    Lots of questions left unanswered!

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  • China Launderers In Sinkieland:

    ”China vowed to step up cooperation with Singapore to crack down on cross-border money laundering crimes, highlighting its concerns about illicit flows in the region.

    China is paying “high attention” to the situation, ”
    https://sg.finance.yahoo.com/news/china-vows-to-cut-illicit-flows-as-singapore-remittances-get-stuck-034336596.html
    ”DBS puts up shophouses for sale to recover loans amid money laundering probe”
    ”At least 10 foreigners have been arrested in Singapore’s largest anti-money laundering operations, with assets seized worth more than $3 billion.

    The assets confiscated include 207 properties, 77 vehicles, money in bank accounts amounting to more than $1.45 billion”
    Launderers’ money are causing huge asset and consumer inflation in sinkieland.
    Even Ministers are renting out their GCBs —so lucrative.
    Might as well sell the whole Island to the uncaught Fujian Gangs.
    Was DBS complicit or incompetent in lending money to money launderers?
    No due diligence????
    So far only one property agent licence taken away—the rest escape unscathed!

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  • Land of Launderers:

    @”China is paying “high attention” to the situation, ”
    PM Wang Yi will be visiting sinkingland soon to flush out the other money launderers hiding here with ‘passport-of-convenience’
    Many are running loss-making businesses to wash their ill-gotten funds.
    Look around any HDB neighbourhood—you can easily spot them.
    The 207 money-laundered property should also be put up for auction.
    Ditto the 77 cars.
    Those are the tip of the iceberg!
    How many more China launderers dare still operate here given Wang Yi warning?
    Perhaps they will head for Bermuda or Myanmar.
    Papigs know that the eyes of the world will be watching them–cannot pretend not to know anymore.
    Wang Yi and Xi will be angry!

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  • Electrolux Leaving:

    ”Electrolux to close Singapore regional office, relocate leadership team to Bangkok”
    Deluge of incoming laundering money into SGD assets will make sinkingland a very expensive place to live and to do business.
    SGD will be mispriced vs other currencies.
    Allowing launderers money to flow in uncheck have its consequences.
    Property prices, rental, COE hitting the roof.
    More MNCs will pack their bags.
    Many jobs will be lost.
    Then who will buy the $1million dollar HDB and $2million condos.
    Jake’s View by Jake Van Der Kamp
    Singapore’s open door to billionaires shuts out logic
    https://www.scmp.com/business/article/1278264/singapores-open-door-billionaires-shuts-out-logic?campaign=1278264&module=perpetual_scroll_0&pgtype=article

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  • PAP mandate strong:

    Angry so what. China no jurisdiction in Sg. Anyway Wang Yi probably stepping down soon.

    His side failed to prevent in the first place right ? Dont forget Xi always claim China 制度优越 ok.

    If i m not wrong 追回的钱, part of it have to give to Sg or share with Sg.

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  • PAP mandate strong:

    https://www.sinchew.com.my/news/20240130/international/5359135

    Yes, truly a leadership crisis has surfaced.

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  • Cotton Fan:

    You qualify as a Cotton supporter. Are you a member of the Demoncratic Party? Or the Repubican Party?

    PAP mandate strong:
    https://www.sinchew.com.my/news/20240130/international/5359135

    Yes, truly a leadership crisis has surfaced.

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  • Too much ML --retrenchments:

    ”What the collapse of a company owing $300 billion means for the world”Evergrande
    ”Record Number of Million-dollar HDB Flats Sold in August: Implications on Market Direction”
    ”Singapore seeks 2 more suspects in massive money laundering case; assets seized or frozen top S$3 billion”
    $3 billion of ‘caught’ money-laundered ; probably another $100 ‘uncaught; sloshing in the Singapore economy!
    Sinkies are paying the price in consumer and housing inflation.
    When laundered money buy up shop houses and coffee-shops, your cup of morning coffee will rise very quickly.
    When launderers buy up condos despite 60% ABSD your children will have to pay $1million BTO soon.
    Even Ministers are renting B and W bungalows.
    ML money —black or grey money—-is driving the sinkie economy.
    Then the SGD rises until the economy is no longer competitive—then RETRENCHMENTS galore…@Electrolux Leaving:
    What is point of living in $1M dollar flats when you and your children are retrenched!…$1M flat; no jobs.

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  • PAP mandate strong:

    And you ? CCP or CPC party ?

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  • Retrenched!:

    Yes money laundering can definitely be a big cause of increased retrenchment.
    Billions pouring into ML hub called Fujian-Sinkieland strengthened SGD until it becomes non competitive.
    ML operators are still openly paying 60% ABSD to wash their money. Wang Yi and Xi are very unhappy that their citizens are hiding with their loads of ML money in sinkieland.
    Shop houses, coffee-shops and condos are all fair game.
    Sinkies priced out of COE, condos…are being squeezed into Tengah.

    Shophouse market slows amid money laundering scandal; sellers more open to negotiation”ST
    MAS..banks…property agents …YOU DID NOT KNOW?????
    Wang Yi …please have another visit to sinkieland.
    Many ML from your country are still hiding here with ill-gotten loot!

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  • Singaporean R Free Rider:

    Cotton Fan:
    You qualify as a Cotton supporter. Are you a member of the Demoncratic Party? Or the Repubican Party?

    Chinese Chauvinist cannot stomach the truth.

    Chinese Chauvinist, why not you go back China since China is so good ?

    Quick, go back China lah. China need plenty of canon fodder like you to help him dethrone the Dollar.

    A New Global Economic Order? BRICS Alliance Grows.
    https://shorturl.asia/b6YW4

    China is brainwashing the world that oppressive and repressive communist regime is good.

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  • Cotton Fan:

    You too qualify as a Cotton supporter. Are you a member of the Demoncratic Party? Or the Repubican Party?

    When you look at the mirror, do you ask that one in the mirror whether he’s a member of the CCP or a member of the BJP?

    Singaporean R Free Rider: You qualify as a Cotton supporter. Are you a member of the Demoncratic Party? Or the Repubican Party?

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  • Sporeans Keep Govt Employed:

    Tell your pea brained lao aunties and china cunt not to anyhow push. It’s lazy, stupid and rude. I hope they fall flat and break their faces.

    Singaporean R Free Rider:
    The only leadership crisis is your Americunt,
    Dis-United States of America.

    Texas revolted, 25 states support Texas
    https://rb.gy/ovk2uu

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