SBS and SMRT pulling out all the stops to get people to celebrate #SG50

Atonement for SMRT’s numerous breakdowns is finally arriving.

In what appears to be a desperate bid at getting Singaporeans into the #SG50 spirit, SMRT, together with SBS Transit, will be offering free rides on all their services on 9 August, National Day.

This beats even the overnight rides that they offered during the Lying In State of Mr. Lee Kuan Yew. Limpeh is pleased.

…or is he?

There’s just no pleasing some people

Give a man an inch and he’ll take a mile. Some of these responses are certainly outlandish, but maybe should not be taken seriously.

1. How about free flight tickets?!

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Nice try.

2. All transport to be free please

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COE should be free too.

We should just rename 9 August to Free Transport Day if that happens.

3. Free rides = breakdowns

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Actually, he’s just trying to convince everyone to stay at home so he gets to ride public transport without the burden of being packed like a sardine.

We see right through you.

4. It’s all a ruse to increase prices again!!!!

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We see right through you, Desmond Kuek/Lui Tuck Yew.

5. Delivering the good news before the bad

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6. This person is already planning his destination on 9 August

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Why ask for free flights when you can take an SBS Transit bus overseas?

And here we have the anti-complaint complainers:

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Complaints are bad, but complaints about complaints are worse

SMRT’s reputation has taken continual hits since 2011 from numerous breakdowns on their lines. Breakdowns have become a running gag whenever SMRT is mentioned (see: SMRT’s investment in OMGTEL).

So now they’re giving free rides, but people are rightly concerned about whether the infrastructure can accommodate the projected increase in commuters, as well as the possibility of (yet another) fare hike, which is also a running joke.

Does SMRT really need defending from complaints? They seem to be handling themselves fine financially, enough to offer free rides for a day. But there’s no trust in the infrastructure.

Besides, we’re pretty sure these people “complaining” will take the train anyway because Singaporeans can’t resist free things, even all the while complaining about said free thing. We’re a nation of grumblers, but we’ll take what we can get.

Not happy go complain to SMRT Ltd (Feedback) la.

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With references from The Straits Times, TODAY Online