The announcement that come February next year, Wi-Fi will be made available on buses was received with mixed reactions from Singaporeans. While commuters would be able to enjoy free Wi-Fi on board 300 SBS Transit buses that are part of the Bukit Merah Bus Package, many predicted that this additional feature would lead to increases in bus fares.
On Facebook on Thursday, November 15, netizens took to creating Internet ‘memes’ after the announcement that Wi-Fi would be made available.
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In these ‘memes’, vulgar Hokkien phrases translate colloquially to ‘Now we’re really screwed’, or ‘Asking for trouble’.
Along with Wi-Fi, it was also announced that features such as the interactive touchscreen panels and digital feedback panels will be implemented at the Bukit Merah and HarbourFront bus interchanges. Bus interchanges will also be equipped with mobile charging points for commuters to use.
SBS Transit Chief Executive Officer Mr Gan Juay Kiat said, “As part of our continuous commitment to enhance commuters’ travelling experience, we are leveraging on technology to boost our service quality as well as increase the accessibility and availability of information for commuters”.
Netizens who commented on the post were very skeptical and sure of fare hikes.