Home News SPP leader Jose Raymond: "Save lives, not just costs"

SPP leader Jose Raymond: “Save lives, not just costs”

He said that the Land Transport Authority's measures on social distancing was difficult to implement and that priority should be given to people's safety and not so much the financial repercussions of these measures




- Advertisement -

Singapore People’s Party Chairman Jose Raymond recently took to social media to express his concern about the “un-enforceable” and inefficient social distancing measures taken in public transportation.

Mr Raymond on Friday (April 18), published a post on Facebook calling out the methods of the Land Transport Authority (LTA) to ensure the safety of passengers whilst adjusting to the financial repercussions of recent measures against Covid-19 such as the implementation of social distancing as well as the circuit breaker which commenced on April 7.

The immediate aim for everyone should be to SAVE LIVES and not just SAVE COSTS.In a news release on 14 April, the Land…

Posted by Jose Raymond 乔立盟 on Friday, April 17, 2020

“The immediate aim for everyone should be to save lives and not just save costs,” he began.

- Advertisement -

Mr Raymond then cited a recent statement made by the LTA regarding the adjustments that would be made given the drop in ridership, saying, “The LTA added that the operators would ‘ensure that there is sufficient space for commuters to maintain safe distancing from one another’ and that the ‘adjustments will help to mitigate the significant financial impact caused by the reduced riderships, and help keep public transport operations financially sustainable’, meaning it was a cost saving measure.”

However, Mr Raymond stressed the problems with the actual implementation of such measures. “(T)here is no space for safe distancing and it was almost unenforceable,” he said, making reference to photos of cramped public transportation used in a recent article by mothership.com which highlighted the density of passengers within public transportation amid the circuit breaker.

“Longer intervals lead to crowding, and the risk of new clusters being formed in the community,” said Mr Raymond, as he argued that safe distancing stickers did not seem to be working given the increase in the length of wait time.

Mr Raymond then called for unity across the various battle fronts so as not to compromise the sacrifices of front liners, saying, “As our healthcare workers in the frontlines help to heal, we cannot afford to drop the ball in other areas which will end up creating new battlefronts for our frontliners.”

Send in your scoop to news@theindependent.sg 

- Advertisement -

Ex-UOB vice-president charged with mishandling over S$5.4 million

Singapore—Sixty-five-year-old Ling Shek Lun, who used to be a  vice-president at UOB, has been charged with mishandling millions of dollars, reported straitstimes.com (ST) on Friday (Feb 19). Ling, a Singaporean who was charged in district court on Feb 10, faces two charges...

Journalist asks Lim Tean if he’ll denounce the racism on Abolish CECA Petition FB page

Singapore—Journalist Kirsten Han asked lawyer and opposition leader Lim Tean on Thursday (Feb 18) on social media whether he will denounce the “blatant racism” on the Abolish CECA Petition Facebook page. Mr Lim, the People's Voice party founder and leader, is named...

Woman prevents passerby from calling ambulance after her husband hits motorcyclist and pillion rider

A video of a woman trying to stop a passer-by from calling an ambulance, after her husband was the one who hit a motorcyclist and his pillion, went viral. The video was circulated online on Wednesday (Feb 17) and published on Facebook...

Send in your scoop to news@theindependent.sg