01 Aug '11, 4am

NSP rebuts \\"cherry picking\\" comment by Lui Tuck Yew

NSP rebuts \\"cherry picking\\" comment by Lui Tuck Yew

SINGAPORE: The National Solidarity Party (NSP) has responded to Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew's argument that its proposal for more competition in bus services would lead to "cherry-picking" of lucrative routes by multiple operators and hence be negative for commuters. In a statement on Monday, NSP's Secretary-General Hazel Poa said lucrative routes are "lucrative because demand is high, and more commuters are packed into each bus". She said "cherry-picking" then by multiple operators would mean more buses along these routes, leading to shorter waiting time, less congestion in the buses and hence more comfortable rides, and more competitive pricing. "With greater supply, these lucrative routes would become less lucrative. The 'cherry' could swiftly turn into a 'lemon', forcing inefficient players out, and slowly turn into the common 'apple'. Such is the magical fruit kin...

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