A message, apparently sent to all SMRT cabbies, told them that there was an 'income opportunity' during the MRT breakdown last evening (Dec 15). SMRT has apologised and explained that it was a 'template message'.
The SMRT spokesperson said:
“We are sorry for the oversight. Our staff were using a template message, and we have since corrected it.”
Many STOMPers have, however, expressed anger at the message.
STOMPer choon hong wrote:
“Instead of empathizing with the public, SMRT sent out an 'income opportunity' alert to their taxi drivers to pick up passengers in affected area. I got upset at the way the message is phrased --- it's like making a mockery out of this situation.”
STOMPer Gary wrote:
“SMRT sent out this message to all their taxi drivers that the mrt breakdown is a great income earning opportunity.
"Coupled with the fact that the trains have broken down 2 days in a row, this is definitely unacceptable!“
A STOMPer wrote:
“See what SMRT told their cabbies!”
STOMPer stomping wrote:
“Look at this good 'lobang' sent by SMRT to their cab driver.
"So much for a world class transport system!“
STOMPer romperstomper wrote:
"A picture paints a thousand words."
STOMPer KPO_investigator wrote:
“SMRT Taxi company flashed this to all their drivers when the trains broke down.
"Maybe its normal for them but to most people this may be sarcastic."
STOMPer OnePocketToAnother wrote:
“Despite the "word class" transportation system failure, the person in charge still had the cheek to sent a notification to cabbies regarding a "business oppurtunity". no subsidies but plain mockery. “
STOMPer jackie wrote:
“I was on a SMRT cab yesterday (Dec 15) when the driver recieved this message from the head office saying this is the time for the cab to earn more money.“