Some members of the public felt that this is using tax payers' monies to fund profit driver bus operators. But the government said that these transport operators are losing money on the bus operations, but they make profit on their train operations and other sources.
This is one more messy issue that confronts the government and the people at large. Who is right?
I like to answer this question by looking at the root of the problems. It is a bad idea for the transport operations to be run by commercial companies. There is a serious conflict of interest, such as shown above.
While the transport operators may claim that their bus operations are not profitable, it could be due to their accounting policies. Are they charging the operating costs fairly across all of their operations?
The other serious issue is the humongous salaries that are earned by their chief executives. Are the tax payer's monies being used to fund these salaries?
All these difficult questions come out of the operating model adopted by the Singapore government. It is a bad model. It is not transparent and not accountable. These serious issues are not properly discussed or agreed on. They are swept under the carpet.