Nov 12, 2005Heheh, then look at this part:
It's confirmed: Buangkok station opens in
By Goh Chin Lian
TRANSPORT Minister Yeo Cheow Tong yesterday confirmed that Buangkok MRT
station will finally open in January next year - 2 1/2 years after the rest of the North-East Line.
The decision, which confirms a report in Thursday's Straits Times, comes after appeals from the local MP and residents, and even a public protest.
It reverses the Land Transport Authority's recent review, which concluded that there would not be enough people living in the area to warrant opening the station until 2008.
Still, in a statement yesterday, the Transport Ministry said the LTA had recommended the station be opened early to better serve residents of recently-completed housing developments nearby.
Mr Yeo denied the Government had pressured SBS to open the station.Heheh, if it is a pure commercial decision by SBS, then why is Yeo Cheow Tong, Transport Minister announcing it, instead of the CEO of SBS?
'We have left it to them... This has to be a commercial decision because there is no way we are going to step in to offset any losses.'
Asked if the opening of the station was a sweetener for the upcoming general election, Mr Yeo said it had more to do with tireless appeals from Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC MP Charles Chong.Aiyah, don't so shy lah. You know, I know, we all know - so shy for what?
The timing of the opening, he said, was a coincidence.