General Elections is just around the corner and there are plenty of people out there in heartland areas willing to promise almost anything.
The constant emphasis from high-ranking MPs and average citizens is the high regard for the voices from the ground. And the former has been on walkabout at constituencies to interact with the people. As such, I see no better a chance to talk about my basic expectations as an average citizen, just to let people think about how hard it is to make life better for people.
Firstly, stop spending money on useless and visually-unimpressive "neighbourhood upgrades".
Taking the picture above for instance, the new metal construction can provide neither shade nor shelter during rain and shine, and it isn't a piece of visual art either. I don't see why such a construction is required, and not an "upgrade", just a mere waste of money.
Secondly, return me the overhead bridges.
The picture above is a scene I captured personally at Hougang.
Think about an elderly person trying to go outdoors by himself, and actually has to turn SEVEN times down the slopes before he gets to the bus stop from the void deck. Did anyone designing or allowing such a construction consider how tormenting and inhumane it is? It's hard to believe any educated (or just sane) person would allow such designs to be executed. The only party I can see benefiting from such design is the construction company which may get to charge more for the amount of material and labour work into creating such rubbish.
I believe that that slope above is used less than 10 times a month.
Lastly, re-evaluate the 'improvements' of public buses.
Taking just the service line number boards as example, the new buses with the orange lights are actually causing problems when it is hard to see in daylight, and too small a font to see at night. In addition, how about those who have visual difficulties?
等巴士已经很痛苦了，看不到服务线显示等，真的是自作聪明而让人雪上加霜的改变。It's already a torture to wait for the never-seem-to-come buses for school and work, and with such "improvements" by the smart-alecks, I think it's making life harder for people.