I mean honestly? Everyone in Singapore knows that you have to exchange your old ez-link cards for the new CEPAS-compliant card by 30 September 2009.
On the radio, in the newspaper, on television, in all languages the Land Transport Authority (LTA) has informed everyone to do a 1-for-1 replacement of the card. Since you need the ez-link card for public transport, you would think Singaporeans would know that it’s important to change their cards.
Yet today you can see long queues at almost all the Transitlink Ticket Office as Singaporean rushed to replace their cards on the last day. I mean this despite LTA and Transitlink giving them 9 months to change their cards!
However the lines are so long today that LTA felt they have no choice but to extent the replacement deadline till 7 October 2009. What the hell is wrong with Singaporeans? When the one-for-one card replacement program began on 9 January 2009, you can see people queuing for up to an hour to replace their cards. Singaporeans seems to be spilt between those who want to be first and those who do things at the last minute.
I replaced my card in Feb or Mar and there wasn’t even a queue. Wouldn't it be so much easier for Singaporeans to just change their cards somewhere between the start and the end of the exchange program?
Unfortunately for the LTA, that's a logic Singaporeans do not seem to have.