Ministry of Transport posts clarification after false messages circulate

Commuters waiting for buses at a bus stop near Bugis MRT station. (Yahoo News Singapore file photo)

The Ministry of Transport (MOT) has put up a Facebook post on Saturday (10 November) which highlighted misleading information on public transport vouchers that is circulating via Whatsapp.

Last month, the ministry had announced that Singapore government will be disbursing $9 million from the Public Transport Fund, in the form of 300,000 vouchers of $30 each.

The vouchers can be used to purchase or top up fare cards, or to buy monthly concession passes. This is to help needy families cope with the recently-announced fare increases.

MOT’s Facebook post included an image of the Whatsapp message that stated, “Dear friends, EZlink top-up of $30 at Community Centres on Mon, 12th Nov, for all senior Singaporeans. You have to bring along your identity card and EZlink cards.”

The image had a red cross beside, labelling it as “false”. Below the image were three clarifying statements with a green tick deeming them “true”. The statements are:

  • Lower income households can apply for a $30 Public Transport Voucher at the CC
  • Applications are open from 12 November 2018 to 31 October 2019
  • Successful applicants will be informed via mail on how to redeem their voucher

The ministry added in the Facebook post, “You have almost a year to apply for it, no need to rush to the CC on 12 Nov!”

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