MY PAPER MONDAY OCTOBER 12, 2009, A6, MY NEWS, HOME
By CHERYL LIM, email@example.com
40% of old ez-link cards not replaced
MORE than 40 per cent of the original ez-link cards issued have not been exchanged for new cards, meant for more purposes than just paying public-transport fees.
Of the eight million ez-link cards slated to be replaced by the Contactless e-Purse Application Standard (Cepas)-compliant cards, more than 3.3 million had not been exchanged even after the deadline, extended by a week, passed last Wednesday.
Cold response from the world may means something is being forced too extremely on to nature. People may have purposely delayed to express their displeasure.
92% is very high result, almost full point. This means 4,232,000 new cards are used. Together with another 200,000 old cards, all together 4,432,000 cards, old and new, are being used. Its time for the project to enjoy their creation.
At that time, there were some 200,000 old cards still being used actively on public transport.
From now, those who wish to get a Cepas-compliant card will have to pay $15.
My paper found several commuters who had reasons not to replace their cards. Some have hung on to their old cards because they are collectors’ items and hold sentimental value.
Freelance writer Annie Tan, 28, bought a Cepas-compliant card instead of trading in her old one, which was a Valentine’s Day collectible that she got as a gift. She said: “It was a Precious Moments ez-link card from my good friend, and I’m retaining it as a keepsake.”
Others do not see the need to get new cards, as they drive and do not use public transport often. One of them, Mr Xu Youfeng, 26, a civil servant, said: “I bought an ez-link card when my car was undergoing routine servicing. Since I drive, I hardly use the card, so I did not bother to change it.”
For some, the cool and quiet world of their own is enough. Why travel differently to look for trouble? Travelling by car is costly but some need it for reasons due to work, friends, colleagues or family.
Ms Sally Koh, 28, a researcher, who stopped taking public transport after she bought a car two months ago, said: “I think a lot of these unchanged cards belong to commuters-turned-drivers. Why would I bother changing mine now that I drive?"
By CHERYL LIM,
- MY PAPER MONDAY OCTOBER 12, 2009, A6, MY NEWS, HOME