How interesting. A headline on CNA went from:
"Upgrading signalling system for trains to cost $1b, says SM Goh"
…to a more nation-building-friendly headline of:
"Government encourages more Singapore PRs to take up citizenship"
And the original article was rewritten with new material.
They kept SM Goh's Yoda-like quote though:
"Unhappiness, those who are happier, in total there's net happiness, there's no such thing called total happiness, don't believe in it. It's whether we create net happiness in all this," said SM Goh."
Upgrading signalling system for trains to cost $1b, says SM Goh By Imelda Saad | Posted: 06 September 2010 2126 hrs
SINGAPORE: It will cost the government S$1 billion to upgrade the train signalling system to increase capacity and reduce waiting time for commuters.
Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong revealed this at a dialogue session with more than 200 residents from the Marine Parade ward, which he takes care of.
The event is to gather feedback on the Prime Minister's National Day Rally.
SM Goh said Singapore today is grappling with the problems of success.
He said problems can be resolved rationally but noted that for every solution, there are consequences.
Citing overcrowding in trains, SM Goh said the problem is expected and can be addressed.
In this case, resources have to be put in place to upgrade the system.
The cost may not be passed down to commuters directly, but SM Goh pointed out that it has to be defrayed.
Similarly, there are consequences with measures introduced in the property sector.
SM Goh acknowledged the situation has resulted in many unhappy Singaporeans, and he sought to put things in perspective.
"Those who missed out, those who can't buy this, who can't upgrade and so on, so we are really feeling the unhappiness, question is was the policy good?
"Unhappiness, those who are happier, in total there's net happiness, there's no such thing called total happiness, don't believe in it. It's whether we create net happiness in all this," said SM Goh. - CNA/fa
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