From the replies and reaction of the food delivery partners and the Personal Mobility Device (PMD) retailers, we can clearly see that the footpath ban on PMD was not consulted with the stakeholders.
And now, the government has just announced a $7 million grant to allow those affected to exchange their device for funds to purchase a Power Assisted Bike or a bicycle.
We know that this $7 million grant is definitely a reactive measure because it was not mentioned anywhere in the announcement of the ban.
So effectively, the tax-payers are paying for a $7 million screw up by the person(s) who decided to ban PMDs from footpaths without any proper consultation, measures to address the fall-out and without any buffer period for those affected to make alternative plans.
Given how the PAP govt had hounded the Workers’ Party MPs over the supposed loss of public monies, shouldn’t the PAP govt throw out the civil servant(s) or political appointee(s) who made this $7 million mistake and answer for it?
Let us not forget that the government clearly stated just a month ago, in October that PMDs will not be banned but clearly, the new restriction on PMDs that has just been announced, is no different from banning the devices from daily use.
Will this be another no blame culture incident with the PAP government?
(Lam Pin Min at his announcement that PMDs will be banned from travelling on footpaths the next day, from 5 Nov 2019)