SINGAPORE - As those souvenir T-shirts for tourists say, Singapore is a "fine" city.
Last week, it was reported that SMRT will be fined $860,000 by the Land Transport Authority for four separate incidents since last year.
SBS Transit will also be fined $250,000 for a service disruption on the North-East Line in June.
Before you start collecting donations for them, let me point out that SMRT reported a net profit of $119.9 million for the financial year of 2012 while SBS Transit earned $18.6 million.
But it's not only the public transport companies cramming us into their sardine trains and buses that are getting fined.
Last week, M1 was fined $1.5 million by the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) for a three-day service disruption in January.
It was reportedly the most a telco has been fined.
Before you start organising a flag day for M1, let me point out that the company made a profit of $146.5 million last year, which is more than what SMRT and SBS Transit made combined.