For the third year running, the MTR will increase fares, this time by 2.7 per cent in June. Is this price hike necessary?
In the past year, MTR has made a profit of HK$10.4 billion. What's more, there have been numerous disruptions to the service, such as the breakdown of the East Rail Line in February.
Why should prices go up when service quality has gone down? Professor Anthony Cheung Bing-leung has suggested taking bonuses away from the senior managers at the MTR until the service improves.
Perhaps a government official should wear the shoes of a regular MTR commuter for a day. Then we can see how he or she feels about raising MTR fares.