1 Jul 2012, 12.55AM
I am very unhappy over the prices charged at Singapore attractions like Sentosa, the Night Safari, Jurong Bird Park, Universal Studio, the Science Centre, Gardens by the Bay, other attractions as well as movie theatres all over Singapore. These places are very useful because they provide educational and enriching content that can definitely enhance the minds and horizons of Singaporeans. I just don't understand why there is a need to charge such high prices for Singaporeans to experience such important educational, interesting and exciting content and activities in their own country?
The high fees are charged not only for admission but also for the various sights they contain. I think these places should offer as many free activities as possible for Singaporeans and should completely reduce their fees so that all Singaporeans (regardless of income) can truly stand to benefit. These are educational and entertaining treasurehouses which Singaporeans should not miss out on just because they cannot afford them.
How will a low-income or no-income Singaporean with very little savings feel when only people who can afford are able to visit all these attractions? They will feel that Singapore is not an inclusive place to live in.
I think Singapore will be a truly inclusive place when Singaporeans are able to enjoy attractions in Singapore without worrying about whether they can afford them.
I sincerely hope you could address my concerns.