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Mr Bruno Wildermuth helped to convince then Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew in 1980 to go ahead with the MRT project even though a Harvard team had advised that an all-bus system would work better. He was instrumental in the setting up of an integrated t
Mr Bruno Wildermuth helped to convince then Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew in 1980 to go ahead with the MRT project even though a Harvard team had advised that an all-bus system would work better. He was instrumental in the setting up of an integrated ticketing system.PHOTO: DON WONG FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

Amid the mixed reactions that have greeted the ongoing push to go cashless at train stations, 82-year-old Bruno Wildermuth has emerged as a vocal and unusual critic.

The Swiss national's interest in Singapore's public transport system stems from his critical - if little-known - role in MRT's history: The former transport consultant helped to convince founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew in 1980 to go ahead with the MRT project even though a team from Harvard had advised the Government that an all-bus system would work better.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 12, 2018, with the headline 'Make it easy to top up ez-link: Transport veteran'. Subscribe