In a despicable move to garner public sympathy, Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan told a sob story to state media reporters in his speech today (Dec 5) claiming that Singaporeans scream and castigate at SMRT staff:
“Beware too SMRT may experience other incidents along the way as we try to catch up in short order what could and should have been done years ago. The hardest role is always the men and the officers work, fighting in the trenches. The burden on their should is the heaviest, and their families are also affected if they see that their loved ones are being screamed at or castigated. The least we can do is to provide moral support. We have no perfect men or women, only normal men and women.”
In his fabricated speech, the Minister has also told an outright lie as there has been no incident of any member of the public “screaming” at SMRT staffs.
The corrupted Transport Minister absolved himself of all responsibilities over the flooded train tunnel incident and pushed all blame to SMRT:
“The flooding of the Bishan-Braddell MRT tunnel on Oct 7 was not a failure of engineering, but a “failure of organisational management” at SMRT. The Oct 7 incident throws up other issues: HR policies, staff rotation, staff supervision, staff engagement and staff motivation.”
Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan also avoided mentioning SMRT CEOs Desmond Kuek and Lee Ling Wee’s names in addressing SMRT:
“SMRT must emerge stronger from the incident. I have full confidence in SMRT, its chairman Seah Moon Ming and his team.”
Minister Khaw Boon Wan and the two SMRT CEOs have been resisting calls from the public to resign in recent weeks. Rail reliability is currently at it’s worst despite the Minister having spent more than S$2 billion in recent years subsidising the Temasek Holdings-owned companies and giving them free buses and trains.