Guilt-trap seems to be his forte.

In his latest blog post on train breakdowns, newly-elected Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan wrote a rhetorical article how Singaporeans should feel good about train breakdowns instead of complaining. Khaw Boon Wan want Singaporeans to cheer even when there is a train breakdown:

“I hope Singaporeans will cheer us along, like we cheer our athletes even when they lose.  Indeed, more than the spectators, our athletes are the most disappointed with themselves when they do not perform to expectations.”

And like a seasoned politician, Khaw Boon Wan remind Singaporeans to think about the fate of maintenance crews who have to work overtime to repair the broken train system:

“Likewise, I am sure that every disruption hurts our maintenance crew.  They told me so when I visited them.  Let’s stand with them and boost their morale.  It is not SMRT’s or SBST’s name that is at stake; it is Singapore’s reputation.  How every one of us responds to a breakdown makes a difference.”

Adding further insults to Singaporeans, the Transport Minister end off his article by making it sound like Singapore is just below the world’s best train system, Hong Kong’s:

“We are now behind Hong Kong MTR, but we shall catch up.   Do give us some time to address all these problems.”

Revolving around rhetoric seems to be the only solution Minister Khaw Boon Wan has to offer. No new regulations have been proposed by far, and signaling Singaporeans to be mentally prepared for more train breakdowns is certainly not a solution. Holding Singaporeans emotional hostage and sending them on a guilt trip is at best despicable when the fault lies solely on privatised companies SMRT and SBS which are not able to meet minimal service expectations.

The Singapore Transport Minister is the most expensive in the world costing S$1.1 million a year, while the two stock-exchange listed public transport operators SMRT and SBS are only accountable to shareholders.

You may read his article here.