“I am confident Minister Khaw will sort things out” – Shanmugam vouches for transport minister in wake of MRT collision

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Law Minister K. Shanmugam released a statement on yesterday’s MRT collision, in a Facebook post late last night.

Two MRT trains collided at Joo Koon station yesterday morning, causing at least 29 people to sustain injuries. At a joint conference called to explain preliminary findings on the collision contact between two trains, SMRT and LTA revealed that the “inadvertent” disabling of a software protection feature caused one train to hit another stalled train at Joo Koon station.

Acknowledging that the “recent MRT related issues have sorely tested the public mood,” the Law Minister said, “People naturally ask why these problems are recurring. They are fed up, despite the overall improvement in transport.”

He also lent his support to Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan. Asserting that it “has been a tough 2 years for Boon Wan,” Shanmugam vouched that he has every confidence that Khaw will “sort things out” and “deal with the challenges.”

We re-publish his full statement here:

“There was a collision between two trains today. 29 people were injured.

“The recent MRT related issues have sorely tested the public mood. Today’s collision adds to that.

“People naturally ask why these problems are recurring. They are fed up, despite the overall improvement in transport. When trains get delayed, people feel it acutely, and the overall measurements of disruption free periods mean less to them.

“I am confident Minister Khaw will sort things out. He went into MOT in October 2015. Since then there have been significant improvements, building on the good work of his predecessor, Min Lui Tuck Yew. Of especial note, Min Khaw has moved to strengthen the engineering teams.

“But from a public perspective, all that hard work, good work, has been affected by the recent serious incidents.

“In 2011, Min Khaw volunteered to go to MND, to deal with the housing issues. I remember him telling me : “Housing is the Government’s signature success. And how can we let that drift.” So he asked to go to MND, and within 4 years, got the job done.

“In 2015, he was asked if he could go to MOT. I remember him saying to us, his colleagues : “In 2011, I volunteered to go to MND. Now I am not volunteering. But I will go where I am needed.”

“It has been a tough 2 years for Boon Wan. But I have every confidence that he will deal with the challenges.

“He has set a new target: an MKBF (Mean Kilometres Between Failure) of 1,000,000 train-km by 2020. Very ambitious. But I believe he will be able to achieve it.

“Meanwhile all our prayers and thoughts are with the 29 people who had been injured in today’s collision of trains.”

Train Collision__________________________________________There was a collision between two trains today. 29 people…

Posted by K Shanmugam Sc on Wednesday, 15 November 2017

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321 comments

  1. Jj Lum says:

    Yah sure ! Better shut up if you don’t take the MRT to your office and work . Keep your praise to yourself and set an example to the public start taking public transport to work so we all have a Carlite society

  2. 史民强 says:

    Why talk so much, no one to blame? Just blame LKY for building this MRT, blame Lee HL for appionting you as the Transport Minister.Say actually you don’t want to be a Minister but because of the salary was so high that you no choice but to accept it!

  3. The Citizen know it is a very tough job. No quick fixed. Just have to live with the pain till the System under go few years of Major overhual. With Luo Tuck Yew quitting, we already know the long periods of pain coming. Public had Eyes to see n feel but it is just typical Singaporean kiasi, Kiasu, kiabo style.

  4. Hazel Ang says:

    “When trains get delayed, people feel it acutely, and the overall measurements of disruption free periods mean less to them.”

    Didn’t we pay for train rides? Are we supposed to say THANK YOU for every disruption-free rides? Isn’t that the very fundamental of running a train service?

    I buy a burger, paid for it, and i have to thank the restaurant for serving me food that was fit for consumption?

  5. As the Minister Of Transport khaw is paid by the taxpayers to work on the public transport systems especially the zero tolerance on safety aspects, he is NOT paid to do sorting works.

  6. This scumbag should be more concern on the state of that transport system instead of issuing this shitty supportive statement that nobody cares. And where is the Prime Monkey LHL? Busy figuring out on sueing his nephew than the people affected in that incident?

  7. The G member only talk n talk to con Singaporeans.we Singaporeans want safe n improvement action . Talk every body can talk we do not need pay with upper world class salary to talk .

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  10. Commonly believed,
    that all bad things happen one after another !
    Likewise, when one gets more senior, staggering aches & pains all over & body parts slowly but surely break down sooner or later.
    Possibly bcos either ppl do not maintain their good health &/or due to old age &/or unnatural death.

    And some ppl will blame the sky and the earth for their sufferings!

    Similar situations isn’t it , if you know what I meant!

  11. Eric Tanth says:

    Whether how bad the ministers performed, the whole team will back his or her. All the MiW speak with one tongue. Only reduce their mandate in next GE will shock them.

  12. Edwin Kwan says:

    I have been thinking why people are so pissed. Firstly, many people are affected. Next, PAP at every election impute a competent capable government they can form. Next, to stamp corruption, and for competency, they pay their ministers and GLCs CEOs astronomical pay. And, they impute that scholars are a class above others. And there is trumpeting of the best in this and that. Meanwhile, we have retrenchments and low if not, no pay rise. If everything goes well, good for you. But if things go wrong, and you play tachi master, the people are going to be unforgiving. Unlike past elections, these episodes of breakdowns and accidents will be deeply ingrained in the minds of the people. So if you try to give social freebies like in the past, I am not sure if the anger will go away at the next GE. And for some, fundamentally will question the future of the scholar class and a civil service based on rafflesian academia.

  13. Bruce Teo says:

    What if the Opposition MP is the Transport Minister we will see the headlines every day, Gang of Whites attacking him not stop.How come no sound from the gang of Whites when the MRT System is getting from bad to worse.Hat off to the cow in a short period of 2 years he has graduated from rookies tai chi students to a great grandmaster and also perfect the act of pointing finger.

  14. Edwin Kwan says:

    Since LTA is responsible for the Thales system work, the buck stops with LTA CEO. Since KBW is responsible for both SMRT and LTA, the buck stops with this tachi master. Let’s see what else he says to tarik away the blame.

  15. Jonus Jun says:

    Shamuggan shld just keep his snake mouth shout, what significant improvement? Past 5 years rhe number of breakdowns never cease to stop, delays after delays, breakdowns after breakdowns, last year 2 workers were killed, then follow by some power failures, this year was the signal fault, last month a major flood in the tunnel, yesterday was the collision..you call that improvement? I call that a big disgrace, humiliation..last time whenever I have foreign friends I will invite them,to take the mrt to showcase cos I proud.now I will not even mention the word mrt..
    By the where why the selected president was so quiet? What happen to Do Good do together?

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    Cer ML ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Only cronies do that, worry for themselves instead of the victims. He should have a brain transplant. Plenty good ones at hospital mortuaries. Take your pick. Open you big fat mouth plenty of arrows aim at your sickening face!. So burry you face in the shit hole and never appear again

  17. y talk about the minister when priority is citizen!!those injured, those time wasted, please dun try to divert the attention… We citizen just cant believe in the current transport system in SG

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      Cer ML ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

      Yea only cronies do that worry for themselves instead of the victims. He should have a brain transplant. Plenty good ones at hospital mortuary.

  18. Both of them are total FAILURES so now just SUPPORTING each other I guess…We dont want him to ” sort out” anything…Just resign whilst you still have Singaporeans respect or just take a bow and “harikiri”( which only the brave will do )

  19. Ivan Ho says:

    We hope so…. But if late too many train service breakdown did anyone of you using public tpt to work daily. I don’t think he will dirty his hand at site. Some very good in study but working on site is zero.

  20. Steven Tan says:

    Wow!! Even when train collided, still can praise !!! If it’s the opposition, now will be talking about bringing criminal charges to the person in charge !!! One have to be really blind not to ser the difference !! Instead of accepting responsibility, now we must praise them for their incompetent !!!

  21. James Seet says:

    Why SHAN come into the Picture??? What Good did Shan do
    to us Singaporeans??? Huh !
    He can be my Son ‘’
    is he DT or XI ?????
    he is equal to KBW
    Most importantly …Please Broadcasts in The Straits Times …are Commuters travel in MRT and SBS Buses covered with Insurance…If Yes ..How much can a Commuter Claim for Accident and Delays….Speak Up ..please and be transparent….We Are Singaporeans

  22. He speaks without any conviction. So what does that tells us. Do we need another 6 more years of these bunch of useless clowns protecting and covering themselves. It’s unbelievable, that despite so much unhappiness, NOT a freaking word from LHL……….What the hell is happening to Singapore. Wake Up Singaporean. Don’t you think it’s time we push for political renewal and transformation in Singapore. Singapore belongs to us, not these bunch of cronies perpetuating themselves and sucking millions from our hard earned tax payer money.

    1. Peter Lim says:

      Please don’t tekan LHL he is busy taking selfies and he is around and announcing the good news.

      He is also busy trying to fix the opposition. Did he not warn you that if you vote in opposition, he would have to spent all his time doing that?
      He is also busy fixing his nephew. So, please don’t criticise PM.

  23. Good to hear that Khaw is working hard. But hard work is not enough. What is required is good work. Working hard at things that does not solve the problem is no work. Better resign and leave the good work to others while he can go back to his own country and do the hard work.

  24. WH Wong says:

    Brothers in trouble got to stand together lah. Shameugun should ask himself the “what if” question of one maverick hacker (not necessary a terrorist) managed to do the inadvertent removal of that piece of software for the transport operator? That’s his role as a national security guardian……..

  25. Philip Lim says:

    Dear minister, I know it is a tough job but it can be made easy by being more open and fore coming with the public whenever any incidents happen. Our feeling of frustration is that we are been treated as a kid and as though we are fools. We are all born equal cos we are created by the same creator, the real different is that some are born luckier than other. Since you are one of them, do treat your fellow country men with due respect and not try to talk down on us. Pray that we will be blessed with wisdom to deal with not just transport issue but also unemployment and other challenges that is derailing our economies.

  26. Jin Ng says:

    Ownself talk ownself song? Improvement? Talk sense la not talk cock. All I know is Cow took over liao we got endless break down, tunnel flood and now MRT collision. Wow such an improvement. Why don’t you improve yourself and crash in your car?

  27. Low Jasper says:

    Improvement???
    Sir, more breakdowns and major breakdowns and multiple breakdowns in a single day more than once?
    Also add into MRT history of second breakdown with injuries?
    Sir, maybe we, the unhappy passengers can work for you and if we fail in our work, each of us still get salaries in million dollars, maybe promotion and praise us through mess media

    Replacing new signalling system and failed at initial stage resulted trains crashed with injuries and stay got praised and keep his job?
    Most countries, they will apologise, resign, move on and still gain respect from others.

    I respected ex minister Lui as he took over a BIG mess created earlier, maybe over a period of ten years and insufficient time for he make repairs.
    New minister took over with lots of plan and extended plans up to ten years and FOR WHAT with no positive result and getting worst result

  28. Why the Law Minister talked about the Transport Minister’s performance? Why not talked about the duty of care of the SMRT CEO?

    I think the CEO owes all S’poreans a “duty of care”, especially to the injured, and therefore he has “fiduciary duty” to discharge, although he “volunteered” to collect Million$Salaries for this job.

  29. Nasir Bj says:

    Dear both ! You don’t take MRT to work or taking MRT to travel from one place to another don’t u?? U don’t understand the frustration and inconveniences we face!!

    1. Nasir Bj says:

      Rizal Hassan vote them out! We don’t need an incompetent Minister who draws millions in salary to do the job!! No shame!! No need to take responsibility or owned up and resign!

  30. Sas Karma says:

    Please lah..not shameful meh? All ministers talk cock none offer public apologises. In Japan perhaps all of their ministers would be embarrassed by such blunders -even the pm will offer public apologises! Ours went into hiding – or awful lot of best bullshit will come from their mouth.

  31. See Singaporeans need a law minister like him to be told off and keep their mouths shut n stop complaining huh ! Mr K is working “damn hard” to sort things out hahahaha?

  32. KH Ngai says:

    White monkeys skin is really THICK trying to praise each other for so called “GOOD WORK”! Another international laughing stock! What a disgraceful law minister who is obviously blind and deaf! !

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    Gary Seet ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    MRT problems ain’t gonna go away for sure ! Can expect more issues in the days to come.. and of course more mind boggling wayang from our million dollar actors! Just watch for it..akan datang!

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      Cer ML ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

      Yeah Singapore Pools soon will have a new betting game: “which day of week, which lines, what fault” to bet on. 1st Prize: Slap KBW & Panther face with your dirt filled footwear.

  34. Gerry Ng says:

    YOU are confident?
    Ya, right.
    Then why don’t you sell your cars and take the smrt to travel about this place in your daily life?
    In fact, you should further show your faith in khaw by getting all your family members to do the same as well.
    Are you able to do that?
    No? Then? STHU.

  35. Ronald Lim says:

    All of them having to eat their words. Incompetents running our country and acting as if they know what they are doing. The only thing they know is to protect their pay.

    1. Notice that it is only at the very end, the very last sentence in his statement that he mentioned the well being of the 29 injured, a sentence of 20 words out of about 250, that began with the word ‘Meanwhile’, meaning the injured’s well being is NOT of his or gov-sg primary concern. More important to defend a fellow nincompoop!

  36. Junwei Tan says:

    Of course is i scratch your back and u scratch my back mahhh… if not where got ppl so kam gong go support the public and blame own colleague… u think the public is in the parliament mehhh

  37. Gosh, seems like this problem is a lot bigger than it looks, otherwise it would have got sorted out by now.
    It would help if we are told the whole truth with a timescale of when these issues will get resolved.
    Sincerely it is the best thing to do to prevent further frustrations. It is hot and getting stuck at stations or worse still in the carriages can raise temperatures.

  38. Willy Aw says:

    The 2 old millionaire Pengiuns of yellow & black colors have limited knowledge to improve the efficiency in their own fields !! If they can’t perform properly, better give up their million $$ jobs to save our bloody money la la la !!

  39. Mr. Cow is not competence to be a Minister of Transport. He cannot manage the complex public transportation matter in our country. Please step down immediately. Singapore people need a right candidate to be our minister of Transport.

  40. C’mon K Shanmugam Sc! You have some reputation for being honest & practical instead of self-serving & toadying. Don’t spoil it by spreading Alternative Facts.

  41. Rick Zi says:

    So after a MRT train kiss ass of another, we have one minister kissing the ass of another. This other well-known words-twisting minister, if u cant do something to help MRT, u shld shut the F up. If this were WP, im 1001% sure u would be bashing them non-stop, u hypocrite snake.

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    Kelvin Yam Krung ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Mr. KHAW IS NOT COMPETENCE TO BE A TRANSPORT MINISTER.
    Mr.KHAW HAS NO COMPASSION YO BE A TRANSPORT MINISTER.

    From these 2 points, Mr.Khaw…. Please step down to be a Transport Minister. We need a quality minister.

  43. Garie Sim says:

    Law Minister protecting on kaki even though there are 28 injuries and at the same time 3 more lines broke down …….wow, this is what I call integrity coming from him!

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        rlsh2017 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

        Late LKY ask to demolish Oxley home these white termites they refuse his wish. Instead they demolish the country! That piss him off to start creating a mess. KHARMA!

    1. Andrew Koh says:

      Chow Mincheong What do you expect her to say? If she says the truth, she’ll be gone and no more $2mil pay. If she backs KBW, she loses all credibility. Welcome to the new Singapore.

    2. All those clowns who things it’s funny to connect making prata to the president who happens to be malay Indian Muslim… It’s bang out off order. It’s racist and I am amazed this always comes out your filthy mouths when we have a problem. Well.. We don’t say knnccb every times there’s a disaster. Mongrel muppet

    3. Halimah too busy making roti prata…she’s interested in good things only(do good…altogether)…train collision is not a good thing so continue to make roti prata

  44. Some trains in the world may be jerky, but i believe people don”t board them everyday crossing their fingers. So Mr Sham and Mr Khaw, can i expect and see improvement the next time i6 take it. I can’t wait for another 3 years as it could mean disaster on a personal level.

  45. LKY had said if It breakdown I want to know why . If you can’t explain and fixed it I will change all and even close down SIA during his meeting with the Pilots . If you can recall Mr Khaw.

    1. Calvin Tan says:

      Cfm got 1001 reasons and excuse to sue them until pants drop. I waiting for such incidents to happen during election day. I will see the drama. See who lose till pants drop

    2. Bobby Yeoh says:

      Few year back still got a minister say software issue very easy solve one. Can also get off the shelve. Maybe should get him come solve smrt 6 years of software signal fault problem

  46. Yes, I agreed, Mr Fit All, will succeed, just give him the faith, he had proven, he is good at solving major problems, our aging mrt system need time for upgrading n pair up together with all the new lines

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