“Khaw Boon Wan must step down” – SDP accuses Transport Minister of blaming others for rail issues

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The Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) has accused Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan of evading responsibility for the repeated train service breakdowns and system failures that have been plaguing public trains in the country.

Calling for the Minister to step down in a statement on their website, the SDP indicated that the Minister has a habit of blaming others for rail issues and “continues to enjoy the enormous salary that he clearly does not deserve.”

The statement follows a press conference last week where Khaw and SMRT’s top brass – SMRT CEO Desmond Quek and SMRT Trains chairman Seah Moon Ming – bowed and apologised for the tunnel flooding incident that caused a massive North-South Line (NSL) breakdown two weeks ago.

In the country’s first train disruption due to flooding, six stations were shut down – affecting a quarter of a million commuters.

We re-publish the party’s statement in full here:

In keeping with the PAP culture of claiming all the glory while avoiding any responsibility, Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan has yet again placed blame on everyone but himself in the latest incident of flooding in the MRT tunnel.
Mr Khaw pointed his finger at the SMRT staff and said that they had “failed us”. As a result, the leader of the unit in charged of anti-flooding maintenance was removed and the team members will have their bonuses cut.
Such action would have sufficed if the incident was an isolated one. But breakdowns and other serious lapsesof the train system are a common, even regular, occurrence that have gone on for years.
The breakdown of the Downtown Line 3 during its open house is just the most recent one in a multitude of train system malfunctions. Glass panels at train stations have shattered, the inside of train carriages have leaked during heavy rains, and brand new trains have even been found to have cracks in them.
In 2016, two SMRT workers were killed at the Pasir Ris Station. Investigations showed that the tragic accident occurred because safety procedures were not followed – for 14 years.
All this took place under Mr Khaw’s watch. Yet, the Transport Minister has managed to cast the blame on someone or something else on each and every occasion. Disciplinary action against staff members have been taken and fines imposed.
But as the minister-in-charge of such a shambolic system, Mr Khaw remains in his post and continues to enjoy the enormous salary that he clearly does not deserve.
SMRT CEO Mr Desmond Kuek blamed the woes that have plagued the system on “deep-seated cultural issues” within the company.
Such an observation is indicative that the problems extend well beyond employees of SMRT. It falls on the lap of the minister whose responsibility it is to change the organisation’s culture if it is found wanting.
The fact that he has failed to tend to this problem all these years signals Mr Khaw’s incompetence and lack of leadership. As Minister for Transport, the buck stops with him.
Until and unless there is demonstration of real leadership at the very top, one that accepts blame rather pushes it, there will be little motivation for the rank-and-file at SMRT to change its work culture, and the problems that beset our train system will continue, even worsen.
Clearly, it is time for Mr Khaw to stop apportioning blame for SMRT’s failure. He must take responsibility for the on-going fiasco not just in word but also in deed. He must step down.

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127 comments

  1. I am always an opposition, but I dun hammer any how ! Nobody is born out a minister of any portfolio. Some try and error at times. If he cannot, can YOU ??? Dun talk too much cocks here; put down your money than we argue or trade !!!

  2. John Don says:

    he has such a cunning look and yes he should step down, failed as a minister and all of them are taking lots and lots of bonus, fucking hate this type of drama

  3. This is a tough job that is way you’re paid highly. So if till now you still can’t resolve the issue then it’s show that you can’t perform and then you should go.

  4. Mr Khaw, please go Temple and recite Mantras. Sit your real ass there and think whether you, as a Minister, did contribute with positive solution or merely Cookies and Monster talk only.
    Your conscience has no heart beatings, like Extreme Exotic Animals.

  5. Yes. LTY steps down, for a good man to step down is easy. Who will step in to solve it? CSJ can? I prefer other than calling to step down, see who can do. If KBW steps down, you need another to be appointed. Can he be better? It is a perennial matter.

  6. Agree. Only way is through the GE which will take place only in a few years time. SG Gov should adopt a hire and fire policy for ministers. Only people who have high integrity and a right sense of responsibility will take responsibility and resign to make way for a more capable person to take over and improve the situation.

  7. Ambassador to Japan Sir Lui Tuck Yew earned our respect as he dares to stand up when there is any breakdown of the MRT. KBW don’t play Tai-Chi and blamed it on the low paid engineers. Packed your bag and go back to your home town. You have inconvenienced all the Singaporean. You do not deserve the enormous salary. Hope next election you will be kicked out $1 man.

  8. It is an instinct of every living being to fight for his own survivor in the ever competitive food chain ….. if this mother xxx don’t push the blame to others , you think he will burden the responsibility becos he clearly thinks it’s not his fault but then again , being the head of transportation of this country , if he is not going to held liable for all these happenings , what was he employed to do in the first place to deserve the salary ? Just like companies retrenching own ppl for FTs….
    If we can replace this mother xxx for someone who can do a better job for half the salary , why not ?

  9. Shaun Foo says:

    Erh.. Before all of us get salty and our underpants in tangles, I don’t mind voting in the Opposition.. If they stop pointing out faults which we all can bloody do and why don’t start giving solutions..

  10. Rey Lee says:

    Up till now I wonder how their salary is pegged? Sg vote them in n become ruling party n they change laws, upped salary with hefty bonuses, life pension, dun help curb rising cost of living, utilities bills etc… Why? How?

  11. Mikee Teoo says:

    One thing good about Facebook is that after u have made ur comments and view the actual responsibility and actions is consider done. kinda a place to throw plates and wish that government won’t look at ur comments. Nice

  12. Ivan Ho says:

    He read the mind of Singaporean, let them make noise I keep quiet than people will get over it. Still I enjoy the handsome salary and year by year million into my bank, just thick skin will do.

  13. Ivan Ho says:

    Just wondering why people still wanted so much money, already millionaires per year. As we know when we go nobody can take that hue amount along.

  14. 陈耒金 says:

    妖秀。。。(为了$$$$$$$。。。。。。。打死也不会走)。。。。为什么呢?????(在本岛。。。。沒屁。。。。不行)。。。。老树盘根。。。(像过去。。。清朝一样)。。。(被西化。。。。很严重)。。。。只有亡国可言。。。。。。

  15. Blaming others for failures is one thing. Asking a fellow human to commit suicide is grossly another. It is the lowest form of humanity. People of such calibre being chosen as leaders and appointed as Minister can’t be the worst form of historical error. What irritates is he is so thick skinned that he continues to hold office. A man of no values, fit for the wolves.

  16. This coming from the cheepanzee who suggested to alliance with WP in one of the by-election, suggesting ‘WP can take the town council and he will go to parliament’!

    He’s running to be a MP for? For the money and not the work!

  17. No different. If he really step down. Any dickhead will take over and problems will still be there. Only need to change tender system. Pay for quality not quantity. But too bad. Sinkapore is a company not a country. Profits more than service.

  18. Give him a break guys ,die die he is not going to step down or even bow his head to apologize to the public ,his daughter was laughing at him in New york city when the incident happen ,give him a break guys ,let him take his mega bonus and laugh at the public at all he wants to .

  19. We also want him to step down but he’s like Najib too thick skin.
    In ancient Japan. I think he just say say “hara kiri” to others while he won’t dare hara kiri himself.
    He like to talk talk cgLPs.
    Action bagus all on talk only.
    Wasting tax payer money.
    You agreed ?
    Thanks to Dr Chee remind him to step down.
    I rather vote for DR Chee rather then Uncle KPKB 0% from me although I m pap supporter but depends on who and his capabilities.

  20. At least LTY is more gracious, more honourable, have galls and volunteered to step down. Respect.

    Speechless for the current thick skin ineffective one, who will cling unto his death for his position or $$$$!

  21. Understanding natural disaster & wear and tear if you will, CSJ.
    Do ask yrself whether you are more capable than KBW and that you can guarantee you will never face such issues with the aged MRT.

    Seniors’ body ‘breaks down’ more often following aging.

    You are taking a cheap shot of this unforeseen situation on the MRT to attack KBW.

    1. Henry Chua says:

      Diamond Wong Yes. The flooding is NOT a natural disaster. There are equipment put in place but the SMRT team failed the nation. KBW must be accountable as mentioned by CSJ.

    2. Lim LG says:

      CRONY CHAN CHUN SENG STARTED THE BALL ROLLING TO CHARACTER ASSASSINATE OPPO MEMBER DURING THE GE 2015 AND BT BATOK BY ELECTION IN 2016. THEN FOLLOWED BY LAWRENCE WONG, DENNIS PHUA AND SIM ANN TO JOIN. IN TO BITE TOO.

      ARE ALL THESE CRONY MIW “POLISHED” OR “UNPOLISHED” PPL?

    3. Pacino Loh says:

      And so do KBW to WP when PAP rounded up to attack in parliament.
      Question is, why haven’t any PAP say something for KBW? Is he not really worth defending?

  22. Willy Aw says:

    The Penang penguins has a Thick Elephant Skin to cover his Face ! He’ll never give up his million $$ job given to him by Sg arrogant emperor of the Li & Lee Dynasty!!!

  23. Lim LG says:

    KBW IS A FOREIGN TRASHED MINISTER.

    HE COULD SAY THAT HE ONLY PAID $8 FOR HIS HEART SURGERY WHILE EARNING MILLION $ SALARY.

    ORD CITIZENS HV TO PAY TENS OR THOUSANDS OF $ FOR THEIR MEDICAL FEES BUT EARNING MEAGRE SALARIES.

    ARE THE CURRENT ROTTON GOVT AND THEIR POLICIES CORRECT?

    AS FAR AS I CAN SEE IT, MANY OF THE THINGS IN THIS ROTTON COUNTRY ARE WORKING IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION.

    EVEN THE LAW OF CAUSE AND EFFECT TOO IS WORKING IN THE SAME OPPOSITE DIRECTION.

    THE MORE INCOMPETENT, THE MORE INCAPABLE AND THE MORE HARMFUL ONE IS, THE MORE SUCCESSFUL IN YR LIFE. WHY?

    IT IS BASICALLY DUE TO THE ROTTON MIW’S PHILOSOPHY AND THAT IS:

    ACC TO GCT, IF ONE IS BEING ACCUSED OF AND IF ONE DOESN’T TAKE ACTION (LEGAL ACTION), THERE MUST BE SOME TRUTH IN IT.

  24. 不是高的那个,一定是瘦的那个,或一面犯错而不道歉那个吧…还是帮老人掆旧纸板那个…然后几天相片都放上网页,大量打广告那个…

  25. Don’t forget how he openly in Parliament attack WP keep asking WP MP to resign and be accountable to the peoples who voted them, he is Ministers of Transportation shouldn’t he accountable an+ resign.

  26. Stan Chan says:

    Sometime I wonder why CSJ make such comment. The MRT are run by different operator and He want a minister to resign. If he ask the minister to resignfor appointing the wrong operator i can understand, but……

    1. Stan Chan says:

      Just because I see things from a different makes me a PAP supporter? Health Minister should resign becuase of the cock up in the Hep C case. Sport minister should resign becuase of so many problem with our NSA, th list goes on. If like that who was will last long enough in the ministry.

    2. Stan Chan says:

      One Chee Soon Juan wont make a different. 5 WPs also dont make any different. Plus I am not impress with Chee ( I dont mean to disrespect) but many the point he brought up, I quite disagree. The only thing I am quite impress is lately, SDP has been focusing on Ghim MOh. I just hope next election SDP can win there.

    3. Pacino Loh says:

      You can say all politicians are the same but don’t forget we are the one voting them in, the power is in our hand.
      Of course you have to vote in Dr Chee to see if he is the freaking politician as you thought.
      3 sides of the coin, you may be wrong.

    4. Stan Chan says:

      All i want to say, look at the 3 side of the coin.He is a freaking politician . That is why he behave like that. Put anohter freaking poltician ( no matter from which party) all will also behave the same way. Show mw one politician , ruling or opoision, elected to parliment or not that dont push blame to one another. They are all just freaking politician.

    5. Pacino Loh says:

      You talked so much and you have not even say what have kbw contributed.
      If KBW quit and get LTY to be transport minister, at least it justify the fact that PAP really have no capable people to handle the transportation issue. Did you even bother to vote sdp into parliament? How would you know they can’t do the job right if they were not given chance? Let’s vote them in before saying whether enough people or not.
      Yes we are against kbw because he arrogantly wanted wp to perform hara-kiri and now he seems like a tortoise hiding his head in the shell.
      The rot is at the top, if KBW resign, desmund kuek will not thank us because the next transport minister if he/she really want these issues to resolve, he/she would have sack kuek!

    6. Stan Chan says:

      LUI must have said enough of this crap all the time and quit. So the world think life will get better with the next minister and we now say Lui is btter. If KBW quit. what make us so coclk sure the next minister is better? Who can come out to say the next ruling party will be better. let vote the PAP out. So LHL say he is planning to step down after next election, than should we also9 change the ruling party too. The fact is the opposition ha snot able to put in enought people to stand even if they combine together. Are we against KBW as a person or against his salary? Unfortunately Transport minister also take care of road too and not only the mass rapid system . Shouldnt LTA chief take responsibilty too with his not million but near million salary a year. The cent collaspe during construction the viaduct in changi, if like that we can have 10 KBW and still not enough to resign becuase people die. People like Desmond quek is thanking you becuase he should be responsible but you guys gun down KBW. He say heng ah!!!!.

    7. Ken Ng says:

      Exactly the mindset of the white PLPs. Whether their master can perform anot, as Long as those PLPs are not affected n their master is still there to sign their paycheck , they simply bochap. U die your business mentality now.

    8. Pacino Loh says:

      Stan Chan, Lui Tuck Yew feel incompetent in doing his job well and resigned.
      KBW on the other hand is much worst than LTY in handling as a transport minister, don’t you think he should resign too? 2 years past what have KBW accomplish?

    9. Stan with people thinking like you in Singapore there is clearly no hope for the nation. You talk about family . Have you ever thought about the state of the nation that you leave behind for your children or their children.

    10. Stan Chan says:

      say whatever, I dont care who run singapore . Important is I ge tpaid each month and feed my family. Talk so much for so many years, nothing change , we complain, goverment still do what they like, save some breath and go fishing better

    11. Ken Ng says:

      Stan Chan hello your boss make one mistake , we are alright. Now your boss make countless mistake n shifting the blame to u, are we not suppose to ask him to step down. All u think is about your paycheck. U are typical Kiasi sinkies , selfish enough to act smart.

    1. PK Ang says:

      Oh yah ? The whole cabinet must step down !
      Chee SJ will be PM n all in SDP be Ministers, wow ! Majulah Singapura !!

      MRT will not break down, GDP will be doubled..

      Every things will be free free free..

      I vote for you ! Cheers

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    Jairus Lau ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Train fault, track fault – whose responsibility? Infrastructure is government, running is operator, they did not point fingers at each other, MOT vs MRT/SBST. At soft launch, Oct 15, was caught in the cabin for 35 minutes. Air-con hummed loudly, PA system hardly audible. Minus day 1, quality failed, the cabin, let alone the system. Signalling, Platform doors, Maintenance, flooding …? The pumps : the quality or the inspection? Or, both? Question : has the model failed? One solution : go public, under one roof.

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