Vivian Balakrishnan Treats SBS & SMRT Staff To Breakfast, While Khaw Boon Wan Represents S’pore At ASEAN Meeting

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Vivian Balakrishnan, Teo Ho Pin, & Liang Eng Hwa Hold Breakfast Appreciation For Staff At Bukit Panjang Interchange

Disruptions or not, you have to admit that the people over at SBS and SMRT don’t exactly have the easiest job in the world.

They sacrifice a lot and work tirelessly everyday just to provide us with transportation we probably wouldn’t survive without — only for us to vent our frustrations whenever something goes awry.

Which is why staff at the new Bukit Panjang Integrated Transport Hub were treated to an appreciation breakfast session on Thursday (12 Oct) by Holland-Bukit Timah GRC MPs Dr Vivian Balakrishnan and Liang Eng Hwa, as well as Bukit Panjang SMC MP Dr Teo Ho Pin.

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Posting on his Facebook, Dr Balakrishnan, who is also Minister of Foreign Affairs, acknowledged the hard work put in by staff and urged commuters to give them a smile the next time they meet.

In light of recent mishaps, this small act should definitely help lift the spirits and morale of both SBS and SMRT crew members.

Which is real neat and all, but do you feel as if someone’s missing from the event?

Where’s our Transport Minister?

Ever since the MRT tunnels got flooded, Singaporeans have been outraged and calling for someone to be held accountable for the breakdown.

This isn’t helped by Transport Minister Mr Khaw Boon Wan’s complete silence regarding the incident.

But this isn’t that kind of article, no. It’s a positive one so we shall not question his actions – or lack thereof – here.

Instead, we’re all aware of his tendency to reward staff in times of celebration.

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So where was he this time to show appreciation to the employees at Bukit Panjang?

He was actually at a more important event

Before you raise your pitchforks, calm down and read on first.

Turns out, Mr Khaw was actually busy with the 23rd ASEAN Transport Ministers Meeting, which involved officials from China, Japan, and South Korea.

This 2-day event hosted by Singapore aims to discuss regional cooperation and initiatives in air, maritime, and land transport in order to improve connectivity in the region.

On a scale of importance, we’d say that this ranks slightly higher than having breakfast with ground staff at a bus interchange.

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So fair enough, you were doing your job as Transport Minister. Keep up the work representing Singapore.

We shall not critic you.

For now.

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