Transport Minister walking the grounds
Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan might have only officially undertook the heavy mantle of Transport Minister a week ago, but he has already set plans to solve transport problems plaguing Singaporeans for the longest time.
For one, the dedicated Khaw penned a blog post about three transport issues he promises to fix, ahead of his official role assumption. He has also actively tried to reach out to rail maintenance crew in an attempt to be their BFF.
To prove that he is not hiding in his ivory tower, Khaw took the Circle Line to work on Wednesday (7 Oct).
Of course, not posting on Facebook means it never happened, so here it is:
He also mentioned that the time taken to get to work was the same via train and by car. We wonder if he factored in the waiting and walking time?
In July, then-Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew was flamed online after photos of him “standing by” were circulated. Netizens had issues with everything from his choice of MRT station to the timing picked to his facial expression. Many were also unhappy that Lui was merely exercising his eye power.
Khaw must have taken notes of what not to do as Transport Minister, and to prove his sincerity, he’s literally walking the talk.
Today, Khaw took the NSEW Line to MND for his meetings.
But is what he’s doing enough to appease Singaporeans?
Maybe not. In true Singapore spirit, netizens took to the Internet to air their displeasure.
Some wondered if it’s just wayang:
Some encouraged Khaw to sell his car away so he can live life as a plebeian:
Some are shocked that KBW isn’t utilising his senior citizen concession card:
Some suggested that Khaw take public transport during peak hours instead, to experience the reality of everyday commuting:
Some are hoping for compensation for future train breakdowns:
Some questioned if he would continue taking public transport in the long run:
Will Singaporeans never be satisfied?
While there are those who applaud Khaw’s actions, there will always be the salty netizens. Tackling the tricky issue of transportation cannot possibly happen overnight – Khaw is already making a good start.
So let’s give this guy a break and let him have the “honeymoon” period he asked for first.
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