Khaw Boon Wan on NSL flooding: SMRT maintenance team ‘failed us’- What do you think

SINGAPORE: In the recent year the Singapore Transport system has failed us. However we are told that the confidence and satisfaction levels of commuters have increased. The man on the ground does not seem to know where this information has come from.

Then on October 7 2017- there was a major incident in the Bishan station. This incident was the cause of the underground tunnel leading to Newton MRT station to be submerged in waist high water levels. The newpapers and the authorities have called this torrential rainwater. However many Singaporeans and commuters have voiced that rain is not uncommon in Singapore. In fact NEA has also mentioned that it was not the highest rain fall at all. Yet we are told to believe that there was a torrential down pour. 

What commuters are most frustrated about is that no body from top management on 7th October ot 8th October had come out to apologize or say anything. In face whenever there is a break down or disruption we are told that please add a few minutes to your travel time. Call a spade a spade nothing else. 

On Monday 16th October 2017 Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan held a press conference. Mr Khaw who had just a few months ago on 27 July 2017 took issue with the media and even said “”I wish it was so simple. If it were so simple, they don’t need us. We can ask the reporter to run the train system,” and he is known for saying ““In Japan, the CEO and board of directors will call a press conference and take a deep bow, and in the good old days, they may even commit hara-kiri.”

 

Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan said the SMRT maintenance team in charge of the anti-flood system at Bishan station had “failed us”.  He said that SMRT had to cut off trackside power supply as a safety precaution, causing service on six stops across the NSL to be disabled for about 20 hours and this lead to more than 250,000 commuters being afffected. He added that it was Singapore’s first disruption due to flooding and one of SMRT’s worst breakdowns in recent history. The entire episode had caused alot of public unhappiness.

In fact many commuters are still upset

Mr Khaw Boon Wan added that the incident was “sad and unnecessary” – but preventable and should not have happened. He said that  “We are all sorry it did … Whatever follow-up action which needs to be done, has already started. Nothing has been covered up.” 

Finally Mr Khaw said Singapore’s MRT tunnels were designed to handle local weather and cope with “very extreme storms far more severe than the last few weeks”.

What is your view on the incident? What is your take on the Singapore transport system

 

For more information on FPSO courses http://www.simplysafety.com.sg/simplysafety/ogsc_fpso_oil_rig_safety_assessor

For more information on NEBOSH Courses

http://www.simplysafety.com.sg/simplysafety/nebosh_igc

Simply Safety is a Singapore international center for Safety, Health and Environmental training. We conduct courses accredited by NEBOSH and other courses such as OGSC FPSO Courses, WDA courses, MOM Accredited Courses, Australian Cert IV,online international certificate courses as well as a range of short courses designed to meet specific industry needs.

For more information about NEBOSH IGC, please visit our NEBOSH IGC page. You may also reach us at iac@simplysafety.com.sg or visit us at www.simplysafety.com.sg.

 

To find out more about Cert IV TAE

http://www.simplysafety.com.sg/simplysafety/certIV_tae_acta_course

For more information on HSE Coach Courses

http://www.simplysafety.com.sg/simplysafety/hse_coach_cert_course

For more information on FPSO courses http://www.simplysafety.com.sg/simplysafety/ogsc_fpso_oil_rig_safety_assessor

For more information on NEBOSH Courses

http://www.simplysafety.com.sg/simplysafety/nebosh_igc

For more information on IOSH Managing Safely

http://www.simplysafety.com.sg/simplysafety/iosh_managing_safety

For more information on internationally recognised safety training

http://www.simplysafety.com.sg/simplysafety/intnl_cert_course

Simply Safety is a Singapore international center for Safety, Health and Environmental training. We also operate in Malaysia, Thailand, South Korea, Myanmar, Vietnam, China, Philipines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia. We conduct courses accredited by NEBOSH like the NEBOSH International General Certificate (NEBOSH IGC) and the NEBOSH Health and Safety Award (NEBOSH HSW) Simply Safety also does other courses such as OGSC FPSO Courses. We also do the WDA courses Apply Workplace Safety Health in Process Plants, Perform Work in Confined Spaces, Supervise Work in Process Plants and Supervise Work in Confined Space Operations. Very similar to Singapore Contractors Association (SCAL), ASPRI (Association of Singapore Process Industry) or NTUC Learning Hub. , MOM Accredited Courses, or like Institute of Adult Learning IAL which does ACTA Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment we do the Australian Cert IV TAE 40116(Australian ACTA) which can be converted to the full ACTA. Simply Safety also does many other elearning and online international certificate courses as well as a range of short courses designed to meet specific industry needs. We believe in lifelong learning and adult education and growth of the individual. Be it skillsfuture or skillsfuture credit or sdf fundings- one should not wait to upgrade themselves. Whether you are a trainer or freelance trainer or going through Train the Trainer program or even if you are a safety practioner or safety professional or safety officer or safety coordinator.

Simply Safety is the foremost Singapore Workplace Safety Health Environmental Training Provider providing Nebosh, Nebosh IGC, IOSH, IOSH MS, Accident Investigation, Work At Height, Work in Confined Space, Lifting Operation, Emergency Preparedness and Procedures, Control and Handling Hazardous Substances, Risk Management, Risk Assessment, Permit To Work System,  WSH Management System, Safety Management System, Leadership Training, Consultation, Training Needs Analysis, develop MOM ATP Course materials, customised Course Development, behavior based safety,BBS,behavior-based safety, behavior-based safety, behavioral psychology,  oil & gas training, nebosh general certificate, NEBOSH in Indonesia, Johor Bahru JB Malaysia, Korea, China, Beijing, Qatar, Training, Consulting in Shanghai, China, Qatar

We also provide study tools and study kits for students

Ultimate Guide 1 25 Prep Questions for NEBOSH IGC 1,  Ultimate Guide 2 Another 25 Prep Questions for NEBOSH IGC 1, Ultimate Guide 3 Another 25 Prep Questions for NEBOSH IGC 1 Exams, Ultimate Guide 4 Another 25 Prep Questions for NEBOSH IGC 1 Exams, Ultimate Guide 1 25 Prep Questions for NEBOSH GC 2 Exams, Ultimate Guide 2 Another 25 Prep Questions for NEBOSH GC 2 Exams, Ultimate Guide 3 Another 25 Prep Questions for NEBOSH GC 2 Exams, Ultimate Guide 4 Another 25 Prep Questions for NEBOSH GC 2 Exams

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.logicerpsolutions.simplysafety               , https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.logicerpsolutions.neboshquestionspart_1, https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.logicerpsolutions.questionset2, https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.logicerpsolutions.questionset3, https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.logicerpsolutions.questionset4, https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.howtobe.millionaire.rules, https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.vanpeak.safetycareer, https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.vanpeak.salaryguide, https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.vanpeak.SafetyExpertGuide, https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=Simply+Safety+Raj+Singh, https://itunes.apple.com/us/developer/simply-safety-pte-ltd/id1234450526, https://itunes.apple.com/us/developer/vanpeak-pte-ltd/id1229621565, https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.personel.sertificationmanagement, https://www.eventbrite.sg/e/certificate-iv-in-training-assessment-training-and-education-tae40116-tickets-18647455040, https://www.eventbrite.sg/e/nebosh-igc-weekend-classes-november-2017-tickets-38426488662, https://www.eventbrite.com/e/leadership-development-effective-leadership-tickets-38336907723, https://www.eventbrite.com/e/leadership-development-building-skills-and-knowledge-tickets-38234181466, https://www.eventbrite.com/e/advanced-sales-techniques-september-2017-tickets-34876150505, https://www.eventbrite.com/e/front-line-leadership-tickets-38337546634, https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sales-basics-sales-basics-selling-to-gen-x-gen-y-and-millennials-september-2017-tickets-38337879630,

For more information about NEBOSH IGC, please visit our NEBOSH IGC page. You may also reach us at iac@simplysafety.com.sg or visit us at www.simplysafety.com.sg