23 Dec '11, 1am

MP: I made a mistake in my language

MP: I made a mistake in my language

LAST week, SMRT was slammed for not talking enough after its trains broke down. This week, Mr Seng Han Thong, the Government Parliamentary Committee’s deputy chairman for Transport, sparked an online furore for talking too much. Mr Seng, a Member of Parliament for Ang Mo Kio GRC, was discussing the train disruption on BlogTV on Monday. But a comment he made on SMRT staff's lack of communication was perceived to be racist. He said that the SMRT public relations officer had said that “some of the staff, because they are Malay, they are Indian, they can’t converse in English... well enough”. SMRT said it did not single out race. After his comments went viral online, Mr Seng posted an apology on Facebook. He added that his own Chinese-educated background gave him a special empathy for the non-English-speaking sections of society. Read the full report in The New Paper on Friday...

Full article: http://www.tnp.sg/content/mp-i-made-mistake-my-language

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