24 Dec '11, 11am

MP clears the air regarding comments on transport workers

SINGAPORE: Member of Parliament for Ang Mo Kio GRC, Seng Han Thong, has sought to allay concerns and clear the air with transport workers over his comments in a Channel NewsAsia programme, BlogTV. Mr Seng, who is Executive Secretary of the National Transport Workers' Union (NTWU), said in the programme, he expressed his view that SMRT needs to improve on the public communications during an emergency. He said he recalled hearing on the radio a view that cited the workers' difficulty in English as a reason for the communication problems at the MRT stations. Mr Seng said he disagreed, adding that broken English should be acceptable. He said unfortunately, in trying to defend the workers, he made the mistake of only mentioning "Malay" and "Indian" workers, when the original quote in the radio interview had cited MRT staff of different races - "Malay, Chinese, or Indians or any...

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