Anyone who is good at giving excuses is seldom good at anything else

I refer to what Khaw Boon Wan boasted recently that the MRT reliability has improved 3 times since he took over as Transport Minister from Mr Lui Tuck Yew. Wow! I ask, really? To begin, I want to remind him that the things he said about others also say alot about himself.

Our MRT trains carry hundreds of thousands of people daily, maybe even more and their reliability or unreliability either improves peoples’ commuting experiences and contribute towards improving our national productivity or the opposite. Khaw BW being the top man at the transport ministry has to be Fully Responsible for the sad state of our MRT today, no less and not selectively only.

It is only reasonable and right that commuters expect decent service standards from the relevant authorities and commuters are not obliged to listen and buy his selective apprasial of himself when he knows how to collect millions of dollars in annual salaries but delivers sub-standard services time and again and again….Incompetent is a strong word, maybe we should just call him “selective grading of ownself”.

Next, what “pissed” me off is his “Blatant Absence Act”. Despite many times in the past when our MRT were disrupted and/or when broken downs occurred and crowds swarm train stations, bus stops and spilling onto roads, how many times did Khaw BW or Desmond Kuek or even Lee LW made an effort to go down to the ground to understand the ground situations better, and to show, even if it were just wayang, empathy and solidarity with the affected commuters? The answer should be very few or maybe even hardly.

Worthy leadership is to be with your people in their hours of need, not disappear and only reappear again when the war is over, so to speak. Khaw BW, DK and their senior people all fail very badly on this as well.

In conclusion, I want Khaw BW and Desmond Kuek etc to understand this one simple human behaviour. Although Singaporeans are largely a meek, apathetic and patience lot, still there is a limit.

“Anyone who is good at giving excuses is seldom good at anything else”. Khaw BW, Desmond Kuek and Lee LW etc are no exceptions.

 

* Facebook post by Simon Lim.

 

 

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19 Responses to “Anyone who is good at giving excuses is seldom good at anything else”

  • PAP has the mandate:

    Although Singaporeans are largely a meek, apathetic and patience lot, still there is a limit……LOL..understatement, Stinkies are gutless!!!

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  • N.Jungne:

    His Lampar improves 3 times bigger, he needs to wear new suspender.

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  • NotMyProblem:

    “Anyone who is good at giving excuses is seldom good at anything else”. Khaw BW, Desmond Kuek and Lee LW etc are no exceptions.

    But they get $Million for doing that!!

    Some more can challenge reporters to do it better.

    If reporters were paid the same, I am sure they can do it.

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  • flabbergasted:

    should commit hara-kiri or at least resign.

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  • opposition dude:

    Frankly, what do you expect of PAP donkeys other than all the negative superlatives you can think of?

    Good at making others look bad, downplaying their own faults, neither transparent or accountable, say one thing do another and countless others I’m sure.

    So, how many of these yurkeys will be joining George Yeo as an ordinary citizen after the next GE ah?

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  • Dont trust PAP:

    When Khaw was the Health Minister, he introduced National Health Insurance, he did not forsee the shortage of hospitals and beds. Now patients still have to sleep on beds along the hospital corridors. One reason medical cost has gone up is because doctors recommend more expensive treatment and charge more when the patients have insurance coverage. Remember Khaw paid only $8 for his heart by-pass and his insurance paid the rest. Even with the national insurance now, ordinary Singaporeans still have to pay hundreds if not thousands of dollars for hospital treatment.
    When he was the MND Minister, he overlooked intentionally or otherwise, the loopholes the rich and property developers have been exploiting for years to avoid paying stamp duties and the QC rules, not to mention the anti cooling measures which effectively are applicable to only the ordinary citizens and not the property companies and the rich.
    PM Lee thought Khaw was such great trouble shooter and made him the Transport Minister after the overrwhelming 2015 GE victory and now ordinary Singaporeans depending on public transport suffer. Khaw boasted that train service has improved but the situation commuters face every day is totally different. It is just like the government tellng us that the growth of foreigners has slowed but the ground shows otherwise. In fact, PAP converts many foreigners to citizens annually but the number of foreigners still increases, it is evidence in the trains, markets, buses, everywhere by their accents, behaviours.
    Maybe PM Lee would make him the Manpower Minister after the next GE as Gan KY, Tan CJ and Lim SS have failed to improve labour productivity, get companies to employ Singaporeans instead of importing foreign workers, reduce the displacement of Singaporean workers by foreigners. The msm reported unemployment has come down but I and many people I know are getting displaced. I can see many displaced PME become uber drivers and self employed like asking for donations to some cancer society and charities.
    Only the rich, the banks, property companies and landlords are getting richer and living well.
    Things are only to get worse and worse unless the 70% voting for PAP in GE 2015 wake up.

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  • Nonid Tan Loong Loong:

    You are asking the obvious: “…. how many times did KBW or DK or even LLW make an effort to go down to the ground to understand ….”

    If they were there to witness how bad the trains’ breakdown have caused, they could no longer deny the situations. Did you not hear KBW blaming the media for making a mountain out of a molehill? He’s like saying, “Where got? Where got? I no see leh. Don’t exaggerate! Don’t BS!”

    Bear this in mind. They are paid obscene salaries for being the best “yes-men” not because they’re the best men to run our transport system.

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  • cowardice of the PAPs:

    ‘if u cant stand the heat , get out of the kitchen’..
    a famous saying that I think they are following to a T.
    becuz they have got no solutions to remedy the chaos they create.
    don’t talk about coming around to stand in solidarity with the suffering commuters!
    that’s beneath them..we are not their bros n sisters!
    u die your bizness is their motto now.

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  • All should be Sacked:

    During LKY time, he could not tolerate inefficiency. He will sack these people immediately. But Pinky now closes one eye and ask people to move on.

    Very big difference between father and son. We the people should sack all those who are inefficient.

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  • good at one more thing!:

    Simon Lim, agree with you that anyone who is good at giving excuses is seldom good ay anything else!!…but you over looked one more thing those who are good at giving excuses…that’s they are also good at PLP!!…cos when their bosses feel shiok, they most likely will overlook their subordinates’ imcompetance!! And in some cases even promote them to higher status!! Very pathetic indeed!!

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  • Wayang!:

    One is retiring soon and one is taking over soon!

    Nobody wants Khaw’s job, so the best person is who else?

    MRT breakdown so what? Life goes on…

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  • Change We Must:

    Yes, instead of thinking how to solve the problem , they keep on thinking of what excuses to give and make them look good. All their time is used to think of excuses.

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  • Screwer:

    The best job in the world is when you screw up and paid handsomely and no one dare to touch you. Can even ownself pay rise ownself and ownself masturbate ownself unassisted in your gold-plated private toilet in the office.

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  • Train down 10 min & Counting..:

    Train stalled before reaching Orchard Station from Newton at 0925hrs.

    Signalling fault is announced over Train PA System.

    Train still stationary..

    Going to Court, hope Judge will buy my excuse!

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  • Reporters - Cowed or 'Khawed'?:

    There was a signalling fault on NS Line this morning. Many commuters were incovenienced.

    Please report accordingly, don’t be cowards!

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  • Coward Reporters!:

    Why no full reports on train services’ disruptions on NSL in the morning and NSL in the evening today (7 Aug 17)?

    Kenna warned and dare not report anymore?

    Might as well quit reporting altogether!

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  • Replace The Poor Recording!:

    Perhaps due to constant playing, the recording that announces apologies on train disruptions to commuters in stalled trains are of a poor quality (can hardly make up what is being announced!)

    High time to replace the recording with new ones too!

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  • Scaramouche:

    Khaw is a very short man trying to pretend he stands head and
    shoulders over others. What he says also falls far short…of
    what the reality is and the level of – at least – a good lie.
    In short, Khaw’s performance sucks. He is big only at failing.

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  • AristoCATS "Marketing Promo":

    > LTA 1996 WhitePaper “A World Class Land Transport System”
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    That’s AristoCATS marketing promo – “feel-good report” – especially before GE.

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    Alas, no one really keeps track of “marketing promo” vs Reality
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    The Reality?
    Passengers go through the reality daily – “Another breakdown? Man. . .”

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