People who met her that day said this was the longest amount of time they had actually seen her cheo.
Singaporeans from all walks of life who encountered ex-SMRT CEO Saw Phaik Hwa recently, are queuing up to buy 4D.
This after they said that they saw the former SMRT chief smiling to herself like a doofus for a long time on July 7, 2015, when both the North-South and East-West MRT lines broke down, marking this day in history as when the worst train breakdown ever occurred in Singapore.
One of Saw’s acquaintances, Jin Hwa Hee, said: “I have never seen her smile so broadly like that before and trying to hold it in. It is almost as if she is thinking to herself, ‘Hire a man, they said, pay him more so he will solve all the problems, they said’.”
“There was this palpable sense of schadenfreude, like she was savouring every minute of the evening after 7pm on July 7, 2015.”
Other friends who met her said that the look on her face was a cross between vindication, as if the present had finally caught up with history and made her out to be the better leader, and sassy “I-told-you-so” vibe.
One other friend, Ho Peng Yew, said: “It was almost as if you could hear her articulate, ‘Pin the entire rail problems on me then. You wait and see. No one can salvage SMRT if bigger policies that affect overpopulation are not tweaked and managed’.”
At press time, sources said she is still arm cheo-ing in her sleep.