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Ex-SMRT CEO Saw Phaik Hwa reportedly arm cheo for several hours

Ex-SMRT CEO Saw Phaik Hwa reportedly arm cheo for several hours

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People who met her said this was the longest amount of time they had actually seen her cheo.

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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 several hours on April 25, 2016, when the North-South, East-West and Circle Line broke down simultaneously due to a power fault.

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 from the military, 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 8pm on April 25, 2016.”

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.

 

 

 

 

 





Ex-SMRT CEO Saw Phaik Hwa reportedly arm cheo for several hours on 7/7/15

Ex-SMRT CEO Saw Phaik Hwa reportedly arm cheo for several hours on 7/7/15

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People who met her that day said this was the longest amount of time they had actually seen her cheo.

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





What SMRT’s third breakdown really means

What SMRT’s third breakdown really means

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Singapore’s public transport in three-ring circus.

By Chong Zhi Ping

Early counting systems often relied on the “One- Two- Many” concept to describe counting limits.

In other words, early peoples had a word to describe the quantities of one and two. But any quantity beyond this point would be simply be regarded as “Many”.

It is, therefore, safe to say that our prestigious Mass Rapid Transit has broken down many times in the past week.

The Wall Street Journal suggested that “the disruptions are not just isolated events… Question then is what underlying systems and structures caused this, and then what mental models or deep assumptions underpinned those systems and structures.”

Nonetheless, I shall contribute my three cents worth of opinion, because three is simply the magic number now.

1) Breaking down is a norm, not breaking down is not

Get conditioned. SMRT may have over-performed in the initial years so that means we cannot not factor in complacency and always expect a smooth-running MRT as God-given.

Should you be sceptical, read up on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Seamless public transport was never a listed item.

In fact, train breakdowns happen world wide, be it on purpose like London’s or an honest mistake like Berlin’s. We Singaporeans are suaku and complain too much.

Transit map of the world, anyone?

2) Our current transport fare is undercharged

So why did SMRT’s CEO Saw Phaik Hwa apologise for the cock-up? Is she three bricks shy of a load, you asked?

Sit easy, have a Kit Kat and allow me to backtrack for you.

In July, SMRT and SBS submitted a joint application for fare adjustment. They sought a total increment of 2.8% to upkeep service standards.

Wary of the May election’s furore over increasing costs of living, however, the Public Transport Council only approved the fare hike allowing it to escalate by 1%.

We celebrated. We thought the government is finally listening and we can look forward to a better 5 years. Viva la revolucion!

Except there’s also this good old Chinese saying that goes: One cent money, one cent worth.

By paying less in public transport fees, we have unwittingly caused the demise of our First World MRT operations.

After all, who is going to cover that 1.8% revenue-cum-budget deficit? Surely not from Tuck Yew Tryingtoscorepoliticalpointz?

To save our blushes, Ms Saw and gang bravely put forth the self-demonising statement. It’s customer service that we should be concerned about. Do recognise, as such, that we have not been fair towards SMRT.

We ‘aint giving them enough benefit of doubt as a profit-based corporation.

Ms Saw being SMRT’s highest paid CEO ever is also irrelevant.

3) SMRT still have our interests at heart

True benevolence

Especially when we consider efforts shown by SMRT to cushion our shock: Live twitter updates. Free bridging bus services. Messages to increase cabbies to relieve the crowd. Not penalising the man who smashed one of the train window.

What more can you ask for? (A friend did suggest that SMRT could borrow the 40 topless models from Abercrombie & Fitch to stand outside Orchard station and sooth our feisty mood, but we are not that lewd, are we.)

Which is the reason why I totally sup-pork Straits Times’ timely reminder regarding SMRT coming tops among local firms:

Don’t ask what SMRT can do for you! Ask what you can do for SMRT!

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and success of SMRT!

Burp. Actually,I could well be three sheets to the wind.

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