SINGAPORE—Social media-savvy Ho Ching, CEO of Temasek Holdings and wife of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, has taken to Facebook to address the question of why only HDB lift buttons—and not those in private condominiums—have been sprayed with disinfectant. Netizens’ reactions to the clarification were mixed, with some expressing their appreciation for the detailed, albeit overly lengthy explanation.
Madam Ho, who has garnered quite a following on her Facebook account, thanks to bold posts that invite discussions on different social issues, didn’t hold back on her explanation of why only HDB elevator buttons are disinfected.
On Monday (May 18), in a Facebook post, Madam Ho addressed a question previously posed to her—”How come you only spray HDB lift buttons? How come you don’t spray the private condo buttons, too?”—with a rather lengthy piece of writing that began with, “Good question. The reason is quite simple.”
What followed next wasn’t so simple. In a whopping 23 paragraphs, Madam Ho clarified that the government basically did not have enough “bandwidth”—personnel and disinfectant—to spray HDB lift buttons as well as private lift buttons.
“Sorry, folks, we just didn’t have the bandwidth to cover everybody, and made a decision and a deliberate choice just to cover the HDB lifts,” was the most simple—and final—sentence of her soliloquy.
“However, this doesn’t stop interested condos and their mgt committees to engage contractors to engage vendors to provide similar coatings for their own condos,” Madam Ho added.
Others were grateful, too, but could not help dropping hints at how time it must have taken to write the long post:
Meanwhile, other netizens were like:
Read Madam Ho’s original post for yourself:
Someone asked:How come you only spray HDB lift buttons? How come you don’t spray the private condo buttons too?Hmmm…