Khaw Boon Wan contradicts PM Lee’s claims that Singapore has a “first-class transport system”


Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan has contradicted Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s claims that Singapore has a “first-class transport system”, in his latest comments in Parliament.

Almost exactly six months ago, PM Lee had asserted that Singapore has a top-rate transport system. Speaking at the People’s Action Party (PAP) Convention 2017, held on 20 Nov, the head of government had said:

“Actually, if I may be bold and say so, we have a first-class transport system in Singapore.”

Addressing a crowd of about 2000 PAP activists, PM Lee acknowledged that while public transport here could be “even better,” Singapore is ranked among the top 4 cities in the world, in terms of train system reliability.

The ruling party leader was quoting an article that ranked Singapore as one of four most reliable train systems in the world, along with train systems in Hong Kong, Taipei and Los Angeles. He added:

“We’re not the best – Hong Kong is better, Taipei is better.
“We will get better. But we must see our problems in perspective and we must therefore encourage our team: ‘Work at it. Get there. We are with you’.”

Elaborating on the new public transport fare formula in Parliament yesterday, Khaw claimed that linking public transport fares to reliability could worsen situation, drawing immense flak from netizens.

Khaw added that it is impossible to improve the public transport system without pumping in  more resources that will go towards recruiting manpower needs. He added:

“All those things come with money and I really hope Singaporeans understand that I want to do my job well so that we can have a first-class transport system and we will get there. 
“But I do need money because it is not realistic to hope that you get a first-class, reliable train with no need of any injection of resources.”

Khaw acknowledged that this funding would have to come from “either taxpayers through subsidies or commuters through fares”.

PM Lee’s speech in November – in which he claimed that Singapore already has a first class transport system that Khaw curiously now needs money to achieve in the future – came about a week after the train collision at Joo Koon station that caused at least 36 people to sustain injuries and a little over a month after the MRT tunnel flooding incident on 7 Oct that caused a 20-hour service disruption.

In his speech, the PM also opined that Khaw has one of the toughest jobs in the Cabinet and added that Khaw has the People’s Action Party’s full support and confidence, to applause from other party members.

Khaw Boon Wan draws immense flak for suggesting that linking public transport fares to reliability could worsen situation


  1. Singapore is far far from 1st class. Go and see Russia metro serving 9 million people, 40 seconds every train interval arriving on time and so efficient. Stations are clean and beautiful decorated like art historical museums. Fares are cheap and breakdown is almost unheard off. And these were built more than 50 years ago. So sad and shameful for Singapore to be so bad and backward in comparison.

  2. So after taking more money from us and we still face breakdowns how, take more money from us again? Whenever the people ask the government for more help the government always tells us that funding doesn’t always solve problems, it is up to us to put in the hard work. Now their message is skewed and they’re contradicting themselves. Kong Wu Kong Boh First World Class!

  3. When u want to make urself feel very tok gong (capable), u will say u have very reliable first class transportation under ur administration.
    When u want to justify fare increase and to use taxpayer money to pay for transportation upgrade n loss, then u say not reliable.
    Selective speech

  4. Everything they think say touch is all about milking more public funds. Haven we paid enough for the rail system already. Govt spend our blood money to build the rail system buy the trains and then hand over to smrt to run it. Smrt does not even come out a single cent to build the infrastructure and now butterfly man is asking for make the system better?!!!! So when govt spend our blood money to build the rail infrastructure they did not build a good enough system.?!!! What rubbish!!! Money money money. We already diam diam pay for the ridiculous fare that does not equate to the service. Now you want to raise fare?!!! They should be talking abt fare reduction!!! Axxhole!!!!

  5. I have no problem with Tai Chi Master but everything that his boss pinki cause and pamper chabor until chabor don’t show respect to tapo. When I queued up to make dumpling at a funfair got one sinki chabor no respect just cut queue and bluff small children all the way and bragged about her qualifications ignoring me. I rather have him as President then chabor , next time I will just slap the chabor face

  6. pinky disillusioned. Everyday walking around telling he is the best AV porn star for moaning non – stop even without the act started, best Emmy award for his role in raping dogs, best golden horse award for abusing spiders, best Bollywood award for his role in having his ass bang by 1000000 supporters which he runs under a coconut tree for 2hrs. Damn audience must be dead bored.