“We have a first-class transport system in Singapore” – PM Lee


Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has asserted that he feels Singapore’s transport system is a “first-class” one at the PAP Convention 2017, held at the Big Box in Jurong yesterday morning:

“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, the head of government 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. PM Lee 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’.”

The PM also opined that Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan 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.

The PM’s comments on the public transport system come 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.

While acknowledging that the people’s frustrations over persistent MRT issues are understandable, PM Lee asserted that efforts to improve public train transport are showing results.

He added that it only doesn’t feel like results are being achieved because major incidents damage public confidence.

Netizens, frustrated with and inconvenienced by persistent train service breakdowns, were critical of PM Lee’s comment calling the local public transport system a “first-class” one:

PM Lee touches on Singapore transport at PAP convention

VIDEO: "Actually, if I may be bold and say so, we have a first-class transport system in Singapore. But we want it to be even better," says PM Lee Hsien Loong as he spoke about system reliability among the world's top cities.

Posted by Channel NewsAsia on Sunday, 19 November 2017

Khaw Boon Wan has “our full support and confidence” – PM Lee says at PAP Convention 2017


  1. This is y our national problems keep on increasing without any solutions. How to improve when a leader like to Ownself bluff Ownself ? How to make him wake up ? I think the only way is to vto.

  2. Mr Lee Hsien Loong wasn’t talking about the trains in Singapore’s MRT system. He was talking about his new found private jets & his new hobby of travelling in private jets.

  3. *Right person for right job.*
    Agency: ” Sir, we found 3 candidates as per your requirements, now how do you want their placements sir?”

    M.D: “Put about 100 bricks in a closed room. Then send the candidates into the room & close the door, leave them alone & come back after a few hours and analyse the situation:-

    1) If they are counting the bricks, Put them in Accounts dept.

    2) If they are re-counting the bricks, Put them in Auditing.

    3) If they have messed up the whole room with the bricks, Put them in Engineering.

    4) If they are arranging the bricks in some strange order, Put them in Planning.

    5) If they are throwing the bricks at each other, Put them in Operations.

    6) If they are sleeping, Put them in Security.

    7) If they have broken the bricks into pieces, Put them in Information Technology.

    8 If they are sitting idle, Put them in Human Resources.

    9) If they say they have tried different combinations yet not a single brick has been moved, Put them in Sales.

    10) If they have already left for the day, Put them in Marketing.

    11) If they are staring out of the window, Put them in Strategic Planning.

    12) If they are talking to each other and not a single brick has been touched, Congratulate them and put them in Top Management.

    13) And if they keep blaming each other- put them in Ministry of Transport

  4. He said ‘first-class’, he didn’t say ‘World first class’, big difference, so don’t any how say he is wrong lol Every country, like Bangladesh and Ethiopia also have ‘first class’.

  5. Y all u people still complain wen u guys gave a 70% vote to these White Selfish Arrogant n Self serving Clowns. They Don’t give a damn Shit for the people Only LIPS serv

  6. He, got no class, with his biggest salary he belongs to a rotting class, he flies top private class, but he’s also in the dishonourable class, a bullshit class, that’s why he say the transport system is first class.

  7. Fake news at its best!! Self-denial, in his own world… He is preparing to step down.. Talk nonsense and enjoy last bit of luxury flying private jet. Signs of brinkmanship

  8. When comes to stuff unrelated to him and his cronies, he has low standards. But when comes to his salaries, income and investments, suddenly wants the highest of high standards! F**k you! Pui!

  9. Yes indeed, comparing per plot ratio, our MRT has the busy n most loaded line in the world, n because of the inclusion of the recent added new lines with the old lines, it is indeed needed quick upgrades, so there r so many breakdown lately, but, give abit more time, we can go the extreme

  10. I strongly think that the ministers and TOP civil servants should trim down their salaries and whatever bonus or incentives they are currently entitled to

  11. Our PM LEE AND MINISTER claim that we have a first class transport but in my opinion we have a second class minister because mrt breakdown Temasek and gic losing money and yet they want to increase taxes. They must find a solutions to solve it first and why Temasek is losing money

  12. I think the fastest way for public service to improve is to pass a bill to state that all Ministers can only stay in public housing, use public polyclinics and government hospitals and take public transport.

    When it becomes their problem then they would work on it.

  13. Firstly he says PEOPLE ARE FRUSTARTED BY INCIDENTS ON OUR PUBLIC TRANSPORT SYSTEM.than he contradicts himself by saying “WE HAVE FIRST-CLASS TRANSPORT SYSTEM IN THE.WORLD”….So now whats more frustrating here? The incidents or what he said? How cheeky can it be? Hongkong,Taipeh,Los Angeles have this kind of transport system?

  14. World is laughing out loud. Dictionaries don’t have the word ‘SHAME’ for them. Bold for the sake of power/huge salaries n would rather have a thick skin n destroying S’pore. Tarnished LKY name n life of hard work. Sorry for LKY to have a no visions n foresight *sn*

  15. There should be a mandate…for All these rich n highly privileged ministers n Mps to take public transportation for 45 days each year.But even then…they might come back to say its better than 1st class.Hypocrites.

    • It’s stuck in his asshole causing constipation liao, so can’t shit all purge from his mouth leading to talk shit leh

  16. It’s stuck in his asshole causing constipation liao, so can’t shit all purge from his mouth leading to talk shit leh

  17. i m very curious mrt keep breaking down
    for me i drive why the ERP machine no break down before !!! for 365days per year
    so obviously singapore goverment only care for their own pocket more

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