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MP Seng Han Thong apologises to NTWU

The following is a letter by Member of Parliament, Mr Seng Han Thong, to the National Transportation Workers’ Union (NTWU). Dear brothers and sisters of NTWU, 1. The recent series of breakdown incidents in our SMRT system has raised the attention of the public. You have had to work extra hard to repair and maintain the system during this period. Your exemplary performance is the pride of NTWU and will be duly recognized by the Singapore public. 2. I know that it was you, the workers standing at the front line, who were facing all the stress and pressure from the public commuters, every minute and second when we tried our very best to resume the train service. May I thank you for your service to the travelling public. 3. In the recent Blog TV programme, I expressed my view that SMRT needs to improve on the public communications during an emergency. I recalled I heard on the radio a view that cited our workers’ difficulty in English is a reason for the communication problems at the MRT stations. I disagreed and said that even broken English should be acceptable. 4. Unfortunately, in trying to defend you, I made the…