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Lui Tuck Yew: Some disruptions on the heavily-used MRT were ‘unavoidable’

Posted by temasektimes on April 9, 2012

Unable to solve the chronic problems besieging the public transport system, the government is now trying to ‘manage’ public expectations instead.

Less than half a year after SMRT suffered two major breakdowns along the North-South line, the Northeast Line run by SBS Transit had a 10 hour breakdown in March this year.

Yesterday, the East-West MRT line was disrupted for 45 minutes due to a ‘stalled’ train which affected some 500 passengers. However, Mr Lui said the figures should be seen in “perspective” as they account for about 0.02 per cent of the 2.7 million trips made daily.

Speaking to queries from Nominated MP Ramasamy Dhinakaran in Parliament today, Mr Lui said the government will try to minimize ‘major disruptions’ of more than 30 minutes, but warned that some disruptions and defects on the heavily-used MRT were ‘unavoidable’.

“We will try and minimise as much as possible the major disruptions and to keep them in check. But I think it is unavoidable that a system that is as heavily utilised as ours is today will not face any disruptions. Every day there are about 2.7 million passenger trips. We are running thousands of train trips for more than 18 hours a day. And I dare say that there is no way you can prevent disruptions from occurring.”

He has also asked the Land Transport Authority (LTA) to work with train operators to monitor defects early on, and prioritise which parts of the tracks or trains need to undergo maintenance first.

Mr Lui’s ‘reassurance’ offers scant consolation to commuters who are affected by the frequent MRT delays and breakdowns which not only affect their work, but lead to an overall decrease in productivity as well.

24 Responses to “Lui Tuck Yew: Some disruptions on the heavily-used MRT were ‘unavoidable’”

  1. Mr T said

    How come HK can and you cannot. Their trains never break down as often as yours, and their population is bigger. Please dont talk cock with a cock in your mouth

    • tangerine1234 said

      Well said. He/ Govt should learn from Taiwan & HK. They should send their employee esp the top management (their planning are terrible) as Interim apprentice to learn from them since it is always our Govt policy/motto to learn from the best from different countries & combine to create an unique singapore.(heard in recent news spoken by one minister over the open converstaion session with China students).

    • Andrew Chen said

      Precisely!! And HK’s MTR is far more complex than Singapore’s!!

      This is just LAME BLOODY EXCUSES from the Minister. HE should get MRT to systematically SOLVE THE PROBLEMS, rather than shooting his mouth off and making excuses!!

      USELESS! Earn your bloody Million dollar pay!!

  2. zinc said

    BS wayang king!! Try going to work on this world class public transport. I think you will resign on the spot.

  3. tangerine1234 said

    Well said! Our minister/Govt should learnt fm Taiwan & HK. They should sent their employees esp top management (their planning is terrible) to learn fm them. it is always our National agenda (rather the Govt) to learn & extract the best quality of different aspect fm various countries & combine to create an unique singapore. Spoken by one of minister ( cant remember his name, anyway his name not worthy for me to remember) during the open conversation session with the China students that singapore is unique cos we extract the best fm various countries & implement it in singapore. Well, seems like in the area of transport they are not applying this principle but keep giving excuses.
    Those ppl up there are paid to do their jobs & if they r not up to mark then step down to take a humble pay & let others (not in any way related to Govt/ PAP ppl & ppl who did not elect the PAP party) who are capable & competent to take the job.

  4. LOL said

    So Minister TECK YOU, can we tell that to our employers? What a JOKE. Hey you were some VADM before right? What if a NSF told you this? Would you give him 700x weekend duties? Pls think before you talk. I think Singaporeans have no confidence in you anymore.

  5. spotlessleopard said

    Will the highest paid Transport Minister in the Word RESIGN or needs to be sacked?……

  6. Ken Lee said

    “Must reflect and repent” said lau

  7. Exaggerated said

    Hahahaha!!! Try telling the Japanese “its unavoidable”!!!

  8. crap@sickening.com said

    This is unprofessional and ridiculous reply.
    “We will try and minimise as much as possible the major disruptions and to keep them in check. But I think it is unavoidable that a system that is as heavily utilised as ours is today will not face any disruptions. Every day there are about 2.7 million passenger trips. We are running thousands of train trips for more than 18 hours a day. And I dare say that there is no way you can prevent disruptions from occurring.”

    If NY stock exchange, NASDAQ, amazon, apple website have even high transactions and hits, i never and hardly heard any disruptions. This is non acceptable and i repeat unprofessional – high utilization doesnt mean system can break down often .Please learn from japan and hongkong where their transport system are more complex and efficient from us, especially japan got shinkansen and express train where exact timing the train will arrive. Their awareness is also excellent. Singapore standard is just passe and lousy. All read by the book in times of urgency all panic.. POS – piece of shit.

    Its just utterly horrendous crap … no one will say that.. use the time more effective to go pick litter and do healthy things .. Sickening answer.

  9. crap@sickening.com said

    one word dont talk so much. 烂就是烂

    E.g. one law court scenario.
    Judge ask: Do you think that mrt did not live up to expectation. So many breakdown and customer are frustrated
    MRT reply: I think it is unavoidable that a system that is as heavily utilised as ours is today will not face any disruptions. Every day there are about 2.7 million passenger trips. We are running thousands of train trips for more than 18 hours a day. And I dare say that there is no way you can prevent disruptions from occurring.

    Judge ask: Im asking for an answer, Yes or No
    MRT reply: It is unavoidable

    Judge ask: Unavoidable is not answer. Yes or No. I will charge you of wasting everyone time if you keep talking crap where we are not interested.
    MRT reply: Yes.

    Judge ask: OK. This is the answer that i want to hear. Bottomline is 烂就是烂. The few seconds that you waste time can pick litter and do healthy and more fruitful things. Crap MRT!!!

  10. Derp said

    Every breakdown, commuters stuck in the train get $100 each.
    You see can avoid or not. CB

  11. So inmature as a Minister to make statements which is hard to swallow, as our train systems are pretty new. We will have to agree there will be break downs but not at the rate that it is breaking down here. We can also understand that ware and tear is inevitable but there should have a life span where most parts are under warranty. Now is our Minister aware of which faultline is causing problems whether its the mechanizism parts or due to the managements incompetancy which is causing the frequent breakdowns.

  12. rodneyang said

    Is this the Best the Most highly-paid Minister in the world could do? Why do we need such excuses anyway?
    Hopefully the government could understand the public sentiment better instead of keep justifying itself.

  13. L said

    Should change the term/name
    ‘public transport’.
    It’s not an appropriate name/term for ‘IT’ now.
    They do not deserve this term.

  14. blunttalk said

    It is with utmost surprise to hear such lame excuse coming out of the mouth of a insanely well paid cabinet ministers saing any such “incidents” would be unavoidable. I have been living in Europe and in Hong Kong for years and can testify that in Europe, the underground system dated since early 1900 and still functioning without “major incidents” –like what occurred in Singapore so often last year and this year– and similar can be said of HKG MTR that has been running since way earlier than Singapore MRT. It all bogged down on “proper maintenance”. With due respect to this gentleman, if he had nothing more intelligent to say, he should use his grey cells harder to utter something more reasonable instead of making a fool of himself with live telecast of his Parliamentarian speech. Good Grief!

  15. worldorder said

    Well. Can the locals say delay in paying PUB bills, Town Council fees and even taxes is sometimes unavoidable because they are trying to make end meets ?? In Beijing, the MRT fees is cap at RMB 3 or SGD.70 cts regardless of how many stations and what destinations you choose. In Shanghai the average MRT fee is RMB 5 or SGD 1 regardless of destinations. And these two MRT networks are the most ultilised networks in China if not globally. Yet , they have very limited and seldom breakdowns. Each time there is a breakdown, the local official will get it fix and it seldon get repeated occurences. Hey SMRT, how are you compared to these train operators ??

  16. Lowerclassworkers said

    In a society that base on kpi for performance. Focus on sale / earning money. Don’t look on technical manitance. breakdown are unavoidable.

  17. PRCsAreTrouble said

    ‘Some’ disruptions on the heavily-used MRT has reduced the overall transportation efficiency in the country, so your resignation is ‘unavoidable’.

  18. Laugh out loud said

    LTW replies make every laugh.. unavoidable? then how to compare with japan n hk?? Totally can’t even compare..
    (Human Speech n doesn’t make sense)

  19. rodneyang said

    A glorious financial statement could be made at the expense of the commuters’ interest where corners could be cut for maintenance and service standards of an infrastructure like the MRT. The board of inquiry for the recent breakdown incidences may need to look into such a possibility whereby the then CEO would be accountable.

  20. Edmund said

    When price increase they will compare with the highest transportation cost and when come to break down they will compare with some ulu country. What is your break down rate as compare to Hongkong, taiwan, china ?? Stop your act as we are no longer living in the early 30s. and we are all educated and know what has happen ?

  21. Wills said

    Oh.. Com on.. Pls wake up before you know that you r gone.. COE high say due to demand.. MRT down say unavoidable.. Then if u resign or bing sacked? Can ? Or cannot?

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