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PM Lee: Bugis MRT worksite accident shouldn’t have happened

Posted by temasektimes on July 20, 2012

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has expressed his condolences to families of the two workers who died in the accident at the Downtown Line Bugis worksite on 18 July.

In a comment posted on his Facebook, PM Lee wrote he was saddened by what happened:

“Very saddened to read about the accident at the Downtown Line work site in Bugis yesterday, in which two foreign workers were killed. It should not have happened. My condolences to the families of the two victims.”

He also praised the Singapore Civil Defence Force for undertaking the rescue operations:

“Also, my sympathies for the SCDF firefighters who were injured in the rescue operations there, and in fighting the East Village Hotel fire on Monday. I wish them a speedy recovery. They and all who have responded to the incidents have served bravely and are a credit to the Singapore Civil Defence Force.”

Two workers were killed when the scaffolding they were working on collapsed on them as they were pouring cement into the mould.



28 Responses to “PM Lee: Bugis MRT worksite accident shouldn’t have happened”

  1. Lim said

    It should not have happened. But it has happened. so? move on? We did not want it to happen It has happened So be it. Sounds familiar. Saw said something like that too. HOw come still no demands from PM for those responsible for the horrible state of our trains after COI?

  2. jay said

    Emotions running all time high…cut the crap Mr lee , feel for your singaporeans first.

  3. ONE SIDED MOD said

    Construction workers deserved more for PM Lee to write his condolences more than the Bugis taxi driver accident?

    • oldguard said

      Singaporean die die die your problem, FT worker die, must pity them. So you see, LHL hack care about Singaporean.

  4. Hector said

    While on the subject of “what shouldn’t have happened” how about the following:
    (1) low productivity of Singapore economy
    (2) low birth rate which started from LKY’s “Stop at 2” policy
    (3) depressed local wages
    (4) forgetting to plan for the many foreigners allowed into Singapore
    (5) shortage, “shrinking” and high cost of public housing
    (6) shortage of public buses
    (7) shortage of MRT trains
    (8) shortage of hospitals
    (9) shortage of doctors
    (10) shortage of nursing homes
    (11) shortage of teachers
    (12) shortage of places in schools and universities for Singaporeans
    (13) shortage of jobs for Singaporeans
    (14) foreigners taking jobs away from Singaporeans
    (15) frequent breakdowns of MRT trains
    (16) overcrowded public transport (buses and MRT trains)
    (17) bailout of public transport (failed privatisation)
    (18) frequent 50-year “ponding” (or flooding)
    (19) high inflation (Singapore now more expensive than Hong Kong)
    (20) high cost of education
    (21) high cost of healthcare
    (22) high cost of electricity (another failed privatisation)
    (23) high cost of private transport and fuel
    (24) poor air quality as per WHO Air Quality Guidelines
    (25) depleted CPF accounts after buying “affordable” HDB flats
    (26) many CPF accounts below CPF Minimum Sum
    (27) massive (billions) losses of taxpayers’ money by Temasek and GIC
    (28) wasteful purchases by Government agencies like NParks
    (29) putting Singaporeans life at risk by allowing rich “yellow trash” to drive in Singapore

    Conclusion: LHL shouldn’t have become PM (Principally Mediocre).

  5. MAKANDO 1973 said

    Shouldn’t have happened, it happened, what happened, why happened???

  6. Duke said

    Yes it shouldn’t have. Like many other things.

  7. Fence Sitter said

    never hear him talk about condolence when local lives were lost through NS training, accidents by foreign drivers, etc… so can we take it that local lives that were lost esp through NS training is totally unavoidable?

  8. enough said

    talk is cheap, i am saddened,

    it has no meaning, it is cheap talk

  9. ONE SIDED MOD said

    The top pic shows PM Lee doing MPS? what about his dad and the other marine parade handsome?

  10. oldguard said

    many things should not have happen under your leadership, but it happen anyway. bullshit.

  11. GodBlessSG said

    Then what accident should have happened leh? *eyes rolling*

  12. Mad said

    Yeah.. it shouldn’t.. but it did.. true?

  13. I am a Singaporean said

    Well, You shouldn’t be a PM now as well, nobody voted u in…

  14. 69 said

    YA !!! It shouldn’t happen. I also shouldn’t kena summon. I should kena NDP tickets.

  15. Naivety said

    Yup Mr Lee, Bugis MRT worksite accident shouldn’t have happened & I fully agreed with you!
    And rightfully you should not be PM also if not because of your father, right?

  16. P Koh said

    I thought all along that the safety controls are very stringently adhered to and sad to say that this incident did not speak well of the people who are supposed to ensure that all safety regulations are complied with. Sad because lives are lost. Hope this is a lesson for all other construction sites to be more vigilant on safety measures to provent loss of lives of those who were there to
    make life easier for the people.

  17. As long as the employers can walk away with it after paying small fines, workers will continue to die on site.

  18. CornY said

    Mr lee, do u know how many families need helps? Did u offer your help???

  19. MAKANDO 1973 said

    Shouldn’t have happened, it happened, why happened, so what happened???

  20. gr0koewi said

    Now you tell me.

  21. Solar said

    How come PM Lee did not indicate similar sadness when our own NS boys died while serving to protect his assets? What about those who commit suicide?

  22. tan koon min said

    I am enginer by training and work in such dangerous area before……I wlll never allowed my stafff to work under a ”place ” if some ”events” is happening above thier heads….what I mean here is that who know what will and going to happen above thier heads….. as engineer we know that ”design may fail”

    Under the downtown line….. the pouring of wet cememt above to form the ”cover after it dry’…as engineer we know that the weight of the we cement is very very heavy when wet…….and we dont use ”quick dry” time…

    so this work arrangment is very danger and mishap is waiting to happen……

    my question was where is the work safety office ??
    How come they allowed such work arrangement ????

    • For some companies, safety officers only exist on paper. Just like the skilled welders, they exist only on paper. Those doing the actual jobs on site are different people – they are the semi-skilled welders who command lower salary.

  23. J said

    what happened to Swiss standard….>>?? it is more than a word ! you know…..PAP?

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