Thursday, December 22, 2011

MP Seng Han Thong apologises to SMRT staff

MP Seng Han Thong apologises to SMRT staff: Seng Han Thong has since apologized for his insensitivity which is really uncalled for as he is a politician and cannot forget how such remarks could be taken differently. It is going to do him no good. Mr Seng issued a statement of apology through his Facebook page. He said:
"In my interview with, I made a regrettable mistake in my language, which may be misconstrued as me saying that people speak bad English because of their ethnicity. I sincerely apologise to all Singaporeans, who have been offended by this error.

"Singaporeans of all ethnicities and backgrounds speak varying standards of English. My own Chinese-educated background gives me a special empathy for the non-English-speaking sections of our society. We should all be tolerant of people of different standards of linguistic ability.

"The point I was trying to make is that this should not prevent people from trying to communicate, especially in times of emergency.

"The remark was made in the context of a larger discussion about how we could better and faster improve the current problems we're facing with our mass rapid transport system. Let us once again focus our minds and our public discussion on this issue."
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