Lui Tuck Yew – Unattached and Available (Part II)

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In part I, we highlighted that Former Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew or as affectionately known as Ah Lui, was constantly attacked or made fun of by the public for the train breakdowns. Think the ultimate was Mr Brown and his Tuck Yew video. To Mr Brown, Eh, you are funny but dun liddat leh.

It became the norm to make his the scapegoat and was the guy who got whacked everytime the trains breakdown. In the short run, we feel shiok. In the end, we lost a great Minister. The no balls SMRT CEO Desmond also hide behind Ah Lui, keeping quiet so he won’t lose his million dollar salary. BUT, how many know that Transport consists of not only land but also air and sea?

Actually, Ah Lui is quite respected internationally and in the Marine and Air Transportation sector. Check out these headlines in the mainstream media over the last year.

  • Singapore, Brunei sign civil aviation cooperation deal
  • Changi Airport kicks off ground-breaking for its Jewel
  • Innovation vital for Changi Airport to stay ahead: Lui
  • Closer integration between SIA, Scoot, TigerAir a “natural evolution”: Lui Tuck Yew
  • Singapore, Costa Rica ink open skies agreement
  • Singapore’s vessel arrival tonnage hits record high in 2014
  • Singapore reaffirms maritime safety stance following recent incidents
  • Shipping sector has something to celebrate
  • Singapore Tonnage Arrival Reaches New High
  • Singapore to host more than 14,000 people from over 60 countries at Sea Asia 2015
  • Denmark, Singapore celebrate 50 years of friendship
  • How Singapore and Denmark will target maritime growth
  • Shipping industry needs to leverage IT to boost efficiency: Industry players
  • Singapore transport minister calls for greater global maritime collaboration
  • Trade Growth and Drive For Efficiency Tops Agenda At Sea Asia Opening Day
  • MPA to work with World Maritime University to train global maritime leaders
  • Sea Asia Takes Top Spot as South East Asia’s Largest Maritime Conference with Attendance Up 23 Per Cent in 2015
  • Singapore’s Minister for Transport Will Speak at London International Shipping Week 2015
  • 12 members appointed to CAAS board
  • Singapore and Australia deepens partnership in defence science and technology
  • S’pore signs 14 MOUs with Guangdong

Then also, he has been Guest-Of-Honour at various international conferences and hosted or visited wiith international delegates (Photo credits to the various Singapore main stream media and government agencies).

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So the breakdown is technically just a small although important part of his job. While we, the small minded Singaporeans, go on a “Tuck Yew” rant when the train breaks down, the world respects him. He made sure our land, air and sea is governed properly. So if I had to venture a guess, his next portfolio should be marine related, given his experience as Rear Admiral and Transport Minister, and then adding his credentials just looking at the headlines. What do you think?

So…what is Ah Lui really up to? Did he go sailing the seven seas or is he laughing (or empathising) with  the Magic Wan aka Minister Fix-It Khaw Boon Wan every time the time breakdowns? On that note, mark my words, the honeymoon period will run out for the Magic Wan if he doesn’t get it fixed soon.

Stay tuned. To be concluded…

Mrs Transporter


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