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Action not a bilateral issue, says minister

Published on Dec 2, 2012 6:00 AM
From left: Ms Josephine Teo, Minister of State for the Ministry of Transport, with Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, Acting Minister for Manpower at the media conference and update on the SMRT drivers' strike situation. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

The actions taken against the Chinese SMRT bus drivers for their role in a two-day strike are not a bilateral issue between China and Singapore, Acting Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin said yesterday.

"This is an issue where laws are violated; in this case, the SMRT bus drivers overstepped the boundaries," he said.

"They broke the law by participating in an illegal strike. It's important not to politicise the issue."

He made the comment when asked whether the actions against the bus drivers would affect Singapore's relations with China.

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