Forum: When 'can do better' is not good enough


Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon organiser Ironman Asia said the overall response from stakeholders to the race's first evening flag-off has been positive.
Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon organiser Ironman Asia said the overall response from stakeholders to the race's first evening flag-off has been positive.ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR

I'm appalled by the reply from the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon organiser (Ironman says it can do better, Dec 4) over the massive flak it received for the nightmarish jam that inconvenienced thousands of Singaporeans.

It reeks of self-righteousness and is a sorry-not-sorry attempt at papering over the flaws.

The statement "Can we do better? Always, we can" is a quip that smacks of conceit and a lack of empathy after having disrupted the lives of others in the quest for global fame.

Clearly, the organiser isn't sorry at all because it said "the last thing we want to do" is move the marathon back to the morning.

Don't insult our intelligence and claim that success comes with inconvenience and teething pains.

It doesn't take an iron man to apologise with sincerity.

Goh Hui Ling

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 05, 2019, with the headline 'When 'can do better' is not good enough'. Print Edition | Subscribe