President Halimah Yacob salutes transport workers on first visit to SMRT Bishan Depot

ST VIDEO: KEVIN LIM
President Halimah Yacob meeting staff from the air-conditioning workshop during her visit to Bishan Depot on March 14, 2018.
President Halimah Yacob meeting staff from the air-conditioning workshop during her visit to Bishan Depot on March 14, 2018.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

SINGAPORE - President Halimah Yacob paid a visit to the SMRT Bishan Depot on Wednesday (March 14), her first under her constitutional position.

She was there in a show of appreciation for the 21,000 workers who run Singapore's public transport system round the clock.

Staff and personnel from organisations and government agencies such as the Ministry of Transport, Land Transport Authority and the National Transport Workers' Union were also present during her visit, as well as Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan.

The President arrived at 10am and met SMRT staff, before visiting the train maintenance areas.

SMRT staff seized the chance to snap group pictures together with the President who later visited the staff auditorium for food and refreshments.

She said: "I came here just to support them, to show my appreciation for them on behalf of everyone, because it is not easy for them to be doing this work, you know, without any regard for the time, without any regard for the difficulties."