Openly lying in Parliament, Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan made an atrocious claim claiming that his statistics show that rail reliability has increased.
“After a painful 2017, the new signalling system in the North-south line has finally stabilised. In fact, the North-South line hopes to cross its 150th consecutive day of no disruption – that is, a service delay of more than 30 minutes- today March 7…On the whole, the network clocked 77,000km between delays, up from 49,000km in 2016.”
However, there were 36 breakdowns lasting more than half an hour. The Transport Ministry deliberately mislead Singaporeans by segregating the faults from “glitches”, claiming that the latter are signalling upgrade-related and hence does not qualify as “delays”. Accord to the official report, there were only 16 “delays”, excluding 20 “glitches” lasting more than half an hour in 2017. The Transport Ministry said this is “equal” to the number of major delays in 2016:
“The North East and Downtown lines – operated by ComfortDelGro-owned SBS Transit – remained the best-performing MRT lines. There were three major faults on the North East Line (NEL), and zero on the Downtown Line (DTL). The NEL clocked 663,000km between delays, while the DTL clocked 650,000km. This was twice the average 390,000km posted by the entire MRT network, and nearly five times the average if resignalling flaws were included. SMRT’s Circle line, which had two major delays during the year, clocked 523,000km between faults, while the North-South and East-West lines clocked 336,000km and 278,000km, respectively.”
Propaganda state media Straits Times wrote:
“In comparison, Hong Kong’s MTR had 10 major delays last year.”