Update: There is a major train breakdown between Marina South Pier and Newton station on the NSL this morning (April 21). The article below is written only 9 hours ago.
Calling the 100-day major disruption-free on the North South Line (NSL) a “success”, Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan mischievously misled Singaporeans about the reliability of Singapore’s public railway system.
Minister Khaw cherry-picked the NSL and left out the recent damning report by the Land Transport Authority, which highlighted an increase in train breakdowns. In 2015, there was a total of 14 major MRT train breakdowns, 40% more than 2014’s 10 incidents. For the LRT trains, the number of breakdowns exceeding thirty minutes increased 4-fold to 15 in 2015. The most problematic train system is the Bukit Panjang LRT line, which saw 10 breakdowns in 2015. In summary, there is a train breakdown nearly every 2 weeks in Singapore.
The Malaysia-born Singapore Minister who has never served National Service gave himself a pat on his own shoulder and wax lyrical about success and it being “a game of snakes and ladders”:
“But today’s success does not mean continued success. Any lapse, and we are back to square one, much like a game of snakes and ladders, and the clock is reset.”
You may view his blog post here.
The S$1.1 million Transport Minister is also trying to push the blame of train breakdown to railway maintenance staffs by refusing to apologise or comment on issues whenever there is a train breakdown. Minister Khaw Boon Wan is also known to be heavily political in Parliament, often throwing accusations at Opposition MPs without evidence.