According to a Hongkong news media, the Singapore government and its state-owned public transport operator SMRT covered up a news of returning newly-ordered made-in-China MRT trains to their China manufacturers in Qingdao, China.
The defective C151A trains were photographed escorted by the Singapore Traffic Police and wrapped up in trucks and transported during the wee mornings. SMRT employees involved were told to keep the return confidential as this news will embarrass the Singapore government and China. The Singapore government is currently troubled by train breakdowns as frequent as twice a week that first started in 2011, and they are ramping up on propaganda to alleviate public frustrations.
Singapore spent about S$364 million buying 22 trains from China, a bargain according to industry standards.
Here is an excerpt from the Hongkong website:
“that Singapore’s subway operator SMRT Trains Ltd (SMRT) was secretly shipping defective trains back to mainland China for replacement and repair by manufacturer CSR Sifang Locomotive & Rolling Stock Company Ltd (CSR Sifang).
According to sources, the defective trains are being stored at SMRT’s Bishan Depot. After 1am on June 12, FactWire reporters witnessed two train cars wrapped in green covering being moved out of the depot.
Each of the two covered train cars were more than 20m long. They were placed on large dollies used for transporting train cars and were towed away by cargo trucks, led by police cars and construction vehicles. At approximately 3am, the two train cars arrived at Jurong Port, located in Singapore’s western industrial area. Using a drone camera, reporters discovered that six train cars had already been placed in one corner of the port. Cranes, derricks, and other large machines believed to be used for lifting trains were situated nearby.”
You may read the Hongkong news here. The video is as follow: