Although the Singapore government is trying to play down the faults calling them “non-critical”, the history of the maintenance of the defective trains appear to indicate otherwise. According to Hongkong media Apple Daily, the train batteries made in China ever exploded due to a build-up of gas during a test and have to be replaced with German-made batteries. Other mishaps like glass shattering for no reasons and seats cracked also happened during testing.
According to the Hongkong media, the first major train breakdown along North-South Line on Dec 15 to Dec 18 is most probably caused by the China-made trains. After the Singapore authorities inspected the trains, they found numerous cracks in the C151A trains and even the engines were found to be problematic.
Despite having the problem surfaced since 2011, only 5 out of 26 car bodies were replaced today. Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and SMRT CEO Desmond Kwek are avoiding media comments.