In a self-stabbing defence to the defective China-made trains scandal, SMRT now admitted that the Light Rapid Transit (LRT) trains they bought from the United States in 1999 have since developed cracks during service too.

All 19 Pennsylvania-made train carriages imported in the first batch and deployed for the Bukit Panjang LRT railway are defective, but the defects of 12 carriages can be rectified in Singapore and not critical enough to be shipped back to the manufacturers. The remaining 7 are still in operation as the defects are non-critical.

LRT is the worst performing line with the highest number of train breakdowns. There were 15 breakdowns, each lasting more than 30 minutes in 2015. 10 of the 15 are from Bukit Panjang LRT where the low quality US trains were deployed.

Infographic from LTA
Infographic from LTA

However, this also highlighted a questionable contract tendering process and an accountability issue. By far, no single individual has been highlighted and penalised for the mistakes exposed. The fiasco has also highlighted the lack of transparency and credibility of the Singapore-controlled media.