Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan blamed the Hongkong news agency, FactWire, for exposing the cover up of the return of the faulty trains, calling himself a “convenient bullet” of a “crossfire” between different political factions in Hongkong:
“We are caught in a crossfire and there are factions in Hong Kong who wanted to cause some difficulties for mainland China. I have no inside information on whether that is true or not, but it’s possible.
Unfortunately, we become a convenient bullet and collateral damage.”
Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan implicitly called the Hongkong news agency “anti-China”, and that he has been innocently wronged for “a routine matter that had been mis-spun into a controversy”.
“On hindsight, one can say a lesson to be learnt is that a seemingly routine matter in mischievous hands can be mis-spun into a controversy that affects all. Had you come out (earlier), then it could have been avoided … (but) at that time, you have to weigh the downside of coming out with much ado about nothing when it’s not serious and cause unnecessary panic.”
The Transport Minister yesterday (July 12) acknowledged that he was aware of the return of the China-made trains but did not reveal it to the public so as to “not cause undue panic”.