Hongkong free press, Factwire, wrote a Facebook post responding to Singapore’s Transport Minister telling the latter to not get angry at fact.
Below is a literal translation done by States Times Review, you may view the original post here:
Open letter to Singapore’s Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan
In response to the incident of the return of 26 faulty trains, Singapore’s Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan held a press conference held at the Bishan depot on Wednesday (July 13). The Minister claimed that the defects and cracks found are not safety-critical and does not affect operations, and hence there is no need to inform the public causing “undue panic”.
The above official response by the Singapore’s authorities were made 8 days after the publication of Factwire’s article that exposed the cover up. However, according to the mainstream media, Minister Khaw Boon Wan has made an baseless allegation attacking the integrity of Factwire. Below is his quote:
“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.”
Factwire expresses regret over the Minister’s comments. The news agency is a non-profit organisation sponsored by 3,300 Hongkong citizens and it’s operation funds are fully publicly-sponsored, with no commercial or political sponsorship. Factwire strictly follows its editorial policy reporting on facts and will report without bias.
As a professional news agency, when a public servant became furious due to embarrassments caused by our articles, it further validates our credibility.