Photo of SMRT CEO Desmond Kuek from Straits Times

Singapore government-owned public transport operator SMRT has worsened its rail reliability standards to power blackout at train stations on both the North-South and East-West Lines on the midnight of Wednesday (July 12).

Stations between Queenstown and Tuas Link along the East-West Line, and stations between Jurong East and Kranji along the North-South Line saw a power blackout at around 11.30pm. The Light Rail Transit (LRT) at Bukit Panjang network of stations were also affected.

The power outage plunged the stations into pitch darkness and stopped commuting trains. According to official press release, SMRT issued a fake news saying that train services can resume as soon as 12.30am after midnight. However there were no train services along the East-West Line.

The Wednesday train breakdown is the second consecutive day of breakdowns and the 11th fault in three weeks.

SMRT has been giving a slew of excuses for failing rail reliability, from sleepers track fault to signal fault and today’s power fault. SMRT’s two CEOs, ex-military generals Lee Ling Wee and Desmond Kwek avoided media address. Transport Ministers Khaw Boon Wan and Ng Chee Meng are also avoiding the media. Singapore is the only country with two Transport Ministers and two CEOs of the same train company, however, the country’s train network system continue to fail because three of them are military cronies of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.