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According Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan, 5 more pumps at Kembangan and Lavender stations were found to be faulty. The Minister however made no mention whether if the SMRT staff similarly falsified the maintenance records or what further actions were taken:

“The incident prompted further checks of storm water pump systems at four other tunnel portal locations in Redhill, Kembangan, Lavender and Changi. SMRT found that 2 out of 8 pumps at Kembangan and 3 out of 4 pumps at Lavender were not in serviceable condition. SMRT is currently conducting investigations into the relevant teams responsible for these pumps under the Building and Facilities maintenance group.”

Minister Khaw Boon Wan also said that there is no need for a public inquiry as the level of corruption in SMRT is “not complicated”:

“The Ministry of Transport will not be convening a Committee of Inquiry. While investigations by LTA (Land Transport Authority) will take a few more weeks to complete, the facts of the 7 October incident are not complicated, and the cause of the incident is clear.”

The Transport Minister also said that they will be spending an undisclosed amount to invite railway experts from Taiwan’s Taipei Metro, to audit SMRT.

“A team of experts from the Taipei Metro has been invited to do a thorough and independent review of SMRT’s operations, to flush out any gaps and recommend improvements in terms of system management, engineering and maintenance.”

Minister Khaw Boon Wan also emphasized that he is not at fault and the blame should stop at SMRT:

“There has been no shortcoming or lapses in oversight by LTA staff in the present regulatory framework.”