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SMRT: NORTH-SOUTH & EAST-WEST LINE HAD BEST RECORDED PERFORMANCE IN THEIR 29Y HISTORY

At the first Singapore Rail Technology Conference, SMRT chief executive officer Desmond Kuek said that the North-South and East-West MRT lines achieved 144,000 train-km before breakdown last month (October); the best recorded performance in the 29-year history of the two lines.

Since the inception of the Circle Line, it has clocked 233,000 train-km before breakdown of more than 5 minutes.

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LKY WOULD HAVE FIRED TRANSPORT CHIEFS KHAW & KUEK LONG AGO FOR THEIR INCOMPETENCE

Singapore's Circle Line began operations in 2011 and within 5 shorts years experienced multiple breakdowns. Yesterday's breakdown was one of its worst, with affected commuters stranded for more than 2 hours. Inconvenience aside, the most unacceptable aspect of these breakdowns is LTA and SMRT's utter incompetence in diagnosing the cause of the problem. Lee Kuan Yew would definitely turn in his grave at how inept his successor Lee Hsien Loong is at solving the issues Singapore face.

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LEE KUAN YEW WOULD HAVE SACKED SMRT CEO AFTER LATEST SCREW UP

Today is Mr Lee Kuan Yew's one year death anniversary. Most Singaporeans respect Mr Lee for everything he sacrificed and did for Singapore. One important trait Mr Lee possessed was his disdain for imperfection and incompetence. SMRT's latest tragedy where two young technicians died after a train crashed into them while they were repairing the tracks is total incompetence. Lee Kuan Yew would have fired his sorry ass for not turning the situation around but made things worse. Sometimes I think Singapore really miss Mr Lee Kuan Yew's no nonsense approach to governance. He is firm, he is harsh, but he will force the people to make things work.

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SMRT ACCIDENT: CEO DESMOND KUEK'S OFFICIAL STATEMENT

"It is with deep sadness that two SMRT staff, Nasrulhudin Bin Najumudin and Muhammad Asyraf Bin Ahmad Buhari, passed away today.

At around 11am on 22 March, a signalling condition monitoring device near Pasir Ris Station was triggered, and maintenance teams from the Permanent Way and Signal departments were sent to investigate. The teams moved in a single file along the walkway beside the track to the investigation location.

Unfortunately, during the process, the accident occurred. The safety of our people has always been the utmost priority and we are assisting the Police in their investigations into how the accident happened.

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FORMER AIR FORCE GENERAL CAN FIX FIGHTER PLANES, BUT CANNOT FIX TRAINS?

Before going to SMRT, he was the head of Air Engineering & Logistics Department, HQ RSAF. He was said to have 25 years of experience in engineering and maintenance of combat air planes. In 2011, he became the first military domain expert (ME) to be raised to the rank of ME8 – equivalent to a Brigadier-General. He started his career as an air-force engineer in 1991. He was a colonel in the RSAF before he switched in 2010 to the new service scheme.

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FINES AGAINST SMRT ARE USELESS, GIVE S'POREANS FREE TRAVEL INSTEAD

Any fine paid by SMRT goes effectively from one Government pocket to another, or as one person put it, from the pants pocket to the shirt pocket, so does not hurt the people ultimately responsible for the breakdown. A far better way of compensating the much put-upon commuter is by forcing SMRT to allow free public transport for a number of days. As Singaporeans have paid for their network through higher taxes and more austerity, the free travel should only be extended to those holding pink ICs and their immediate family.

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EX-SPY CHIEF: LUI TUCK YEW SHEDDING CROCODILE TEARS

Would not the Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew be shedding crocodile tears to show extreme concern now on both the North-South and East-West lines affected by the disruption? He could not now pretend that he was not aware of the inadequacies of Desmond Kuek whose credentials to helm the SMRT are highly flawed. He was an army general whose whole life experience had been in getting the army yes men to be in strict discipline. So what expertise could he have in running a complex SMRT which requires technological knowledge to run smoothly without disruption.

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SMRT CEO: WE CAN'T DETECT EVERY FLAW IN THE SYSTEM

In the wake of the largest MRT breakdown in Singapore's history, SMRT's highest paid CEO Desmond Kuek is still giving excuses for the MRT's poor performance. He says that even if SMRT stepped up its maintenance, it would not be able to catch every potential flaw.

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