political pressure

GOVT BUILT BUKIT PANJANG LRT DESPITE OBVIOUS FLAWS

This was in response to the question posed by WP MP Pritam Singh, on whether the Bukit Panjang LRT was an “afterthought” built under “political pressure”. The term was used by Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan last month, who had also taken aim at the LRT's "twists and turns' design. Mr Ng also further blamed the design flaw as being adapted from an airport system to a housing estate, and said that “It was a ‘straight-line’ design which had to be adapted to undulating terrain and sharp turns."

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LRT BREAKDOWN ARE DUE TO AFTERTHOUGHTS AND POLITICAL PRESSURE, WHAT ABOUT MRT BREAKDOWNS?

Bukit Panjang’s LRT system is now due to be overhauled after logging hundreds of operational mishaps since its introduction. The list runs the gamut from track faults and dislodged wheels to doors opening while in transit and trains either breaking down, stalling or failing to stop.

In some cases, commuters have even had to walk along raised outdoor tracks, although severe delays and disruptions have been a more common issue.

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