Lui Tuck Yew on December SMRT disruptions: We could have done ‘more’
Posted by temasektimes on July 10, 2012
Speaking in Parliament today, Mr Lui admitted that it is the responsibility of the Land Transport Authority to hold transport operators accountable for delivering a reliable system for commuters
“SMRT’s maintenance regime had shortcomings, but we too — both the Ministry of Transport, as the supervising Ministry, and LTA, as the regulator — have to shoulder our share of the responsibility. We could have done more, and could have done better,” Mr Lui said.
The Committee of Inquiry (COI) into last December’s train disruptions had concluded that the disruptions could have been prevented if adequate maintenance measures and checks had been carried out, causing many angry Singaporeans to criticize SMRT for placing profits before basic maintenance.
Former SMRT CEO Saw Phaik Hwa has left the company and is now the CEO of Auric Pacific Group.
Mr Lui described the December screw-ups as ‘painful lessons’, but reiterated that the government ‘can and will learn from them.’
“We will improve our ability to address new challenges that arise with an expanded public transport network. I give the House my assurance that we will spare no effort to improve. The government is responsible for delivering a quality public transport system to Singaporeans. We take this responsibility seriously, and will deliver,” Mr Lui added.