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Khaw Boon Wan blames Thales for Joo Koo train collision

Posted by temasektimes on November 22, 2017

PAP Minister for Transport Khaw Boon Wan has pointed fingers at the supplier of the new signaling system Thales as the culprit responsible for the Joo Koo train collision last Friday.

A press interview was called hastily on Tuesday during which a stony faced Thales Vice President Millar Crawford gave a ‘half-hearted public “apology”:

“I want to take the opportunity to apologise to the commuters whose travel, as a result of this accident, was disrupted. But more important than that, (to) the commuters who were injured in this accidents I want to give my full wishes for a final and speedy recovery.”

Mr Khaw was quick to jump on the “apology” to absolve himself from all responsibility. Speaking to reporters after the press conference, Mr Khaw said:

“When we launched Tuas West Extension, we intended for it to be a seamless service. All the way from Pasir Ris to Tuas Link. On hindsight of course this introduced a lot of complications, because you have two stretches, each running on different signalling systems. But still, Thales could have done better. They have acknowledged their mistake, they have apologised,” hinting that Singaporeans should now “move on”.

Despite facing widespread criticisms from Singaporeans, Mr Khaw has adamantly refused to accept any responsibility for the recent train breakdowns and collision, preferring to put the blame on SMRT junior staff, its suppliers and even bad luck.

Mr Khaw is the HIGHEST PAID transport minister in the world, currently drawing an annual salary of more than S$1 million dollars, more than that of U.S President Donald Trump.


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