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Irresponsible State Media Report MRT Train Water Leak, Chances of Public Panic Heightened

Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan pointed out in the wake of the defective MRT train carriages revelation that the public need not be informed of non-safety critical issues plaguing the train system because it might cause panic.

Yesterday, however, at least two state media outlets reported a water leak in the roof of an MRT train on the East-West Line.

Shin Min Daily News and the Straits Times both reported that water was pouring from the roof of the train, after viewing a video posted online by a commuter.

The commuter said that water was leaking from the air-con vent and continued throughout the journey, drenching many passengers.

The incident took place at about 6.20pm, which is peak hour traffic.

SMRT said staff were alerted to a leak in the air-conditioning system on a train towards Pasir Ris.

Staff boarded the train at Commonwealth station to check and a cleaner was sent to clear up the water.

The train was later withdrawn from service.

SMRT has apologised for the incident.

SMRT has faced much ire from the public, after Hong Kong media exposed its return of 26 trains to manufacturing consortium Kawasaki-Sifang for repair due to defects such as undercarriage cracks and tainted metal used in the building-process.


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