20 Dec '11, 4am

Train breakdown calls for two commissions of inquiry, not one #singapore

Train breakdown calls for two commissions of inquiry, not one #singapore

I think there should be two Commissions of Inquiry rather than one. The question of technical lapses that led to the massive train breakdowns last Thursday and Saturday are completely separate from that of crisis management. Commissions of Inquiry, while usually led by a judge, need to have enough experts in the necessary fields to be effective. If we try to give a single Commission a double-headed mandate, it would mean having fewer technical experts on it in order to accommodate crisis management experts. Either that, or make the Commission unwieldingly large. The last few days have revealed that there are indeed huge questions to look into. Visual checks conducted on Sunday on the entire lengths of the North-South and East-West lines found 21 missing ‘claws’ — hook-like pieces that hold the power rail in place. Where they were missing, the power rail seemed to have sagg...

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