Traingate has taken a new twist with FactWire not only rebutting Minister Khaw but possibly saying he is a liar. link**
Khaw: “We are caught in a crossfire and there are factions in Hong Kong who wanted to cause some difficulties for mainland China. I have no inside information on whether that is true or not, but it’s possible. Unfortunately, we become a convenient bullet and collateral damage.”
Khaw was trying to act smart by cooking up the “caught in a crossfire” story but subsequently admitting he was engaging in speculation, ie he didn’t know whether his story was true “but it’s possible”. So if he wasn’t even sure, why bother to bring it up in the first place? Isn’t anything that cannot be validated or verified possible?
Hasn’t Khaw made himself a laughing stock for arriving at the conclusion “we become a convenient bullet and collateral damage” from non factual events in Hong Kong and mainland China?
Khaw’s mishandling of the issue has now backfired with FactWire deeply regretting “the false statements that Singapore’s Transport Minister made against this news agency”.
FactWire has rightly taken issue with Khaw’s speculating on its hidden agenda and its founders, some “3300 Hong Kong people”, must have been deeply offended by Khaw’s wild imagination.
According to Merriam-Webster, “false” is defined as “not real”, “not true or accurate; especially : deliberately untrue : done or said to fool or deceive someone”.
In other words, FactWire was effectively saying Khaw’s speculation about its hidden agenda was all a lie.
When engaging the foreign media, the PAP government should not assume they could be controlled like government mouthpieces, ie politicians must not suka suka shoot off their mouths because the PAP will not be having the last say. Khaw’s uncalled-for speculation has brought disrepute to the Singapore government.
LTA should not have kept the issue of defective China-made trains being sent back to the manufacturer under wraps. Period.
Attempting to wriggle out of its ‘mistake’ by playing with words was yet another mistake by LTA. From what was clearly a safety related issue, LTA spun it into one that was “not safety-critical”, ie the defects “do not affect the train’s systems or performance”. Now, who the hell was saying the issue was so safety critical that the train could have, say, split into parts under stress during rush hour this evening?
The government and MSM must cease attempting to hoodwink the public: black is not white. There are consequences for concealing information of public interest. Has PAP not learned any lesson from the AIM saga?
This issue has all the while been one of transparency and accountability which Khaw has attempted to avoid. Khaw’s mishandling of the issue reflects incompetence at the highest level. Whatever action Khaw will be taking, all eyes are on him. Should he repeat the same mistake, hara kiri may be the only option left.
An Open Letter to Singapore’s Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan
Singapore’s Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan appeared at the SMRT’s Bishan Depot on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 to explain why “hairline” train cracks were not made public. He is the highest ranking Singapore official to speak about the issue eight days after FactWire’s investigative report revealed the cover up of the train recalls. However, instead of taking responsibility for an incident which has damaged the Singaporean public’s trust in the authorities, the minister blamed the Hong Kong news agency for exposing the cover up of the recalls of defective trains, claiming that Singapore has been used as a “convenient bullet” in a “crossfire” between factions in Hong Kong:
“We are caught in a crossfire and there are factions in Hong Kong who wanted to cause some difficulties for mainland China. I have no inside information on whether that is true or not, but it’s possible. Unfortunately, we become a convenient bullet and collateral damage.”
FactWire deeply regrets the false statements that Singapore’s Transport Minister made against this news agency. Founded by 3,300 Hong Kong people in a journalism crowdfunding campaign that broke records in Asia, FactWire is entirely funded by the public. Thus, it is the public that this new agency serves, independent of any commercial or political interests.
Every investigative report published by FactWire must be founded on impregnable evidence and cover serious public interests at stake. We will never allow commercial or political considerations to override our professional journalistic judgement.
As a news agency committed to serving the public, when public officials are riled by our reporting, it is merely proof that we are doing the right thing.
FactWire News Agency
July 14, 2016. Hong Kong.