EMTM Annual Awards 2016: Commentary/Analysis of the Year

SINGAPORE - Senior transport correspondent Christopher Tan won the Commentary/Analysis of the Year award on Wednesday (March 22) at the Singapore Press Holdings' (SPH) annual awards ceremony for its English, Malay and Tamil Media (EMTM) Group.

His commentary, which was published last July, weighed in on the potential safety implications of hairline cracks that were found on MRT trains.

Mr Tan, 57, was also named Journalist of the Year for his work in closely tracking developments on the beat since 1995.

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ST ILLUSTRATION: MIEL

Since news emerged last week that Singapore was sending a batch of new MRT trains back to China to rectify a defect that has caused cracks, Singapore's Transport Ministry and Land Transport Authority (LTA) have appeared eager to downplay the episode.

Both have declared that the reported imperfections were merely "hairline cracks found on the surface" of the car-body bolster - an aluminium alloy structure under the train carriage.

They did not pose a safety risk, they added.