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Indonesia rejects Chinese-made buses while Singapore rejects Chinese-made trains

OPINIONSJul 9 2016317Sir James D. Tumbaga

Jakarta, Indonesia – As an effort to embody a convenient public transportation, the Jakarta City Administration will continue to add Transjakarta buses and rejuvenate medium buses; namely, kopaja, metromini and kopami. At least there are 509 new buses have been purchased from local carrosserie.

Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama admitted that the effort is done gradually until at end of this year. No Chinese-made buses will ever be purchased again, he added.

"We are prioritizing local bus carrosserie,” he said at City Hall, Monday (8/3).

However, according to Ahok, there are two choices that can be done for this matter, importing from abroad or local carrosserie.. However, the governor chooses the local workshop even though the process would take more time.

"I said to them to produce with their ability. So there are two choices, do you want to complete the import with a short time or do you want to take it longer until 2016 but you will get them all,” he asserted.

While Singapore’s SMRT is returning a whopping 26 out of 35 of the first China-made trains it has used here — since only 2011 — for repairs, after checks showed serious defect issues with them.

The issues with the trains were brought to light after a Hong Kong news agency reported that the trains were "secreted” away to be shipped back to the Chinese manufacturer’s plant to fix the defects, which were discovered in 2013.

According to the report, by FactWire, a crowd-funded investigative journalism site, the defects became apparent soon after they were put into service on the North-South and East-West lines (NSEWL).

Examples cited in the report include glass panels within train carriages repeatedly shattering due to shoddy workmanship and uninterruptible power supply batteries — made in China — exploding during repairs. These batteries were replaced with those made in Germany.

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