Saturday, 30 July 2011

Something Systemically Wrong

It's one week after the Wenzhou crash and we still don't know exactly how the accident happened, but pretty much everyone has decided not to ride China's trains anymore, particularly the fast ones.

A report today says the faulty signal system that was installed in Wenzhou is used in all 58 stations, including along the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed route that has been having technical problems.

This is a chilling piece of information to know if the signalling system really is to blame.

The Beijing National Railway Research and Design Institute of Signal and Communication designed the system and interestingly enough it has the monopoly on the railway-signalling industry.

The company is a subsidiary of the China Railway Signal and Communication Corporation which was previously controlled by the Ministry of Railways.

This company has designed all the signalling systems for all high-speed routes, including Beijing and Shanghai, Beijing and Tianjin, Wuhan and Guangzhou, and Harbin and Dalian. It is also working on the Guangzhou-Shenzhen line that will go to Hong Kong.

Hong Kong people will be too terrified to even step foot on this train now knowing the signalling system is the same as the one used in the Wenzhou crash.

What's also shocking is that I rode the Beijing-Tianjin train a few years ago!

If railway officials believe the signalling system was the problem, all high-speed trains should be stopped until the matter is sorted out. And there should be serious questions asked about the capability of this company to provide safe equipment for China's railway network.

After the series of debacles in handling the accident, the most crucial things now are integrity and transparency.

People are angry with government officials playing god with their lives.

Laobaixing [ordinary people] are just trying to eek out a living and yet they still can't get the truth.

Meanwhile the government has almost doubled compensation for families of the victims to 915,000RMB ($142,147). While it's nice to know the value of a life has gone up, loved ones just want the truth.

That's the least they deserve.

1 comment:

  1. government wants to buy their way out. unfortunately the eyes of the people are sharp and shiny.