For better or worse, Yeung Kai-yin will be remembered for West Rail problems Retiring KCRC chief executive Yeung Kai-yin will probably be best remembered for his role in the Siemens controversy and the cost-overrun of the West Rail project. But as he prepares to bow out of the job, he has no regrets. 'I must say I am very happy that I finally finished my mission which is finishing the West Rail project,' he said yesterday. Mr Yeung will leave the Kowloon-Canton Rail Corporation tomorrow when his two-year contract expires. He will continue to serve as the chairman of the Vocational Training Council until 2005. 'It is normal to have mistakes when one is dealing [with] such a big project. I don't consider that a regret in my seven years of service at the KCRC,' Mr Yeung said. Last year, the KCRC had to pay an extra $100 million to Siemens to complete work on a telecommunication project for West Rail after it fell behind on its work schedule. West Rail opened on December 20. A report by Ernst & Young, which investigated the KCRC payment to the telecommunication giant, said Siemens was paid the extra money even though it had failed to meet contractual requirements. The KCRC was criticised for not properly investigating Siemens' tender bid of $287 million for the project. Mr Yeung later defended the payment, saying it was needed to avoid further delays to the West Rail opening. Mr Yeung and KCRC chairman Michael Tien Puk-sun, who was hired after the Siemens incident, had to apologise publicly for the controversy. Since taking over the chairmanship two years ago, Mr Tien has been perceived as having sidelined his chief executive. Mr Yeung was frequently seen standing silently nearby as his boss announced major events or spoke with reporters. Mr Yeung's relationship with Mr Tien publicly turned sour, when Mr Tien denied he was 'his good friend' at a press conference about the Siemens controversy. But yesterday Mr Yeung spoke well of his boss. 'Mr Tien and I just do our best for the KCRC. He is responsible for making major decisions and I am responsible for carrying out policies. Co-operation ties us together,' he said. 'I wish him the best of luck. 'I worked in the civil service for 32 years and seven years in the KCRC, I can honestly say that I have no regrets in my life and I find my work very satisfying because I always keep on trying till I succeed,' Mr Yeung said.