In another attempt to make themselves feel better about Singapore's
dismal reliable transportation system, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) has announced that train services were more reliable in the first 3 months of this year in spite of several breakdowns within the same time period.
According to statistics that no one really cares about, the trains travelled an average of 354,000km before encountering a delay of more than five minutes. This is in contrast to figures from the same period in 2016.
Channel News Asia and other mainstream media have publicized this news to help the SMRT and the authorities feel better about themselves. However, Singaporean commuters on the ground are a little more cautious about the improvements.
One netizen wrote: "If you read between the lines, it means a major breakdown is being scheduled in the next few days. Either go out very early for your appointments or cancel it altogether."
Others agreed with the netizen, with one netizen bluntly pointing out the purpose of the news: "Are you sure, north-south line had breakdown yesterday again. Please do not mislead the citizens and curry favour."
Major delays have fallen, however, from four times in the first quarter last year to one time in the first quarter this year. Despite this, expectations are not high for the beleaguered MRT services to remain as reliable as they used to be.
Sengkang MP He Ting Ru said she was dismayed that many Singaporeans are living with racism. "There is no place in our society for racism, sexism or xenophobia," she wrote.