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Dear SMRT and National Transport Worker Union, don’t confuse the reader

Maybe I am a prick. Maybe they are referring to drivers of average height, or of average driving ability, or average age. I have no idea what their average here is, but I do not like the way they structure this sentence with the intention of confusing the reader. By the way, SMRT, paying your drivers a basic of $1,625 is pathetic. Paying them up to $3,500 by making them work 6 days week, 12 hours shift is nothing to shout about. And with your pay starting at $1,625 and capped at $3,500, it’s no wonder you have trouble attracting younger Singaporeans into the job. Last I read, crane operators start around $4,000 and can earn up to $7,000. I think it makes more sense to learn how to operate a crane rather than to drive a bus.

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AN INSIDER’S VIEW OF SMRT

From my experience, the SMRT culture has always been “let’s not tell others the problem is due to our dept”! In other words “let’s nor share information, else everyone will know the real problem is with us” culture. With the close interfacing of the various systems, not sharing information is as good as not getting to the root of the problem. It is a purely keep information to ourselves culture. Why has this happened? It’s because of the inhumane zero error regime – targeting scapegoats for any error! Just like what they did to the train technicians and train driver in the recent incidents! And they did this to Blogger Gintai as well.

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EXAMINATIONS BOARD: IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR CANDIDATES IN THE EVENT OF A MAJOR TRAIN SERVICE DISRUPTION

In the event of a train service disruption, you should still make your way to your designated examination centre. However, if you are unable to reach the examination centre before the end of the paper, you can go to an examination centre nearest to you to take your examination. You will be given the full duration to sit the paper as long as you arrive before the end of the paper. School candidates who arrive at the examination centre after the paper has ended or are unable to reach an examination centre at all must inform their school immediately.

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How SMRT mitigates risks of human error, equipment failure

We agree that a systematic approach to address track and train faults is needed to ensure the safety and reliability of the MRT system. We do have a system of procedural checks, engineering controls and periodic audits in place, but we acknowledge that improvements can be made. Each investigation we conduct looks into the root causes, a number of which have been carefully listed in Mr Goh's letter.

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SMRT Taichi Breakdown Blame to Maintenance Staff

Human error played a role in at least two of the three train service disruptions this month, SMRT said today (Jan 29). The train that stalled between Yio Chu Kang and Ang Mo Kio during the morning rush hour on Jan 20 did so because the battery of its signalling system had been drained after a technician failed to close two circuit breakers after routine nightly servicing.

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