Yesterday, LTA and SMRT announced that in the month of December, train services at selected stations will either be closed for a full day or end early but start later over the weekends and i am puzzled with this decision of theirs.
15th November morning, I was riding the MRT towards Joo Koon from Pioneer. I was at the front cab of the train that almost reached Joo Koon MRT. At exactly 8.20 am, there was a loud bang, and a violent shaking threw everyone onto the floor. The lights also suddenly went out. I almost thought we were about to fall over.
Khaw Boon Wan said the failure of SMRT staff in the flooding incident have made the good work of others go to waste. He said it has tarnished Singapore's reputation but encouraged commuters to show appreciation to public transport workers whenever they can.
"Sad" and "embarrassing" do not at all describe the situation accurately. The incident could have been tragic, with lives lost. We know that the trains run on rails that carry electricity. Water and electricity don't mix without causing a disaster.
I refer to the editorial “Track weakest link in rail operations“, the articles “SMRT gives staff a chance to admit lapses“, “WhyItMatters: Fare move to ease congestion” and the five letters (5 out of the 7 letters in the Forum Page were on the MRT) in the Forum Page of the Straits Times, (Nov 3).