Commuters thank minister Lui Tuck Yew for resuming train services

Posted on 15 March 2012

Cheers of joy erupted at Harbourfront MRT station as train services between Dhoby Ghaut and HarbourFront stations, halted since the morning, resumed just in time for evening commuters to rush back home.

The service was disrupted for a day due to a power supply problem in the tunnel at Outram Park Station. According to the Land Transport Authority, smoke had been detected in the tunnel while a spokesperson from SBS Transit reported that one of the connecting cables of the overhead power supply located south of Outram Park station had snapped.

While most attributed the quick resumption of services to hardworking engineers, many others thanked transport minister Lui Tuck Yew for standing around to make sure things got done.

“I’m amazed he found the time to ensure that the crowd walked in an orderly fashion,” said Wan Too Pi, 35, as he walked stridently out of Dhoby Gaut station to the free shuttle buses provided. He was also impressed at how the minister chose to observe how commuters reacted to the breakdown, instead of looking at whether the repair work within the tunnel was done properly.

“He probably just let the experts do their job. You can hire engineers to fix things but as we’ve seen from the last elections, giving out money isn’t enough to keep people happy when things in the country keep breaking down.”

Minister Lui also noted that bridging buses had arrived very quickly though some bus services calling at Dhoby Ghaut were not utilised.

“I finally realised that Minister Lui is a superhero,” remarked another commuter who wanted to be referred to as Mary.

“He’s like cylops from X-men, got eye power. With him staring at the bus stand, waiting time for the bus automatically gets shortened to 10 minutes and with luck, sometimes empty buses even appear!” she said, adding that other commuters had to wait nearly half an hour for the transport when the minister was not around.


This is not the first time that the minister displayed his powers in public. Controversy erupted a few months ago when he was spotted taking a train on a seemingly random day and observing that local trains were indeed comfortable. Contrary to widespread reports that commuters were in fact, squished like sardines in a can, the minister had at least a metre worth of space around him as he gazed into the distance.

Professor Y of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Mutant Studies felt that the minister should have kept his powers under wraps as humans were not ready to accept high evolved beings into society.

“Look at what Singaporeans are doing to the foreigners now. You expect them to treat mutants like Tuck Yew with respect? Please lar.”

But another political observer felt that in this case, the minister’s superpowers were deployed effectively and may have scored him some popularity points.

“With great power comes great responsibility,” said Assistant Law Professor Eugene Tay.

“This time, power was exercised responsibly for the good of mankind, and for the benefit of the ruling party.”

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  • Teebone

    Someone is watching too much of Uncle Ben from Spiderman 1 “With great power comes great responsibility” …Did I miss out that someone here has super powers ??

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