Cardboard standee of Lui Tuck Yew placed at every MRT station as breakdown prevention reminder

Posted on 11 July 2015

Together we can stop MRT breakdowns.


Buoyed by the success of the Singapore Police Force’s campaign of using a cardboard standee policeman to reduce crime, the Transport Ministry has approved a plan to make cardboard standees of Minister Lui Tuck Yew to be placed in every station to reduce train breakdowns.

This is done in the hopes that his presence can remind MRT trains not to break down so often.

One ministry spokesperson, Zhen Fu Gong, said the success rate of this campaign has been tested and proven to be effective beyond belief: “Minister Lui Tuck Yew was present at Ang Mo Kio station on Wednesday, a day after the worst MRT breakdown in Singapore’s history.”

“When we assumed the worst was to come, that the trains will still malfunction and disruptions were widely expected, it turned out that there were no major incidents and we can credit the smooth-sailing rides that day to Minister Lui’s presence.”

“The trains worked better than expected mostly because Minister Lui expressed extreme concern for the state of affairs, which inevitably made things better because he cared.”

As per the transport ministry’s plan, there are currently two official slogans for the campaign: “Low breakdowns doesn’t mean no breakdowns” and “Together we can stop breakdowns”, which are meant to spur the MRT train-riding community to come together to make sure there are no more faults or disruptions in the system once everyone is invested and has mindshare in the belief.

One commuter, Jin Boh Lui, said the use of cardboard standees will no doubt make rides smoother under the watchful gaze of Minister Lui: “I believe at least two of Minister Lui’s cardboard standees can be placed on each train platform, while another four or five can be placed inside each MRT carriage.”

“Over time, each commuter should be allowed to carry one cardboard Lui Tuck Yew standee around as a way to guard against breakdowns.”

“There is no such thing as being too complacent about breakdowns these days and it is each commuter’s responsibility to make sure MRT trains don’t spoil.”








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