Emotional outpouring as nation’s decline brings out patriotic fervour.
The two breakdowns in one day mark the end of Singapore’s 50-year reign as a country.
One Singaporean, Ben Di Ren, who looks set to be another country’s citizen, said: “I felt a wave of emotion as I stood on the platform waiting patiently for the train and then realising there is no service on the East West Line as it has broken down.”
“I started singing, ‘Mari kita…” and before I knew it, tens of thousands of people on the platform joined in.”
“It was an emotional moment for us knowing that this is the end.”
Other locals said being a Singaporean was a privilege.
Yi Qian, another local, said: “I will miss the good old days.”
“That was when the train broke down twice in three days instead of one day.”