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S’poreans react to news that public transport fares to fall by 1.9% in GE2015 year

S’poreans react to news that public transport fares to fall by 1.9% in GE2015 year

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Three thoughts that must have went past your mind at some point.


Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew said on Aug. 3, 2015, that bus and train fares will be reduced by up to 1.9 percent from December 2015. This is against the norm as prices are usually increased.

The reason for the lowering of fares was due to reduced fuel costs.

Minister Lui also said that every commuter group is expected to pay lower fares and the Public Transport Council will work out the specific reductions.

Here are three thoughts Singaporeans have:


sian-half-auntie “This is the reason why we should have General Election every year.”
Ta Xuan, 40-year-old soya bean milk maker


sian-half-uncle “General Election will cause Singaporeans to run out of problems.”
Mei Wen Tee, 60-year-old wholesale fruit seller


happy-bird-girl “This just proves the Public Transport Council is useless because the Minister’s word is the be-all and end-all.”
Zuo Huang Di, 17-year-old jobless










S’poreans react to S’porean standing up to train bully

S’poreans react to S’porean standing up to train bully

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Three thoughts that must have went past your mind at some point.


A Singaporean man was caught on video standing up to a Caucasian man who was acting like a bully during a crowded train ride.

The burly Caucasian had taken offence at a t-shirt worn by another commuter that contained a rude word and was taunting him and raring to go until the Singaporean stepped in and put him in his place.

Here are three thoughts Singaporeans have:


sian-half-auntie “I thought white people were supposed to support freedom of speech.”
Jiang Dao Li, 41-year-old court summons officer


sian-half-uncle “No wonder colonialism is no longer popular these days.”
Hong Mao Ren, 77-year-old ex-coolie


happy-bird-girl “This is one of the downsides of being literate. If he couldn’t read, none of these would have happened.”
Qu Xue Xiao, 18-year-old student










SMRT North South Line train undergoes routine breakdown on March 12, further improves reliability

SMRT North South Line train undergoes routine breakdown on March 12, further improves reliability

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SMRT sticking to daily breakdown routine, will be awarded ISO 9000 certification soon.


An SMRT North South Line train broke down right on cue on March 12, 2015, in the afternoon, which cemented the transport operator’s pledge to improve reliability of train malfunctions so that they can occur predictably everyday instead of as and when it happens.

This occurred one day after it was announced in parliament that MRT reliability has improved as breakdowns are happening daily instead of unpredictably.

Singaporeans from all walks of life who like to take public transport because trains are for rich people said they are glad that SMRT will soon be awarded the ISO 9000 quality management certification for breakdowns as they can orchestrate the exact timing of train faults to within 30 minutes of the scheduled time.

The onus is now on SBS Transit trains to break down more routinely as it is leaving commuters guessing when exactly will the next malfunction happen.

Kuai Dian Huai, a local, said SBS Transit’s unpredictable breakdown schedule is taking a toll on commuters: “I have no idea when exactly to make plans for alternative transport arrangements as a result.”

“It is almost like riding blind. I cannot anticipate if SBS Transit North East Line trains will spoil today, tomorrow or next week.”

“This highly unreliable schedule is making taking the train a hassle.”

“SBS Transit really needs to buck up if they want the ISO 9000 certification as well.”


Breakdowns have to be more reliable to make it easier for commuters:

MRT reliability has improved as breakdowns happening daily instead of unpredictably

Apparent suicide at Sembawang MRT station

Apparent suicide at Sembawang MRT station

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Never mind whether this is accurate; but guess who broke the news? Not professional reporters, but Twitter users.

By Terence Lee

Update: According to Alicia Wong of Yahoo! News, the man who jumped onto the tracks was arrested at the hospital for attempted suicide.

This photo came from a Twitter user. You can barely see a body being laid out on a stretcher. Photo: DYNNA SYAFIQA

I WAS shocked when an acquaintance tweeted that someone had supposedly committed suicide at Sembawang MRT station by jumping in front of the train on Friday night. After all, it was so close to home: My apartment is a mere ten minutes away from the train station.

Curious, I decided to check out the scene. By the time I arrived, it was 12.20am, just under an hour after the first tweet (that came around 11.30pm) said that an accident had happened. The commotion was long gone; the crowd mostly dispersed. A police vehicle was parked beside the station, and a handful of policemen were stationed at the ground level.

My attempts to ask the SMRT staff what happened were unsuccessful.

“An incident,” says a plump, Indian lady, standing guard at the entrance gate.

So I went up the escalator to the platform. Since the incident happened sometime ago, everyone appeared calm. A few people were waiting for the last train service to arrive on one side. On the other side leading to Yishun MRT station, a train is parked about one-quarter short of the end of the train station.

I saw a Chinese lady on the platform, carrying a notebook. At first I suspected she was a reporter, but after seeing the SMRT tag she was wearing, I concluded that she was also a staff member. I tried asking her what happened, but again she repeated the well-rehearsed line: “There was an incident.”

But another loud-mouthed personnel sort of gave it away. Talking on the phone, he mentioned something about a “body”, and I think he went on to describe what happened. I couldn’t make out the rest of his conversation though. Since I’m not exactly the very persistent sort (which is why I don’t really want to be a daily news reporter), I felt I was done over there.

According to Shawn Lee, a body was pulled out from under a train. This photo is taken by him.

Never mind. I later confirmed with an acquaintance of mine who said that she saw ambulance personnel scampering up the escalator soon after the collision. Also, you can see that in the photo at the top of this article, a stretcher was laid out in preparation for the extraction of a body. So there definitely was a person involved.

Anyone can become a reporter.

Put that photo and Shawn’s photo and tweets together, and a likely account emerges: A person was knocked down by the oncoming train, sucked underneath, and run over. But whether this was a suicide or accident is still unclear.

Whatever the case, this would be the second train mishap in a month. A couple of weeks ago, a Thai girl had her legs severed after being hit by a train at Ang Mo Kio MRT station.

Another interesting thing about this incident though is how Twitter has often become the fastest way of finding out the latest news. Already, about one hour after the incident, there were 20 tweets, some of them quite detailed, and with pictures to boot. This is not on the scale of the Iran protests of course, but it demonstrates how the role of reporters have started to change with the advent of social media.

In certain instances, journalists are no longer the foremost newsgatherers in the country, or the world. Shawn’s last tweet (left) is particularly telling.

Apparently, with a Twitter account and a smartphone, anyone can be a journalist, or a photojournalist even.

But does this spell the end of journalism as we know it? Nah.

It just signals that the role of journalists is changing, from that of a pure, pound-the-streets news gatherer to more of an information interpreter.

Someone has to make sense of all the tweets that come in, and establish whether this is a suicide or an accident. She would have to bug SMRT public relations for all the details today, and search for eyewitnesses. Later on, she would need to package the information into a viewer-friendly format, and establish the context.

And that someone is definitely not me, because I’m not paid and I have better things to do (such as my school project) than to pester people on a Saturday morning.

Of course, there are plenty of information out there that can only be obtained by experienced and trusted journalists who cultivate their sources, and that’s something I believe no citizen journalist can replicate to the same level of efficacy.

But who knows, I may be wrong. Anyway, below are some selected tweets that came up during the last few hours. Here’s my immediate reaction: It seems like such collisions have become so common that we have started treating them less as tragedies but more as spectacles.

Irritants, even.

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