Vortex to Hell found mainly inside MRT cabins?

Posted on 28 February 2012

Superstitious beliefs prevent people from moving deeper into MRT cabins.

Singaporeans are apparently still hogging the space near the entrances inside of MRT cabins despite efforts by the Land Transport Authority to move them further inside.

The LTA has been studying ways to redesign the interior of carriages to encourage passengers to move in and not act like dead logs that refuse to barge, preventing the smooth coming and going of other commuters.

The removal of holding poles near the entrances to dissuade crowding has not improved the situation much as commuters have evolved a lower centre of gravity stance after watching Ip Man movies.

Rumours suggest the administration of electric shocks will be next, followed by the installation of flame throwers to deter crowding at entrances.

A majority of Singaporeans interviewed gave a host of superstitious reasons for not standing away from the entrances of MRT cabins.

A 34-year-old ex-con artist, who refused to be named citing the slow progress of the Yellow Ribbon Project changing mindsets of Singaporeans about people who were previously convicted, said: “I heard the inside of cabins is a vortex to Hades. If you stand there too long, it will drain your soul. That’s why I stand near the door.”

This is confirmed by at least one practising medium.

A 50-year-old self-proclaimed professional clairvoyant, Tua Pao Xian, said the vortex is a result of the psychic and physics intermingling.

“When you go above a certain speed while underground, the spirit world is aligned perfectly to the material world and the barrier to prevent the two worlds to collide is broken.”

He added: “Singaporeans must respect the underworld and mediums are necessary to keep the order of both worlds.”

Younger Singaporeans, though, also possess their own set of superstitious beliefs.

At least one of them believe that standing near MRT doors will improve his chances at love.

A 21-year-old national serviceman, Lin Ai Ren, said: “Standing near the door can meet more people, especially girls walking in and out. Who knows I might just meet my future wife under such circumstances?”

However, such anti-good etiquette behaviour has drawn criticism from all quarters, with some suggesting creative ways to get the recalcitrant to get lost.

An ex-hang man, who refused to be named fearing breaching the Official Secrets Act, said: “Those who don’t move in shall be executed.”

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