SMRT East West Line shut down for 30 minutes on Friday evening as mark of respect for LKY

Posted on 28 March 2015

Lines between Bugis and Aljunied were quiet for a while.

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To join in with the mass display of solidarity by Singaporeans from all walks of life, SMRT East West Line trains observed 30 minutes of silence on Friday evening peak hour in honour of Lee Kuan Yew.

This after SMRT announced at around 6pm on Friday, March 27, 2015, that eastbound trains from Bugis to Aljunied stations stopped working as a mark of respect for the founding prime minister of Singapore.

Eyewitnesses who were present when the trains observed many moments of silence suddenly, said it affected them emotionally as the silence intensified the already sombre mood that evening, with tens of thousands of Singaporeans descending upon the Parliament House to pay their last respects.

One commuter, Hen Shang Xing, said he was sad that day and the train’s observation of silence for 30 minutes made him even sadder: “I took it as a sign of respect to observe a moment of silence. But observing several moments of silence while we were on the platform made us all sadder.”

“And it is definitely much sadder considering that SMRT trains along East West Line observed 20 minutes of silence on March 23, like just two days earlier.”

Another commuter Zho Hao Lam, said: “Every time the MRT train observe many moments of silence, we will automatically become sad.”

 

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