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SMRT train along East West Line observed 20 minutes of silence on March 23, 2015

Posted on 24 March 2015

Tampines and Pasir Ris stations were quiet for a while.


A SMRT train along East West MRT Line observed several moments of silence on March 23, 2015.

Eyewitnesses who were present when the incident unfolded before their eyes said the silence intensified the already sombre mood that day.

One commuter, Hen Shang Xing, said he was sad that day and the train’s observation of silence for 20 minutes made him even sadder: “It is 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.”

Other commuters said the train’s observation of silence gave them time to reflect.

Another commuter, Xiang De Kai, said: “Sometimes I really wonder what would it be like for Singaporeans if we didn’t have the convenience of public transport like the MRT?”

“Will we be walking? Are there lesser places we can go? Who do we owe all of this to? Do we deserve this level of progress?”

At press time, Singaporeans said SMRT should inform them much earlier in advance if the trains decide to observe several more moments of silence in the future.


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