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Smoke in Tanjong Pagar MRT a tribute to SMRT’s ex-military leader Desmond Kuek

Posted on 17 August 2016

Those in the armed forces regularly throw smoke as part of training.


Singaporeans from all walks of life, who like to take public transport because cars are for rich people, are relieved to learn that the smoke in Tanjong Pagar MRT was part of a tribute-paying exercise to SMRT’s ex-military leader Desmond Quek.

One Singaporean, Hen Duo Yen, said: “Initially I thought it was a terrorist attack. And then it dawned on me this could be a false alarm to test Singapore’s preparedness in the face of threats.”

“And finally I realised throwing smoke to keep other things hidden might in fact be a way of life for some, such as those in the military.”

Other locals said they thoroughly enjoyed the experience and hope to have more of it happening regularly.

Bai Yee, another local, said: “It really broke up the monotony of the Monday.”







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