Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Statement On The Disruptions to the Singapore Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) System 16 Nov 2017

Statement On The Disruptions to the Singapore Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) System

Our national transportation had been beleaguered with issues since 2011, which in the early days had mostly been only delays and unexpectedly longer travel duration. However, issues encountered recently by the SMRT were more varied, unusual and were of much greater concern.

Such concerns were overwhelming to the extent that the 30th anniversary of the inception of the MRT system in Singapore was not even mentioned as such.

It is appreciated that the Minister for Transport, Mr Khaw Boon Wan had recently cited overpopulation as being the root cause of these issues. The acceptance though is long overdue and patently insufficient. Mere acknowledgement of the possible effects of the overpopulation which could have led to the transportation system woes, should not simply end with just that.

A much more detailed and thorough study would be in order given the duration the problems pertaining the MRT system had been lingering. The study would enable the identification of the actual state of the system, especially the North-South and the East-West lines which were first opened and had been operating for 30 years.

The various avenues which could possibly have had caused the deterioration of the system should be subjected to detailed study by competent authorities with the appropriate expertise. Such expertise, if needed should be procured from other train operators with experience in handling systems of similar complexity. Failure to carry out the study could cause speculations to continue as a consequence of the specific causes on the disruptions not been clearly identified.

Not carrying out the necessary steps could also result in the gradual worsening of the system, as we had seen in the recent episodes of train service disruptions. These could cause a further waste of time and resources, and worse, linger on as a possible hazard.

As such, our Party is seeking the matter be studied by a commission tasked to inquire further into the causes of the train disruptions, in view of all the possible difficulties and the hazards faced by people.

Sivakumaran Chellappa
Vice Chairman & Head of Policy Research
People’s Power Party (PPP), Singapore


teletubbies said...

They cannot made it big on the international stage. For reasons we can't see what's wrong. Referring to the upcoming PM and President.

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B: What kind of pau do they have?

A: Chicken, pork, char siew and tau sar pau to name a few.
B:Can check if they have pau sua and pau hai pau?

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

2018 sounded shi pa which meant sure full. Negative externalities will be empty. Positivity will be full. The unpleasant side-effects actions of some people will they perish and burn in hell.

Anonymous said...

(黑色 –black ) symbolises with mourning , and is unlucky. It is bad luck to wear black to happy celebrations. Therefor black should not be serving us bad luck policies and they should dress more of the color red for the state and globalisation. Patience are getting smaller.
They have outgrown their usefulness.

Anonymous said...

The most common challenges human face today are losing their jobs and not being able to provide for their families. Fear and insecurity for the future.

Anonymous said...

Policy-makers, "We can't understand the people, they just don't agree to our unique policies."

There was a long pause.

Judge, " Your people can't understand because they don't agree with you?"

Policy-makers, "That's right!"

Judge, " I thought that for people to understand and agree, you needed to listen to them as well. You just can't go on filling your own rightness. When you listen do it reflectively!"

Policy-makers," We can't do that because we only have 2 ears each."

Judge, "Than stop being so demanding and hopefully there will be some balancing of win/win ."

Anonymous said...

China's economic has spread beyond provinces. High-rises loom the train stations with plenty of foreign banks and hotels, huge department stores and office buildings.

teletubbies said...

New year of exuberance for stock and bond market, jobs and real estate are seeing some light, driving the economy. All is not lost.

Anonymous said...

The authoritarian force: "WE always get OUR WAY; the People don't get theirs." How can we respect them when they are prone to use power, personality, possessions, credentials and position to make the suffering of the people.

Anonymous said...

National security is a concern and immigration has been an emotive issue. Businesses tend to welcome cheap labour and immigrants are a part of the enriching process to cost as whatever is earned goes to their collection.

Anonymous said...

It may not be the best to overestimate your abilities, but rather underestimate, so that it will do less harm.

Anonymous said...

4 (死)G ministers.

6 (祿)G ministers. 2G ministers add to make luck. Luck for help in positioning a team good at figuring out each person's strength. Strengths that they can configure space for its people to maximize efficiency in their lives.

Anonymous said...

"People work for money – but go the extra mile for praise, recognition and rewards” -Dale Carnegie-

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