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“Champion grumblers” Singaporeans are getting the government they deserve

Posted by temasektimes on November 23, 2017

The late Supreme leader of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew once infamously dismissed Singaporeans as “champion grumblers” condescendingly. Judging from the torrent of criticisms leveled at the PAP and its beleaguered transport minister Khaw Boon Wan online lately, there appears to be an element of truth in his jibe.

A foreigner not familiar with Singapore might get the erroneous impression that Singapore’s ruling PAP will lose the next General election based on the widespread negative comments hurled against it online, but when it comes to the crunch, Singaporeans by and large will still vote for the PAP though they may not really love or support it.

The PAP has ruled Singapore since 1959 and in all elections since 1980, there was never once in which its percentage of votes drop below 60%. Even during the 2011 General Election when the nation is plagued by an litany of problems such as high cost of living, exorbitant prices of public housing and yes, persistent MRT breakdowns, the PAP still manages to garner 61% of the votes and win a disproportionate 81 out of 88 seats in Parliament.

In 2015, buoyed by sympathy votes after the demise of Lee Kuan Yew, the PAP romped to an impressive 70% of the votes which is more than any political party in a democratic country can garner.

The next General election may be a few years away, but even before a single vote is cast, the PAP is guaranteed a victory  thanks largely to an unthinking electorate which has been brainwashed by years of relentless propaganda in the state-controlled media that they cannot do without the PAP.

So my fellow Singaporeans, please cut the hypocrisy and stop the endless whining, grumbling and ranting of the recent spate of MRT breakdowns within the safe confines of the virtual world because you are the ones who gave the PAP an overwhelming ‘mandate’ in the last General Election. You got what you truly deserve and it is time to “savor”it!

In Singapore, there are three things certain in life – death, taxes and an eternal PAP government. Even if you put a monkey as a candidate in white, Singaporeans will still vote it into Parliament.


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SMRT train along North-South line delayed AGAIN this morning due to ‘peak hour traffic’

Posted by temasektimes on April 9, 2012

It is a bright sunny morning today and there are no ‘track fault’ and yet SMRT train along the North-South line is delayed AGAIN this morning due to ‘peak hour traffic.’

According to angry commuters, they were stuck at the stations for between 10 to 20 minutes and they heard SMRT announced over the PA system that the trains were delayed due to ‘peak hour traffic’ and seek their kind ‘understanding and cooperation.’:

“Dear passengers, due to peak hour and a delay earlier, trains may be travelling slower.”

The latest delay came one day after SMRT trains along the East-West line were delayed for 20 minutes due to a ‘stalled’ train at Paya Lebar MRT station which affected some 500 passengers.

Some responses from commuters on Facebook:

“irritated by freaking announcements : “dear customer, due to peak hour…..”. Dont they have idea how to manage?” – Hiramanya

“Long queue at Bishan towards Marina South. Incidentally, one of the upward escalators was turned off this morning at Bedok station. In the recent past, I’ve seen gantries and escalators turned off on days when MRT has train troubles. Is this a subtle form of crowd control?” – Thomas Tan

“am travelling towards yck and was stopped for a while in the mid of the track. 2 trains passedby @ fast speed on the opposite side.. →_→ angry lor !” – Tan Shu Jun

“was stuck at Dhoby Ghaut NSL at about 8.45am. 2-3 trains packed passed by but the annoucement said it was “due to peak hour traffic” and thanked us for our “corporation”.” – Ryan Ang

SMRT’s explanation that the trains were slow due to ‘peak hour traffic’ does not go down too well with commuters who pointed out that trains used to arrive on time in the past with one netizen using the example of Hong Kong to make a point:

“Just as a point of comparison, I took peak hour trains in HK before. The Island Line-Tsuen Wan Interchange at Admiralty station is notorious for human jams during peak hours. However, even if you miss 1-2 packed trains at first, the trains come at 60-90 sec intervals, and the queues clear pretty fast. And there are no duh announcements LOL.”

As expected, there is no statement from SMRT to explain the latest delay and there are no reports in the mainstream media as the authorities scrambled to find more lame excuses to cover up for their gross incompetence which is making a mockery out of Singapore’s supposedly ‘First World’ public transport system.


Related articles:

SMRT train delay caused by ‘stalled’ train at Paya Lebar station

SMRT trains delayed along East-West line

Angry commuters cursed SMRT on Twitter

Netizens late for work due to ‘track fault’ along SMRT North-South line

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