Singaporeans pull together amid SMRT crisis

Jul 08, 2015 12.04PM |

by Abraham Lee

MRT trains along the North-South and East-West lines ground to a halt yesterday evening at around 7:00pm due to a power surge that tripped the system. Chaos ensued as thousands of commuters found themselves stranded in trains or at stations, unable to go back home. The power failure along the two SMRT lines also affected those in other parts of Singapore as extra buses flooded onto the roads to pick up the slack from the grounded trains. Amid the mayhem however, Minister Chan Chun Sing called on all those affected to “pull together”.

There were those who offered to give rides…

…or refreshments to those stranded.

It was also heartening to see stories of gratitude, that gave a silver-lining to a difficult situation…

It took me more than an HOUR to return home and this is the behind story.😌 Today, MRT (metro) in Singapore had a problem (power shortage) so EVERYONE was trying to grab a taxi. I was around Chinatown and since there was no taxi, I decided to take any bus to Orchard first. (Yes! I took a bus alone! LOL) I asked some random guy at the bus stop bout the route and he was so NICE and HELPFUL. Afterwards, I went on the bus and asked the driver/uncle how much the fare was, and surprisingly, he just asked me to get in and sit, and I didn't have to pay. I don't care whether it is right or wrong for him to do so, but my heart felt so WARM. It is NOT about the money but his action. This uncle knew the situation about transportation shortage and was trying to help fix the situation. Isn't this just so PLEASANT? After exploring the city alone, I really feel that Singaporeans are so NICE and FRIENDLY and I like how they really think for their society/country. I was totally IMPRESSED. And this is definitely why Singapore is so strong n successful as one. Anyway, so I reached the taxi stand in Orchard and waited with other people. Thought it was a long wait, I actually had a good time chatting with some people there.😁 I am glad I extended my flight (was supposed to leave today) because I saw a different side of this beautiful country. Singaporeans should be proud of your own country.😉 Happy SG50! Viva Singapore!❤️ #Xander #Singapore #exploring #alone #bus #taxi #busstop #taxistand #homesweethome #tiredbutworth #eyeopening #impressed #SGsoShiok

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…and that we could turn the worst of situations into one that we could have a good laugh at.

Of course, we shouldn’t forget the tireless SMRT staff toiling away through the night to fix the problem and to ensure that commuters get home safely.

There were also others who expressed their gratitude for getting to work on time this morning…

and the free for train rides for those exiting stations on the North-South and East-West lines…


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