Daily Archives: June 10, 2010

Why SMRT’s apology is unacceptable

By now, Singaporeans will know about the vandalism of the SMRT train, given that thousands take it everyday. Which is why SMRT apology for the incident is unacceptable.

It is truly and really amazing how easy it is for Oliver Fricker and Lloyd Dane Alexander to break in the Changi Depot and vandalise the train. The authorities must have heaved a sign of relief that  it was just graffiti, and not a bomb. Apparently, they didn’t remember the Madrid train bombings.

Right now, the authorities are trying their best to move the spotlight out of the ‘splattered egg’ on SMRT face by hunting down Alexander and announcing to everyone who is listening that they are caning Fricker. Hell, his bail was $100,000.

But the real questions remain unanswered. Why was the depot so easy to break in, in the first place? For all the talk of how safe Singapore is, this incident has thrown a spotlight on Singapore’s defence vulnerability.  Just like how easy it was for Mas Selamat to escape. Recently, Indonesian police found a map of Singapore MRT network after raiding a terrorist hideout. So, why oh why, wasn’t the security at the depot beefed up?

SMRT’s apology and reason for the security lapse was laughable:

SMRT Corp. said it has beefed up security at train depots by adding razor wire to perimeter fences, more cameras and foot patrols by guards in response to the incident, which led local media to question the city-state’s preparedness against possible terrorist attacks.
“We deeply regret that a serious security lapse occurred in our depot,” Chief Executive Saw Phaik Hwa said in a statement. “Since the breach, we have taken immediate steps to strengthen our security to prevent recurrence.
My first reaction, and I’m sure my fellow Singaporeans share the same sentiments as me, after reading this was: ‘What? You jokers are telling me that the train I take everyday is so vulnerable to a bomb attack? Why wasn’t there more cameras, barbed wire fences and foot patrols in the first place?’
SMRT should be severely punished for this security lapse. After all, they are putting Singaporeans who take the trains everyday and who pay so much for the train fares and don’t make noise when SMRT raise the train fares as and when they want, at risk.
Just like heads rolled when Mas Selamat escaped, the same must happen at SMRT. Time for them to wake up.



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