Potong Pasir residents ‘repented’…and a MRT station opens

Woodleigh MRT station was closed for 8 long years.

8 years later, SBS has decided to open Woodleigh Station to celebrate NEL’s 8th anniversary. Now wait a minute, which organisation worth it’s salt celebrates something that has only be around for 8 years? Call me a consipracy theorist, but I don’t think it’s that simple.

The People’s Action Party recently took back the opposition leader Chiam See Tong’s former stronghold of Potong Pasir in the recent General Elections after 20 years and less than 2 months later, Woodleigh MRT Station is suddenly operational.

For those who don’t know where Woodleigh Station is, the station, while only a few minutes away from the Potong Pasir MRT station, is located in Potong Pasir.

8 years ago, when Chaim was still in charge of Potong Pasir and  the North- East Line (NEL) was opened, SBS Transit was asked why Woodleigh wasn’t opened. The reason given to the public then was “the population in the area had been deemed insufficient to make economic sense to operate”.

Now 8 years later, Chiam is gone, PAP has taken over and SBS has decided that there is now a ‘sufficient population’ to take the train at Woodleigh Station.

I’m shooting in the wind here, but my guess is that the ‘sufficient population’ in Potong Pasir who are rejoicing over the opening of the station are the same population who, to borrow LKY’s words, ‘repented’ and decided to vote for the PAP instead of the opposition.

Whether SBS was strong-armed  in to opening Woodleigh Station or not, my guess is as good as yours.

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6 responses to “Potong Pasir residents ‘repented’…and a MRT station opens

  1. A

    Tempting, but Woodleigh’s opening was announced before the General Elections, in March 2011. So I doubt that repentance was the direct cause.

    • tauhuayboy

      Yeah. So why did they have to wait to open the station till after the elections? You think they would still open the station if Potong Pasir remained in Chiam’s hands? I seriously doubt it.

  2. gu

    Actually the population in the area is already much reduced as the folks who used to “live” in Bidadari have moved away to make way for the beautiful park.

  3. XiaoLing

    – The purpose of our lives is to add value to the people of this generation & those that follow
    -Buck Minster .
    Greatest inventor & Philosophers

  4. K

    Now dun u think pap is great? Why fight it? Pap takes care of u till death, literally. Long as u give them yur vote!

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