By: B Goode
First of all, my condolence to the family of the two victims.
Now for me to put on my tin-foil hat.
I’ll start off with an observation. It might seem petty at first but it might also be a clue as to why the accident happened.
If you chanced upon any MRT station, take a look at the ATMs there. You might find some with flat tops.
Petty? Maybe. But I know for certain that according to their safety and security protocol, all ATMs must have sloping tops. This is to prevent anyone from hiding incendiary or bombs on top of the machines.
And yet apparently, nobody bothered to ensure that this rule is imposed and implemented. Nobody bothered to check.
And now back to the accident. As at the time of writing, the latest update from SMRT was that the accident was probably caused by certain procedure not being followed. If this was true, and taking into consideration the fact about the ATMs with flat tops, something was not right with regard to SMRT’s attitude towards making sure that processes and procedures were being strictly followed.
Do they actually have a department that look into this? If they do, then obviously it is not doing a good job.
Or is the LTA not doing its supervisory role?
In any case, two lives have been unnecessarily lost. As the authorities look for clues and causes for the accident, they should also look at the real reason behind the unfortunate incident.
Somebody has been sleeping on the job.