MRT yellow lines make Singaporeans look stupid

I’ve always felt that the yellow markings seen in MRT stations are an embarrassment to our country.

That the authorities need to draw bright yellow lines and arrows to teach us exactly where to stand and where to walk is an insult to our intelligence.

We do not need any lines, yellow, green or purple, dammit, because Singaporeans don’t give a freaking damn about them.

Your arrows don’t scare us.

We will stand exactly where we please, thank you very much.

So, here’s a little story to illustrate why we don’t need the markings:

One day, Little QY goes to take the MRT. It’s peak hour, so she stands behind a yellow marking to “queue up”.

Along comes OL (Office Lady). OL stands beside Little QY.

“WTF!” thinks Little QY to herself. (This compulsion to swear instantly robs her of her innocence so that she has to drop the “Little” from her name.)


“Stupid, uncultured OL,” mutters QY under her breath. “Wear so nice but got no manners lah. You’re supposed to stand behind the yellow line, not on it.

“As if standing on the line will fool anyone. And why must you stand right in front of my face?!”

Luckily, OL is as deaf as she is ill-mannered, so she doesn’t hear.

QY briefly considers going to stand right in front of OL to get her own back, but then she decides that she’s above such petty games.

After all, does it matter whether you’re the 10th or 11th person to get on the train?

By this time, many an RP (Random Person) has started to gather around the platform.

Shortly after, the train arrives from a distance away.

Some people shuffle anticipatively, some continue to stare blankly ahead, some take a step forward.

OL takes many steps forward as the train looms nearer and nearer.

A few RPs follow suit.

“WTF is wrong with you people?!” QY wants to shout out. “You want to stand there, then stand there from the start lah!! Why go through the farce of pretending to stand behind (or on) the marking in the first place? Siao lah, you people!”

She doesn’t, of course, yell those words out, because she doesn’t want to find herself accidentally pushed onto the tracks with a train pulling in at top speed.

By the time the train gets to a complete stop, the doorway area is crowded with inconsiderate morons trying to get on the train, sneakily avoiding eye contact with people inside the train trying their darnedest to get out.

End of story.

And now, the moral:

Isn’t it painfully obvious that the yellow lines and arrows in MRT stations do not work? People don’t even know how to use them.

As far as I can see, there are only two things that the markings and arrows accomplish:

  1. Make Singaporeans look stupid for needing markings to tell them where to stand.
  2. Make Singaporeans look stupid for appearing not to know how to use the markings.

So, get rid of them already. They’re such an eyesore. Just leave the original yellow line to stop people from standing too close to the edge of the platform and getting their noses sliced off by incoming trains.

Oh, and whenever I’m in the train trying to get out, I wish I were a bowling ball.


71 thoughts on “MRT yellow lines make Singaporeans look stupid

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    i kinda think the lines offered by the MRT are a waste of time because as u have said, they are ignored, however not matter where in the world that u might come across signs like this they too are ignored, except …. my home country New Zealand… there we know exactly where to go because…we don’t need authoritarians or MRT people to tell us what to do… we just follow the sheep trails and we get home…

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    I have this idea: we build two more platforms for the MRT, such that all trains stop at two platforms. Reserve the door on the right for alighting passengers, and the left for boarding passengers.

    Here’s the trick: when the train pulls into the station, the right door will open first, to let passengers alight from the train. Then, close the right door just as the left door opens to turn the hungry hyenas loose.

    The bad news is that more costs will be incurred as you need to build and maintain more platforms, but I am happy about the day I can give those inconsiderate people the middle finger, before waltzing out the train door. I would love to pass my frustration on to them.

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    No amount of lines will correct any manner-less and inconsiderate behaviour in these people.

    Then again, you’ve gotta admire that lady for not following the rules – we need more law bending, convention not-following, road-less-travelled entrepreneurs. Perhaps we should give a medal to that lady for reminding us Singaporeans how law-abiding the rest of us are – and then we push her down the tracks. :D

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    It’s worst here in HK. I try very hard to arrange my social life to the point that I don’t get on the MTR during peak hours. Thank God, I don’t need to take the MTR very often. Not only its crowded with people pushing…you also get people that have horrendous breath in front of your nose!

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    Most excellent diagram. That’s kiasu-ism, illustrated. :)

    And I don’t think it’s confined to Singapore. Though I didn’t see this happen when I was in Japan. I wonder how are the Koreans at this?

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    There are alot of people who doing this… Office people are all like this. Go to Tanjong Pagar station. All the well dressed office people are like this. Uncles and aunties are like this also.

    When i come out of the train, i just push my way out but thats because i am a guy. For ladies, i guess you have to wriggle your way out.

    But people these days are really overboard. I have ever seen 1 guy squeezing in the train before I even exit the train!

    Bloody hell!

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    Hey damsel, the yellow lines actually act as a good indicator for the location the doors are gonna open at. Before the yellow lines; people didn’t really know where the doors are gonna open at, so it kinda takes longer for people to get in. I work at the MRT almost everyday. So.. yea, just my thought. =)

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    Although I will concede that Singapore people have problems with getting on the MRT as well as once they’re inside (why can not go INSIDE the cars instead of blocking the doors?), it’s orderly compared to the boarding process in mainland china.

    There it’s a filthy, dirty, spit filled scrum to get through the doors, fighting both who are trying to board and who are trying to get out.

    I wonder how S’Poreans deal with the Tokyo Metro and JR, where queueing is an art form?

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    The yellow markings are very much needed because there are 66.6% stupid people in this country, foreign talents not included.

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    i’m not a regular/frequent MRT commuter…preferring the freedom of 2 wheels…but i guess if i were, i’d inevitably become one of “them”.

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    LOL! Reminds me of the City Hall exit leading towards Funan. Metal barrier in the middle with the words “pls keep left”. Dumb, but without it you’ll have ppl walking all over the place & banging into each other like bumper cars. So those marking are a sad but necessary evil. ha!

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    It’s the same in HK. I think it’s a Ch1nese thing.

    Haiz…. really no face…..

    If I were you there that day, I would be tempted to ankle tap the OL and let her fall flat on her face in the cabin.

    If the train is crowded as she fall forwards, who knows, she may pull somebody’s pants down with her.

    There was another time, when I was walking to the service counter to top up my Octopus Card (EZ-Link equivalent) and there was this guy barging in front of me to cut me off while dragging his son along.

    So in my loudest Singlish voice, I yelled “Oi! Fucker! Last free gift at the counter har?”

    The son held back his dad and let me pass. The bugger of a father scared to look me in the eye as I walked pass.

    Such a shame for the elders who were supposed to be role models for their young.

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    QY, u know what u shld do? get to the back and use ur hand.

    Then they have can fun trying to hold on to each other like in some reality TV game…

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    APLINK: That’s kinda good to hear. I mean, I feel better knowing that it’s not just a Singaporean thing. :P The sheep trail thing you mentioned sounds kinda funny, but I don’t know anything about sheep trails in New Zealand. :P

    xinyun: Can’t take it easy. I get really annoyed when I see inconsiderate people and the MRT is full of those. sigh.

    pkchukiss: Wow, I think that’s a really great idea. But I guess it will never happen because implementing it will be too troublesome and costly. :P

    Miccheng: I always salute people who dare to go against convention but I do not tolerate people who go against convention at the expense of other people. Want to break the law, go ahead, but don’t inconvenience or harm other people in the process. Don’t you think?

    Monster: Hmm… I can’t really remember my experience of taking the MTR in HK. It never traumatised me as much as taking the MRT in Singapore traumatises me!

    zield: lol. I guess you’ll just have to stop using that emoticon. Haha.

    mooiness: I agree kiasu-ism exists outside of Singapore, too. But I really do think Singaporeans have it down to a fine art! hahaha.

    Jeremy: Yeah, I dunno. Whenever I see old aunties and uncles doing it, I just let it pass. But it just annoys me no end to see young people, well dressed, looks educated, exhibiting auntie behaviour. Worse than OLs doing it is OGs (Office Guys) doing it. It really makes them look bad. :P

    Mkb: You’re right. The yellow lines do serve the additional purpose of telling people where the doors will stop. But then they don’t need the elaborate marks and arrows for that purpose. Just put one small yellow dot enough liao mah. :P

    abraxis: Yeah, that’s something I don’t understand, too. Why do people like to get stuck at the doorways? I really hope these Ugly Singaporeans don’t go overseas and rear their ugly heads there.

    Eric: I think foreign talents who stay here long enough will get the disease, too. Hahah

    Fish: You’d become an Ugly Kiasu Singaporean??

    Derrick: I don’t remember seeing that metal barrier in City Hall exit. I guess I don’t go the Funan way very often. Mostly just go straight up to Raffles City Shopping Ctr. :P

    JayWalk: I hate confrontation, so I’d never openly voice my displeasure at inconsiderate people. :( Wow, but the guy who tried to cut your queue was really too much. Good for you for putting him in line! :P It’s ok about the profanity. I am not squeamish about swear words. Don’t see the big deal, really. :P

    JokeDiary: I have bumped into really smelly people on the trains lor. Not as bad as homeless hobos cos we don’t really have too much of those in Singapore, but really smelly like never bathe for ages. Can die. I have to change carriages when I encounter this sorta thing. :P

    cowgoesmoo: Cannot lah, don’t ask me to do evil things. Later I accidentally become murderer how? lol.

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    bowling ball!

    hahahahah nice.

    me, on the other hand, wish i was Jonny Wilkinson whenever i get off the train after office hours.


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    Welcome to the real Singapore. I am quite sure if members of the PTC and our esteemed * ptui * MPs and Mini$ter$ use our MRT 2 times a day during peak hours for a year, they will break down and cry looking at this mess.

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    I hate taking MRT cuz I always face the same problem QY has. So i opted to take cab.. but there’s always stupid people that will go in front of u and snatch ur cab! Singaporeans really sigh!

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    This reminded me of the time… when I was getting off the train and there wasn’t any space. I stretched out and blocked the entire door and said quietly to the whole crowd blocking the door to move aside…

    Shocked, they did and I finally got out safely.

    You’re right. they don’t use the lines. But in Thailand… people actually QUEUE up to get onto the train… without any reminding.

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    In Taiwan there are arrows indicating where people should stand. When in Shanghai, I was actually shocked to see people just wait until everyone get off before they rush in. (Blame the shock on the misconception I had of the Chinese mainlanders in Singapore.)

    Just what exactly is wrong in the Singapore MRT is a result of the mindset people and the system itself. Simply put, if you know you can’t get a seat for most of the trip, you just rush in hoping to find one. And everyone starts doing that after that. (Cannot lose out mah.)

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    I think the problem is not with the lines, but the problem is on us. In fact, I see it as a big mockery that a highly educated society like Singapore has to use such lines to teach us how to be gracious enough to allow folks to alight first. Is it the fault of the lines that we “misbehaved”? I think common sense tells us, the lines did nothing. The feet are ours, but when we put ourselves in the shoes of those who were pushed in when trying to alight we would be singing a different tune. I’m sure many of us had a taste of that.

    Let’s not conveniently place the blame on something else which did nothing, but factually humans are the one who are the ones who made the mistakes.

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    excellent post!

    when i’m trying to come out of the MRT and people just crowd in front of the door, i won’t care, i will just bulldoze my way thru. those people expect it anyway. effing idiots, really. how do you expect to get in, when people are trying to get out?

    wait lah… it won’t kill u.

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    QY> gal… remember… i’m not asking u to murder ppl.
    just asking u to do the ‘prod’ like in the game “Worms”… den go OOPS… =P
    Besides, we could use population control for idiots like those.

    + remember tis saying…
    “I believe in karma. Thus I can do bad things to people and believe that they deserve it.” =P

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    ok.. trying to repost again.. without the emoticon.. without the code.. and foolin a little with the link..
    (just copy paste the photobucket link into the address bar..)
    hmm.. it was meant like this..

    omg.. what to do.. !? :D
    oh you can do this btw.. :D

    j/k ok.. :D
    you doesn’t need to be that overly irritated just because some people not following the rule.. :D
    take it easy..

    but.. its indeed that those ppl are disturbing the order..
    ok just do ‘that’.. you know what i mean right.. :evil laugh:

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    Reminds me of those Indians and Bangladesh near Little India during sunday nights especially in public bus. I remember once, I was going home in MRT. When the train open in Bugis or Lavender station. I can’t remember which one. Tons of them swarm in. Then when some of them can’t squeeze in. One of them open his arms wide and push all the people inside so that he can get it. I can hear those aunty and uncle sound very displease as some of them nearly fall while others got their feet step. He’s friends who got push can still laugh at it. Supper TL that time. Then inside you know lar. they have a smell, don’t know it’s the perfume they use or what, I can’t stand it.

    At that time let’s not talk about change carriages, change train also no use. All the following train are full of them. Think can only walk out of the station and take taxi if want to avoid.

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    Sigh, please accept the fact that many Singaporeans are just stupid. No offensive to anyone here but that is a fact no one can deny it. Even with the installation of the yellow/white lines, warning devices and PA systems, we still heard stupid commuters falling down to the railway track. When the MRT guards pulled them up, they simply said that they did not see the yellow/white lines. As a result of their carelessness, unlucky ones did not survive the fall as they got crushed and grinded by the incoming train.

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    this is a delightful blog tt had brought a smile on my otherwise dull saturday. I love that BOWLING BALL part!! salute u for all the great images for illustration.

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    I hate inconsiderate people!

    But yar… This is a common to see these people around. Very irritating.

    Anyway, if you encounter said behavior when exiting the carriage, just walk and shove them aside. If they’re in front, I normally don’t hesitate to shove them around since they’re blocking me. Same with buses when it’s too crowded to get off the back and you have to get off the front. That one laggi easier, just put your foot forward and let your foot fall into the face of the inconsiderate people trying to squeeze onboard before anyone gets off.

    And I disagree with the pushing but also, there are many times, when people just do not want to move in. Just bloody hell push until you get in lar. Public transport no need to give inconsiderate people face one.

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    In general, Singapore did pretty good with the whole queuing up matters. However, yea, I’ve seen it myself too, when it comes to MRT, they are as bad, as rude, and as stupid as Indonesians. They would rush in, blocking the people who tried to walks out. Indonesian is even worse. They wouldn’t queued up at all! We had to fights our way during every “queue” game. Frustating I tell ya!

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    Love the info-graphics… Anyone who hasn’t had this exact same thing happen to the, raise your hand. No-one? Didn’t think so. Even in Japan, where getting in the trains can be like a rugby scrum, they wait for the people to get off first.
    What I do when I am on the MRT is to stand in the middle of the door (as large as I can make myself – fairly large) and wait until they move aside so I can leave – they usually can’t get in until I move…

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    jokediary, yes, it can be bad….plus you have burping people who burp on demand as mentioned by someone else here. And you have people who literally push back into the train while you try to get out of the train!

    Anyway, one of the reasons why we bought a car in Spore was because I had enough of people coming into my personal space and rude people pushing and jumping queue and not forget screaming and kicking kids….oh gosh…the list can just go on!

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    Passer-by: Thanks! :) Haha, I guess rugby works too. ;)

    xizor2000: That’s surprising. So, from what I can gather from all the comments here… only Singaporeans and Hong Kongers need etiquette lessons.

    I totally understand why people would want to rush in the train. Wanting to get a seat is fine. But displaying uncouth behaviour and “cutting queue” is so not right.

    Wang Wang: Oh, I hate cab snatchers, too. Irritating shits.

    Bobo: Wow, that was cool what you did. I wish I could have been there to watch! Hehe. Thais are much more polite and civilised than us. :(

    Ed: Of course, the fault lies entirely in the humans. Rude, inconsiderate, uncultured humans. That’s what I said. :)

    Daphne Maia: Thanks! Yeah, sometimes I use my bag as a shield and push my way out. It helps that I carry a big bag when I go out. lol.

    cowgoesmoo: As far as I’m concerned, murder is murder, whether it was prod-oops or die-bastard! Haha. :P

    zield: Hahahahaa! That is one funny gif you made. But… you made me a murderer!!! Hahahaha. You and cow the same… tsk tsk!

    Well, I can’t help being overly irritated when I have to face idiots like that all the time. Maybe I’m irritated with myself. Want to scold them but don’t dare to. :P

    JokeDiary: Hahaha, that’s one hell of an experience you had. Thanks for the warning, though! Avoid taking the MRT in that area on Sunday nights. :P

    Starlandliu: I thought the most recent cases of crush-grind by the train were suicide cases. I haven’t heard much about people accidentally falling in. (Not counting cases when friends push each other for fun.)

    amd: Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed the post! :)

    Bugger: It’s a bit harder for girls to shove people aside. Later accidentally get molested… hahaha.

    serene.s: Exactly.

    Indra: Hmm, Indonesians do that too, huh? Yeah, it’s so frustrating sometimes I’d rather just take a cab and forget about the hassle.

    Jesta: Thanks! Haha, I can picture you standing guard at the MRT doorway. BUt I’m sure some small-sized aunties can squeeze past you through the sides. You’re not THAT large, lol. :P

    Monster: Haha, I haven’t gotten pushed back into the train while trying to get out. I hope I never experience that!!

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    Yes, you may not heard of them but these cases of falling down accidentally has became a common sight. It happens every one or two weeks. Sucides occupied only the minority accidents that took place this year.

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    Starlandliu: Oh. I guess I don’t read the news enough. Haha. Once a week/fortnight is pretty ridiculous, though. Are these people all idiots or what?

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    I dunno about HK. My view has always been, the very fact that the seats are a ‘limited commodity’ on each train, and they don’t come by for long distances is the very reason why Singaporeans rush into trains hoping to get one. Anyone taking the MRT would have noticed that there’s only a large ‘turnover of seats’ at specific stations. For e.g. Jurong East, Choa Chu Kang, Outram Park, Dhoby Ghaut, Yishun, Woodlands, Tampines. It’s the very design of the city itself that creates this problem. We are a victim of our own environment and it is sad no one actually realises what the problem REALLY is, and get the people responsible for it to get it solved.

    Sadly, the very people responsible for it are telling us just how ‘world class’ this system is when they NEVER use it themselves to even notice this. Now, there is no doubt the efficiency of the system is world class. But is this efficiency sufficient for some real commuter satisfaction, or just ‘commuter satisfaction’ according to the select few chosen by the Stooge Times?

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    xizor2000: Yeah, I agree with the factors you mentioned causing people to rush into trains. Still, that doesn’t make those people look any better. Haha.

    I know exactly how it feels, having to squeeze in the train with hundreds of smelly people. How it would be so nice to have a seat, especially after a long day at work or whatever and you’re dead tired. But that still won’t make me block the doorway to try to rush in. I’ll still wait by the side behind the yellow marking and let people out first. Of course, I get “queue-jumped” by people all the time, but I can’t make myself join in the frenzy. Haha.

    Not sure what the authorities can do to solve this problem. Have more trains at shorter intervals? Reduce population? (Haha!) Stagger working hours? Hmm. If you ask me, what I would do would be make a video to ridicule people for rushing into trains and play it at all MRT stations prominently. :P

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    Hahaha….. You should go to Raffles place MRT and equip yourself with a Video Camera. Then you can see that SAF is getting the wrong ppl to do IPPT. The moment the doors open, you can see Aunties of all shape and sizes doing their 100m dash to see who gets to the escalator first. haha….

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    Our kiasu queueing culture is really an embarrassment.

    Interestingly enough, alot of these pple are supposedly well-informed / well-educated people.

    Maybe these pple have weak knees. They need a seat. =p

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    Qiaoyun, I applaud you for standing aside and letting people go first. We need people like you to start to arrest this continual downward slight. As long as more and more people find it meaningless to be selfish little bastards, the country will improve.

    Anyway, there is no use ridiculing the victims. The real solution to the problem would be to redesign the city.. lol. Or at the very least, create a true, viable alternative to the MRT. It is obvious everyone uses the MRT and not anything else either because the buses runs a long roundabout route, or there isn’t a bus that prowls the same routes due to the LTA / PTC’s view that such ‘duplication’ is wasteful. I shudder to imagine the kind of damage and loss of life there will be, when a jihadist succeed in his matyrdom operations.

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    Hmmm.. here, when people start piling up like that, it is likely that someone from the crowd will take initiative in telling the others to start to line-up… most often, it works. The hard part is getting a good position in the line, but once chaos subsides, it’s all good.

    Do the government give information about these markings on the ground? If they don’t, they can’t expect people to know how to use them.

    You’re illustrations are cool. :p

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    Little QY, I like the diagramatic way u tell your story, I laugh until ‘peng’.Signs that work in other country but may not be as effective in Spore, people here are just K.S, just like rushing for bus in the morning, people are late for work , they rush to get up the bus but don’t care a hoot to move in resulting the back of the bus so empty, frustrating man & to compound matter, people illegally get in thru the exit door & some got the nerve not to pay.. Grrr, no wonder violence is going up :-(

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    The Goonfather: Ok, why don’t you forward that to the army for consideration?

    Shingo T: Haha weak knees. Yeah, my main contention is really with well-dressed, educated people displaying Neanderthal behaviour. It really is an embarrassment.

    xizor200: Thanks for your kind words, although it wasn’t my intention to appear noble or anything. Maybe I don’t engage in kiasu activities because I don’t want to appear like an uncivilised monkey. :P

    Well, redesigning the city sounds a little far-fetched to me, hehe. But then, I don’t really know much about city building so I’m not too sure how redesigning the city would help. I doubt that will come to pass in the next few decades, anyway. It seems the government is more focused on adding stuff than changing stuff these days. :P

    modchip: That’s cool. We really need to have more outspoken people like that in Singapore! Well, when the markings were first created, the government did run ads and posters and stuff to tell people how to use the markings, so people should know. Just that most people are just too selfish to care. :(

    Starstruck: Thank you very much! :) Glad you found it funny. ;) Looks like you’re a fellow sufferer of our “world class” public transport. :P

    J: Thanks! :)

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    its look really annoying for tat … but those pple is kiasu.. typical singaporean wat.. hahah rushing to be the first in every small things.. this OL rush to get in first… some others rush to get out and up/down the Escalator… this kinda of things u can see u can speak u can curse.. but u cant change all tat .. haha but anyway.. nice strike!!

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    Smallapple: Thanks! :) Nice seeing you again here. Well, I think it’s all the more annoying knowing that you have to put up with such nonsense all the time and have no power to change things!

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    yep, Indonesia do that too.. and more pro! (read: worse!) but I believe the population that belongs on the “low” class wasn’t really educated about queueing by their parents. bah!

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    Indra: I suspect it is inconsequential of which social class u belong to. There are rich, well groomed and highly educated people who are just as poor on social etiquette.

    sheylara: Convention breakers are by definition law breakers. But still… agree with u that inconveniencing others for the sake of self gain is a little selfish and unbecoming of a civilised human being.

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    “I suspect it is inconsequential of which social class u belong to. There are rich, well groomed and highly educated people who are just as poor on social etiquette.”

    hmm.. I guess. fair opinion. sorry if it was offending. It was an unfair assumption made from daily experience here in Indonesia

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    haha was kinda busy the last few days but im onces again free again.. haha.. yea yea who call us to be such a *xiao ren wu* cant help it de… haha unless we are LKY =X

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    Indra: I don’t think anyone thinks your comment was offensive. It was a fair statement, although I must agree with Miccheng that there are equally rude and inconsiderate people in all stratas of society. Maybe it’s not like that in Indonesia?

    Miccheng: Are all convention breakers really law breakers? I would think breaking convention could be something as simple as smiling to strangers you pass by daily, instead of regarding everyone with suspicion like Singaporeans are wont to do. It’s strange but doesn’t necessary break any laws.

    Smallapple: Heh. I think even LKY also has to put up with rubbish that he can’t totally control.

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    QY: Guess i was referring to “laws” in the general sense – some people do things a certain way cos they feel its the way it has been done all along. Convention breakers question the status quo and break the law of nature, the law of “you can’t do it that way”, the law of “i told you so” and the law of “its the way things are, deal”. :)

    But yeah, unscrupulous acts of law breaking shouldn’t be encouraged. We poke and push the boundaries of the status quo. If it breaks badly, we admit our mistakes honestly, pay our dues (if any) and move on. If it breaks in a good way, hallelujah! :D

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    Miccheng: I see. That makes sense. :) Yeah, I like convention breakers. They help to move the world. But it’s good only if there’s no collateral damage along the way. :P

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    Herbert: Haha. I know. But it wouldn’t make sense to have it the other way round because that’s the formation that the train commuters make. :P

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    This is part of the MTE (Mass Transit Etiquette) program that was instituted by the PCP (Politically Correct Police). Washington DC is step up the same way. Obvious thing, made obvious.

    Down with the MTE Program and the PCP!!!!!

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    http://www.sheylara.com_ I want to comment about this website. In Singapore, there are not only Singaporeans but also PR, Pass-holders and visitors. Now the taxi fees are also higher. So to travel in Singapore, taking MRT is the best way to travel. So not all the people know about the service of MRT. The instructions for passengers how to take MRT must be required. So I consider that it is not the embarrassment for the country. It is just the instruction for all the people living in Singapore to travel safely and comfortably.

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    wow this is like the story of my singaporean life. my solution to the problem? stop using MRT.

    life has never been better.

    ps. i would like to add that in MY country (thailand – since at brief glance we seem to be having a competition), people actually queue according to the yellow lines.

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    you know, i realise there’s a huge problem about singaporeans’ attitude. YOU DONT UNDERSTAND HOW TO APPRECIATE! i know you may have heard a lot from teachers, but you really don understand how to appreciate! the government is practically feeding you ppl with whatever u need! you don have to worry about anything. so you don understand how it feels to STARF, or to FEAR for your lives. Can you pls don take things for granted? its annoying!

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    he he he he………i think singaporeans really are stupid with or without that yellow lane. lime brained, stupid thinkers and undeniably garbage creatures, these singaporeans don’t even know where they come from.

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    Don’t you know the original yellow line isn’t good enough either? That’s why they’re now building walls on the above ground platforms, to keep Singaporeans from further embarrassing themselves and falling “accidentally” onto the tracks.

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    Hey Sheylara,

    I think the lines are there for structuring reason. Without it you wont know where the doors will end up for those stations without barricade. So it probably will not be removed for safety sake; imagine some KS auntie and uncle pushing ppl to get to the door, what happens if someone trips over the platform? (I dun even wanna think about that)

    Actually, we are not the only ones having such structure. I have seen the taiwanese queueing neatly behind the yellow line, they have no problem with that. The only difference btw our MRT and their metro is that they only have yellow line on one side of the door, and so everyone form one nice straight line. It kinda resembles how S’poreans form a nice straight line when queuing for the toilet cubicle. I think SMRT should seriously consider adopting changing their yellow line to just one side. It may really help.

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    I think they are there for a reason and not to mock our intelligence. It’s how we handle and discipline ourselves properly and by the look at it these days, some people are just plain stubborn but nice article though.

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