S'poreans turn to humour to express frustration at MRT breakdown

S'poreans turn to humour to express frustration at MRT breakdown
PHOTO: Facebook video screengrabs

SINGAPORE - Many Singaporeans were left stranded during the breakdowns of the North-South and East-West MRT lines on the evening of Tuesday, July 7.

Amidst the confusion, some turned to humour to express their frustrations at the situation on social media.

One popular video making the rounds on Facebook parodies a North Korean TV news report with made-up captions about the MRT breakdown.

The clip shows scenes of people crying in grief on the streets, while the funny captions make it seem as though they are lamenting the massive disruption.

Popular local satirical blogger Mr Brown also got in on the act. On Friday, his blog featured a picture of what looked like a Singapore Pools betting slip, but with the bets being on the possible causes of the MRT breakdown. Options on the slip included: "train fault", "track fault" and "cable fault".

Earlier on Wednesday, the blogger also released a parody music video titled "Tuck Yew", a reference to Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew.

The video adapted music and lyrics from "Forget You", a song by CeeLo Green. The verses included lines like "I see the buses round town instead of the trains I love", and "If I was richer, I'd buy a Beemer, won't need to take the train".

An estimated 250,000 commuters were affected on Tuesday, as the two oldest and most heavily used MRT lines experienced power trips, causing disruptions to train services on an unprecedented scale.

seanyap@sph.com.sg

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