SMRT Explanation Begs More Questions

Yesterday, two trains collided at Joo Koon station. 29 people were hurt. Some preliminary findings have been quickly offered. I’m not sure if their explanations have been at all satisfactory. In fact, I find the explanations don’t make sense, and they in fact raise more questions. Can we please get simple straight answers? SMRT and LTA had explained initially that…

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Deep-Seated Cultural Issues Start At The Top

I’m sure we don’t need a million-dollar salaried CEO to tell us that there are deep-seated cultural issues in the SMRT. It is blatantly obviously so. This is about as far that Mr Demond Kuek is willing to admit right now. The deep-seated cultural issues are quite likely prevalent throughout SMRT, and perhaps start right at the top. Soon after…

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SCDF Rescues SMRT

Our MRT is plagued with all sorts of problems. With every disruption, it sounds as if the operators pick from a random pool of “reasons” to explain. Occasionally, new “reasons” are offered. Yesterday was one such occasion. SMRT’s North-South Line (NSL) was down due to flooding in the tunnels. Together with another incident, service through thirteen stations was disrupted. The…

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On The Hogging of Cafe Spaces

Dear YiXi Qian, I don’t patronise Starbucks as often as I’d like. It’s not so much about their coffee that I want to go there for. I don’t particularly like their cakes either, except perhaps that caramel nutty chocolate cake. But I do like somewhere comfortable and not-too-noisy to go into every now and then to relax while having a…

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The Password Mistake

Someone wrote a paper in 2003, and because of that, we are forced to live with a variety of password complexity rules. Now, it turns out that man, Bill Burr, then manner at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), regrets much of those recommendations he made. I think pretty much all of us do too. The NIST is…

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That NDP Logo Again

We celebrate another National Day again today. It’s Singapore’s 52nd year of independence. The National Day Parade (NDP) is one of the biggest event on the Singapore calendar. For some reason, someone thought fit that every NDP should have its own logo, and of late, I’m finding the selected logos look really strange. Last year, I wrote about how the…

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Making SG Secure

One app has been the butt of many jokes recently. SGSecure came into the spotlight after it surfaced that all Ministry of Defence (Mindef) and Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) personnel were compelled to install the app into their smartphones. It’s not very smart for good public relations. This epic thread on Reddit shows why. It doesn’t mean you should write an app…

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At Least Our Newspapers Are Always On Time

Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan earlier this week chided reporters for unfair coverage of train breakdowns. He was halfway in a prepared speech on the reliability of Singapore’s rail network when he decided to go off-script, challenging reporters to run the train system themselves. Mr Khaw had said: “But I thought they were being unfair to the teams … working…

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Amazon Prime Now Has Landed In SG

You’ve been waiting for Amazon to come to Singapore. They already do deliver to Singapore, via their Amazon Global shipping program. But that wasn’t enough. You wanted Amazon right here in Singapore. Well, that hasn’t quite happened just yet, but Amazon just launched their Amazon Prime Now service in Singapore! This seems to have come ahead of an official announcement,…

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Worst Aviation Disaster Almost Happened

If you’re a nervous flyer, you probably don’t want to read about this. Possibly the worst aviation disaster in history almost happened earlier this month. An Air Canada aircraft landing at San Francisco airport aborted its approach at the last moment, narrowly missing four other passenger aircrafts preparing to take off. The incident happened at night on July 7. Air…

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