Thursday, 23 November 2017

Forum: Frustration is not with our train system

As someone who commutes daily by train, I would say Singaporeans like me are not frustrated with our public transport system per se.

We have a modern system that would make most people proud.

What we are really frustrated about is that the Transport Minister keeps blaming the design and the age of the train system for problems.

We can understand that our train networks are complex and ageing; but no more than most systems around the world (Learn right lessons from MRT incidents: PM Lee; Nov 20).

Bangkok Skytrain was built in a heavily built-up city, with its fair share of twists and turns. The Hong Kong and Taipei systems are as old as, or even older than, ours.

But, we do not hear complaints of design or age issues when there are problems.

Singaporeans' frustration is with the lack of accountability by the management of SMRT and the regulatory bodies in allowing the situation to deteriorate to its current sorry state.

Patrick Tan Siong Kuan (Dr)


My 2 cents:
When I was working with students in a school, I would always advise them to blame themselves first should they make mistakes or cause problems.

It is easy to learn from your mistakes if you admit it. If you keep blaming others for mistakes made, you will have problem with denial and will not learn from your mistakes. The mistakes will keep repeating.

Fire fighters roped in to help victims of cardiac arrest

From next year, fire trucks may be racing ahead of ambulances to help victims of cardiac arrest.

Given that they are usually the first to arrive at the scene of an emergency, fire fighters will be roped in to help save lives, and more than 300 have been certified as emergency medical technicians.

This means they have learnt high-performance cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on top of basic first aid. It is a method that uses a larger team working simultaneously to perform CPR faster and more effectively.

It is among several new measures to improve the emergency treatment of cardiac arrest victims, nearly four in five of whom now die.


Exceptional people: Mr Samuel Ong presented with a Letter of Appreciation for public-assisted arrest

On the 31 October 2017 at about 7.20AM, Mr Samuel Ong, a Singapore Armed Forces serviceman, was on an escalator at Tanah Merah MRT Station when he noticed an 18-year-old man standing closely behind a young lady. As Mr Samuel walked past the man, he saw him holding a mobile phone under the woman’s skirt with the camera facing upwards.

Without hesitation, Mr Samuel immediately confronted the man while he called for the Police. Upon arrival, officers from the Public Transport Security Command and Bedok South NPC made a check on the 18-year-old man and found upskirt videos in his phone. The man was subsequently arrested for Public Nuisance and will also be investigated for taking upskirt photos.


New polyclinic in Punggol to offer physiotherapy, podiatry services

Image: Singhealth

The new Punggol Polyclinic, which will open on Friday (Nov 24), will offer more than the standard services – it will also have X-ray, physiotherapy and podiatry services, SingHealth Polyclinics said in a press release.

The four-storey polyclinic is housed in a new Housing Board commercial development called Oasis Terraces, located next to Oasis LRT at 681 Punggol Drive.

Punggol Polyclinic will also work with the upcoming Sengkang General and Community Hospitals, clinics and other community service providers to provide seamless care for residents, SingHealth said.

More information and appointment on SingHealth's website.

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Hot shower is BAD for your skin

Hot shower is not good for your skin as it washes away the skin's protective oils and can lead to dry and itchy skin or even rashes.

One way to tell if the water is too hot? Your skin looks red and flushed after you step out of your bath.

Use lukewarm or cool water on the skin, as hot water dehydrates the skin too.