SMRT was quick to declare that the man was not hit by any train.
According to the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF), the 70-year-old suffered multiple lacerations to his body and was sent to the Changi General Hospital, where he is now in critical condition at the Intensive Care Unit.
Channel NewsAsia reported that he probably climbed over the platform screen doors at Expo station and walked 900 metres along the track towards Tanah Merah station, but stopped short of an explanation for the injuries inflicted.
Now the Singapore Police Force (SPF) getting into the act, peering at CCTV footage of the MRT station covering the vicinity where the intrepid senior citizen was found. What the SPF should also examine is CCTV footage of SMRT personnel manning the security cameras. Assuming that has not been declared highly classified information by the army generals in charge.
In the aftermath of Swiss national Oliver Fricker, 32, being charged with vandalism and trespassing, SMRT admitted that for two whole days after the 2010 intrusion, it had absolutely no fricking clue that a gaping hole in the perimeter fence had allowed two foreigners easy access into the depot - a restricted zone ringed by high fences and topped with barbed wire - where they could indulge in spray-painting graffiti to their hearts' content. Additional counter terrorism measures were quickly put in place by the Public Transport Security Committee to enhance depot security, meaning more fencing, more expensive cameras - they even hired a "professional" dedicated to the task - all ultimately charged to the commuters via fare hikes and other clever PTC sanctioned mechanisms.
To paraphrase a popular anti-gun control slogan (“Guns don’t kill people. People kill people.”), CCTV cameras don't catch people, people catch people. Worse, CCTV cameras are known to be "under maintenance", as in the Mas Selamat great escape (2008), or simply not to be accounted for, as in the put down of Dinesh Raman (2010). SMRT claims that, following investigations of three MRT service disruptions that occurred earlier this month, two were caused by human error. That's got to be the mother of all understatements.