|Do you see a circle or an octagon?|
February 2015 seems to set a record of sorts for train breakdowns and other hiccups:
- 03 Feb - NSL no train service from Marina Bay to Marina South Pier station for an hour
- 17 Feb - EWL disruption from Joo Koon to Jurong East due to a train fault at Jurong East
- 18 Feb - NEL train service suspended for 40 minutes, signalling fault
- 23 Feb - NSL disruption between Yew Tee and Kranji, track fault
- 24 Feb - LRT service between Choa Chu Kang and Keat Hong disrupted by damaged third rail
- 25 Feb - NSL delay between Somerset and Dhoby Ghaut, signal fault with train departing Somerset
- 27 Feb - NSL disruption due to track "intrusion" near Choa Chu Kang station
There's a story about then-Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew consulting the highly respectable Venerable Hong-Chuan when the plan for building the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) was first mooted in the mid-eighties. The monk warned that the crisscrossing tunnels would severely damage the excellent fengshui of the island, and the only solution was to ensure all Singaporeans carry a "bagua"(octagon diagram) with them. In consideration of the sensitivities of various races and religions on the island, Lee suggested the minting of a new coin embossed with the shape of a bagua. The new $1 coin was launched in September 1987, just two months before MRT began its first operation.
Note that the road tax label is also in the shape of an octagon, which means every car on the roads of Singapore is carrying a bagua too. Not that it does any good for the motorists pummeled by punitive taxes and tariffs.