Various religious leaders bless Downtown Line 3 as frustrations against SMRT mount


8 religious leaders dropped by the new stations that will be unveiled at the new Downtown Line extension, Downtown Line 3 (DTL3), next month.

This is according to Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan who posted on his Facebook page yesterday that the leaders from Singapore’s Inter-Religious Organisation were invited to a preview of two new stations and to try out a stretch of DTL3.

Adding that the completion of DTL3 will “cap more than a decade of intense work,” the minister expressed his appreciation for the religious leaders who offered prayers for the transit line’s workers and commuters:

“We are counting down to the opening of #DowntownLine3 on 21 October. Everyone in LTA and SBS Transit Ltd is excited as we enter the final phase of our preparations for the DTL journey. We invited religious leaders from the Inter-Religious Organisation, Singapore to have a preview of two stations and also to try out a stretch of DTL3. They were gracious and took the opportunity to offer their prayers for our workers and commuters.
“The completion of #DTL3 will cap more than a decade of intense work. We are all eagerly awaiting the opening, and especially those who live along this new stretch of MRT line. For other commuters, DTL3 will be another way to connect to the east!”

The DTL3 will include 16 stations (namely, Fort Canning, Bencoolen, Jalan Besar, Bendemeer, Geylang Bahru, Mattar, MacPherson, Ubi, Kaki Bukit, Bedok North, Bedok Reservoir, Tampines West, Tampines, Tampines East, Upper Changi, and Expo) and will be officially launched on 21 Oct 2017.

News of the new train line extension came amid growing frustrations by commuters who frequently face lengthy delays and service breakdowns on board public trains.

As the top brass managing train lines continue to be paid millions of dollars, it appears that ordinary commuters not only face nearly weekly disruptions during train commutes but are also deliberately being kept in the dark of delays and breakdowns lately as SMRT’s social networking channels fail to report on service disruptions.

Seeing that all commuters appear to be able to do is air their frustrations online and set up petitions demanding that SMRT pull their socks up to seemingly no avail, one commuter forwarded his complaint to ex-PAP minister George Yeo to see if he can help:

It is unclear whether the former politician responded to the individual.

Meanwhile, commuter support groups have also emerged as SMRT’s official channels have proven ineffective in providing real-time updates. TATA SMRT, which stands for The Alternate Transport Advisory & Singapore Magnificent Rescue Team, is a Facebook group commuters can join to receive real-time updates about disrupted services.

The group also features volunteer drivers offering free rides to commuters in need and encourages their 1000-plus members to help fellow commuters plan alternate routes and services during public transport service breakdowns.

Alternatively, commuters may follow the MRT Disruption Feed Facebook page for an automated, unfiltered feed of tweets from commuters related to train disruptions or may choose to subscribe to the Telegram channel SG MRT Updates to receive timely delay notifications.

DTL3: THE FINAL STRETCH========== We are counting down to the opening of #DowntownLine3 on 21 October. Everyone in…

Posted by Khaw Boon Wan on Monday, 25 September 2017


  1. Well, if you have not sincerely done much or any good for others, why would your prayers be answered?
    Good helps those who deserve it. But perhaps you think you deserve special treatment just like your $8 op.
    If this guy continues praying, we are scr****!!

  2. Commuters’ greviances fall on deaf ears because SMRT, LTA and MOT all know commuters can’t do anything to them. Best way to wake/shake them up is through the G.E. When they see MOT (and other non performing Ministers or MPs) got sacked by voters(like Mah BT), they’ll change their ways.

  3. George is working in HK for a private company. Why should he care about the dearth of problems the current crop of muppets have manufactured and abysmally failed to solve? Public service has never been this good. Paid for Failure; Failure to Deliver (poor grammar following Hal’s example).

  4. Cannot deliver? Please quit. We are not asking for magic pills to cure cancers or fetching of soil from Mars. Don’t tell us the problem is eternally unsolvable? In recent years too many highly-paid people have got away with their dismal performance – from squandering away of state money to blaming journalists for overblowing faults. If the chinese can do so much better with 20,000 km long of high speed rails, don’t know why we could only moan.

  5. Just pray to the one true God. Not any God will do! By not praying only to the one true God, you have made Him angry and that’s why all the MRT problems. He will not bless it!

  6. The Japanese trains have been running for donkey years yet it seldom broke down and even runs on time, every time! What the Hell is smrt doing when our trains are only half the age of Japan’s trains!

  7. Why pray to God? Should pray to the devil, plead with him to stop disturbing mrt, train fault, door fault, track fault, signal fault, passengers many ghostly faults..blah blah blah..!

  8. Run out of ideas to get where the fault lies. Can’t able to solve so now ask English god, Chinese god, Indian god, malay god….to help. So all their gods meet together to have a meeting to perform miracle . So why paid million dollar to these clown minister and his servants instead?

  9. I don’t know actually what thier mindset yhey believe in these I doubt not if they ready believe they should not dig andig the well known Abbot Hong soon before he passed away he a ready advice not to dig any more but do they take his advice and to given a true reason that Singapore is like the Merlion that a ready serous injure thru those tunnel but a faulty signal is just a small issue surface and the bigger fault or disaster will soon follow as what nicoll highway happening I don’t know why keep contructing underground station it is too late even so many religions leader to pray for smooth operation

  10. George Yeo cannot help because he is no longer a minister.
    In all organisations when their CEO do not perform they would be asked to resign or be sacked.
    In Japan their CEO commit suicide.
    Here they are patted at the back.

  11. A sure sign that SMRT is desperate. They KNOW they have made a big mistake buying the new equipment that is very faulty. There is nothing they can do about it. Now they are hoping that maybe prayers can help. We wait and see.

  12. If the break downs caused by human negligence, any Gods, Deities could not help to maintain the train conditions. What a joke to gather the religious masters. KNN look like funeral ritual.

  13. Every new mrt line also these morons also come to bless the line, look what happen when the line are in operations.No amount of blessing can save these nincompoop life.

  14. Lolx….. omg.. whn technical incompetencey suddenly need blessings frm “gods”….. thn if so.. we dun need all those high payin ministers for solution anymore e word “responsibility n ableness” juz doesnt exist. Guess we can juz all go bac wih medevial style living…. pray to gods n settle problems..

  15. Here’s a suggestion….why not enlist the help of Dean & Sam Winchester to exorcise the angry spirits that’s causing the current breakdowns. …no..wait…they are fictional characters in a TV series. What’s real is the incompetent person in charge of the system….let’s start by getting rid of them.

  16. Why you people called George Yeo for What? When he was in the ministry, you people complaints day and night and scolded him for receiving high pay but do no work. Now, he has a higher pay job elsewhere, why you still disturb him leh?

  17. Train breakdown? There are some thrifty people who don’t bother about this…

    You know why?

    These people only go from bus to work, or bus to school…point A to point B…nothing else..

    They become do thrifty(stingy) that they even sacrifice their social life!

  18. Agenda21, now Agenda 2030, is the UN’s plan for the elites to dominate the prolets via 3 objectives. Tharman and LHL are Globalists. Make no mistake about that.
    Taken from InfoWars:
    The three main pillars of the “New World Order” that the global elite want to bring about are a one world economy, a one world government and a one world religion. A lot of attention gets paid to the development of the first two pillars, but the third pillar gets very little attention. But the truth is that a one world religion is getting closer than ever. “Interfaith” conferences and meetings are being held with increasing frequency all over the globe. Major global religious leaders are urging all of us to focus on our “shared” religious traditions. The belief that all religions are equally valid paths to the same destination is being taught in houses of worship and at religious institutions all over the globe. This “interfaith movement” is being promoted by NGOs, “charitable foundations” and top politicians and it is being backed by big money all over the planet…
    Rick Warren, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, has been a guest speaker at the national conference of the Islamic Society of North America.
    Some time ago, a virtual “who’s who” of evangelical Christian leaders that included Rick Warren, Robert Schuller, Brian McLaren, Richard Cizik and Bill Hybels all signed a letter to the Islamic community that was entitled “Loving God And Neighbor Together”. This letter made it abundantly clear that these Christians leaders consider Allah and the Christian God to be the same entity.
    Let’s take a quick look at a couple of quotes from the letter….
    Before we “shake your hand” in responding to your letter, we ask forgiveness of the All-Merciful One
    In Islam, “the All-Merciful One” is one of the key names for Allah.
    So in this letter the Christian leaders were praying to Allah and were asking for his forgiveness and were acknowledging that he is God.
    Here is another quote from the letter….
    If we fail to make every effort to make peace and come together in harmony you correctly remind us that “our eternal souls” are at stake as well.
    Very strangely, in the letter the Christian leaders claim that their “eternal souls” are at stake if they do not make every effort to “come together in harmony” with the Islamic community.
    Once again, people in America are free to believe whatever they want, but Christian leaders should not be trying to develop religious ties with Islam.
    The truth is that Jesus would not have wanted anything to do with this one world religion that the New World Order is trying to bring in.
    In John 14:6, Jesus made the following statement…..
    I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
    You would think that would be so clear that no Christian leader would ever be able to misunderstand it.
    In fact, the very first two of the Ten Commandments are about how no other gods should ever be worshipped except for the one true God. In Exodus 20:3-6 it says the following….
    Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
    But today everybody wants to be “politically correct”.
    That is especially true of religious leaders.
    But this is exactly what the global elite want. They want everyone herded into one giant “global religion” that they will be able to take charge of and control.
    Of course once the global religion is established, they won’t have much use for the real Jesus Christ or for the Bible.
    Even if you are not a Christian, you should be deeply troubled by these developments.
    Yesterday, I wrote about Agenda 21 and the radical population control agenda of the global elite. The reality is that they want to use “climate change” and environmentalism as social engineering tools in order to reconstruct society in the way that they see fit.
    I have also previously written about the globalization of the world economy. The global elite eventually want to merge us all into a one world economic system that they will totally dominate.
    So even if you are not of any faith, you should be alarmed when you see attempts being made to merge the major religions of the world into one global faith.

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