SMRT security: its sole responsibility says Law Minister Shanmugam
It’s not often I agree with our ministers, but for once I agree entirely with Law Minister Shanmugam that security is SMRT’s sole responsibility and NOT the taxpayers’ or the government’s.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll stress once again, the commuting public expect transport operators to provide a secure environment.
Every day thousands of commuters put their lives in SMRT’s hands. Should there be an incident, it’ll face huge financial losses. Look at BP’s woes. It is facing billions in claims, crippling the company.
In the wake of SMRT’s security bungle, all commuters get is a barrage of security announcements.
We hope they’re doing more than that in enhancing security.
The government on its part should not sit back and assume transport operators are doing just that. It should audit and stress test their security preparedness rigorously, and heavy fines imposed for lapses.
I shudder to think it might not be a prank next time.
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