Review of MRT breakdowns: security concerns

MRT commuters are often urged to look out for suspicious-looking persons or articles. Sometimes I wonder what such people look liOke. I doubt many of us know the  body language of a would-be terrorist. 

After what happened in England and Spain, we can conclude that terrorists find transport systems very vulnerable targets.

Frankly I don’t feel safe travelling on the MRT. The lone security officer rarely challenges passengers when they enter with bulky bags or items. And MRT staff seem engrossed in their work all the time.

The Home Team doesn’t inspire confidence either. 

This complacency from  the transport operators and the authorities is worrying. 

The 2004 Madrid train attack by terrorist killed 191 and injured 1800 people.

In 2005, terrorists attacked the London Underground and a double-decker,  killing 52 and injuring more than 700. 

It seems our memories are short. Do we have to undergo a carnage before the authorities and transport operators tighten up security in our transport systems?

To echo what DPM and Defence Minister said recently: prevention
is better than cure.

Any investigation into MRT breakdowns should also look into whether security measures are adequate to protect commuters. 

A broken train window, the handiwork of a frustrated commuter during the recent MRT breakdown, is nothing compared to the millions of dollars in damaged property in a terrorist strike. 

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