The 40-page book consists of illustrations depicting commonplace faux pas that often seem to stem from a lack of knowledge. According to Marine Parade GRC MP Fatimah Lateef, the comic strips may show up on MRT trains, buses and posters in housing estates by early next year.
PA hopes the guide launching on Saturday will help build inclusive and caring society.
Being neighbourly means wringing out the water from your laundry before hanging it out to dry.
Many people know that.
Being polite means keeping a distance from a person using the ATM.
Most people know that and, in some places, a yellow line ensures that.
But the People's Association (PA) believes people in Singapore can do better. So, it has created a comic book that it hopes will publicise and promote good social habits that, in turn, will help build an inclusive and a caring society.
The light-hearted approach to reach the hearts and minds of all, whether locals or foreigners, would be especially useful if it happens on a regular basis, said National University of Singapore sociologist Tan Ern Ser.
He added: "I believe a comic book alone would not help very much. People may flip through once and not return to it."
The illustrations and humorous situations depict commonplace faux pas that often seem to stem from a lack of knowledge.
For example, the guide book encourages people to refrain from mixing utensils used for halal food with those for non-halal cuisine at hawker centres. People are also urged to return their trays with used plates and cutlery to cleaning stations after the meal.
Yet other norms are simply part and parcel of being a decent person, such as being punctual.
Associate Professor Fatimah Lateef said many of the habits are common sense "which any civic- minded person would do", she told reporters yesterday during a sneak peek at the comic book to be launched on Saturday.
"But sometimes they're taken for granted, so it doesn't hurt to remind people about them again," added the Marine Parade GRC MP.
She is adviser to the PA Integration Council tasked to help new citizens and permanent residents settle in the community.
The 40-page book was born from two months of brainstorming by 120 grassroots volunteers and representatives of at least 20 immigrant bodies. Some were also at yesterday's event.
The comic strips may show up on MRT trains, buses and town council posters in housing estates by early next year, she added.
But Associate Professor Tan fears that, over time, "people would soon be desensitised to their message". He suggested producing humorous television skits that could be incorporated into popular local shows.
Peer pressure is another effective way of getting the message across.
"People tend to conform to social norms if they want to be seen in a positive light by those who matter to them," Prof Tan said.
PA integration council member Patrick Chew is hoping his habit of of returning his food tray at hawker centres will rub off on other people.
He added that people sometimes do not see why others queue to enter buses and trains. "But when they see the benefits of being orderly, they too start to queue."
SINGAPORE: Foreign workers that banded together to help move a stuck car have been lauded for their actions after a passer-by caught their act of kindness on camera.
Actor Garett Lim was out for a jog on Thursday evening (Sep 21) when he heard a loud crash at about 6.40pm. A silver Honda had made a wrong turn while at Waterway Point in Punggol and ended up on a flight of stairs.
"Me and a few others, we started to take out our phones and took some pictures of the scene," Mr Lim told us.
At the time, about three foreign workers tried moving the car but were not able to, he said. He added that he saw them taking out their mobile phones as well and thought they would like to document the incident too.
However, as it turns out, they were calling for reinforcements. At about 7pm, at least 10 more workers turned up at the mall to help move the car.
The actor shared the scene in a Facebook post which quickly made the rounds, garnering more than 1,300 shares since it was posted at about 7pm.
In his video, at least 16 foreign workers were seen working together to move the vehicle. Someone was heard shouting: "Leg! Leg! Watch out!"
Thanks to the workers' efforts, the car was eventually moved to the driveway.
"Salute you guys!!! These are the very people who helped construct our skylines (sic) but yet are being unappreciated by some in our society," Mr Lim wrote.
Security at the site where a car slipped off the pavement and onto the steps at Waterway Point on Thursday (Sep 21).
Netizens also praised the foreign workers for their kind deed.
Mr Lim said what struck him most about the incident was the workers' readiness to help while other passers-by stood aside.
"These construction workers ... they could've said: 'After a hard day's work, I don't (want to) bother'. But they gathered help automatically and tried to do whatever it takes to help the driver (who was) in distress," he said.
After the car was freed from the staircase, Mr Lim said the workers simply smiled at each other and walked off. "It's like it's just a part of their lives - it's nothing special," he said.
"I've watched so many superhero movies. I think they're the real superheroes because they don't expect anything in return."
"It gives me a new level of appreciation for what they have done," he added. "All human beings are the same regardless of race, and what we can do to make the world a bit better is to be nice to one another, and help each other in any way we can."
People in line on Thursday night at the Apple Store on Orchard Road
SINGAPORE: More than 80 diehard Apple fans descended on Singapore’s only Apple Store on Thursday evening (Sep 21) to queue overnight for the new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.
This is the first time that the Apple Store in Orchard is hosting a major launch. Around closing time at 10pm, workers started putting up black barricades to demarcate the holding area.
Barricades for a line of early birds outside the Apple Store.
To pre-empt a mad rush, staff rounded up the crowd to lay down rules. Each person was handed a green wristband denoting their position in the queue, and they were only allowed to leave the line for a maximum of one hour. If they exceeded the time limit, their number would be forfeited.
Laying down the rules for those in line
Vietnamese Trinh Duy Hoai, 32, flew in two days ago and arrived at the store at 5pm. He was fourth in line. And this is the fourth time he is queuing for an iPhone in Singapore, after the iPhone 6, 6s and 7.
“In Vietnam, we don’t get the iPhone on the first day of Apple’s release, so we come here,” said the mobile seller, who intends to get the iPhone 8 Plus in gold. “It has a longer battery and a new processor. I love it.”
By 11.30pm, the crowd had settled. Some dragged along luggage while others brought foldable stools. One of them was also seen taking a selfie with his number tag.
Some people came armed with stools
Number one in line was Mr Amin Ahmed Dholiya, from India. Naturally, the businessman was ecstatic about his position in the queue, especially as he only arrived at 7pm. He said he skipped dinner because he was eagerly waiting for the queue to form.
“I feel very good,” said the 43-year-old. “I was doubting if I could get the phone. Now, I feel very lucky because I am first, so I will definitely get it.”
Mr Amin, who will also buy the iPhone 8 Plus before catching a 7pm flight back home, said he has never been disappointed by an iPhone. “The features are very good,” he added.
Doors to the store will open at 8am, with prices starting from S$1,148 for the iPhone 8 and S$1,308 for the iPhone 8 Plus.
A palm oil plantation in Southeast Asia.
SINGAPORE: Two out of three Singapore brands contacted by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) did not respond to a request to disclose their palm oil usage, the non-governmental organisation said on Thursday (Sep 21).
As part of its Palm Oil Buyers’ Scorecard – Malaysia and Singapore 2017, WWF Singapore contacted 27 local retailers, manufacturers and food service brands with a survey to assess their buying and sourcing of palm oil.
The companies were selected based on criteria such as the use of palm oil, market leadership and crowd-sourced suggestions from members of the public, WWF Singapore said in a press release.
Only 10 companies responded. Companies which did not respond include BreadTalk, Crystal Jade, Bee Cheng Hiang, Dairy Farm, Khong Guan, Paradise Group, Tung Lok and Commonwealth Capital – which has stakes in brands like Soup Spoon, PastaMania and Udders.These companies were not given a score and were classified as "not transparent" in their palm oil usage.
Ayam Brand, which uses only certified sustainable palm oil for its canned food products, and Wildlife Reserves Singapore, which uses palm oil for cooking in its food and beverage outlets, scored highest in the report.
WWF also reached out to 20 Malaysian companies, of which six responded - a similar percentage to Singapore companies contacted.
The level of "non-discosure and lack of action" among brands in Singapore and Malaysia was higher than the global average, WWF said. While 30 per cent of brands in the region responded to the WWF survey and only three had public commitments on palm oil use, 80 per cent of global brands responded to the survey and more than 60 per cent had palm oil commitments.
WWF Singapore CEO Elaine Tan said unsustainable practices in the palm oil industry are at the root of the transboundary haze and deforestation.
"Singapore is at the heart of a region that supplies 85 per cent of the world’s palm oil. Our local brands need to show leadership by being accountable for their palm oil use and take real action to source sustainably,” she said.
According to WWF Singapore, brands cited internal factors such as capacity issues and higher costs as obstacles in the switch to sustainable palm oil, even though the additional cost of sustainable palm oil options start at less than S$0.01 more per litre.
There is also a perceived lack of demand for sustainable palm oil by customers in Singapore, it added.
In response to the findings, WWF-Singapore has launched a campaign to get consumers to pressure local brands on their use of palm oil, by sending emails to the companies via https://palmoil.sg.
Since the launch of the campaign, several companies including Bee Cheng Hiang, Tung Lok and Commonwealth Capital have signed a pledge to commit to sourcing for sustainable palm oil, WWF said.
Singapore's Under-18 players doing their warm-ups before a training session.
With 2017 panning out poorly for Singapore's national youth age-group football teams so far, Channel NewsAsia's Noor Farhan takes a look at the possible reasons for the slide in fortunes.
SINGAPORE: Recent results have painted a bleak picture for the future of Singapore football, especially across national youth age-group competitions in 2017.
On Wednesday (Sep 20), Singapore's Under-16 side suffered a 6-1 defeat against Malaysia in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U16 Championship qualifiers.
The warning bells first sounded in June, when the Singapore Under-15 team was hammered 12-0 by Indonesia in a friendly.
The same team did not fare any better in the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Under-15 tournament, where they finished with five defeats in the group stage, with their heaviest defeat being an 8-nil drubbing against Australia on Jul 11.
Singapore’s Under-22 side – most of whom will likely form the bulk of the senior team in due course – exited the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in the group stages for the second time in a row, with the Garena Young Lions still winless in the ongoing S-League season.
The Young Lions' 1-0 defeat against Balestier Khalsa in the S-League on Wednesday night (Sep 20) was their 14th defeat after 17 league games this season.
Another of the defeats at national youth level that raised eyebrows was the Under-18s’ 3-1 loss against minnows Timor Leste at the AFF Under-18 tournament in Yangon earlier this month.
While Asian-level youth competitions have traditionally been out of reach for the Cubs, Singapore has also yet to make it out of the group stages of ASEAN-level tournaments for both the Under-16 and Under-19 squads, stretching back to more than four editions of their respective age-group competitions.
With the S-League's professional ecosystem – supposedly the incubator of national youth talents – set to face funding cuts next season, a number of local football stakeholders Channel NewsAsia spoke to shared their concerns about the future of local football.
LACK OF MENTAL STRENGTH TO BLAME?
Former S-League coach Tohari Paijan - who now coaches school-level youths - said that there is a lack of a winning mindset among some young players.
“The first hurdle is always in the mind. Singaporean youth players in general tend to put their opponents on a pedestal and give them too much respect,” said the Crest Secondary School coach, who has some of his players in the national youth sides.
“When (Singaporean footballers) play, they put extra pressure on themselves. This is a big issue with our young players, whereby their mental strength is simply not there,” he said.
Citing the national Under-18s’ defeat against Thailand at the AFF Under-18 championship, Tohari explained how mental fortitude could have made a difference. “Nowadays, it’s not just about physical fitness,” he said.
“I truly believe that the reason why we keep losing is because we can’t concentrate for that amount of time due to mental exhaustion. Why is it that in the first half, the Under-18s could hold Thailand 0-0, but in the second half they can’t?
"It’s because they ... couldn't concentrate on keeping the ball, so that the Thais can’t play their game. That was why Thailand felt mentally superior in the second half and kept coming at them all the time,” added Tohari.
“Just ask any national or youth player, how good is Thailand? In their minds, they think that all of Thailand is good, even any rural Thai team is good. As long as they have the name Thailand, they’re good.
“It’s the same if they were to face Vietnam or Indonesia. The game is lost in their minds even before they kicked the ball.”
Singapore's Under-18 players during training.
NOT FOR THE LACK OF TALENT
Having recently set up a youth training session involving a select group of about 20 boys around the age of 11, former Woodlands Wellington general manager R Vengadasalam is proactively trying to identify talented youngsters who have the potential to make the grade in local football.
The open trial organised earlier this month was an attempt to prove that youth talent still exists in Singapore, he said.
According to Vengadasalam, the plan is to draft some players into Balestier Khalsa’s youth development ranks. “For me, there’s no personal interest … I just want to see these boys become national players and some to play overseas,” he said. “I will soon hire a coach and train these guys.”
When asked why the country is losing badly in age-group youth tournaments, the former Woodlands boss said: “In my opinion, it’s a reflection of the coaching, in addition to not discovering and scouting for players outside the National Football Academy (NFA) system.
“I think coaches should look further away fromthe National Football Academy (NFA) youth players at the Jalan Besar Stadium,” said Vengadasalam. “There is indeed talent out there, and we must look after them from now till they reach 17 years old.”
A number of former S-League and youth coaches Channel NewsAsia spoke to have called for the disbanding of FAS initiatives like the Young Lions club side in the S-League, as well as the NFA.
There is a sense among some that grouping players together in narrow age ranges limits their potential, and there could be benefits to following the example of some other countries. In Europe, most clubs allow junior players to train alongside senior squad members in the hope that they will develop better skills and fight for places in the first team.
Former Woodlands GM Vengadasalam holds such views, and believes that it is the clubs who should be developing young players, who should then fight for a place in the respective age-group national teams. “Singapore is getting left behind, the hunger to get the result isn’t there,” he said.
“The FAS thought that when they put all the good boys together in the NFA, that it’ll come good. Somehow, it has been instilled to the NFA players that they’re already national players.
“Once they think they’re national players, they feel that they don’t have to work hard anymore … You must always have an influx of people coming in and out to challenge for places,” claimed Vengadasalam.
SOWING THE SEEDS FOR FUTURE SUCCESS
Having trained the national Under-18 team for about a year, coach Christophe Chaintreuil knows all about the challenges his youth players face, balancing school and training. “They wake up very early for school, and after school, they’d come to training around 730pm. We then train at a high intensity and finish about 9pm to 930pm and they’d then go back to eat and rest,” said the Frenchman.
“The cycle continues as they train five times a week. Four days is football training on the pitch, and one day is for fitness sessions. Plus they also play in the Prime League.”
“For most of my players, they’re okay after one month … but after four or six months they’d be tired out,” he added.
National Under-18 coach Christophe Chaintreul (background, holding ball) overseeing a training session with his players.
Chaintreuil believes more work and patience is required to develop Singapore's younger players. “With the youth, it’s not a matter of one or two years, it’s more of a period of six to seven years.
For me, in Singapore now, the most important group of players now to work with are the Under-13 and the Under-14,” he said.
He suggested that if players can be nurtured over five to six years, Singapore will improve.
"It is possible for sure to catch up with other countries, which I’m certain of. But we have to work harder, coaches also must learn. To have better players, you must have better coaches as well,” insisted the Frenchman.
Aware that other national age-group teams have also been unsuccessful, Chaintreuil explained that there is perhaps something positive to be drawn from the defeats.
“For youth teams, when they lose with big score lines it represents a good learning experience. In Singapore, if you play Prime League games it is definitely not enough to gain exposure,” he said.
“It’s only after you play strong teams like Thailand or Japan that you really see the aspects in which you’re lacking and at times it doesn’t even feel like you’re playing the same sport.”
He added: “We must adapt, and learn from it. Like in one of our friendly games against India this year, we were down 6-1 at half-time before eventually losing badly. But in our second game with them, we learnt and eventually won 1-0.
“That’s why we have these types of games, as sometimes you learn more from when you lose rather than when we win.”
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong met Mr Wang Qishan, Central Commission for Discipline Inspection Secretary, on Sep 20, 2017, on an official visit to China.
BEIJING: Fixing the corruption problem in China's ruling Communist Party is "world-class hard" and the battle will never end, the country's top graft-buster told Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in a rare meeting with a visiting foreign leader.
Mr Wang Qishan, who heads the party's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, has been at the forefront of President Xi Jinping's fight against deep-seated corruption, and speculation has swirled about whether he will retire or stay on at next month's key party Congress.
Meeting Mr Lee at the central leadership's Zhongnanhai compound in Beijing on Wednesday (Sep 20), Mr Wang said the party's anti-corruption campaign and efforts to supervise itself had been highly effective.
"Carrying out an operation on yourself to cure an illness is world-class hard," the commission cited Wang as saying in a statement.
The Chinese Communist Party has long insisted it has no need for an independent anti-corruption mechanism, in a country where the party also controls the legal system.
Wang said that the final aim in the graft fight was to find an effective route to self-supervision for a party that has been in power for a long time, and to always maintain the party's "progressiveness and cleanliness".
The party's efforts have won the trust of the people and demonstrates the party's confidence in its system, he added.
The anti-corruption effort is "always on the road", Wang said, using a frequently used party expression to refer to how the campaign will not end.
Wang, who is 69 and sits on the party's elite ruling Standing Committee, should retire at next month's party Congress according to unwritten party rules on age limits, but he is close to Xi and could stay on in some capacity, sources with ties to the leadership have said.
Mr Lee, who is in China for a three-day official visit, also met President Xi Jinping on Wednesday to discuss ways to advance ties between Singapore and China.
Jonathan Tan Huai En was sentenced to 16 weeks' jail in February for defaulting on his national service (NS) obligations for more than a decade.
SINGAPORE - A 28-year-old man, who was sentenced to 16 weeks' jail in February for defaulting on his national service (NS) obligations for more than a decade, withdrew his appeal against his sentence on Wednesday (Sept 20).
Jonathan Tan Huai En, the older son of Senior Counsel Tan Chee Meng, was allowed to start serving his jail term on Oct 6. He was represented in court by Senior Counsel Chelva Rajah.
Mr Tan Chee Meng declined to comment when approached outside the courtroom.
Jonathan Tan had pleaded guilty on Jan 13 to two counts of remaining outside Singapore without a valid exit permit between Dec 22, 2004 and May 4, 2015.
He returned to Singapore on May 5, 2015 and enlisted for NS on Jan 8 last year.
His younger brother, Isaac Tan Yan Ern, 25, has also been charged for evading NS.
Isaac Tan allegedly remained outside Singapore without a valid exit permit between Aug 15, 2006 and Aug 5, 2015. He is also accused of failing to comply with the Further Reporting Order from July 31, 2009 to Aug 5, 2015.
His case has been scheduled to be mentioned on Oct 6.
The two brothers, their older sister and their mother migrated to Canada on Dec 1, 2000, with no intention of returning to Singapore.
Their father remained in Singapore because of a lack of employment opportunities overseas.
People cross a street in Singapore's central business district.
SINGAPORE: About 2,000 jobs for professionals, managers, executives and technicians (PMETs) will be created in the electronics sector by 2020 as part of the industry's transformation map launched on Wednesday (Sep 20).
The roadmap also aims to help companies attract new investments in high-value components and grow the electronics sector to a manufacturing value-add of S$22.2 billion by 2020, said Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry) S Iswaran.
The industry's value-add was about S$4.18 billion in 2015, according to SPRING Singapore.
"The electronics industry has been, and will continue to be, a key sector of growth for Singapore’s economy," Mr Iswaran said.
In 2016, the sector accounted for 4.4 per cent of the country's gross domestic product, generated S$90 billion in manufacturing output and employed about 70,000 workers.
The Government had announced plans to develop industry transformation maps for more than 20 sectors during Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat's Budget 2016 speech in March.
GROWTH OPPORTUNITIES IN NEW AREAS
Looking ahead, Mr Iswaran said mobile devices will continue to drive growth in the sector but new areas like self-driving vehicles, artificial intelligence and healthcare will rely heavily on electronics too. Electronics companies will need to broaden their capabilities and innovate to participate in these new areas, he added.
The minister said the emergence of advanced manufacturing will also transform the way electronics companies work and create new jobs for positions like system engineers and automation technicians.
“Companies will gain a competitive advantage by adopting new technologies to increase productivity, reduce operating costs and optimise resources,” he said.
To support companies, the new Enterprise Singapore and the Economic Development Board will foster collaborative projects between multinational corporations, small- and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) and start-ups.
Companies are also encouraged to make use of initiatives like the Partnerships for Capability Transformation for knowledge transfer, capability upgrading and joint development of new solutions.
Industry and trade associations and chambers will also be roped in to help start-ups and SMEs receive the support they need and better access the infrastructure, Mr Iswaran said.
Given the short product life cycles in electronics, Singapore must also be prepared to invest early in building infrastructure to support investments, said Mr Iswaran.
For example, he said, EDB and JTC secured AMS Sensors Asia as the anchor tenant for the JTC nanoSpace facility in Tampines Wafer Fab Park, which will support the growth of the country’s semiconductor manufacturing operations.
The Government will also continue to help companies improve their manufacturing efficiency and adopt advanced manufacturing technologies, Mr Iswaran said.
"We aim to upgrade all of our manufacturing plants in Singapore to be best-in-class compared to their global operations," he added.
BUILDING THE TALENT POOL
As part of the industry transformation map, a skills framework to equip people with the right skills to enter the industry was also launched on Wednesday.
Developed by SkillsFuture Singapore, Workforce Singapore (WSG), the economic agencies, industry stakeholders and the institutes of higher learning, it will provide information on the sector, career pathways, occupations and job roles, Mr Iswaran said.
He added that it will identify skill sets required for areas within the sector like robotics, automation, artificial intelligence and data analytics.
While four professional conversion programmes to re-skill PMETs for the wafer fabrication and assembly and test sectors have already been launched, Mr Iswaran introduced two new ones on Friday for electronics engineers and electronics assistant engineers.
WSG and EDB will also hold a career fair next Monday, offering 600 jobs in the electronics industry, Mr Iswaran said.
A child poses with a lantern at the Mid-Autumn Festival @ Gardens by the Bay.
SINGAPORE: Gardens by the Bay is all set to bask in the glow of its Mid-Autumn Festival celebration which will run from Friday (Sep 22) to Oct 8.
A couple pose with a pumpkin lantern display.
Themed Autumn Abundance, the festival will have large-scale lantern sets of bountiful harvests and good fortune, nightly cultural performances, a food street and craft booths.
The Waters of Prosperity lantern display.
The Waters of Prosperity lantern display has 70 carp lanterns.
One of the dazzling displays is Waters of Prosperity – the largest lantern display at Gardens by the Bay to date, spanning 1,250 sq m. It sits over the waters of the Dragonfly Lake painting a glowing portrait of a fishing village teeming with carp fish.
The Splendour of Blooms display over the lake.
Another striking water display straddling the lake is Splendour of Blooms, which features 250 waterlily lanterns floating among fishes and ducks, each one lighting up to the rhythm of accompanying music.
The Grains of Gold display.
One of the 4,000 glowing rice stalks in the Grains of Gold display.
Nearby, a paddy field dubbed Grains of Gold gleams with 4,000 glowing rice stalks as two farmers and an ox plow the ground. The glowing grains symbolise the importance of rice as a source of food as well as a source of income for many.
Visitors taking photos of the Trail of Abundance lantern display.
Ant lanterns carrying harvest along a pathway at Gardens by the Bay.
Picturesque lantern displays – from cornucopias of harvest crops to life-size ant lanterns carrying produce – adorn the park.
Dragonfly lanterns on one of Gardens by the Bay's Supertree.
Dragonfly lanterns perched on the Dragonfly Bridge.
Another illuminating sight is the 100 iridescent, larger-than-life dragonfly lanterns perched on the Supertrees and Dragonfly Bridge in the Flight of the Dragonflies display. In many cultures, the dragonfly is seen as a guardian and associated with luck and prosperity.
Malay dance group Artiste Seni Budaya.
The event will also see the celebration of diverse performances. For example, Malay dance group Artiste Seni Budaya will present traditional songs and dances that depict the act of harvesting and gotong royong (community spirit) during festive celebrations in kampungs.
The Autumn Harvest display inside the Flower Dome.
While visitors enjoy free access to the Gardens’ grand sets, they will have to purchase tickets to the indoor Flower Dome - which costs from S$8 to S$28 - to view the Autumn Harvest display.
The festival will officially be launched by Minister for Social and Family Development Desmond Lee on Friday at 7.30pm.
Crowds form at Simei MRT station.
SINGAPORE: Huge crowds and long queues formed at some MRT stations along the East-West Line (EWL) on Tuesday (Sep 19) during the morning rush hour.
Announcements at the stations, according to commuters, said there was a train fault that caused delays from Tanah Merah to Pasir Ris.
Commuters started posting on Twitter about a fault along the line around 7.40am.
A commuter who waited for the train for 30 minutes at Simei station told Channel NewsAsia he heard an announcement at about 8.30am that there would be no westbound trains.
Commuters are seen waiting at the platform at Simei MRT.
There were many trains going towards Pasir Ris, but none coming from the other direction, he said.
Netizens took to social media to report crowds and long queues at Bedok, Tampines, Pasir Ris and Simei stations.
As of 9.05am, SMRT had not posted any updates on its Twitter account. When Channel NewsAsia reached out on Tuesday, SMRT declined to comment on the incident.
SMRT's train services have been plagued by delays and disruptions in recent months. Last month, for instance, train services on the EWL were delayed over more than four hours due to a track fault.
The train operator warned in July that the updating and testing of a new signalling system would take between four and six months to stabilise.