High-Traffic MRT Stations to Open Later & Close Earlier in May: 6 Topics S’poreans Talked About Today (21 Apr)


News of SMRT just won’t go away.

Not sure about you, but a certain driver who used to own a BMW 5-series should be happy about that. In fact, he should also be thanking some TP punk who likes yellow.

Here are six news stories that Singaporeans are talking about today.

High-traffic MRT Stations to Open Later & Close Earlier in May

If we’re writing about this in, say, 2016, it would have caused an uproar everywhere.

But nope, it’s 2018, so this is just an announcement and not exactly a headline-grabbing news, as MRT stations having to open later and close earlier has become a norm. Just like breakdowns #justsaying

In May 2018, seven MRT stations will open later and close earlier to facilitate maintenance and rectification works during the weekends. This comprises  the popular (in terms of the number of people living there) Khatib, Yio Chu Kang, Ang Mo Kio, Bishan, Braddell, Toa Payoh and Novena stations.

Especially Ang Mo Kio, Bishan and Toa Payoh – these stations are so popular, POPULAR Bookstore should open an outlet within the stations.

Here’s a handy graphic on the changes.

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A bus service called Shuttle 9 will ply along Yishun and Newton stations, and another called Express 16 will be between Ang Mo Kio and Serangoon during the affected timings.

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Do these really help to prevent more breakdowns? We’ve written a commentary yesterday about how a new CEO could solve this major problem, and it has got to do with the leadership instead of the infrastructure. The article is only in our free app (as an app-exclusive article and not in our website or Facebook), so download our app and agree to disagree!

Here’s how it looks like:


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S’porean Man Sexually Harrassed 25-Year-Old Ang Moh on MRT, Slapped Him When He Was Rejected

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71-year-old Gan Thean Soo got into trouble on an MRT on the Northeast Line (NEL) last year on 19 Apr.

Mr De Marini, a 25-year-old American man boarded the train with a Singaporean friend, Ms Li Zixin at Chinatown station at around 8.15 pm.

They sat opposite Gan and the Marini noticed Gan staring at him.

He ignored him but Gan stood up and approached the pair.

He said that he was gay and propositioned the American.

When the pair scolded Gan for being rude, he started hurling vulgarities at Marini.

He was brought aside by bystanders where he allegedly said he drank quite a bit (of alcohol) before going back to Marini and asking if he can kiss him.

Then, he slapped Marini’s face.


Gan is due back in court on 27 Apr for sentencing and could be jailed up to two years, fined up to $5,000, or both.

All just because he couldn’t take rejection nicely.

Starhub Selects Peter Kaliaropoulos As CEO After Extensive Global Search

Let’s admit it.

If SMRT didn’t announce that they’ve conducted an extensive global search for a new CEO before deciding on ex-CDF Neo Kian Hong, this news article wouldn’t make the list.

But they did.

Starhub announced their new CEO, Mr Peter Kaliaropoulos after an “extensive and rigorous global executive search”

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Mr Kaliaropolous’ experience includes senior leadership roles in companies like BT (Asia Pacific), Optus (which is a subsidiary of Singtel in Australia, interesting), Clear in New Zealand, Batelco in Middle East, to mention a few.

He was also part of Starhub’s senior executive team when it launched in Singapore back in Apr 2000.

In short, Mr Peter Kaliaropoulos is a veteran in the telco industry with a proven track record of achievements and a wide range of competencies.

And with two different corporations conducting their global search at almost the same time, people couldn’t help but compare the results.

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By the way, between train breakdowns and network disruptions, which one is more pressing?



Love Food Delivery? McDonald’s New App Offer Free Delivery From 23-25 Apr.

This can make it as a Don’t Say Bojio article.

But because we thought, hey, everyone can enjoy this deal, we decided not to put it as an app-exclusive article and write about it here instead.

But honestly, there are much better deals within the app (not published in our website or Facebook) you don’t want to miss out on, so download it lah, like today’s deal which you can see below:

(we have a new deal published every day)

Okay, enough shameless self-plugs.

On to the real deal. Pun intended.

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Okay, fine. I’m sorry.

Who says you can’t have the cake and eat it too?

McDonald’s is making it possible to do that for three days this month.

From 23 to 25 Apr 2018, order your favourite McDonald’s items from the McDonald’s app and you can get the food delivered for free.

Simply enter the promo code ‘MCDELIVERY’ and your delivery charges get waived off.

In short, food gets sent to your doorstep but the amount you pay is like those times where you have to change, put on your shoes and drag yourself to the crowded McDonald’s outlet.

And if that’s not a good enough news, there’s one more.

McDonald’s Share Box is becoming a permanent item on the menu!

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The S’pore Government Will Take Steps To Solve The Problem Of Inequality

On 20 Apr, Law Minister Shanmugam took to stage to warn about the dangers of inequality.

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He said that should the problem of inequality not be solved, it’ll result in having “groups of elites creating a favourable environment for themselves at the expense of others”.

And I’m pretty your face looks something like this.

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I mean, elitists and their behaviour isn’t exactly new to Singaporeans.

Remember Wee Shu Min and “get out of my elite uncaring face” blog post?

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Yeah, you’d think that elitism has already existed in Singapore.

But hey, look on the bright side, at least now, somebody is going to do something about it.

Shanmugam said that the government is planning to move “upstream in terms of providing assistance” by leveling the playing field.

Similar to this saying: Give a man a fish, and he will eat for a day; teach a man to fish and he’ll eat for a lifetime.

The Government noticed that even at the point of birth, there are already differences depending on what type of family you’re born into.

They will double their annual spending on the preschool sector to S$1.7 billion in 2022. This is to promote social mobility for all people, where success is determined by your strengths and merits.

He warned that the Singaporean way is all about “hard work, education, discipline and integrity”.

And the Government must take care not to punish those who have done well but to leave those who want to do well.

In other words, the Government is providing you with the tools but they won’t spoon feed you.


You Cannot Buy Udders Liquor Ice-Cream From FairPrice After 10.30 PM Because Liquor Control Act

If you’re reading this and going…

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I don’t blame you.

Because who the hell will get drunk on ice-cream, right?

But there’s an explanation behind it.

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Yeah. This is so viral, you might have seen it twice in your newsfeed today.

According to the report, if the ice-cream has more than 0.5% alcohol, it cannot be sold between 10.30 pm and 7 am at its outlets.

These include Udders’ Rum Rum Raisin (3.9%), Tira-miss-u (3.8%), Wineberries (3.5%) and Orange Liqueur Dark Choc (2.7%).

Now, if you’re looking for your fix of liquor ice cream at 11 pm, what can you do?

Make your way to Udders’ outlets and enjoy the ice-cream. They operate under a different license (so can sell beyond 10.30 pm) and a couple of them operates till 1 to 2 am.


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This article was first published on goodyfeed.com

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