Recently, a perplexing video featuring an MRT commuter made its rounds on the Internet.
The commuter in question was seen trying to pry open the doors of a moving train.
Now, fresh videos have emerged of what appears to be the same person holding the door of a train open when it’s trying to close.
Another video shows an SMRT staff appearing to resolve a problem with the doors and leading the commuter away.
In the separate video, the commuter — wearing a black sports bra and pink miniskirt, and carrying a pink handbag — is seen standing in front of an open MRT door.
A woman in pink sitting nearby looks at the commuter with disdain, and quickly gets up from her seat and walks away.
While the reason why she fled is unclear, she seems to know what’s going to happen next.
After the familiar “door closing” noise and announcement rings out, the MRT doors begin to close.
However, the commuter holds onto the left door with all their might, using their body weight to prevent the doors from closing.
Eventually, the MRT doors get stuck in an open position, and the commuter lets go.
Due to the exertion, a plushie they’re holding drops on the floor, at which point the video ends.
In another video posted by Beh Chia Lor, a commuter wearing the same outfit is seen holding the MRT doors open again.
This time, they let go after a while and the doors attempt to close again.
The commuter thus proceeds to repeat their actions, holding the doors open a second time.
Subsequently, the video cuts to after an SMRT staff arrives.
He’s seen using a key to seemingly disengage the train doors to remedy the situation.
A photo also shows the staff leading the commuter away in what appears to be Braddell station.
A Shin Min Daily News reader told the paper that this incident took place at about 6pm on 27 Nov.
The commuter, reportedly a man dressed in women’s clothes, had been repeatedly stopping the MRT doors from closing.
He also allegedly kicked the doors several times.
When SMRT staff arrived and tried to understand the situation, the man claimed that his arm hurt, the reader said.
He was later led away by the staff but not without causing the train to be delayed for a few minutes first.
Another informant, who claimed to have known the cross-dressing man for many years, told Shin Min that he lived in Woodlands.
The informant said that the man loves to wear women’s clothes in public and would even wear women’s pyjamas to fast-food restaurants in the estate.
When he did this, he would allegedly play music loudly, annoying the public and disrupting businesses nearby.
In the initially reported incident, SMRT confirmed to Channel NewsAsia (CNA) that it occurred on Wednesday (29 Nov).
A commuter had deliberately tried to force open a train door while the train was about to move off, SMRT Trains president Lam Sheau Kai said.
He also resisted the staff’s attempts to get him to leave and was “uncooperative and turned aggressive”. Other photos showed him lying on the floor of Ang Mo Kio station.
SMRT is now assisting the police in their investigations.
The police confirmed with CNA that a report has been filed and investigations are ongoing.
No statement has been released yet about the incident on 27 Nov.
MS News has reached out to SMRT for more information and will update the article when they reply.
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