Over the weekend, Singaporeans were treated to puzzling videos of a commuter trying to pry open the doors of an MRT train.
The individual in question has now explained that this was for the purpose of “testing” them.
In an interview with Shin Min Daily News, the commuter identified herself as “Fan Ruisha · Wang Ziqi” (transliterated from Mandarin) and repeatedly referred to herself as a woman.
She claimed to be suffering from a number of conditions including multiple personality disorder, mania, and autism.
As a result, she was receiving treatment at the Institute of Mental Health (IMH).
However, when asked to show her medical records, she said only relevant personnel could see them.
As for her actions that were caught in more than one video over at least two days, she said her umbrella and hand had gotten caught in the MRT doors before.
When she tried to open the doors, she found that they were “easy” to open.
Thus, she decided to test the doors to find out if they could be opened while the train was moving.
Claiming to have a professional certification in mechanics, she appeared to think this qualified her to test whether the doors were safe.
On 29 Nov, she was seen trying to force open a pair of train doors, alarming some passengers.
When SMRT staff tried to advise her to leave, she became “uncooperative and turned aggressive”, SMRT said.
Photos also showed her lying on the floor of the Ang Mo Kio MRT station.
She was led away by staff at Braddell station.
Now, she told Shin Min Daily News that she’s worried her life may be affected after these incidents became known to the public.
At least some members of the public had already heard of her before, though.
Businesses in Woodlands, where she’s believed to reside, have seen her out and about in the estate many times, they told Shin Min Daily News.
64-year-old Mrs Zhou (transliterated from Mandarin), who runs an infant products store, said she saw the woman for the first time a few days ago.
She was playing music loudly below the block and dancing to the beat, drawing much attention, Mrs Zhou said.
Confectionery store worker Ms Zhang (transliterated from Mandarin) said she started seeing her a few months ago.
She would stand around outside one of the shops, talking loudly and playing music, the 60-year-old woman said.
Sometimes, she would also sing and dance by herself.
On 27 Nov, she was reportedly caught by CCTV entering a betting outlet.
While that’s not unusual in itself, she was wearing cycling gear and carrying a bicycle into the outlet to queue up.
She also placed a bet at the counter while carrying the bicycle.
Explaining her actions to Shin Min Daily News, she said her bicycle cost S$10,000 but the outlet told her that she couldn’t push it inside.
Thus, she decided to carry it in instead.
Hopefully, this person gets the help she needs.
The police are now investigating the 29 Nov incident, with assistance from SMRT.
MS News has reached out to SMRT for more information about the incident and will update the article when they reply.
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