Woman Molested on the train – SMRT stands Idly because ‘it’s our protocol’?

A young lady, Karmen Siew, was supposedly groped multiple times by the same person on the train today [ LINK ]. As she stood with bags in her hand, she felt a hand brush her not once, but a second time after she moved apart from the man beside her. She stood up, exited the train, and to her horror, he follows her with the emboldened audacity to firmly grope her as she got on the escalator.

She screams bloody murder at him and he begins to make his escape – and this is where the story takes a even more depressing turn.

An SMRT staff who sees the man not run, but WALK past him and taps out at the gantry. Despite Karmen’s shouting, the SMRT staff lets him walks by, citing “it’s our protocol” for him to remain at his desk. He “helpfully” calls the police and goes back to business as usual.

It seems SMRT, whose reputation has been steadily decreasing due to shoddy operations, now cannot even assure the basic safety of  its passengers are protected. Where are the “protocols” to protect victims of sexual assault in a highly “secure” area like a train  station?

Looking at Karmen’s saddening post, a few things are clear:

1) This was no accident – the man took advantage of her not one but THREE separate times. There is no ambiguity for the usual  defenders to proclaim that the victim is overreacting.

2) Karmen’s story is not unusual or even the worst one – her story has triggered an outpouring of similar tales of woe from other passengers who have likewise been violated (one victim had the assaulter ejaculate on her feet in the middle of her train ride!). How is this a common occurance, and why do victims have no real way of seeking immediate protection and justice? Is it right that abuse victims only get a police officer to take notes and sketches hours after the fact?

3) SMRT clearly lacks the responsibility and initiative to safeguard its trains, stations, and most importantly – its passengers. If a molester can casually power-walk his way scot free, what makes Singaporeans so confident that SMRT’s safety “protocol” (or lack thereof) regarding terrorism and attacks have any effect?

At the time of this posting, SMRT has yet to respond to Karmen.

 

Emily Sim

 

 

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28 Responses to “Woman Molested on the train – SMRT stands Idly because ‘it’s our protocol’?”

  • PC Ong:

    Firstly, we don’t know if the woman Karmen fabricate the story. The MRT staff follow protocol and did the right thing – he called the police who will further investigate. It is not the MRT staff responsibility to apprehend people, especially when there is no evidence. So don’t try to sabo MRT reputation for no good reason

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  • PC Ong:

    To add on: the story about the guy who ejaculate in middle of train ride is BS. Nobody will believe that. So stop all this stupid stories

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  • Python 5:

    molestor is FT?? so no action taken.

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  • A Greedy Clown At Top:

    The government and related agencies are filled with this type, enough to make a huge difference and mess of this nation, starting right from the top, a company of minions yes-men and sycophants who only care about themselves.

    Thieves at top love to surround themselves with this type of digits, no trouble makers, abiding servile parroting minions, brain washed and brain dead without practical independent thinking and without any moral persuasion.

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  • factotum:

    Well not to worry. With so many CCTVs everywhere the police will hopefully spend many hours viewing the incident and trace where the molester came from and where he went. Presto, he’s caught! SMRT saved its money and the police spends a lot of taxpayers’ money.

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  • oxygen:

    PUBLIC SERVICE BEST RESPONSE will always be “protocol” when all else, including law, FAILS.

    The victim must demand a formal response of justifiable explanation from MRT on why this “protocol” must sustain even when public safety is offended, threatened or endangered.

    It is now A LOT MORE THAN THE VICTIM that MUST BE VERY VERY VERY ANGRY.

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  • Malaysia boleh Singapore bodoh:

    Bet you the attacker is a foreigner.

    Another good reason for REGIME CHANGE.

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  • Rabble-rouser:

    The benchmark of any civilized society & a progress towards Developed Nation Status is PUBLIC BEHAVIOUR. But for S’pore, there had been a significant deterioration in Public Decorum – behaviour in keeping with good taste and propriety. HOW DID IT HAPPENED?
    In truth, when PM LHL opened fully the immigration doors into S’pore wide open, when CECA was implemented & the S’pore Economy were configured to be exceptionally dependent on foreign labour – this happened. And like all other factors, re: housing, hospital beds, roads, public transport – these didn’t increase in lock step with the rapid increase in population. One hidden factor was the inadequate numbers in homeland security forces (police, civil defence) to monitor the vastly increased numbers in S’pore. The PAP govt had since been playing catch-up.
    The question Karmen Siew must ask herself is this, Who did you vote for?

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  • Seko:

    Lots of thunder.

    But no rain.

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  • MAKE SINGAPORE SAFE AGAIN!:

    Which planet are these gropers from?
    Add up all the groping incidents a clear pattern about these group of people will appear. Its call profiling. Profiling is not a bad word. It is sometime necessary to Make Singapore Safe Again.

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  • patriot of Temesak:

    SingaporeINC…Money talks BULLSHIT Walk!!!

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  • Harder Truths:

    Who did Karmen vote for? I believe it would be pappies.

    Her groper was brought in by her elected officials and by her direct consent.

    Therefore this is a case of ownself molest ownself.

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  • Bapak:

    Only top brain comes up with such great protocol like this. And the standard reply is we have our staff safety at heart. A system that follows 100% by the book. No one will use their initiatives from now onwards.

    SG has become a Cold, Unfriendly, Selfish, So ‘Caring’ For You, With You, Everyone Will Be Left Behind Society. The Singapore that 3rd and 4th Generation PAP has made SG to be.

    Great performance, to reward with 13 months bonus.

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  • Police Will Act, No Worries!:

    With CCTVs everywhere, Police will have no problem tracking the culprit.

    No worries, the culprit will be identified and charged in Court within 72 hours.

    We have full trust in the efficiency and investigating skills of our Police Force.

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  • This is pap world:

    PM has not abided by his own arrogant n proud n endoresed n decreed by both the dead n the lame walking dead that all slanderous accusation
    should be brought to Court of Justice. What is worst is he self indemnified that he is innocent after wayanging his gamily woes in Parliament which deliberates on national matters. Such ame effort affitmed the claim of dynasty whivh is what Chinese emperor do n the Papmps r all loyal n beholdened to him n the party violating the oath of office each has sworn upon their respective holy books plying not only they have betrayed the electotates for instead of working for them they r working for the interests n benefits of thr party or on n glorification. Ehat worse. they havr each commoyted blasphemy of their own respective religios faith n demean the respective holy book of the faith. Such human forms r not only unfit to be given the mandate of government of the nation but also in national risks which r ebidenced with their policies all skewed to their own benefits rest or self gratification cum glorification n trusted the foreigners n working in their interests n their benefits thus vompromising national security n mocking n r real risks to all defence personnels
    These r the real nation traitors in particulsr the ministers associated with defence, home n foreign affairs incl education, Party leaders n even the President who succumbs to remain passive. NTUC a lobor movement under the firm grip of the govt is a farce in their talk of representing the labour. Evidence of self gratification n glorification r apenty with golf course counyry club on the top of the list. How well use of the country club re golf course is by the labor. Instead of using the ffundfor the benefits of the labor, it is all self dhe mgement d with the PAP n their polanpas. What can be good if they r afrid to let tte citizens know. PAP has done themselves not just to be irrelevant but worst destroying the fabric of the nation pr in short Traitors!

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  • go on media:

    Emily,

    go on media like facebook about this incident. today civil servant are behaving like they are the boss and people are servant to them. they are so ignorant that its the people tax money to pay their salary.

    there is something ready wrong going through our government system as behaving to lord over the people.

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  • Cause and Effect:

    SG is safe no more! Sad to read police report that says there’s a 43.8 per cent spike in molest cases on public transport over the past year. How many more cases actually went unreported?

    Elites’ wives and daughters don’t take the public transport. Our elite woman ministers and MPs never board the public transport (even if they do, no molester would be interested in them. Think Jo Teo or Grace Fool!). They never have to worry about molestation. Trains and buses are packed like sardine during peak hours. What can they do about it anyway?

    With population expected to go up to 10M if PAP remains in charge, molestation will only keep going up.

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  • Guess:

    Guess no appropriate mention of which station ?

    Guess Smrt staff fail to help but whole station no other commuters help as well. Only 2 commuters the victim and suspect . strange.

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  • rukidding:

    “Crooked” Leeders,…breeds “crooked” followers !

    Who is the “crooked” Leeder that put this other “crooked follower” in charge of this SMRT ?….guess?…sure you know him !

    This “crooked” follower then “continues” to “breed crooked” standards to his “own smaller sized followers”

    Who else…but only our unique “d**honourable son”

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  • clowns says, she is not my sis:

    from 1st world to 3rd world in a short 15 years.

    often times, when we hear of rape, rapist, groping, our first inclination is a certain profile. often times, we are correct. sure, once in a while we are wrong. but on law of average, we are more right and less wrong.

    Singaporeans don’t grope? no, we don’t say so. of course there are the odd ones. but on the whole, because the stakes are high, the tendency is less.

    some foreigners from some specific land grope? this we say, based on law of average, is true. we even hear of 80+ year old nun not escaping rape.

    anyway, back to the groping in discussion.

    too bad, says clown. she ain’t my sis, so not much shall I do. this is the type of human shit we have in charge of government. truly WTF.

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  • LIONS:

    Dont say MRT Staffer see n do nothing.
    Police says *DONT CALL US,WE WILL NOT RESPOND* until someone got killed???

    So,mrt staff not so bad still since not law enforcer.
    Same like LTA,damn F-king *garang* n ngeow but close both eyes when car belong to *powerful* people?

    SG is now LAWLESS despite gahmen collect more money.Now,govt agencies all heck care n only go about doing work for *dignataries* like free-loader Kim Jong-un?

    Taxpayers are paying more taxes from direct to indurect to weird levies ALL FOR NOTHING?!

    And,GENERALS RUNNING MRT NO BLOODY USE FOR SECURITY OF PASSENGERS?

    Matbe shud EMPLOY GURKHA CHIEF TO BE MRT CEO instead?

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  • Fake News:

    I am amazed that IB Ong is accusing people of fabricating stories when it was mentioned that a police report was made.

    IB Ong should fact check with the police before making any unsubstantiated accusations. This is poor IB standard.

    If found to be false, IB Ong owes the victim an apology.

    PC Ong:
    Firstly, we don’t know if the woman Karmen fabricate the story. The MRT staff follow protocol and did the right thing – he called the police who will further investigate. It is not the MRT staff responsibility to apprehend people, especially when there is no evidence. So don’t try to sabo MRT reputation for no good reason

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  • Fake News:

    Again, another piece of IB lies.

    It’s not about tracking the culprit, what if this guy was a terrorist, the MRT staffs are too bochap and slow to act.

    Are you sure it’s so fast, do you have figures to back your data?

    You have your full trust but I have doubts. This guy is probably a serial molester who hasn’t been caught yet.

    Police Will Act, No Worries!:
    With CCTVs everywhere, Police will have no problem tracking the culprit.

    No worries, the culprit will be identified and charged in Court within 72 hours.

    We have full trust in the efficiency and investigating skills of our Police Force.

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  • "computer Ong":

    Are you sure the person who groped Karmen and the person who ejaculated is not the same person …… “computer Ong”?

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  • GCT!:

    GCT! Why open floodgate to this country? Full of talkers and no respect for women. The only capability they got is they beat other Asians being company senoir executive and politician in english speaking environment.

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  • Bapak:

    Well said. That SMRT staff would likely be sacked if the victim is someone else’s sister or daughter.

    clowns says, she is not my sis:
    from 1st world to 3rd world in a short 15 years.

    often times, when we hear of rape, rapist, groping, our first inclination is a certain profile. often times, we are correct. sure, once in a while we are wrong. but on law of average, we are more right and less wrong.

    Singaporeans don’t grope? no, we don’t say so. of course there are the odd ones. but on the whole, because the stakes are high, the tendency is less.

    some foreigners from some specific land grope? this we say, based on law of average, is true. we even hear of 80+ year old nun not escaping rape.

    anyway, back to the groping in discussion.

    too bad, says clown. she ain’t my sis, so not much shall I do. this is the type of human shit we have in charge of government. truly WTF.

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  • But:

    @ It’s not about tracking the culprit, what if this guy was a terrorist, the MRT staffs are too bochap and slow to act.

    But until it happens who knows how will one respond and how fast.

    If there’s one terrorist standing beside you fake news , how will you resond?

    Be a hero , tackle him or max alert alarming everybody around , risking him to press the trigger . Or you act blur or friendly so that he think he’s not expose and therefore not press the trigger. Then you secretly informed appropriate authorities ????

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  • relative or in absolute number:

    //Singaporeans don’t grope? no, we don’t say so. of course there are the odd ones. but on the whole, because the stakes are high, the tendency is less.//

    some smart white idiot may say that sinkies also commit crime.

    answer is of course lar. but but do you need more (either relative or in absolute numbers) offences from more chat-ba-lang people from chat-ba-lang cultural standard to create more jobs for our enforcement officers.

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