21 Jun '11, 1am

Our reader says it is premature to criticise SMRT for offering $5000 to the Thai teen when it is unclear how she fell.

LIKE many Singaporeans, I am impressed by 15-year-old Nitcharee Peneakchanasak's reaction to her tragic accident at Ang Mo Kio MRT station as well as the generosity shown by our fellow citizens and residents. However, it is premature for anyone to criticise SMRT for offering an initial sum of $5,000 for the Thai girl's medical expenses when it is still unclear how she fell onto the tracks. SMRT runs a business, not a charity. Unlike private donors and well-wishers, the company is accountable to its shareholders and customers. Commuters do not need any reminding of the dangers posed by oncoming trains. Yet SMRT continues to remind its passengers not to stray beyond the yellow safety line at its stations. Now that Nitcharee's family has opted to sue the transport operator for $3.4 million in compensation, I sincerely hope the teenager's pain and suffering do not become part ...

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