FUCKING, FUCKING STUPID.

If you drop your shoe, for some ludicrous reason, into the MRT track, you DO NOT jump into the track to pick it up.

Understand, children?

IT IS BUT A SHOE.

Even if the train doesn't go bam on you, it is likely walking barefoot on the high voltage tracks will give you a sizzled pancreas, and, if you like that sort of thing, perhaps an afro to go with it.

A friend just lectured me on not seeking to make fun of (nothing funny here though) of the dead, but hey ... leaving behind 4 children and a fiancee who encouraged him to fetch the shoe (!), but is nonetheless pretty grievous, I think he should be pretty much given a good shout by a army general with good lungs for sacrificing his life for a FUCKING shoe. (not to mention the people who were late for work/appointments because of the train delay)

It is not a freak accident, ST.

It is not even an accident.

It is suicide.

(BTW, did the title "Man trying to retrieve shoe hit by train" mean he was trying to retrieve a shoe that was hit by the train? *Guffaws*)

p/s: When I read the article I was irresistably reminded of two movie scenes: 1) The scene in Ice Age where the last do-do birds all dead while jumping over a cliff to get a fallen watermelon and 2) The scene in "Honey I shrunk the kids!" where the kids sat a on giant ant and got it to move by holding a long pole with a biscuit crumb on it and letting the crumb be forever just a short distance from the ant's eyes. I don't know why. The scenes keep flashing.

*Boohoohoo Wendy you are so mean! Tsk! What nonsense. I am trying to educate the public.*

Post-note: Keep in mind I cannot stop people from commenting (actually I can but you people want the comments link there right ...). There will always be unnecessarily mean comments, and I don't have the time to delete them all. I have to state clearly here that the comments do not reflect my thoughts, nor does it mean I approve, or even condone them.

Comments

Anonymous said…
I totally agree. When I saw the news I was like, "What the?!?!?"

Being the hum-chee person I am, I always stay 2 body-lengths away from the tracks, just in case a gancheong auntie pushes me over or something. Ha!
Cherub said…
i think they call this evolution: survival of the fittest.

nature will take care of the weak (or rather, they will take care of themselves)

pity the family though....
dun tell u said…
maybe hes damn poor and thats his only pair of shoes, if he lost it he would not have money to buy a new pair, if he doesnt, he cant go to work then he'd be fired.. if he did buy one new pair or maybe even 2nd hand, his children would starve for 1 week....

or maybe he really did not want to get married to his fiancee so he committed suicide
|cY^LaDY said…
erm.. u are in today's papers too..
Jingwei said…
The media and govt have been educating the ppl to stay away from the yellow line, with an obvious reason of course.

Some ppl just dont listen. Singaporeans...
Zanzweiken said…
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Unknown said…
'shit happens' it does, it will happen to you too..but we all try not to get killed! Always pay attention to the task at hand and know that the grim reaper is next to you waiting for you to FUCK UP ROYALLY! some things you can prevent and sometimes its just ur time lah....what to do?
may god bless his soul and take care of him...
an you are correct on one item, some married person will say "shit, why didn't it happen to me" ? LOL
ah_mah said…
erm.. this is really nothing related to this blog. but u're on ST today(yet again). page wat i'm not sure, but its about ur endorsement deal.
Go tell edwin someone copied his idea for ur article! hee~
KIMaster said…
HA HA HA!

I didn't even say anything particularly bad about your blog or posts in my now-deleted comment.

Nevertheless, a little criticism elicited deletion of my response and even an update of your original post.

For a tough, uber-chic "blogstar", you certainly are thinskinned.

Grow some balls.
JiEq| ^_^ said…
How does a sport shoe which is worn on the feet, with the laces tied snugly, fall onto e mrt tracks?

That's a question to ponder
cy said…
Woah, u kept appearing in the news!

Maybe the guy who fell was real tired so he was like "Guh..." and pop! He goes down and the track goes red.
Istvan Paul said…
How do you do.

You just wrote an entry that demeaned a recently deceased man and conveniently denied all responsibility for what you have said before you closed it up.

You are the queen of bloggers. Show us you deserve the title.
Xuan said…
from the impression that the newspapers gave me, it was supposed to be " packed with holiday crowds", meaning lots of people, but how come none of them went to help pull the poor man up? everyone just watched his fiancee trying to pull him up? what were the rest doing???? daydreaming????
how could this sort of thing happen?! any eye witnesses who were there? I'm kind of hoping that there was actually someone who went over to try to help.
Jonathan said…
We had such an incident once in Malaysia, where a women commited suicide, but there was this sytem that detected the women's presence on the track thus the emergency brake was put on the very moment she fell on the track. Its an act of stupidity, or some may say...blind
FioN said…
Did he play soccer on the station or something?
min said…
if he had a chance, he probably wouldnt do it again. dont be too hard on him.
min said…
if he had a chance, he probably wouldnt do it again. dont be too hard on him. and you people dont make it any better by agreeing so readily to it.
BS said…
The funny thing is, why didnt someone prepare to stand at the emergency bell since there is a freaking man at the track picking his shoe? such incident shld b expected wad..

selfisg singaporeans and our bochap attitute..now it has caused someone's death!
Jonathan said…
the funny thing å–œæ¬¢ä½ ï¼Œæƒ³å¿µä½ ã€‚ ur blaming the authorities (train thingY). The fact is straight, death would not occur if he/she did not went and pick the shoe. It is not as if she/he does not know that it is dangerous...odd
aditya liviandi said…
there is no electricity on the tracks. at least not exposed.
the electrically live track is the covered one (on the stations it would usually be under the platform, or at the outside. you should be able to see it at the stations.
princess said…
people don't think people don't listen. why do you think the govt even thought of putting barriers before! maybe people would even climb over the barriers...to retrieve their shoe!
JY said…
ST can't possibly tell the truth in such cases... it's a pity that Singapore only have a few English newspapers..
UltraVinz said…
Here's my thought...預o左o架啦!

For non-chinese & bananas go to

http://ultravinz.multiply.com/journal/item/15

*warnin'~Evil within~warnin'*
UltraVinz said…
Hmm~ XX's blog doesn't support cina fonts huh?
Unknown said…
mm. it's a prime candidate for the darwin awards.
The Informalist said…
Xiaxue (if you happen to read this), please do not take this as a personal attack. I actually happen to be an admirer of your blogging style. You reserve the right to write whatever you like in your blog and I am aware that the contents of the comments are not endorsed by you. But I feel that this latest blog post of yours and the accompanying comments have displayed a callousness that is within me as well. I have often thought cruel and vicious things about people who I know or those who are complete strangers. Having had this callousness magnified and reflected back to me, I shall strive to be more compassionate. Thank you for providing this valuable lesson.
Marcelly said…
Holli broccoli!...Uhmm..
DO you think that the shoe might be a Manolo Blahnik's?
Coz then I'd understand his sentiments completely...^^ hehe..
PC said…
I remember a story of how Stephen Covey, the famous author, was pissed off at some man in the subway who didn't take his 2 very-out-of-control children in hand. Not being able to take it any longer, Covey proceeded to tell off the man. The man apologised and revealed that they had just come from the hospital where his wife, their mother, had just died. "I guess we're having problems dealing with it right now". Irritation turned to compassion, and Covey no longer saw the kids as being disruptive.

The perspective is key. We were not there. We don't know what happened. What we know comes from some newspaper report. Let's learn. Let's move on. Let's keep our callous comments to ourselves and let the family grief in peace. Xiaxue, perhaps it's your youth, I don't know, but being a public figure (more or less) now, please learn to hold back a little. Some things are better left unsaid... like this particular post.
-linn said…
the shoe looked somewhat like
Kappa school shoes with blood stains.yupp.
who would want to get their shoe.
with a train coming.
i think they do tell you when is the train coming right? ._.
Gunbucker said…
Yep, it sure is silly to risk life for a shoe.

But, I don't know what's going through their minds at that time, so I shall refrain from commenting on that.

What truly puzzles me is, it was about 12:57pm, peak hour, with sh!t load of people at the platform. Why, oh why, didn't ANYONE freakin' help out the poor bugger climb out of the death tracks?!?!?!?!?!?!

It just takes two able bodied men to pull him up. I can't believe this.
Jared said…
hi there, your blog is indeed entertaining and honest-to-god! I admire the way you convey your thoughts into words. Not many has the courage really. Kudos to your blog and yourself. My blog is nowhere near yours coz its new and i have hardly any motivation for penning down daily happenings :Þ
Anyway keep up your blogging! I'll be sure to check your blog on a regular basis. It sorta breaks the monotony and generality of society knowing someone out there is indeed such a down-to-earth person as myself.
nobody said…
kapitankirk:
the story you told about Covey does help put things into perspective, and i agree that, yes, we can always spare a bit of thoughtfulness and patience, think twice before we do this kind of thing.
but at the same time, when you tell xiaxue that she's a public figure now, so she should hold back - i also see the logic, but then, xiaxue has become a public figure precisely because of her fuck-care style. whether or not this is admirable doesn't matter, just wanted to point that out.
ken said…
maybe SMRT will have to start building shelters on the tracks for people who *accidentally* get on to the track in future around the stations after this...

or the fella was imagining himself in a cartoon where a character can hide under the train as it goes past over him! no wait... but if that's the case he would have been hit and fly far far to land with a bunch of birds n stars circling him.

or maybe he's just morbidly stupid. "oh i'll just go get the shoe. i'm sure i can run faster than the train that will be arriving in the next 3mins!"
Anonymous said…
Yeah, I agree. People and their lassitude towards simple rules is a disturbing issue.

now, death is the result. Not just a death of a bum but a death of a father and lover.

An incongruous feeling to either mock his stupidity or symphatize with his family's mourns.

Nobody cares? You don't care? cause you never knew him? What if you got to know him?
pHuA zHeNg HuI said…
hmm jus feel sad for HIM(though i abit racist),y die for a shoe,AT least must DIE FOR 2 mah(so stupid)
Mabel said…
Well, what do you know. Madam Rozanah must have read your entry and felt a need to retract her statement. Hur.

According to the Sunday Times today she had been "misquoted" before and the new truth is her fiance had actually "slipped and fell on the tracks", and had not actually gone down to retrieve the shoe.

If this is so then it is pretty much considered an accident, and in such an instance I don't think it is quite right to label this guy as stupid and/or to blame him for his apparent misfortune.
Sanz said…
If there are pple ard him when he fell into the tracks and didn't help him, they'll be feeling guilty right now wondering about "what if I've helped him."

This guy is dead. His family is upset enough. I don't think we should be debating here about his actions at all, and should let him rest in peace.

Talking bout a 16 yr old gal snatching ur taxi is already over the limit. you're blogging about a dead man now...i think you need to get ur priorities right.
choose one said…
he wouldn't have died if those stupid onlookers had helped him instead of TAKING A FUCKING PHOTO OF A GUY ABOUT TO BE KILLED.

i think some people are just PLAIN STUPID, such that they don't even know how to save a guy from the jaws of death. 50 PEOPLE without BRAINS staring at how he died instead of helping him.

HOW DUMB CAN ONE GET.
qwertyuiop said…
"it is likely walking barefoot on the high voltage tracks will give you a sizzled pancreas"

The MRT tracks that we see are actually not where the train gets its electical power frm.. If the track is the power supply for the train imagine how dangerous that can be? esp when it rains? The train actually derives its electrical power from a "third line" that runs parallel with the track. It has this mental casing on which u find the high voltage sign.
Dennis Mai said…
So why is this blog so popular?
Lowzeewee said…
Hey Wendy, I see you are making a valid point but in some way, I also think that you are overdoing it in some sense. I guess that's the style of your blogging though, so keep it up.

Actually I am leaning towards your side and point of view, that the guy was umm..."stupid"? Maybe not stupid, but just too careless, I would say. Soon kiasu parents will be complaining to MOE demanding weekly lessons on train station safety. -_- Why not also have a Train Safety Park, like the Road Safety Park? Maybe it will teach Singaporeans that we should not go down to the track if we see a fast train coming towards us. Sure it would be helpful. *twitches subtly* =) Saves you hateful comments on your blog entry, one less death, less work for the reporter, police personnel and undertakers. Saves the trees by having less newspaper space too. Not to forget, I won't be typing up this silly comment too.

Condolences to everyone who knows and is saddened by the loss of the deceased Azman.
aviatrix said…
how abt dumbass smrt trying to quietly siam why their camara system is conveniently not working. how to catch terrorists. now give us back our dustbins or there'll be more stuff on the tracks that doesn't belong there
feniris said…
heh perspective is key that's right, and hell yea give us back our dustbins
Ivan said…
IMHO it's tragic, and completely unnecessary.

I haven't bothered to read the papers at all (ST and TNP with all their anty-gay hooha making me very pissed off with the rampant homophobia), but it seems that people around had the chance to help.

If people really just stood around and did nothing, then I have lost faith in the compassion of humanity.

If SMRT surveillance had been able to stop the train in time for the guy to be rescued, this might not have happened. So much for being extra vigilant.

It's nobody's fault, but rather the guy's carelessness, the apathetic bystanders, and SMRT's inaction that are all to blame.
only12belove said…
u know some people kept their money in the shoe .. maybe that is why ...

but I feel just so sad for them as they are both very old ... for the woman, I am imagine all her dreams of a new life utterly destroyed ..

they may be really stupid but hey, what's wrong with being stupid ... they still have the right to be happy isn't it...
dun tell u said…
eh where u think u are.. singapore leh, who will help? singaporeans wad
Unknown said…
I dont know if you will feel the same should it be yourself who drop your own heel/boot or digital camera or one of those pink bags or pink sweaters. Unfortunately i feel sad even if you labelled such an incident stupid.
hmmwv said…
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hmmwv said…
1) It must've been a pair of very expensive shoes.

2) Only in Singapore could this bullshit happen.

3) The staff member on platform patrol is in for it now. A case of advance timing?

4) I completely agree with aviatrix on the ludicrous dustbin bullshit.
kahswee said…
He's stupid. Just for a shoe, he loses his life.

This has just gotta be the biggest joke of the century.
Jinwei said…
If u think death is funny matter, wait till it comes knocking somewhere near you.

or when someone comments that its stupid.
L I J I said…
Wah , this blog is real popular
Hmm that kid is playing his life .. If it was me , i would not take as it is just too dangerous ..
Gabriel Leow said…
Hmmm... Speaking from personal experience, I did drop my shoe onto the tracks myself before (pls don't ask how i did it, it's too embrassing). I got it back eventually, but not before I got the Mrt staff to stop the incoming train before he (NOT ME!), picked it up for me... Geez!
Totally risk free!
Got my 2 cents worth back on that day, you might add...
cRayola said…
Well, where are the answers to the iq questions??? i think i see xiaxue in person on tuesday at teban.... : >
Phiz said…
Hmmmm...a story about someone who kicks the bucket because of an unbelievably dumb thing he did. Perfect for this website, agreed?
Joe said…
True story, Xiaxue: I was waiting for the subway in Osaka one spring day. A woman's shoe fell down onto the track. The music started playing on the speakers, signalling that the train was about to come into the station. The conductor, without apparently even thinking about it, leapt down to the track to grab the shoe. The train's horn honked: it was coming out of the tunnel. The conductor grabbed the platform with one hand, leapt up, pulled himself over the edge. The train missed him by no more than a second.

I have no clue whether that's standard operating procedure among Japanese subway conductors. But believe you me, it was impressive.

Nice blog, by the way. I never know what to expect from you...
Kcirtap said…
I agree to your comments. Maybe its a way the forces in this World is trying to tell the Woman, your man is too stupid for you to marry him or vice versa, better for you to die now. In anyways, I picture his ghost haunting the tracks from henceforth. He will ask have u seen my shoe? alas the ghost boy in movie "The Eye". Except that we will still laugh at this silly ghost.

Truly facinating what we Singaporeans do and ways we kill ourselves. It is rather therapeutic to see deaths in hilarious ways so much so I am not afraid to die?

I intend to start a charity call "Share a shoe" so he can have a tomb with tons of shoe around it, just in case the poor dude is still shoeless. Or maybe the Golden Shoe hawker centre should change its name to .......
galmalam said…
i feel bad if you say him stupid because maybe they are in a rush or something which we might not know. btw, he's dead. he may not rest in peace if ppl like you keep saying its the stupidest incident ever. or somebody calling him a fool and etc.i hope he'll haunt you. hur hur. *joking*
MKhan said…
Okay we are all being honest here so I say wendy, I sure hope ppl wunt make fun of u when U get run over by a grabage truck or sumthing cos u're being awfully mean now.


N to get d record straight, d media mis-quoted d fiancee. He fell onto d tracks, not to retrieve d shoe. It was an accident. n d fact that noone came to help him out is outrageous.n ridiculous.

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