Recently, I came across a young woman working on a piece of cross-stitch embroidery inside an SMRT train.
She sat forward with a gap between her and the back of her seat, perhaps to facilitate the flow of her needlework movements.
The embroidery floss running through the needle was about 45cm long.
I suggested to the woman that it could be dangerous to sew inside the confines of a moving MRT train. She replied that she had been sewing while riding in MRT trains for a long time and returned to her task. There were commuters seated on both sides of her.
While the train was relatively empty during the off-peak hour, sewing is not a safe activity to pursue inside a train that is travelling.
At times, MRT trains lurch when moving or halting. If the woman is pulling the needle in an upward movement and is caught unexpectedly by a sudden staggering of the train, an involuntary jerk of the hand holding the needle may cause the needle to jab at a fellow commuter sitting or standing close by.
There will be very serious consequences if the needle impales an eye or other body part of a nearby commuter who could not move away in time. How can the injured commuter seek recourse?
If the SMRT's regulations do not permit sewing inside MRT trains in operation, what is the appropriate action that a concerned fellow commuter can take in such a situation?
By the way, what circumstances warrant an activation of the emergency communication button?
Tan Lay Hoon (Ms)