MRT Jakarta's unexpected Singapore connection

The voice of Jakarta's long-awaited MRT network, slated to open in March, belongs to Singapore permanent resident Devianti Faridz.
Ms Devianti Faridz (above), the announcer for Indonesia's first MRT system, says she was inspired by Ms Juanita Melson (below), who made the original announcements for Singapore's rail system.
Ms Devianti Faridz (above), the announcer for Indonesia's first MRT system, says she was inspired by Ms Juanita Melson, who made the original announcements for Singapore's rail system.PHOTO: IKHWAN YANUAR, FLORENCE TAN HUI KUN
Ms Devianti Faridz (above), the announcer for Indonesia's first MRT system, says she was inspired by Ms Juanita Melson (below), who made the original announcements for Singapore's rail system.
Ms Devianti Faridz, the announcer for Indonesia's first MRT system, says she was inspired by Ms Juanita Melson (above), who made the original announcements for Singapore's rail system.PHOTO: IKHWAN YANUAR, FLORENCE TAN HUI KUN

Indonesia's first mass rapid transit (MRT) system - slated to open fully to the public in March in a city notorious for its traffic jams - has an unexpected Singapore connection.

The voice of Jakarta's long-awaited MRT network will belong to a Singapore permanent resident who was inspired by radio veteran Juanita Melson, the woman behind the original announcements for Singapore's own rail system.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 27, 2019, with the headline 'MRT Jakarta's unexpected Singapore connection'. Print Edition | Subscribe