MTR's mis-carriage of justice

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 23 August, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 23 August, 2003, 12:00am

The Mass Transit Rail seems to have taken a few lessons from Singapore and is bent on making us all well-behaved little boys and girls.

It turns out the $2,000 fine for rushing at train doors when they are closing is just the tip of the iceberg. There are in fact 42 offences - a complete exercise in Pavlovian behavioural modifications - under MTR bylaws, each punishable with a fine or even jail time of two to six months. Here are a few edifying penalties you should know about: Feet placed on seats - $2,000 fine; Playing a musical instrument - $2,000; Improper dressing - $5,000; Use of abusive language - $5,000; Intoxication - $5,000; Damaging a ticket or using a damaged ticket - $5,000; Failure to report lost property - $2,000; Placing sewage and rubbish on railway premises - $5,000 and six months' jail.

Unfortunately, the offences don't include such popular pastimes as clipping your fingernails and picking your nose and ears in a crowded train. It's time for an update, MTR.