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    http://www.straitstimes.com/ST%2BFor...ry_153050.html


    WHEN did taking photos in MRT stations become a crime?
    I was at the Boon Lay Station recently to photograph the Jurong West housing estate when a member of the MRT staff stopped me and demanded my identity card. Naturally, I baulked at his request. He then attempted to detain me at the control station and wanted to call the police to arrest me.

    As a freelance photojournalist, I have taken pictures all over Singapore, including in a few MRT stations, the ICA Building, the Changi Expo, Changi Airport and, more recently, street scenes during our National Day celebrations. I have not been stopped by anyone, and it was done in full view of security personnel and the police.

    If there are newly imposed restrictions, it is necessary that the public be informed.

    Soh Oon Teck




    Anyone saw this letter in the ST Forum? This is something that should be close to our heart in Clubsnap. I got to admit that I too was apprehensive about taking photos in Changi Airport a few years after 9-11.

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    Yeah, I heard about it. Just an unlucky day for him lor. Next time he knows what to do...

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    Default Re: ST Forum: Can't one take photos in MRT stations?

    just remember, don't act suspicious.
    don't wear a black cap with sunglasses

    just pretend you are a tourist. should be no problem.

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    Default Re: ST Forum: Can't one take photos in MRT stations?

    Quote Originally Posted by deckard View Post
    just remember, don't act suspicious.
    don't wear a black cap with sunglasses

    just pretend you are a tourist. should be no problem.
    Parkview Square has a super grand and ornate, oppulent lobby. But no photography, says the jaga, the lobby bar and a sign by the entrance. But how did my foreigner friend (ang mo) manage to shoot inside?

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    Quote Originally Posted by redstone View Post
    Parkview Square has a super grand and ornate, oppulent lobby. But no photography, says the jaga, the lobby bar and a sign by the entrance. But how did my foreigner friend (ang mo) manage to shoot inside?
    I think you missed the little sign that says "No local photographers and dogs allowed."

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    Default Re: ST Forum: Can't one take photos in MRT stations?

    Quote Originally Posted by deckard View Post
    just remember, don't act suspicious.
    don't wear a black cap with sunglasses

    just pretend you are a tourist. should be no problem.
    But all tourists wear black caps with sunglasses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sion View Post
    But all tourists wear black caps with sunglasses.
    hehe... you are not in singapore, you don't get it.... hehehe....

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    Quote Originally Posted by redstone View Post
    Parkview Square has a super grand and ornate, oppulent lobby. But no photography, says the jaga, the lobby bar and a sign by the entrance. But how did my foreigner friend (ang mo) manage to shoot inside?
    The jaga is treading on dangerous ground. Racism can be charged under the Sedition Act.
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    Lets see if any officials will reply, although I doubt it because it call fall under too many authorities' areas that they will all hide in the "mass crowd"

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    let's hold our horses. i suspect that smrt will respond as a member of their staff, supposedly, was identified in the letter. possibly, together with transit police arm of our police.

    Quote Originally Posted by vince123123 View Post
    Lets see if any officials will reply, although I doubt it because it call fall under too many authorities' areas that they will all hide in the "mass crowd"

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    Default Re: ST Forum: Can't one take photos in MRT stations?

    do you remember that incident
    where people taped down an mrt station scene
    and tried to bomb it or something

    was it JI or what
    probably linked to this

    anyhow, changi airport not supposed to shoot inside, i thought, if you want must apply and pay $$$

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    Default Re: ST Forum: Can't one take photos in MRT stations?

    SMART already responded and replied that no photo-taking at the MRT station is allowed without prior approval. One need to seek approval from the Station Manager.

    So, basically, photo-taking in general is allowed, with permission.

    Duh, then how about those passengers taking snap shots using their handphones on some inconsiderate consumers? Does this means that they also can take photo inside the MRT?

    But the thing is, I have seen so many people, locals or foreigners, all had taken so many photos in and around MRT station before, how come no one stops them before then? And whether using a P&S, DSLR or handphone, taking photo is taking photo, should apply across the entire spectrum, is it some double standard here?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bored Dad View Post
    SMART already responded and replied that no photo-taking at the MRT station is allowed without prior approval. One need to seek approval from the Station Manager.

    So, basically, photo-taking in general is allowed, with permission.

    Duh, then how about those passengers taking snap shots using their handphones on some inconsiderate consumers? Does this means that they also can take photo inside the MRT?

    But the thing is, I have seen so many people, locals or foreigners, all had taken so many photos in and around MRT station before, how come no one stops them before then? And whether using a P&S, DSLR or handphone, taking photo is taking photo, should apply across the entire spectrum, is it some double standard here?
    Perhaps at the moment these tourist take pics, there was no staff around?

    Anyway, REAL terrorist will NOT take pics in public! They wil do it concealed.....It is something that some don't think about.....

    HS

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    Quote Originally Posted by hongsien View Post
    Perhaps at the moment these tourist take pics, there was no staff around?

    Anyway, REAL terrorist will NOT take pics in public! They wil do it concealed.....It is something that some don't think about.....

    HS
    Ya. Which terrorist spy in his right mind will shoot with a big DSLR and huge lens?

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    Arrow Re: ST Forum: Can't one take photos in MRT stations?

    They're afraid that the public will be against the full wall beer advertisement at Bugis MRT station if photos were taken and published in the press.

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    where can i find smrt's response? thanks.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bored Dad View Post
    SMART already responded and replied that no photo-taking at the MRT station is allowed without prior approval. One need to seek approval from the Station Manager.

    So, basically, photo-taking in general is allowed, with permission.

    Duh, then how about those passengers taking snap shots using their handphones on some inconsiderate consumers? Does this means that they also can take photo inside the MRT?

    But the thing is, I have seen so many people, locals or foreigners, all had taken so many photos in and around MRT station before, how come no one stops them before then? And whether using a P&S, DSLR or handphone, taking photo is taking photo, should apply across the entire spectrum, is it some double standard here?
    Last edited by reachme2003; 1st September 2007 at 02:27 PM.

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    Yea I'm also interested. I don't see any response so far.

    Quote Originally Posted by reachme2003 View Post
    where can i find their smrt's respond? thanks.

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    Default Re: ST Forum: Can't one take photos in MRT stations?

    Purposely go & disturb them. Stand outside the MRT & shoot inside, since one is not on MRT properties, the MRT staff cannot detain you.
    I've seen so many tourists take pictures inside the MRT also nothing wrong.
    Why dont the MRT staff go & catch those people who eat on the trains instead? So free nothing to do.

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    Ya. STOMP got so many pics of incosiderate commuters in MRT. Somehow it seems we ppl who hold DSLRs are extremely visible and convenient to stop by jagas.
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    Default Re: ST Forum: Can't one take photos in MRT stations?

    Quote Originally Posted by reachme2003 View Post
    where can i find smrt's response? thanks.
    I have not seen any response from the ST Forum page by SMRT also, but had read a news report in a Chinese evening newspaper. Their reporters went to interview and enquired SMRT management and that's their reply.

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