Sugvender Kaur: Rose among Singapore train captains

Sugvendar Kaur Pritam Singh, one of the seven female train captains working for Singapore's SMRT Corp, was featured in a newspaper article

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| Singapore| 5 Dec 2016 Asia Samachar |
Sugvendar Kaur (right) with two other women train captains at Singapore's SMRT - PHOTO / TNP, PHYLLICIA WANG
Sugvendar Kaur (right) with two other women train captains at Singapore’s SMRT – PHOTO / TNP, PHYLLICIA WANG

Sugvendar Kaur Pritam Singh, one of the seven female train captains working for Singapore’s SMRT Corp, was featured in a newspaper article.

In an article entitled ‘They are roses among train captains’, The New Paper noted that the 52 year old captain ‘wears her uniform with pride’.

She has served SMRT Corp, formerly known as the Mass Rapid Transit Corporation (MRTC), for 23 years.

“There are so few of us, but we are special because we work in a man’s world. We are the roses among the thorns,” she tells the newspaper.

Sugvendar and her co-workers are the trains’ “drivers”. Along with SMRT’s 550 train captains, they are responsible for operating 141 trains on the north-south and east-west lines, the report notes.

Train captains are also the link between the control stations and passengers, facilitating communication in case of issues such as train breakdowns.

Although it has been 23 years, Ms Kaur still feels passionate about her job – the knowledge that she is helping people every day keeps her from running out of steam.

“I feel like I’m married to my job. It’s something I truly enjoy,” says Sugvender who is still single. “There is no better feeling than knowing that you are responsible for thousands of people to get to where they need to go.”

To see original story, go here. (The New Paper, 1 Dec 2016, They are roses among train captains)

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