SINGAPORE: Photos of a creepy-looking doll perched on a ledge in one of Dhoby Ghaut MRT station's tunnels may have spooked some members of the public, but it is no longer there.
Channel NewsAsia understands the doll was removed by SMRT staff early on Wednesday morning (Feb 1) before train service started.
The grimy doll garnered attention after 16-year-old student Ashley Soo noticed it while on board an MRT train along the North-South Line towards Jurong East on Tuesday. She snapped a couple of photos and promptly uploaded them on Twitter, sparking a flurry of reactions from other netizens.
chucky also kena must take mrt la. doll only where can tahan COE, ERP, BKE https://t.co/v1qgM6L5rX— Ø³Ù‡ÙŠÙ…ÙŠ (@abgmimi) January 31, 2017
Speaking to Channel NewsAsia, Miss Soo said she was on the way to Somerset MRT station with her friends when she spotted the doll out of the corner of her eye, just as the train pulled up at Dhoby Ghaut station.
"As soon as I saw it, I spun all three of my friends to face the doll ... and thank God I wasn't just seeing things because my friends reacted instantaneously and took out their phones to take a few pictures too," she said. "It all happened so fast, and before we knew it, the train pulled out of Dhoby Ghaut station and we were on our way to Somerset, still in complete shock of what we saw."
Miss Soo said she and her friends were surprised at how the doll was seated on the ledge "as if (it were) purposefully left there".
"One of my friends, Pearl, thought it was a dead rat at first until she realised it was a doll. I think we only registered that what we saw was very uncommon as we reached Somerset station - that's when we felt slightly disturbed," she said, adding that they thought the doll could be a "hidden camera prank".
As of Wednesday evening, her tweet has chalked up more than 7,100 retweets. Popular Singapore humour portal SGAG turned the photos into a meme as well, referencing South Korean horror film Train to Busan.
I'd hate to have a train breakdown with that doll nearby.. pic.twitter.com/uwKoKR62J2— SGAG (@SGAG_SG) February 1, 2017
SMRT staff were also seen shining torches onto the train tracks on Tuesday night, which led to speculation that it was due to the doll sighting.
There's an mrt staff flashing his torchlight onto the train tracks at dhoby ahahaha is this bc of the doll— basic brownie (@polypolarbear) January 31, 2017
"We have recovered the doll and are investigating," said Mr Patrick Nathan, SMRT's vice president for corporate information and communications.