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The eerie and spooky ‘Dollby Ghaut’ MRT mystery

Feb 2, 2017 , ,

We have all heard of that one spooky, hantu (ghost, in Malay) story about Singapore’s MRT system at one point or another.

Or maybe you can remember reading a Russell Lee-inspired ghost story involving Bidadari or how one should never sit in the last coach at the last train for the night.

But no one seemed prepared for this which was shot by Twitter user @ashleysoo on 31 January 2017.

See her post here:

Her post has since been shared more than 7,700 times and has been liked by more than 2,000 times.

Even SGAG ran a post which got a few tickled.


The story was quickly picked up by the media and a Google search on “Dhoby Ghaut doll” brings up the following image:

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What’s interesting about the way the ‘Dollby Ghaut’ story was carried is that Channelnewsasia (CNA) did not use the word creepy or eerie in their headline, even though the word eerie appeared in the first line of their story.

CNA should have just said it was eerie in their headline, because it was!

The bigger question is: how did the creepy doll get on the track in the first place?

We hope to get an answer from SMRT soon, as their Vice-President of Corporate Information and Communications Patrick Nathan told CNA: “We have recovered the doll and are investigating.”

But here’s what we think could have possibly happened:

  1. Technicians working the midnight shift found it on the track and left the doll to rest so they could finish track maintenance on time for the morning crowd.
  2. One MRT technician obviously loves dolls and left one to be photographed to be a famous social media influencer
  3. Russell Lee has an experiment for a new book on doll ghosts
  4. SMRT left the doll there so there would be distractions from its delay issues (Read Sun Tzu’s Art of War)
  5. Dhoby Ghaut is really haunted.

Number 5 = Gasp….

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