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NE15
Buangkok
万国
புவாங்கோக்
Buangkok-NEL.png
Statistics
Address 10 Sengkang Central
Singapore 545061
Line(s) North East Line
Connections Bus Taxi
Abbreviation BGK

Buangkok (NE15) is an underground Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station on the North East Line.

History

Date Event
15 January 2006 Station officially opens

First White Elephant Incident

On 27 August 2005, during Minister Vivian Balakrishnan's visit to Punggol South, a resident, displeased with Buangkok's disuse, erected a series of white paper cut-outs of elephants, which were drawn in a cartoon-like style, symbolically calling the unopened Buangkok station a 'white elephant'. Soon after, police started an investigation on it as a case of a public display without permit, on the grounds that a complaint was received and that they may have been in violation of the Public Entertainment and Meetings Act, for which the maximum penalty is a fine not exceeding $10,000. It raised controversy because many people saw it as a harmless, trivial case not worthy of investigation. It also highlighted the general displeasure over the non-operation of the MRT station after it was built with public funds. It also raised questions on how much freedom of expression the government is willing to tolerate.

A month later, police closed the investigation without pressing charges but issued a stern warning to the offender.[1] This led Deputy Prime Minister Wong Kan Seng to comment to the media, "We cannot apply the law to some and turn a blind eye to others. If we do, then the law becomes the real white elephant."

Second White Elephant Incident

On 13 January 2006, during a carnival celebrating the opening of the MRT Station, 27 students from Raffles Girls' School were preparing to sell T-shirts bearing "Save the White Elephants" to raise funds for a charity Youth Guidance. This prompted a warning from the police that they needed a fund-raising permit and that "wearing of T-shirts en masse may be misconstrued by some as an offence under the Miscellaneous Offences (Public & Order & Nuisance) (Assemblies & Processions) Rules."[2]

The girls said that they had always taken a strong interest in current affairs and Buangkok incident inspired them to start what they called "Project White Elephant" aiming to "galvanise the youth of today to rise up from the apathy they are stereotyped with and take an active role in airing their views". Punggol South grassroots leaders were impressed by their "entrepreneurial spirit and derring-do", and invited them to set up a stall at the opening ceremony of the station to sell the T-shirts.

On 21 January 2006, Deputy Prime Minister Wong Kan Seng apologised for the way the police had overreacted to the group of school girls' plan to sell and wear white elephant T-shirts at the opening of Buangkok Station.[3]

Art in Transit

Water, Nature and the Contemporary by Vincent Leow features images and archival photos of life in Singapore which embellished with dots, graphic motifs and bands, all in bold primary colours.[4]

Layout

L1 Street Level
B1 Concourse Faregates, Ticketing Machines, Passenger Service Centre
B2 Platform A
NE15
Buangkok
NE1CC29
HarbourFront
Platform A/B
Platform B
NE17PTC
Punggol
NE15
Buangkok

Exits

Exit Disabled-Access Location/Nearby
A Handicapped/disabled access Sengkang Central, Palm View Primary School, Compassvale Ancilla Park
B Handicapped/disabled access Sengkang Central, North Vista Primary School

Transport Services

First/Last Train Timing

Destination First Train Last Train
Mon − Fri Sat Sun & P.H. Daily
North East Line
NE1 HarbourFront 05:46 05:46 06:07 23:32
NE17 Punggol 06:13 06:28 06:48 00:24

Bus

Bus Stop Exit Bus Service
(67609) Buangkok Stn Exit A A
27
43
43M
102
(67601) Buangkok Stn Exit B B
27
43
43M
102

References

  1. "Residents bring up 'white elephant' Buangkok MRT during minister's visit". Channel NewsAsia. Retrieved 28 August 2005.
  2. "Teens' white elephant T-shirt venture gets police attention". Today Online. Retrieved 14 January 2006.
  3. "Police overreacted to white elephant T-shirt incident: DPM Wong". Channel NewsAsia. Retrieved 21 January 2006.
  4. "NE15 - Buangkok". SBS Transit. Retrieved 14 March 2013
North East Line [ VTE ]
Stations HarbourFrontOutram ParkChinatownClarke QuayDhoby GhautLittle IndiaFarrer ParkBoon KengPotong PasirWoodleighSerangoonKovanHougangBuangkokSengkangPunggol
North East Line extension: Punggol Coast
Rolling Stock C751AC751C • C851E
Depots Sengkang