Dr Mumbo

Revealed: the escalator perils of the right handed

Never let it be said that readers of The Straits Times in Singapore – and, indeed, the publication itself – are afraid to speak up for the disadvantaged.


One letter in particular caught the eye of Dr Mumbo. It was a contribution that will have many Singaporeans hanging their head in shame. Will no one think of the right-handers among us?

We’ll let the letter speak for itself:

Escalators in MRT stations should not be functioning like staircases. The main issue is that those doing so are overburdening the escalators.

Also, commuters who are right handed will then be able to hold on to the railings on the right without having to move to the left to make way for those wishing to “walk” on the escalators.

Disallowing people from walking on the escalators will lead to normal usage of the machines which would help in reducing the frequency of breakdowns.

It was a contribution that reminded Dr Mumbo of the tone of letters that appeared in Viz, a bawdy, puerile and often hilarious comic that will be familiar with many British expats.

Viz not only contained colourful character such as The Fat Slags and Buster Gonad and his Unfeasibly Large Testicles, but a letters page known as Letterbocks.

For no other reason than we can (and it is Christmas), here’s a selection of Dr Mumbo’s favourites:






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