I have been observing this new annoying trend since last year. This isn’t limited to MRT or commuter trains, but on THSR as well.
There would be a long line waiting for the train, the train arrives and the doors open. After people got off the train, and the line starts moving, people would get into the loading/offloading section between the door and the gangway, and stop there. There are plenty of standing space if not seats in the passenger area, but they just won’t move.
The area next to the door couldn’t possibly hold more than 10 people, so the line just stops moving. Until those still outside of the train realized the train would leave without them, then they start pushing and shoving through assholes blocking the loading area to get inside the passenger area.
Often times it’s the young people who would occupy that tiny area next to the door, leaving elderly people having to push and shove their way on the the train.
If you tell them that there are plenty of space inside the passenger area, these “young people”, well sometimes around their 30s, would avoid your gaze until they give up and complain while they move towards the passenger area, making room for other passengers to board the train.
When did this become a thing? I’m pretty sure it wasn’t like this 5 years ago.