Worse than pigs

When the train arrived, people rushed in while alighting passengers rushed out. No one gave way to my wife and the pram. She had to compete with the horde to get onto the train. To make things worse, those standing at the doorway refused to move in, making it even more difficult for her.

Once on board, no one bothered to give up his seat to my wife, who was carrying our son. Those seated were young, able-bodied and educated (executive-type) adults. Finally, it was two Thai workers who gave up their seats to us.

Read the rest of the ST Forum letter here.

But seriously, this guy has obviously never taken public transport or eaten at public food courts before. These types of Singaporeans he encountered are worse than pigs, they have no class. You meet them every day that you step out of the house. And whose fault is it that they turned out this way?

Just yesterday, some miscreant put a big dirty box on the boot of Doracar and dragged it off, creating many small scratches in the process. For goodness sake, what did Doracar do to deserve this? Did his mother teach him to spoil other people’s property at whim?

Earlier during dinner, we went to the foodcourt and saw an empty table. However, one of the chairs had some bags on it, belonging to the family at the adjacent and joining table. I asked the young girl (about 13) at the table if the seat was taken, and she said no. Then she looked confused at what to do next. I told her that I needed the seat as well and she finally took the bags away. Later, her mother came back and scolded her, saying: “Next time must tell others that the seat is reserved.”

Oh, I didn’t know bags had backsides too. What a great way to bring up your kids.

The more we talk about being a gracious society, the less gracious people become.

3 Replies to “Worse than pigs”

  1. Welcome to Singapore! Don’t forget that Singaporeans are a product of the social conditioning implemented over the years.

    Law’s govern the behaviour. So unless you have a law stating that you can’t put black dirty box on other peoples cars or young able-bodies executives have to give up their seats to pregnant woman, its not going to get noticed. Enforcement of these law will be another issue altogether.

    Maybe they should have laws suggesting that Singaporeans as a whole should have first preference to seats on MRTs, let alone pregnant women.

    However, recognise that the MRT is not a convenience for Singaporeans. Its a for-profit organisation who’s main customers are 50%-60% foreigners. Go count for yourself on the train. 🙂 If you need a voice about this issue, you have to join the majority.

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