Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Disgraceful Singaporeans

After I saw the picture on DK's blog of the human jam at the MRT due to disruption of services, I can only say a few things about a significant portion of Singaporeans: 人笨是没得救的 (stupidity can't be cured). Self-centered too.

What's the point in having such good education when you rush to get up the bus first and plonk yourself down on the only seat left comfortably, leaving the elderly to struggle up the bus and make his/her way to find a seat? What's the point when you park your shopping trolley across the asle of the supermarket as though you are the only one with a trolley? What's the point when you have kids happily seating on the MRT seat that has the yellow sign above it saying to give up the seat to the needy and there's an elderly clinging onto the pole for his/her life. What's the point when you leave the oily tray, after carrying your food to the table, onto the empty seat next to you?

Is it due to their upbringing, selfishness, common sense or just being street-smart? What is the point of leaders of the country saying that Singapore will be a gracious society in so-and-so number of years time? More than a decade ago, then-Prime Minister Goh said that Singapore will be a gracious society in 10 years time. After those 10 years, now, the picture on DK's blog says it all.

Are Singaporeans too confortable with themselves and their lives that they choose to ignore and be oblivious to these "common sense" stuff? Maybe we should send them for social etiquette courses? Yes, I agree, there are those who aren't like that, and I'm glad that the people I know aren't like that.

12 comments:

DK said...

My blog where got says it all? That is just the tip of the iceberg.

Jas aka paced said...

DK: LOL! Maybe it's really just the tip of the iceberg. Too many idiots and stupid pple around...

Xizor2000 said...

Selfishness is 'institutionalised' in Singapore. It is encouraged by our lea-duhs every election when they asked the electorate to think about their own upgrading and 'progress package' when voting. With this encouragement of a 'me-first' attitude, is it a surprise why everyone is selfish?

Jas aka paced said...

XZ: Hmm, never thought of that.

But it is true that one would always want to strive for the best for him/herself, however, it wouldn't hurt to spare a thought for others right?

arzhou said...

Sadly our system trains us or instills in us the attitude of looking forward only.

Jas aka paced said...

I remember when I was in primary school, we have this subject called Moral Education. This subject teaches us to be polite, greet our elders, give up seats to the needy, give way to others, etc. I don't think this subject is in the syllabus anymore.

I also remember the courtesy campaigns. I don't see this anymore.

Maybe it's time to bring all these back? Would that help?

chillycraps said...

common sense is not common in singapore...

Jas aka paced said...

LOL@CC. I love it when you crap... haha!

Anonymous said...

Too many people in Singapore. Everyone is tired, so everyone needs those seats.

If we pay more for a bus ticket, why should we get the seats?

Children and old people should stand. They pay less right?

The problem is that buses and MRT don't have enough seats. Its not with the Singaporean cos' he has paid for his seat.

Logical thinking is what you need when the government fucks with your thinking through marginalising your rights.

Jas aka paced said...

Anonymous: You have a strange argument...

Xizor2000 said...

" Children and old people should stand. They pay less right? "

Anonymouse should stand no matter how much he pay. Preferrably on the top of any train cabin.

Jas aka paced said...

XZ: which is why I say Anonymous has a weird argument. lol...

Anonymous, anyway, I'm taking your argument blatantly, if I'm supposed to read in between the lines, pls let me know what you really meant. If you are not comfortable about letting the real meaning known here, drop me an email!