I stared at the young lady with utmost contempt. Her eyes met mine and looked away. There was a raging fire deep down in me. I would have her stoned to death for the indifference she displayed so non-chalantly. Some people just never learned, and perhaps never will.
The poor old man, laden with the groceries in his hands, was filled with disappointment when he couldn’t get a seat. He looked around but nobody stood up and gave him the seat he so rightfully deserved. The scoundrels who took those illegitimate seats dared sat comfortably on the reserved seats and paid no attention to the needy around them. If you asked me, I would have them receive the infamous “rotan” session in Singapore or Malaysia’s jurisdiction. Then would these offenders know how to get their butts out of the way for the elderly, disabled and pregnant ladies impromptu.
What has begotten the younger generation – the whole new leaders of tomorrow who are supposed to be well educated? Have they abandoned the virtues of being morally sound?
In the U.S., Federal laws requires that operators request passengers who are non-disabled to vacate priority seatings when needed. I did a check on the guidelines for SMRT and found that this is not part of the government regulations. I seriously think this should be implemented. Courtesy has always been a well protected Asian virtue. Unfortunately, its integrity is falling apart rapidly.
Education is important, but action speaks louder than words. You tell your kid to be courteous and well mannered but showed no grace in real life, I tell you…you might end up having to spend the rest of your old age all by yourself. The reason? Simply because you TAUGHT them so.
Each and every one of us will age. And when you could no longer stand more than 5 minutes in a bus or train, you would long that a good hearted person will vacate his/her seat for you. And then you will remember what cruelty you have shown others when you were younger.
Rome was not built in one day. It starts with you.