Are Singaporeans Considerate?

BY LEMONSQUEEZIY

It is not the first time Singaporeans are labelled as inconsiderate. From issues in public transportation to queuing up for food, incidents regarding such self-centred people tend to happen.

One recent scenario that happened in Singapore, was when a lady hogged up a car park for AN HOUR when she had some problems with a complimentary ticket. Seriously, we kid you not. You guys can check it out and shake your head in shame and (disgust) at what Singaporeans have become.

And oh. Did I mention the complaints?

I am sure all of us have our own personal encounters with these less-than-thoughtful souls. Using tissue  to reserve their seats to hogging seating areas in the library (What’s next? A plastic bag? Honestly…).

Has Singapore society evolved so much that putting others before ourselves is just too hard? Or maybe, it simply doesn’t occur to these people.

And, as is our job, my team and I have taken it upon ourselves to find out what the people of Republic Polytechnic has to say.

…not surprised, are you?

Out of the many interviews, only 1 kind soul has decided that Singaporeans are indeed gracious towards others around them. (We even gifted him with a bottle of lovely Coca Cola.)

However, this goes to show how much needs to be done to overturn society’s perception that Singaporeans are too stuck in their own worlds to know about their surroundings.

This is what you have been waiting for. LemonSqueeziy’s tips to handle these wonderful, adorably huggable inconsiderate people.

1. Open your eyes. 

Image: scienceblogs via Google Images

Image: scienceblogs via Google Images

Yes, you’re absolutely right! Each of us have a pair – yeap, that means two each – of eyes.

Keep in mind that there might be that poor soul standing in the corner of the train. Like a frail old lady. Or maybe that pregnant lady with those two adorable kids.

You get the gist. They might need the seat more.

Set an example by giving up your seat so others may do the same. And if you’re standing, perhaps nudge someone to give up their seat.

Kindly, mind you.

It doesn’t hurt to be nice.

2. Be aware of your surroundings

Image: Blogwithmom from google images

Image: Blogwithmom from google images

Similar to the previous point, do take a moment and look at your environment.

One of the problems listed by the interviewees was how much of a ruckus others could make while completely disregarding that others may certainly not appreciate the noise.

If you are in a public place – say, the library – and you know it’s not meant for any volume higher than a whisper, do keep your volume down.

Or to be blunt, shut up.

3. Your patience needs exercising too

Image: thewatershed from Google images

Image: thewatershed from Google images

You are late, rushing for the train and you know you can’t miss it. Getting a downgrade or, god forbid, detention for being late is completely unacceptable.

Still, do remind yourself that, shoving your way into the train when the passengers have yet to alight would only delay the trip and also earn you a healthy amount of disapproval from other commuters (Or even less than favourable words.)

Be patient. Be understanding. & be gracious.

4. Graciousness teaches more than you think

image: sgvolunteer from Google images

image: sgvolunteer from Google images

Trust me. Setting that fine example goes further than you think it does.

Giving up your seat for someone who needs it more? Or even helping an old lady cross the street instead of pushing past her.

Your actions may imprint into the younger generations that it does not cost anything to be kind.

Well, that’s it for now. We hope that these tips have been helpful.

7 comments

  1. Hi Team Lemon Squeeziy!

    Love your blog and the topics you discuss! (esp this!) SKM is currently on the lookout for bloggers who have a personal interest and disposition to kindness and societal issues.

    Inspired by the popularity of social media, SKM has created a new platform that works off user submissions. We’ve called it ProSocial, with dual reference to both altruistic attitudes and social media savviness.

    In essence, it is a blog moderated by our staff that will publish stories, artwork, photos or even shoutouts from users as long as the message is related to positive values like kindness, empathy and compassion. In the long run, ProSocial aspires to be an online community that draws together people who are inspired by positive stories.

    We are in the process of setting up a reward system to motivate members to contribute stories to the site. With enough points, you will be able to redeem gifts from our corporate partners in the future.

    The blog is currently live at http://kindness.sg/prosocial/ and our information page can also give you more information on what this project is about. Registration is fuss-free and will only take a few minutes: http://kindness.sg/prosocial/my-account

    Hope you will consider contributing your thoughts and help us build a community of pro-social individuals! Feel free to email me if you have any thoughts!

  2. anonymous · · Reply

    Omg… u guys are Singaporeans and yet you guys are talking bad about the people of your own country… seriously? are you guys stupid or what?

    1. Hi. We understand your feelings on the subject. As a Singaporean myself, I believe that we should be proud of our country. However, this is not the first time that Singaporeans are labelled as inconsiderate. We believe it a necessity to confront this problem to push ourselves and our fellow citizens to be better people. It was never our intention to demean Singaporeans.

      If you want to discuss about this topic further, contact us at teamthreem312@gmail.com

  3. anonymous · · Reply

    Yeah I get what u mean.. but u guys are contradicting yourself so much that you all seem fake, If u really like ur country u wont be talking about things like this. Omg! So freaking fake!

    1. Hi, we understand your feelings about wanting to remain loyal to Singapore. We also feel strongly about supporting Singapore, but some things have to be said.
      If we don’t take actions to solve this issue, it will escalate into a bigger problem. Hence, there is no point avoiding the issue. The best way to solve this issue is to raise awareness of it, so that Singaporeans can think of ways to solve it together. 🙂

      If you want to discuss about this topic further, contact us at teamthreem312@gmail.com

  4. Hi.
    I agree completely with what you have stated here.
    Singaporean has become super stuck up in their own world, and sometimes they can go to the extreme, like in that crazy lady case of
    hogging the que for one hour? Demented I tell ya,…*shakes-head*
    All in all, very informative and I really like your writing. Keep up the good work.

    1. Thank you for the comment! We’re glad you liked the post.

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