Thursday, November 09, 2006

ST (9-11-06)

ST (9-11-06)
Originally uploaded by dawnkua.

This is not a cat related post per se but I thought it was very interesting. Many people have contributed a lot about litter and how Singaporeans seem to be getting dirtier. However what I think is telling is the fact that Singaporeans seem to feel no sense of shame - and unlike what the article says, I don't think it's just the younger people.

The problem I think is not that young people are too pampered - but that Singaporeans feel they should be served. Look at the people who complain to the TC - it's the same phenomenon. People complain and want their problems solved - but they're not willing to do anything to help, even though they live there. Small wonder they litter in a place that isn't even their home.


Blogger vegancat said...

I can't agree more with the statement that many residents have the armchair attitude of getting others to do the dirty work. Recently the town council officer called me about a resident who complaint of the styrofoam bowls left behind by feeders. He lives on the opposite block of the feeding area which is a mere 10-20 metres away and this has been going on for "donkey" years. Yet he couldn't be bothered to talk to the feeders because he didn't want to be the "pie lang" ("bad person" in Hokkien) and also he expected to be served by the TC and fellow resident caregivers!

9/11/06 11:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Totally agree. It's amazing the attitude of people nowadays. They seem to think that throwing litter on the floor in a coffee shop, hawker ctr, etc is not littering. That it's the responsibility of the owner of the establishment to clean it up. Does that mean that if I go to their homes, I can throw something on the floor and not pick it up? Since they are the owners of the house, I guess that means it's their responsibility to clean it up?

Really weird thinking that people have nowadays. Could it be because the schools have stopped teaching Civic Studies? I shudder to think that the people in my generation are teaching their kids it's ok to blame others for their mistakes. Take the recent spate of accidents on the escalators. Parents seem to think that it's not their fault their kids are falling down on escalators. That it's the government not doing enough to prevent such accidents. Even blaming the shoes! If the parents had supervised the kids properly, such accidents would have been greatly reduced.

Sorry for ranting. This kind of "not my fault/not my problem" attitude is getting to me.


9/11/06 11:33 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Marilyn - me too!

Vegancat, I think sometimes people forget that there's a difference between serving someone and being a slave.

9/11/06 12:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This disgusts me. Singaporeans have the luxury of workers cleaning up after them in fast-food restaurants, hawker centres and food courts and they are abusing this. Reading reports like this absolutely makes my blood boil. makes me feel ashamed to be living in the same country as these people.

9/11/06 1:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder why most Singaporeans eat & behave like a pig at public eating places. Do they also dirty their home dining table in similar disgusting manner as they do outside ... ?


9/11/06 2:37 PM  

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