Typical Singaporean attitude?

In Personal on 2 May, 2006 at 12:37 pm

I’ve read with interest about an article that was submitted to the Straits Times forum.  This writer’s friend who is an Australian told someone who was washing his little girl’s bottom in the public basin, that it is not polite to do this as it will soil the basin as well as expose his little girl’s modesty to all the men in the toilet.  That Singaporean instead of getting embarrass, threaten the Australian and ask him whether he is trying to pick a fight.  Even though the writer and the Australian tried to defuse the situation, that Singaporean continued to threaten the writer’s friend and the commotion subside only when that Singaporean’s parent pulled him away.  The writer goes on to tell his shocked Australian friend that this is a typical Singaporean attitude.

This is far from the truth.  After staying here for so long, I haven’t met anyone who wash his little girl’s bottom in the basin.  And most Singaporean will not challenge someone to a fight just because that person told him off.  Thus I find that tagging this as a typical Singaporean attitude is so unfair to most Singaporean.

I am most puzzled by why a single bad behaviour by a fellow Singaporean and someone will label it as typical Singaporean attitude.  What happens to those who lend a helping hand when someone get into an accident which happen so frequently?  Doesn’t this shows that Singapore is also a civic-minded society?  Did the government impose a “if you don’t help someone who is involve in an accident, fine $5,000”?  I don’t think so.


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