Yeah I love the Taipei folks too. They're easy to talk to, a pleasure to work with, and are generally polite.
Here in SG, I remember riding in a packed bus when a pregnant lady came aboard. Funny I noticed everyone around her who had a seat started looking away. I think the driver noticed too, so he stopped the bus and scolded those who were sitting in the disabled seats. Incredibly, despite the scolding, not one of them offered his seat! Finally the driver picked out an individual and ordered him to stand. The man just stood up without even looking at the pregnant lady and that was it. No apologies, nothing. A bus full of jerks.
Btw, I might be wrong but have anyone noticed? Why do they play that "Please give way to alighting passengers." message on the train instead of at the station platform? I mean, the people that should be giving way are on the platform right?
Voice messages obviously don't work. And you know, they love spending money on campaigns that don't really work....they spend for the sake of spending, so can prove
their budget is met.
Better campaigns like hiring more people to actually stand guard to chatise errant passengers during peak hours. But do they actually wanna spend this kind of money?
I doubt so.....if they did, they probably complain profits gone, and the campaign scrapped quietly after a while.
It is a vicious cycle. The pregnant ladies and ladies with kids are also the ones who pretend to fall asleep during their younger days.
It's quite rare to see young ladies giving up their sit in the MRT or bus for the elderly, pregnant lady and family with kids.
If u guys had noticed (I'm not sure how many here take public transport daily since it seems most here own cars), the 'Keep Left' campaign is slowly taking shape.
Still remembered when the MRT first opened at my estate in the late 80s, everyone was all standing haphazardly, some left, some right. In fact the situation seem to persist well until like 3 or 4 yrs ago the Keep Left thing started. Slowly but surely things changed. Although I still encounter things where couples hog the left & right side, people who do not know their right from left (esp the elderly, the seemingly fit ones. Not those old, frail, bent over elderlies), Chinese, Indians, Malays (I rarely see Caucasians take MRT), whatever, a loud shout from behind, "HELLO?! EXCUSE ME!!" would usually do the trick.
For those who take the MRT and encounter such people, do the above. Behaviour shaping of this kind works very well, especially if it embarass them to a certain extent. Do it to them once, twice, 3 times and they'll stay left and KEEP LEFT lest they get embarassed again. Nobody likes to be embarassed in public or earn the stares from strangers like as if he's some sort of alien.
Through social cohesiveness and alienation, only then, such campaigns will work.
Do it for those 大伯公 who seem to think they are very thin, park themselves in front of crowded train doors and simply turn sideways when the train reaches a stop and they REFUSE TO STAND OUT AND GIVE WAY.
Everyone, lets unite against such ugly behaviour!!!
"Wonders of the Human Mind. Unfathomable to the highest degree."
the society is becoming more & more individualistic, materialistic.... we have lost those kampung spirit...
To be fair, SMRT also play a part in the sudden rush thing though. I myself experienced the door shut premature before everyone get in....also 99% of the time the train announced the "Train door closing" message even before all passenger alight, so that cause enxiety to the already very stressful patrons
Unlike what I saw in Japan(JR) or even US, because their train are manual operated, the train operator will make sure everyone board and alight safely before they will close the door......When I was in NY, the black lady even better....she saw me rushing with backpacks and luggage and from a far she already shouted "don't worry honey, take your time, the train will not go without u" with a grint...that obviously helps in relaxing us a bit
i have to add an item to my hate list. I hate kids who openly blast their music off their handphones in the trains!!!!! It's damn irritating la, i mean i don't mind people having conversations and such, but blasting music?!?!?! That's so inconsiderate!
It is called survival of the fittest. The winner gets a seat, the loser stands all the way till home. Just look at Raffles Place MRT on the North East Line. During Peak hour, the train from Boon Lay will stop and masses of commuters will run out and surge towards the plaform right opposite and position themselves outside the doors, when the train comes, it is a mad rush for a seat. It happens everyday for your info. It has become a daily routine.
To help in the building up of the national spirt of fighting for survival. SMRT has graciously introduced new trains with even less seating capacity instead of increasing train frequency. Hence now there is less seats and still the same number of commuters. Result? More training in how to fight for your seat.
Getting off the train during peak hours is like playing rugby - the scrum. Feel no shame. Push your way out.
Oh btw, when offering seats to pregnant ladies, do confirm that they are really pregnant and not larger than usual. Made the mistake once.
If there are 4 people standing in front of u and its obvious that nobody is going to give up their seats:
Person A: Old, frail looking, weak old man who looks like he's gonna die of a heart attack immediately shld the train jerk a little.
Person B: A very, very pregnant lady. Probably in her final trimester. Where u've got the feeling if the train jerks or someone bumps into her, her baby would simply just fall out straight between her legs or she'll instantly miscarry.
Person C: A strong looking young man who looks like he's in an extremely bad rut of late. Struggling with a clutch with a broken left hand in cast and a broken right leg in cast, sweating profusely due to the hot weather AND perhaps due to the fact that selfish buggers hogged the escalator and he'd decided to take the stairs instead.
Person D: A mother of 2. Struggling to contain her 2 kids, her necessities, her handbag AND her shopping. One with her left hand and the other sleeping peacefully in her arms and given the screaming, whining volume u see with the one the Mama is trying to control, u'd expect an Earth Shattering scream shld the one sleeping is disturbed from his sweet slumber.
ASSUMING U HAVE 1 CHANCE, 1 SEAT, NOBODY'S BULGING AND THE KIDS WON'T RUSH FORWARD TO GRAB THE SEAT. WHO WOULD U GIVE UR SEAT UP TO?
Some junk food for thought after a sleepy lunch. Hehehe....
P/S: If everyone ended up with Private Transports, don't complain about traffic jams and the government raising taxes.
Last edited by jsbn; 21st December 2006 at 01:26 PM.
"Wonders of the Human Mind. Unfathomable to the highest degree."
you can't give birth to an old man. A life is a life, you can't say a baby is more important as he/she has a life ahead. One must not ever forget the old when there's new. I rather prevent the old man from dying than a preggie having a miscarriage.
I guess it's more of a personal moral decision and principles. heh