77. TROLLEY FOLLY
To me, the first ludicrous thing about this whole affair is that the local media has given this relatively unimportant phenomenon so much attention rivalling that of the US media’s recent reporting of the passing of the US health bill.
The second outrageous element to this bizarre event is the fact that such things even occuring is a clear sign that the people in Singapore have come to their lowest point in civic consciousness.
I mean, just look at some of the reports out there – supermarket trolley being used as a rubbish bin – supermarket trolley found abandoned at housing estate in Jurong – supermarket trolley chain smashed to bits to retrieve dollar coin within slot and let’s not forget, supermarket trolley being used as a shoe cupboard.
Have people in Singapore gone insane or are they trying to make a statement here? I can’t figure it out and either way, it just lacks taste all round.
Here we are, in the year 2010, on an island that prides and describes itself as a ‘world-class’ nation in almost every damn brochure and government campaign there is out there today and yet, what a low class mentality it has.
And it just doesn’t stop at trolleys, mind you.
Lesse now, there’s abuse of maids, corporate rudeness/racial segregation within the white collar world, bad telephone manners, horrible service quality at retail shops (where the ‘if you’re not going to buy something but are just browsing you ain’t worth my time bitch’ thinking rules), rude and curt e-mail manners, lack of community and civil graciousness and the biggest culprit of them all – absolute lack of kindness and heart.
I dunno – call me a severe critic but there seems to be a lack of sincerity in a lot of the people here – a certain warmth and genuine-ness that would make this island truly ‘world-class’.
And now it’s boiled down to trolleys.
Surely this is a sign that things have gone horrible wrong and that the erosion of civic consciousness has come to a severe state?
Can the kindness campaign even rescue the nation from the depths of ungraciousness?
Or will its citizens succumb to the pressures of living in this crock pot of a nation run by a rigid government that is making its people frustrated and terse?
I dunno, but what I do know is kindness begets kindness and if that’s true, so would the opposite.
Rudeness and a selfish attitude will reproduce more of this unruly behaviour which really doesn’t add to more bonus points on the ‘world-class’ chart or better quality trolleys.