Yesterday somebody wrote in the ST Forum - a girl was molested on the bus, nobody came to her help when she screamed, she went to the bus driver ...and 2 commuters complained that they will be late and the bus shouldn't be delayed due to such a "small matter".
Look like all the years of indifference training is really working. Singaporeans do what they are told, take care of themselves, don't ask too many questions and close both eyes when they see injustice. I would say all these traits are desirable for a harmonious society - you don't see protests, Singaporeans are always happy....even though it was reported that 300,000 (20%) earn less than $1200 income per month. If you're not one of the 300,000 who cares just enjoy life. If you see CSJ at Raffles Place shouting questions that will wake your conscience, walk around him. If you see beggers at the bus interchange from the corner of your eye, just walk a bit faster and that image will disappear. When I was in Ireland recently, the people were so busybody they were protesting poverty in OTHER countries (Africa).....why do they care so much about others half way around the globe...I don't know, I'm a Singaporean.
It is important to strengthen these desirable traits in Singaporeans in the internet age. We must not let our guard down:
1. Make sure students are fully focused on school work scoring As and getting scholarships. Better still make it a life and death issue for them - all else is secondary.
2. Make sure Singaporeans are always financially tight, be it car loans or housing loans - so they will never have time to think of anything else.
3. Build good shopping centres & casinos. Should they end up with some extra cash make sure there is ample opportunity to spend it, it will take up the spare time shopping.
4. Jail a couple of bloggers using sedition act. This will remind people that even in the internet age, nothing has changed.
5. On and off crush a few dissenters & protestors to show it does not pay to fight for your fellow Singaporean. Even a White Elephant poster is a cause for concern.
6. For those who have the urge to change things, provide "channels" such as feedback unit, meet the MP sessions so that their views can be slowly managed within the system.
As we refine our system, it will get better and better, things will become more harmonious and orderly. Singaporeans will be alot happier if they don't think so much about the less fortunate and the lack of rights. If they ever feel guilty, they can do their part by donating to the NKF, they can feel much better about themselves.