Their story goes like this:
- They were a bit drunk and wanted to take a taxi.
- They wanted a "car taxi" but old man comes to them to offer trishaw ride.
- The old man was very slow and seeing that they are not going to get to where they are headed, they stop him and got down one quarter of the way.
- They eventually paid him in full but that was not captured on video.
- They are actually very nice blokes ...they apologise for their behavior.
When I google for comments on this incident, I see many good Singaporeans expressing outrage at the behavior of those tourists. Yes, Singaporeans are respectful and kind towards our old folks unlike these hooligans. We are all very kind towards the elderly especially our govt who expresses so much concern for the old. Recently they been very busy with the re-employment of the elderly. I'm sure when I get to seventy my brain would have slowed so much, I won't be able to keep doing IT type jobs. I guess the next best thing is getting re-employed to clean tables or riding a trishaw. I wonder if I will be able carry 3 overweight tourist like that old uncle. I wonder why the old uncle cannot be given a motorised trishaw. I guess giving him a motorised trishaw would be considered welfare and in Singapore welfare is a dirty word. Besides, our govt departments may not be able to handle something different like a motorised trishaw ...by the time he get his license, he will be eligible for annuity.
The New Paper did 3 articles on the trishaw incident and never once asked why an elderly Singaporean had to make a living ferrying overweight tourists on a trishaw. It seems like the numerous campaigns to promote work for the elderly is successful. With the govt pushing our DDA(draw down age) further and further into our golden years ...and keeping CPF returns at low single digits, they ensure we don't waste our golden years doing useless things like touring around, looking after grandchildren and walking around in the park. Singaporeans are so lucky to have a govt that cares so much about them to work out useful productive plan for them that extends well into their golden years.