Posted by: angmlr007 | 16/02/2011

Social Etiquette (or lack thereof)

Not talking about anything sophisticated today. Just want to show all of you a simple observation I picked up while I was out with my camera a month ago:

Either the people in this district are illiterate, or simply can’t be bothered

I am quite certain there are places around this neighbourhood for the residents to dispose of their bulky trash, such as the mattress, and maybe those shoe boxes too. Is it really that hard to bring the trash from your void deck to the appropriate dumping grounds? In addition, what left me really appalled was the amount of smaller trash that has been scattered haphazardly all over the floor – stuff that could have easily fitted into the green dustbin. This dumper really can’t be bothered to sort his own shit out properly.

What kind of society are we cultivating?

I can pretty much imagine the response of the dumper in this situation: Oh, we’ve those cleaners that come to remove the trash anyway, so we can leave it by the trash bin and let them handle the rest. Yeah, sure, then read the sign above the dustbin, you dumb ass. There’s a reason why the bin opening is only THAT big you know. Not only does the bulky garbage pose as an obstruction when placed along the void decks in areas with human traffic, it is also an eye-sore and nuisance to others living in the area and doing their part to keep their place clean.

As the garbage gets cleared away a few days later, everyone forgets about this incident… but I will never forget what this incident speaks of our community. Is our society in Singapore really that “bo-chup” to this extent, that we can tolerate this kind of socially unacceptable behaviour? The reason why people continue to do this, is because they are able to commit the “offence”, and get away with it scott-free. In addition, the mindset of “no one gives a damn, so why bother” begins to set in, and once it takes root in our minds, it is a tough habit to kick.

If everyone does their part in playing by the rules, and doing what is right, I’m sure we can make our community a better place to live in.


I am crossing my fingers and praying that this is merely a one-off incident.


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