SKM chief says Singapore will need many years to improve social graces
Channel NewsAsia - Friday, August 22Singaporeans have been urged to improve their social graces as the country prepares to host the Youth Olympic Games in 2010.
But the new man in charge of making Singapore a more gracious society said that a sea—change in attitudes and social habits will take several generations at least.
For example, an initiative launched in 2002, encouraged commuters to stand on the left side of escalators at train stations, leaving the right lane free for those in a rush. However, this habit is hardly practised.
And in busy foodcourts, customers walk away after eating, leaving their food trays behind. This often happens even after an initiative to get customers to clear up after themselves was recently launched.
The Singapore Kindness Movement hopes to get the message across better by targeting the home, workplace and schools. One way to do it is to regularly highlight the efforts of gracious Singaporeans.
Koh Poh Tiong, Chairman, Singapore Kindness Movement, said: "I don’t think we should expect a transformational change in the next few years. As I said, it may take a generation, or two generations or three generations.
"But I believe as long as we can improve, in our behaviours and our courtesy, bit by bit each day, I think that’s good enough."
The Singapore Kindness Movement started over a decade ago, but currently only 40 individuals have pledged their support to the cause. Its chairman wants to increase that number, to one million pledges. — CNA/vm
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -An article I read quite some time ago and had wanted to blog it down. All I can say is that Singapore still has a long way to go since bad habits are are hard to change. Moreover since our peers are not actually setting a very good example do you think the younger generation will be properly educated?