Nowadays in Singapore, there has been a population boom due to foreign talents moving into the small island. The government of the Lion City has advised all Singaporeans to accept the new citizens and help them integrate into the culture of the Garden City.

As a Singaporean, we should welcome new citizens to join us in this small land. I have encountered countless foreigners who are willing to settle their roots here and learn the Singapore culture. However, it seems like there are some ‘black sheep’ amongst us trying to making life difficult for both locals as well as foreigners.

 

 

I saw this video on SG Share via facebook, a short four-minute clip which is too torturous for me,  what with  the high pitch screaming and scolding. Even though I do understand Mandarin, with her talking speed I couldn’t really make out what she was saying. Upon some quick snooping online at Stomp & Temasek Times, it seems like there are two stories going on.

From the comments posted in the three online portals which has accumulated to about 300++ so far, the siding of the commentators seem to vary.

 

From what I have gathered after reading through the comments, I would like to voice out my personal thoughts on the whole issue. But whatever i state here may not be the truth as I am not at the scene personally so it may defer from your views.

 

 


Video clip from YouTube

The whole story may have gone like this:

The China Lady was seated initially on the priority/reserved seats. A little while later, the local Old Auntie boarded the bus and moved towards the priority seats. The China Lady saw the Old Auntie and gracefully offered the empty seat beside her to the Old Auntie. However, the Old Auntie insisted upon the priority/reserved seat that the China Lady was seated on. So the China Lady was very unhappy as she didn’t understand the difference between the seat she sitting on and the seat beside her. That was when CHAOS was unleashed.
As usual, hurtful words were running all over the place, insulting statements were flying from left to right, bouncing here and there. As to the content of those words, I believe most readers/viewers were able to get it, even if you are a non-Chinese who may not understand a single character of Mandarin.

 

 

 

Personally, ever since the Alex Ong and The Most Polite “Ah Lian” incidents,I would have thought such matters wouldn’t have been made such a big fuss of as we should learn from the mistakes of others and make Singapore a better place to live in.

At the end of the day, it seems like something is wrong somewhere within the small island. Both locals and foreigners seem to be lacking something; maybe not just one but two or more than that.

 

 

Overall, I hope both locals and foreigners can come into a mutual understanding.
Mutual Respect + Mutual Understanding = A Positive Singapore (relevant articles)

 

“The earth does not belong to us. We belong to the earth.” ― Chief Seattle, The Chief Seattle’s Speech

 

“Respect yourself and others will respect you.” ― Confucius, Sayings of Confucius

 

“I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university.” ― Albert Einstein

 

 

 

 

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