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S’poreans agree S’poreans got no compassion

Posted on 18 March 2014

Singaporeans only know how to do small things to help people, don’t know how to help the galaxy, universe.


Singaporeans from all walks of life, who are ruthless and heartless, are nodding their heads in agreement after reading a BBC article by Charlotte Ashton saying Singapore is misery city.

Singaporeans said that they are convinced Singaporeans lack compassion as mentioned by BBC, and do not know how to make someone’s day.

One local, Jin Du Lan, said: “Ya, Singaporeans don’t know how to show care and concern for others one. Whole day only know how to donate liver to strangers they have never met. Why can’t they do more? Like donate all their organs when they are alive?”

Moreover, locals said Singaporeans doing things for fellow Singaporeans should be faulted because it is not going out of the way enough.

Another Singaporean, Bu Kai Xing, said: “Ya, Singaporeans no compassion, only do things out of convenience.”

“Like this chicken rice stall owner who give away free food for many years. Only know how to give more rice and chicken to NSFs.”

And that’s not all. Giving away free service for mankind is also faulted.

One other local, Fan Dui Dang, said: “Singaporeans are always so selfish, only know how to care for other people by fighting for their rights by becoming the only human rights lawyer in this country.”

And then there’s more. Others felt more should be done to be compassionate to the outcast in society.

Zhuo Jian Lao, another Singaporean, said: “Singaporeans whole day only know how to give people second chance, go prison already, still want to give chance.”

“You see like that where got compassionate? Real compassion means got no prison. Like in London, where BBC is based, where there are unicorns and lakes of chocolate, where every man of every creed hold hands and live in prosperous harmony.”

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  • Sign On Extra

    How can be true.

    Our CCA compulsory one, you know?

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  • yancancook

    Use have instead of got

  • Timothy Tang

    I have thought about the question of why Singaporeans can be seen as miserable. The following is my answer.

    Charlotte Ashton was using her own personal experience to make sense of Singapore’s ranking on the global survey that found it to be the least positive country in the world. Many people did not realize this and assumed she was using her single experience to judge the whole of Singapore.

    Even though Charlotte Ashton’s article from the BBC is not a big survey of Singapore’s level of graciousness, her experience on a public train that eventually led to her feeling unhappy is a cause for consideration for all locals.

    I think that the ability to practice graciousness in public is based largely on one’s ability to be socially-responsive, empathetic and courageous(ability to adapt well in uncommon situations). These qualities would allow a person to react adequately to those in need.

    Although I do feel that many Singaporeans do possess empathy, I feel that the qualities of social-responsiveness and courage are under-developed in most, which has led to them being perceived as being indifferent and uncaring in public.

    Native Singaporeans are commonly brought up in very strict Asian households that instilled subservience from a young age. This, as well as Singapore’s rote-learning education system, do not provide much encouragement for us to think on our own. The added pressure to be intensely competitive in terms of studies and work has made us even less focused in such a crucial skill.

    The overall lack of social-responsiveness has many times in the past gotten the general youth in Singapore to be perceived as being politically apathetic.

    Professional medical staff in Singapore are well-trained to take charge of demanding medical-related situations so they stand ready to help those in need. I am quite certain if such medical staff were present during Ms Ashton’s plight on her train, they would have immediately assisted her without a thought.

    Regarding my thoughts on the train passengers who did not assist Ms Ashton, it is difficult to know if they were actually being indifferent and uncaring towards her plight. Their lack of social-responsiveness and lack of courage are also factors needed to be considered.

    The qualities of social-responsiveness, empathy and courage are much needed to overcome adversity to create liberation that can make one feel happy. The lack of such qualities could keep one stagnant in misery.