Tuesday, February 12, 2008
SINGAPORE: My letter published in Today
'PLEASE OFFER ASSISTANCE OR MIND YOUR TOES!'
I refer to "A Graceless society?" (Feb 12) and wish to thank Annette Tan Siew Lan for what she has written. I am a New Yorker living in Singapore and my pre-conceived notion of a polite society is being dashed to little bits. I travel around the city with two toddlers in a
stroller and frequently meet people at the lifts of Paragon Medical Centre or at the MRT station who arrive after me, then push past me to get in. New Yorkers have a reputation for being rude and they are at times bold and aggressive but never this rude. At first, I was shocked but now, I simply roll the stroller over the toes of the rude offender.
Please feel free to share my warning to Singaporeans. If you see a red-haired woman struggling with her children please offer assistance or mind your toes!
(Accompanying this letter is a cartoon drawing of a red-headed woman with a big nose saying Out of the way! Or your toes get it... to a non-descript guy. Are caucasians perceived as having big noses? The words for foreigner here is "Ang Mo"