Okay, so maybe sometimes we don’t help people who drop their laptops or whatever. But I like to think that Singaporeans are generally good, kind-hearted, compassionate people.
I’m not proud of many of our policies but let’s not forget that it’s not just ridiculously priced HDB flats or a lack of minimum wage that make Singapore, Singapore. It’s the people, us, that make up this country too – perhaps the largest part of it. So maybe we should think about how we can make being Singaporean worth being proud of. We can’t do much about our crappy policies. But we can give the world a better impression of Singaporeans as kind, other-centred people – not just mindless citizens of a fascist country that bans chewing gum, freedom of speech and, now, alcohol in Little India.
Singaporeans make me proud of being Singaporean. And these are a couple of examples why:
1. All those times a ‘summon auntie’ (parking attendant) appeared near a coffee shop and Good Guy Kopitiam Uncle would start shouting at everyone to move their cars.
2. That time that girl took her own initiative to tell the story of the elderly woman who sells random food items outside Mandarin Gallery.
Not only did it raise awareness about the old lady’s plight, but it also made us think deeper about the less fortunate, whom we see on the streets and at MRT stations every day.
3. That time we banded together to defend ourselves against that Yahoo story on why Singapore isn’t a good place to visit.
We bash our own country a lot. But when non-residents talk shit about our country, we sure as hell fight back.
4. Oh, and no one, NO ONE trash talks our unofficial national language.
5. Also, we are mostly apathetic to things around us. But when shit hits the fan, you can bet we stand up for what is right. Like that time that boy shoved an auntie off a bus.
See the uncle who told the boy off at 0:20 and the girl who stepped forward to help the auntie up at 0:29.
6. And that time the Internet rose up against the supervisor caught slapping his intern.
7. Also, when the haze hit, a couple of kind Singaporeans went around distributing masks to senior citizens and outdoor workers.
8. And that time this amazing man gave a total stranger a part of his liver.
9. What about moments in our every day life? Like the many many times Singaporeans got out of their cars to help an accident victim in need.
10. Even if it meant risking their lives.
12. And the times every day Singaporeans helped bring crooks to justice.
12. And Exhibit B:
13. How about that recent MRT fight where a fellow Singaporean broke up the two men in a brawl?
14. Which has happened before.
15. In fact, there are plenty of Unsung Heroes around us. And the fact that there’s a group dedicated to helping them out really warms the cockles of my cold, dead heart.
For instance, the woman who is raising five kids on a $1200 income, the man who physically struggles to wake up every morning, and the woman who goes door to door, offering to clean houses for the needy:
Thanks for reading! If you liked this post, you may also enjoy reading some of my other posts, such as: 35 Childhood Memories of the Late 90s in Singapore, 22 Signs You’re An Ex-Convent School Girl and 21 Times Lee Hsien Loong Totally Nailed The Whole Social Media Thing