When I watched the YouTube video here, I can’t help wondering what’s wrong with our society. It’s rather sad if we really examine the deep implications and social malaise plaguing our society.
The scene is in a typical crowded MRT train with all seats occupied and many passengers standing. An old lady demanding for the “reserved seat” next to the door. The young attractive lady reluctantly gave up her seat for that old lady. The story should end here.
But it didn’t.
The old lady was obviously unhappy. She spoke quite good English. She started to berate that young lady standing in front of her who had just given up her precious seat. She was busy fiddling her mobile phone and couldn’t stand any longer leading to a war of words. Nasty exchange followed.
From the exchange of words, we could conclude that the old lady was clearly unreasonable. She pointed out the “reserved seat” signage to her indicating her right to the reserved seat. She accused her of being a “PRC” and she wanted to snap a photo of the young lady to complain to the press.
There is no written law to say that someone seating on the reserved seat must give up her seat to the old or pregnant passengers. The signage is there just to remind passengers to practice graciousness by giving up your seat to those in need. But that has become a right. The old and pregnant have forgotten that it’s a privilege and not your right to the reserved seat. You can’t do anything if that person refuses to give up his seat to you.
Obviously, both of them are locals if we listen to their spat. Why then the old lady accused the young lady of being a “PRC?” Assuming that the young lady is really a PRC, you can imagine even more ugliness. It clearly shows that even old folks are habouring anti-foreigner feelings. The comments on many forums and YouTube so far are more sympathetic to the young lady. But it would be interesting to watch if the young lady were to be a PRC.
Next, the “fook” word seems to be quite commonly used nowadays. That young attractive lady dressed up so fashionably didn’t hesitate to use the “fook” word liberally on the old lady which added to her anger and she threatened to publicize her photo in the newspaper.
Anger begets anger in this space restricted constrained train where that young lady couldn’t even walk away in the crowded train carriage but had to stand in front of the irritating old lady enduring her endless tirade and tantrum. Obviously, she was caught in the bind.
Maybe that old lady was once beautiful. She became accustomed to being pampered. She grew old and no longer had men answering their every beck and call. She becomes bitter at the slightest annoyance of a young, attractive “wongable” lady reluctantly giving up her seat because the world has seemingly turned their back on her, which compels her to demand more out of the world. That obviously triggered the chain reactions.
How can the young learn good manners and graciousness from that old lady who seemed educated cuz she could speak good English. She thought the whole world owe her a living. She demanded as if it’s her right to the reserved seat. When that demand was not so forthcoming, she threw up a tempestuous tantrum even though she already got what she wanted. How obnoxiously unbecoming of her!
The best part is that the whole train carriage was crowded with passengers yet no one came forward to settle the spat and give advise. Did they learn from the “young man pushed an old lady in bus” incident that it’s better to stay away from such nonsense? It clearly reflects on the social malaise on our stressful society. Really langgar!