I ended up reading yahoo news in intervals of my working time in office when I wanna take a break from my work, or when I just feel like slacking. Especially when the time is closing to lunch break, or closing to knock off time. I chanced upon this article :
which involves this particular woman who started screaming at commuters in the MRT train. I’ve seen the video yesterday on Oi Shan’s friend’s blog. The lady was seen shouting and shouting in the train (for I don’t know what reason), and then this Indian guy beside her moved from his seat to stand somewhere further from her (since it’s obvious there’s something wrong with her), and then this woman saw this guy sitting on a reserved seat and started scolding again.
This video of course sparked off a lot of comments from viewers. Debating whether or not the guy should have sat in the reserved seat or not, debating that the woman is crazy and all this.
I have always wanted to blog about this but did not find the mood and motivation to. Apparently a lot of people think that the “Reserved Seats” in MRT meant that only pregnant, elderly and people with physical disabilities can sit on it. I never thought it this way until some people started taking pictures of these people who sit on the reserved seats and post them up on STOMP.
In my opinion, I still think that these seats could be taken by able-bodied people, just that it’s a reminder to us people that when needy people come in, we will have the courtesy of standing up and letting them have the seats. At least I think that is what the government intended anyway. A lot of people thought that they should not sit on the priority seats, thus if they sit on the normal seats, and they see needy people come along, they can just continue sitting. Either that, or they will think that people who are sitting on the “Reserved Seats” OUGHT to stand up and make the seats free for the needy people. The point however, is that no matter who, as long as they’re able-bodied and sitting on the seats and they saw needy people, they SHOULD let out their seats, it’s not a matter of whether the “Reserved Seats” exist or not, it just serves as a reminder, but people nowadays twisted the meaning and changed it somehow to another selfish way.
I still don’t understand how come a lot of people keep saying that people who sit on the “Reserved Seats” should be chased away.
Second thing is, though the sister of the lady in the video is stepping out and told viewers to stop criticizing her and that’s treating her unfairly because we don’t know what she has been through. However, everybody in Singapore is stressed up, even primary school students have a lot on their hands to worry about, of course we don’t know what she has been through, because just as we don’t understand hers, nobody understands each other’s plight, life still goes on.
It’s not moral to keep her locked at home, and hire people to look after her like she’s a serial killer. However, it also might not be safe to let her go out on her own. Who knows if she acts up again and the victim might also be someone like her who has problems coping with her stress too? Must we wait till a tragedy happen, either that somebody is injured or killed before we know that something should be taken precaution against?