01 Aug '11, 8am

Singaporeans need to brush up on their manners, our reader says.

RECENTLY, I was in my car, at the junction of Handy Road and Orchard Road, waiting for the traffic light to change. There were seven people at the crossing, waiting in the light drizzle. All had umbrellas except for a Caucasian family with a young son. They were obviously quite distressed when the drizzle suddenly turned into a downpour. I was disappointed to see that not one person offered to share his brolly. The family members had to run as fast as they could to the nearest building for shelter. My business associate from Britain visited Singapore recently and was bewildered that people often walk right into him along the streets without uttering any apologies. He asked: "In the UK, we say 'excuse me'. Don't you say something similar in Singapore?" We need to brush up on our manners.

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