Sometimes, a single picture meme is good enough to replace the entire post.
But if you are still reading, here’s the fuller post.
At the risk of being mistaken once again for being a PAPpy dog, I think we should give some credit to the gahmen for having enough foresight to expand our drainage system and build all those NEWater and desalination plants to allow us to tide through this dry spell. My friends in Malaysia are basically stockpiling water because of looming water shortages and rationing. I am so glad we don’t have to go through that kind of inconvenience. Singaporeans may be known to queue for Hello Kitty quite willingly, but queuing for water is not something a first world nation should allow. So here’s a big “Thank You” to the government of the day for such effective planning.
Of course this doesn’t mean that we should tolerate all the inconveniences that MRT breakdowns are causing. The government still has to take the blame for that mess. Having suffered through a few of those myself, I really hope that the heavier penalty regime will instill the fear of god into SMRT and SBS. 10% of annual revenue (read: NOT profit) is steep. It’s a step in the right direction.
But really the intent of this post is to point out that we are quick to blame and not quick to thank. Is it any wonder that Singaporeans feel unappreciated, if we don’t appreciate others ourselves?
Now I am sure there’s going to be a whole bunch of people who believe that there is no need to thank the PAP ministers when they earn million dollar salaries, since they are being paid for doing their job, and hence we should demand perfect service. If you have this kind of attitude, I guess you are no different from the kind of person who doesn’t treat your waiter nicely because his/her job is to serve you. In which case, this speaks volumes about your own character.
Update: I wrote a “Part 2” right here.