melbournejustice wrote:What is so humane about Guantanamo and detention without trial? You also make it sound as if Westerners are the only people who can think. Actually, the World Toilet Organization (WTO) was founded by a Singaporean named Jack Sim in 2001. Hence, the international movement for 'cleaner toilets' did not begin in the West, but in Singapore.
Interesting comparison consider this country's own history of ISA and detention without trial (of it's own citizens as well). Course they cannot just walk out of Guantanamo like a certain detainee did here recently. As far as the WTO is concerned, you are correct, it was started here. And just as unfortunate it's had just about as much impact here as the vaunted Courtesy Campaign which has been running for 30+ years now. Next to nothing. Go into ANY Hawker Centre or Kopitiam to a toilet ANY TIME of the day or night.
While I have been seeing some very small gradual changes, this place still needs to learn to have a sense of community where all are not continually suspicious of others of differing races. They live together but only because of being forced to by the government. They rarely interact with one another aside from occasionally acknowledging their existence in passing. At least from what I've seen over my past 25 years here (the last 10 in my own HDB flat).
This also causes resentment as the minorities are discriminated against because they cannot live wherever they would like (regardless of the amount of money they may have) in 95% of the housing units in Singapore due to the "forced" integration. While the reasons for it is understood (not laudable though), the policy is racist. As such, it just deep seats the resentment into the hearts of the minorities. The other problem like the toilets and the void decks is a direct result of the idea that if I don't own it, it's not my responsibility. Which leads to the litter in the void decks and pee in the elevators and rubbish all over the elevator lobbies of HDB flats. Not much sense of community values here.
Another aspect is the "beach/park cleanups" always be touted by the Gov't here and played up in the news. The only reason that these seem to be effective and have lots of youngsters partaking is that the only they will participate is because they get points in the schooling system for doing so. It's not altruistic. Nothing is done unless there is quid pro quo. This is why you get groups like the US Navy sailors who go to Boys Town every time one of the big US ships does a port call here. They go to places like that and give of their free time to help the disadvantaged by doing repairs & maintenance of the facilities there. All they get from it is a warm fuzzy feeling.