No, I beg to differ. We understand fully and until the "significant minority" of locals learn to try to communicate the problem will always exist.ev-disinfection wrote:Well SMS, there is a lack of understanding and communication here between the expats and locals, I have been known to help strangers without any thoughts of whatever re-payments, and i am sure that there are also like minded expats that would do the same, there are also locals that act without sense, but more towards people that they don't know, if they knew them, there would be courtesy and all... we locals are generally more sensitive than superfical
You see, the sad part of it is, a country is tagged internationally by it's citizenry. And like most countries in the world, the bad apples are a small portion of the whole. Accordingly, the tags that a country gets are usually because that small percentage is much larger than most other countries. Therefore that "Bad" trait sticks out like a sore thumb and there you go, a country gets tagged by its bad habits. Singapore is noted for several (and I have to agree it is not the majority but it is a significant enough number that that is what the tourists take back with them to their homes and that's what the tell their neighbours about. So by the time the neighbours come here, enroute to their ultimate destinations (remember the average tourist stay in Singapore is only 3 days), their minds are preset to see the bad, which of course they do, thereby reinforcing the perceptions. It becomes a vicious circle that is self-induced by a portion of the population here. Oh, the tags? Rudness and inconsiderate. A fine city (because of lack of consideration for others, they have to resort to fines to halt the anti-social activity). The Singapore Buffet Syndrome. The foreign hotelier's worse nightmare (Famous for stealing anything not nailed down in the room). All this has been told and retold around the world in the various media since I got here and that's a long time ago.
And no, you have it the wrong way around. It's more superficial than sensitive. Otherwise, expats wouldn't get the all to common questions about how much they earn, how much is their rent, yadda, yadda, yadda. Where is the sensitivity there? And the excuse for anti-social behaviour? It's being pragmatic. The favorite catchphrase to explain everything that is viewed as either rude or inconsiderate. (cutting queues - good example - pragmatic "If I cut the queue, I get it and you don't, therefore it made good sense for me to be rude and cut the queue otherwise I wouldn't have gotten any!") Anti-social but that's okay cause we're just being pragmatic.
But, I agree, it is a minority of the population........