This has been nagging me for quite some times now. I am debating with myself about the rational of making this entry. Will Sabahans hate me after this and form an 'Anti-WanderingSumandak' page in Facebook? Or will I get pros and cons responses? Either way, I still want to blog about this.
Yes, I am talking about the basic of social ethics, the lack of courtesy among the public, about those who are commuting via public transportations in KK City. In fact, my cousin also voiced out her disappointment about this issue. As a newly-returned KKian, I still haven't got the time for getting myself a driving licence. Hence, I take buses every day to work. My office is about 15 or 25 minutes drive from the heart of the city. Mind you, this is when the traffic flow is smooth. If it's jammed up then I think it probably takes you about half and hour or even an hour to reach my office and vice versa. From my personal experience and observation, some commuters are still lacking of courtesy. Which courtesy am I talking about? I'm talking about giving up your seat to the elderly, pregnant ladies, disabled or even ladies. I notice at times that male passengers will steadfastly glue their butts on the seats, rather than giving them up.
Once, this old makcik was standing and nobody offered his/her seat. If I was seated, I'd give up my seat willingly and let the makcik sits down but alas, I too was standing up. I'm not saying that I'm a good example of a goody two-shoes but imagine when you see a young and healthy man and he just sits there rolling his eyes upward to the vehicle's roof, picking his finger nails, or even turns his face up 25degrees towards the window while an elderly is having a difficult time to stable himself/herself everytime the vehicle lurches forward without warning! I saw this several times now. I am not saying that all male commuters in KK are ill- mannered. I believe that it's only an isolated cases but still, these questions keep on nagging me.
IS THIS THE DEMISED OF CHIVALRY AMONG MEN IN SABAH?
WHAT HAPPENED TO THE MORAL LESSONS IN SCHOOL?
ARE WE TOO SELF-CENTERED THAT EVEN THIS SIMPLE GESTURE IS FORGOTTEN?
Having said that, I believe that not all male commuters in KK are lack of courtesy. I did come across with some, who, actually gave up their seats willingly. So, don't worry. We're not being the rudest city in the planet. One thing that I noticed is, most of the public transportations in the city are not practicing the 'being a considerate passenger' policy, as seen and practised on public transportations in KL. There are no active campaigns being carried out and not even a single sticker promoting 'courteousness' amongst commuters. I have yet to see a section being allocated for disabled, pregnant ladies and elderly inside any of the City Buses. Do correct me if I'm wrong. I do feel that the DBKK and the Ministry of Public Transportation in Sabah could come up with campaigns, promoting this practice among the public. All public transportations' management could also be encouraged to enforce this policy, with endorsement from those two organizations of course.
Should and when this policy be enforced, I believe that it will somewhat triggers people to notice and start feeling ashamed of their blatant 'don't care' attitude. This might be a trivial matters to others but sometimes, the impact of a small or insignificant mistake can sometimes leads to a full-blown disaster. After all, we certainly do not want to project such image of being 'the rudest bunch' in the world to other people, especially to visitors/tourists, right?
So, DBKK and Ministry of Public Transportation (Sabah), what are you going to do about this?