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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Kiasuism in all of us...

Driving a taxi, and on the road everyday allows me to witness the 'KIASU' attitude in all of us. For instance, if I pick up a passenger along the left side of the road, and I have to cut out to my right in order to turn right or make a U-turn at the traffic junction just down the road, it can be a hazardous and frustrating experience. First of all, even with my indicator on to show intention to move out to the right will meet with vehicle coming from the right behind you 'honking' away to stop you from trying to do so, and also not wanting to give way even though the traffic lights in front is showing red. It happens so often when I chance upon a potential passenger down the road, I often get beaten by a faster moving taxi on my right cutting across my path to stop and pick up that passenger ahead, and as I drive pass him, the driver will simply pretend looking to his left to avoid eye contact, something like, 'I don't know, I did'nt see you' or 'you lose I win' sort of action. Then there is this other type of driver whose vehicle also stop right behind yours at the traffic junction awaiting the lights to turn green and as soon as it does, he will straightaway 'honk' at you to 'move quick'. This is really irritating at times and more so when he overtakes you, he will still turn his head in your direction to give you another sort of stupid look. Parking your vehicle at an empty parking lot can also bring unexpected confrontation as in 'hey, I am here first' or 'this place is reserved, can you see that tin can over there?' as he drives his vehicle close to yours. There is totally no courtesy, most of the time, without any indications but that kind of 'idiotic' manner that tells you 'No way!'. Singaporeans' driving attitude is terrible 'maybe there is something wrong somewhere in our upbringing' that, there is always this show of "Kiasuism" in our behaviour on the roads as well as in our daily lives............

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