SINGAPORE: The Public Transport Council is hoping its ground-up-initiatives this year will sustain graciousness on public transport.
Chairman of the Council, Gerard Ee said this at a prize presentation ceremony on Saturday.
He presented 25 primary and secondary students with prizes for their efforts to encourage gracious behaviour among commuters. They had sent entries of catchy phrases to remind commuters to be gracious.
Mr Ee cited the recent Singapore Kindness Movement Survey, which revealed more gracious behaviour on public transport – this despite an overall fall in its Graciousness Index.
Mr Ee said the Council's "Make it Right for a Better Ride" campaign will include a "Gracious Moments" Facebook app, and a series of stickers in trains and MRT stations.
The Council hopes the stickers encourage commuters to apply peer pressure on those who are less gracious.
It will also work with secondary and tertiary students to produce short films to encourage gracious behaviour on public transport.
Mr Ee also gave some advice to those on the receiving end of gracious behaviour.
He said: "It is very gracious to accept an offer given to you - doesn't matter if you're getting off two stops later and you can reinforce this good behaviour by saying, ‘I really appreciate your very kind gesture'.
"And this person will feel so nice and will want to do it again, but don't turn off, especially a young person by saying, 'no need' and then just remain standing up, because I think this young person will never offer the seat again.
"I know this because I was young once and have felt the embarrassment before. Graciousness flows both ways – it is only gracious to accept a kind offer, and in your act, you also encourage to continue to do more such acts." - CNA/ck
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