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Give Up Your Seats Ground Up Campaign

October 9, 2010

I pledge to Give Up My Seat

The other day when I boarded the MRT, there was a person fast asleep at the seat that is reserved for those in need. That’s the seat reserved for the four following four categories of people: the elderly, the disabled, parents with young children and pregnant ladies.

Another lady boarded the MRT soon after me. She saw the person fast asleep at the reserved seat, and asked me if I would like to be seated. When I said yes, she actually tapped the sleeping person on the shoulders and asked her to give up her seat for me!

I was quite surprised and touched. Singaporeans are usually quite shy and reserved. So it is unusual to meet a lady that’s so brave and gungho.

This led me to think that we pregnant ladies should do something for ourselves too. And it’s not just for us. It’s also for the other categories of people in need. While civic-conscious people like the ones that I met on the MRT are around, there is still a need to improve the level of graciousness of commuters in Singapore.

So what can we do?

1. Make it a socially unacceptable norm

If you happen to be those in one of the four categories above and have not had access to the reserved seats, or if you witness some ungracious behaviour, tell your friends and family about these incidents via blogs, facebook, twitter or any other medium. The idea is not to complain, but to make this a socially unacceptable norm. If we can at least convert our immediate family and friends, they can in turn advise their own network of friends to slowly change this ungracious behaviour.

2. Start our own Give Up Your Seat Ground Up Campaign

Whether you are those in one of the four categories above or not, you can show your support for the Give Up Your Seat Ground Up Campaign by:

  • telling all your friends about this campaign – blog / tweet about it, share it on facebook (you can use my share buttons at the bottom right hand corner of this page), tell all your friends about it!
  • show your support by leaving a comment on this blog
  • download this widget – if you have a blog or a site, put this widget on your site to show your support. Instructions for downloading this widget is included at the bottom of this post.

3. Lead by Example and Be Vigilant

For those who are not in one of the four categories above, please lead by example! Please be vigilant and watch out to see if there is anybody more in need of the seats than you. Many a times, it is not that people do not want to give up their seats. Sometimes, we do not see those in need because we are busy playing with our handphones, or reading our newspapers, or just staring into air. And please DO NOT be shy. If you are some distance away from the person in need, you just need to stand up, try to get the attention of the person you wish to give up the seat to, and signal to ask if he or she would like a seat.

Let us all put in our own little effort to change the social behaviour of Singaporeans. Remember the star fish story? You can make a difference!

How to Download Widget

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1. Save the image of the widget onto your desktop.
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3 Comments leave one →
  1. December 5, 2010 4:13 pm

    We champion you for doing this! Can we post your article on to raise more awareness?

    • December 6, 2010 4:47 am

      Sure, it will definitely be great to raise more awareness of this issue among the public!


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