Teach kids good manners from early age

I often see passengers, young and old, in buses and MRT trains talking, and laughing, loudly.

Some parents do not correct children who shout or put their shod feet up on the seats.

Good manners should be taught to children from an early age.

There are many media reports about graciousness and courtesy, but I do not see very many people practising them.

In Moscow and St Petersburg, in Russia, I was surprised to see very well-behaved young couples. I hardly saw any of them kissing and hugging in public or speaking loudly or giggling.

In Taiwan, I saw very disciplined young and old people. I was told by a friend that when trains started reserving seats for the elderly and the handicapped, the young would not sit on them even when they were empty.

The public was later told that anyone could use the reserved seats but to give them up to those in need.

In Singapore, it is very disappointing and frustrating to see the youngsters in trains with their eyes on their phones. They do not even bother to look up to see if someone needs a seat. When I am offered one, it is usually by older men.

If a train or a bus is packed, parents should carry their young children on their laps.

When I was young, my peers and I did not have to be told to behave properly in public and to give way to the elderly and handicapped; it was expected of us to do so.

Shamim Moledina (Ms)