The Straits Times
Published on Nov 13, 2012

Reserved red seats: Change mindsets instead


RESERVED seats on the new Downtown Line trains will be coloured red to remind commuters of their intended use for the elderly, pregnant women and the disabled ("'Reserved' red seats and 'perch' seats for Downtown Line trains"; last Saturday).

I have my doubts on the effectiveness of this initiative.

Ride any MRT train today and it is not uncommon to see able-bodied young people occupying the reserved seats without any qualms. Going by these attitudes, I doubt that colouring the reserved seats red would make any difference.

What is needed is a change in the mindsets of commuters, especially the young. They need to show more empathy and be less self-centred.

Parents can do their part by reminding their children to give up their seats to those who need them, and being role models by doing so themselves.

Hopefully, with everyone doing their part, there will be no need for the red seats.

Tan Lin Neo (Ms)