It broke my heart to watch the video of a man being berated and threatened by an older man for the T-shirt he was wearing.
But it swelled with pride when one of the commuters came forward and chided the aggressor for his raucous conduct and for bullying the victim ("Hero of MRT incident: Shanmugam lauds man who stood up to bully"; Thursday).
The rest of the commuters kept a distance from the ongoing fracas, not wanting to be involved, and allowed the bully to carry on with his disruptive behaviour without a howl of protest.
We proudly sing Stand Up For Singapore on National Day, yet, when the situation calls for it, few people would stand up in defence of someone being bullied.
Henry Koh Chiew Phor