Thinking Aloud

Beware casual snobbery that shows contempt for ordinary folk

Casual remarks sometimes reveal what people actually think. And when we detect casual snobbery, we should call it out.

The day the mainstream media picked up the story about Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong speaking about people who can't earn $1 million a year, I was in a plush shopping centre in Orchard Road.

I was late for a medical appointment, but I also needed the loo. I saw a toilet and walked towards it, reaching it at about the same time as an elderly couple, the man solicitous of the woman who was the one who clearly needed relief.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on August 12, 2018, with the headline 'Beware casual snobbery that shows contempt for ordinary folk'. Subscribe