On this columnist’s Christmas wish list is the hope that motorists in Singapore become more courteous and accommodating
My Santa 'Clause' PHOTOS: TORQUE

It’s that time of the year again, when we revel in the festivities that mark Christmas Day and signal the retirement of yet another calendar. This is
when we look forward to a better, happier world for everyone.

With our hectic schedules and constant pursuit of excellence in everything we do, many of us have become more self-centred and less friendly. As our Prime Minister rightly pointed out in his National Day rally speech, Singaporeans seem to be getting “less patient, less tolerant and less willing to compromise”.

Many drivers, for instance, lack basic motoring etiquette. These black sheep are impatient on the road, never signal their intentions, and refuse to yield to faster cars. They also neglect to acknowledge the kindness of fellow motorists who give way, or afford them the time and space to rectify a driving mistake.

Then, there are the individuals who park or drive wherever they please when they go for dinner/supper, leaving residents in the area to contend with illegal parking and traffi c congestion. Another perennial problem is the loud noise from patrons at popular eateries located near people’s houses. Adding to the racket are rowdy diners who continue their banter while walking to their cars, often carrying on with their animated discourse over many a cigarette.

One would assume they’d have the decency to keep their voices down,
knowing it is a residential estate and that it is the wee hours of the morning, but evidently no. Such is their disregard for the well-being of others. These noisy night owls might ask why residents cannot exercise more tolerance, while the same residents expect these “uninvited guests”
to be more considerate.

Formulating laws based on good neighbourliness is hardly the solution,
because such “regulations” would only make everybody more defensive and less tolerant than before. The best remedy, I believe, is really just a measured dose of give-and-take.