On another episode of call-out culture on social media, where it’s now cool to call out big organisations and sometimes governmental agencies.
Of course, this has also brought about the woke mob, all eager to grab a slice of the pie. This viral Facebook post could’ve been an email to SBS but, everyone is eager to chase clout and do the cool thing by shaming others on social media now so….
Netizen Shares A Post Of The Outdated Sticker
Of course, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with complaining about small things on social media, but the main problem is with the sentiments that the post has stoked.
Some of the more concerning comments on the post were borderline xenophobic, insinuating that foreign workers in the SBS staff were in charge of these stickers, and responsible for the train sticker.
Netizens Stil Perturbed By Previous Unrelated PA Issue
Despite the vendor coming out to take responsibility for the blunder, it seems like most people still seem to feel that they were ‘blamed’ or thrown under the bus for the mistake.
Thankfully, some netizens are still able to think and analyse the situation rationally:
Netizen Syed Mahdzar Having Trouble Comprehending The Situation
Whereas our netizen Syed Mahdzar still doesn’t seem capable of comprehending a simple concept and timeline of events:
This happened on the post that SBS Transit put up on Facebook to apologise and explained the events that led up to the lapse:
But it’s fine, let us put together a simple timeline to aid in the understanding.
- Aidilfitri stickers are put up on the train during Aidilfitri
- Aidilfitri is over but the stickers have not yet been removed
- Syed Mahdzar takes the train on the North-East line, takes a pic and posts on Facebook
- SBS acknowledges the lapse and explains that it was their mistake for not taking it down in time
- Syed Mahdzar insists that it was not checked pre-deployment when the stickers were put up
What Have We Come To?
We have also come to the point where organisations have to justify every single element in their designs if it pertains to any racial celebrations. Many have taken offense with the presence of a bicycle in the design of a racial celebration sticker on a train.
More than a form of exercise, cycling is a mode of transport for many Singaporeans, regardless of race. In fact, western expats cycle everywhere, perhaps more than local Singaporeans. But with anything, reading too much into things and spinning a whole different narrative is a common activity for most on social media these days:
All in all, it’s quite sad what our society has come to. Singapore’s transport system is one of the best in the world. It’s frankly commendable that they still consistently make the effort to put up festive decorations for the different racial festivities in Singapore. Not many transport companies in the world even bother with this.
Our advice to SBS Transit: Don’t bother anymore. Especially if nobody appreciates it when it’s been done right all these years. Use the space for advertisements instead and earn that money! Because when small lapses happen, even unintentionally, nobody is particularly forgiving about it.