In the local News Straits Time today...
...go read about a survey on common courtesy conducted by Reader’s Digest in 35 of the world’s capitals.
"It wouldn’t surprise anyone who drives, parks, shops or uses public transport here, but Malaysia’s capital city has emerged the third-worst in the world for sheer rudeness.
Apparently Reader’s Digest magazine sent reporters into the principal city of each of the 35 countries in which it publishes to conduct a survey of local politeness. Three tests were employed: Dropping papers in a busy street to see if anyone would help; checking how often shop assistants said "thank you"; and counting how often someone held a door open.
And they found that Asian cities generally fared poorly in these rankings, eight of nine of them in the bottom 11, raising the notion that what is considered courtesy in the West — holding doors, helping strangers, service with a smile — is culturally alien in Asia.
Of course it is of different culture here in Malaysia in terms of courtesy. If so, how to compare one city to another.
Want to find out more, go read NST today or click here to read online.
So fellow KL-rians, u may choose to open doors and smile beginning today. Start greeting someone in the lift, for a start.