Start Your Own Tradition ( and we don’t mean the Patek Philippe* watch)
*Patek Philippe is a trademark of Patek Philippe SA, Geneve.
We encourage you to start a (good) tradition here in our country. Yes, we are counting on you, the Generations X and Y (and Z, if you’re old enough) !!!
For example, in U.K. it is an unwritten rule understood by everyone there that you should stand on the left-hand side of an escalator in order to let someone else pass on the right.
Here in our country, everyone stands where they like, never mind the person behind who is in a hurry to pass.
As another example, in North-west USA (correct me if I’m wrong), if multiple cars approach an intersection which has no traffic light and no traffic sign, the cars are required to come to a halt. Then the first car that reached the intersection gets to move off first, and so on.
Here, generally the kia-su attitude would cause a bit of chaotic jostling for right-of-way, where no right or wrong has yet to be established.
In many countries, people would generally hold the door open for the person behind to pass as well.
Here, the person who passes through the door would not pause to assist the person behind.
Or maybe to stop a wrong practice from propagating. For example, why do some Malaysians like to pronounce our domain names “domain-name.com.my” as “domain-name.com.MINE”? The MY is a 2-letter country code that should not be pronounced as “mine” but should be spelt out as “M-Y”. You can’t pronounce the UK name ” .uk” or the Singapore name “.sg”, right?
So our proposition is simple: select a current bad habit and debate in this forum the correct or acceptable practice that you would like to see established as a good tradition in the country. When there are enough people with a common consensus (eg. stand on the left-hand side of an escalator), go out as a Group to make the positive change, by evangelising the good habit you want to help instill.
To kick it off, I’ve created four topics here based on the above 4 examples, if you wish to champion any of them. Or create your own topic and start your discussion group today. Go on, start your own tradition today!
Just click on the Forum link below “Start A Tradition” and select a topic (tradition) there. Remember, you can also start your own new topic (tradition) too!
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