Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Leong Shi Hui Article Response 18/3/15

Article Title: Video of passenger scolding taxi driver goes viral
Article Link: http://www.straitstimes.com/news/singapore/more-singapore-stories/story/video-passenger-scolding-taxi-driver-goes-viral-20150315

1. The issue being discussed is that the daughter of a taxi driver who was scolded by a passenger was uploaded on Facebook, spreading viral, attracting at least 300,000 views and thousands of comments by 15 March.

2. I totally agree with the point of view of the taxi driver's daughter that "Taxi uncles are not idiots, deaf or useless, they are someone's family. They are fathers who work 14 hours a day, seven days a week, even on public holidays, so people like me and my sis get an education." I also think that the passenger should not have scolded the taxi driver because the passenger's request was unreasonable. From the article, it can be seen that the passenger demanded to be at his destination, Telok Ayer MRT, station from Chai Chee in 16 minutes even though the duration of the journey is around 19 minutes. With jams and traffic lights, the journey will be longer but the passenger stills demanded it. I think that the passenger should be aware that this request is hard to be fulfilled and since he knows that he himself is going to be late, he should set off from home earlier or find other ways of transport. It is also not the taxi driver's fault to drive slowly since there at road regulations in Singapore and since the passenger is a grown adult, he should have known it too. In fact, taxi drivers work harder than an ordinary white-collar worker to get the same pay. Hence, I agree withe the point of view of the taxi driver's daughter.

1 comment:

  1. I agree with shihuis point that the passenger should not blame the taxi driver when he is late, and ask for a faster ride then the normal time. Traffic is unpredictable, and he should have came out earlier. He is an adult, and he should be responsible for his actions.

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