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Commuters still don't spare a thought for pregnant women

I HOPE that this letter will help create social awareness among commuters who use MRT and buses.

I’m currently four months pregnant with my first child. I travel toand from work by the MRT every day from Pasir Ris to Outram Park and back.

There have been instances where some caring soul would give up his or her seat for me.

Regrettably, there are still many inconsiderate Singaporeans who would simply ignore me.

For example,on my way home on Monday, I stood in front of the priority seat which was occupied by a woman reading a newspaper.

She looked up at me and raised her newspaper even higher. The woman next to her also looked at me, glanced at my tummy,and straight away closed her eyes.

Another lady at the third seat was alighting and she signalled to me to take her seat.

But just as she stood up, another woman rushed to the seat and straight away closed her eyes.

But she would open her eyes once in a while, look around,and then close them again.

I am appalled by the character and attitude of such people, especially women,who should understand the situation of a pregnant woman.

This has happened not just to me but to many other pregnant women.

This is such a disgrace to our society and a shame in spite of the signs and posters pasted in the trains.

People should be more considerate.

Rina Munir

This article was first published in The New Paper.

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Posted by sodomised on Fri, 20 Nov 2009 at 20:35 PM
I agree commuters should be more gracious towards the needy. But sad to encounter a few times from pregnant women who seem to feel giving up seat to them is a norm and hence, don't bother to say 'thank you' or even pass you a smile of appreciation. Honestly, this make me set priority to the old aged or parents who have their kids with them then the pregnant ones.
Posted by Always_Alert on Fri, 20 Nov 2009 at 14:51 PM

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