ESM Goh: Singaporeans more gracious now

Singaporeans today no longer spit on the streets, nor talk as loudly in public, as before, said Emeritus Senior Minister (ESM) Goh Chok Tong today at the launch of the 2011 Singapore Kindness Movement.

The Straits Times reported that these were examples he cited of how Singaporeans have become more gracious, as he gave his assessment of Singapore's decades-long campaign to build a gracious society.

However, he also stressed the need for more awareness as competition heats up both at home and abroad.

More than 500 people, mostly residents and grassroot leaders of the Marine Parade GRC, attended the event at the Marine Parade Community Club. At the event, he told them that a new initiative to promote kind acts will be launched soon.

The Singapore Kindness Movement is now in its 10th year, which stemmed from the National Courtesy Campaign that started in 1979.

Tomorrow, which is World Kindess Day, volunteers will give out 30,000 yellow daisies in Orchard Road to spread the idea of kindness 'blooming' in Singapore.