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Courtesy Campaigns

Thinking of Small Kindness Week inevitably leads to thoughts of Courtesy Campaigns.

The Courtesy Campaign started years back, if I remember correctly, in 1979 because the Tourism Authorities wanted to make Singapore a more memorable and pleasant place of visit for tourists. After all, ‘a satisfied customer is our best advertisement’.

Apparently, when the [then] Prime Minister (Mr Lee Kuan Yew) heard about this objective, he said something to this effect. ‘Of course, we must be courteous and kind to our foreign visitors but more importantly, we must be courteous and kind to our own people as well.’

Hence, the Courtesy Campaign had two objectives instead of one.

To symbolize the campaign’s message for our Lion City we had the Courtesy Lion.

Here’s a stamp to jog your memory.
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Tan Wee Kiat

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Written by Ivan Chew

17 January, 2008 at 5:22 pm

Posted in Year 2003/ 2004

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  1. You know the courtesy lion mascot…it was the favourite mascot of children born in the 70s. I remember my whole class drawing either the courtesy lion or smurf as their favourite cartoon character during art class. I drew the courtesy lion. 🙂

    QQ*librarian

    18 January, 2008 at 8:54 pm

  2. Hi! QQ*,
    Thanks for your comments.
    Courtesy, I guess, is one of the components of a gracious society. And a gracious society would make life happier for everyone, old or young, rich or poor.
    “That’s only common sense”, most people would say.
    As one cynic puts it, “The problem with common sense is that it is not common”.
    Regards,
    tan wee kiat

    tan wee kiat

    20 January, 2008 at 12:59 pm


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