In fact, KL is third from the bottom in a list of 36 cities in the world, according to a survey by New York-based magazine Reader's Digest. We beat Mumbai (right at the bottom) and Bucharest.
The most courteous is New York, followed by Zurich and Toronto.
The magazine said it was not a scientific survey. Researchers were sent to the cities where they tested people on 3 things:
• whether people in front of them would hold the door open for them as they walked into public buildings 20 times.
• whether sales assistants said thank you after they'd bought small items from 20 stor.
• whether anyone would help pick up papers they'd dropped from a folder in 20 busy locations.
Are the findings fair? Some people may think not. I mean you may not say New York and courteousness in the same breath. Then again, we're being too presumptuous. People are courteous in New York. They are not rude. they do have the time to hold the door for you, help you with all the papers that you've dropped on the street, and say thank you.
No need to really wonder. The first thing you'd notice when you land on American soil is their greetings of "how're you doing?" and "have a nice day". Yes, even after 9/11. It's ingrained in them.
Never mind whether they mean it or not, or sincere about it. As long as they're not rude.
I don't know whether I'd use the same criteria to gauge rudeness or courteousness.
If you read the conclusion of the study, you'll see that the more prosperous the city, the more courteous the people.
I have my own conclusion of Kuala Lumpur's ranking. The Reader's Digest researchers did not bump into people true KLites.
Could it be because of THIS?