Class and a decent upbringing/education is what separates us from the animals. These days the rough and uncouth new money types are nothing more than apes with a fat bank account. If we're going to open our doors to foreign outside influence at least be selective. arab, pakistani, african, south american, mainland chinese influences are not exactly desirable traits to have in a country like ours and while money can buy a lot of things it can't buy a good upbringing, pedigree or even decent etiquette.
Flushing a public toilet after using it, chewing with their mouths closed, lining up, parking properly, waiting for people to exit lifts before barging in are qualities everyone regardless of income level should be aware of. Many a times the lower income group conveniently blames their financial standing for their lack of manners. The same crowd that transforms into new money orang kaya barus will later bring their thoughtless attitude into the confines of their new environment. Sure there exists economic disparity but inculcating good manners and etiquette should be something all Malaysians strive for regardless of financial standing. My great grandfather was a farmer but taught his children manners which was passed down in the upbringing of every subsequent generation to come. Nothing to do with being in the have or have not category.The direction this society is heading is one that is shallow and hollow. People are respected for their (new) rags to riches wealth rather than the way one carries oneself regardless of income level. To be honest, even though I come from a very well off lineage, I really am not impressed by new money wannabes who are clueless when it comes to etiquette and decorum. Even if they have the latest half a million ringgit BMW but stop by a road side stall to eat durians while squatting down then leaving the durian skins by the roadside after eating the person is still a thoughtless unhygienic culture less peasant to me.
Since many are clueless the effort should start in school. Teach them to sit down for meals during recess and things like that. Believe me if they did and with our schooling years being 13 from kindy to spm, manners, etiquette and decorum will stick to them and be something they will pass down to their children in the later generation's upbringing. We are so obsessed with material pursuits we have forgotten about common courtesy. That and also the fact that this government from as early as the mahathir days have created so many clueless juara kampong rags to riches orang kaya baru types that they have spoilt society. Can you honestly tell me that tajuddins, halims, mydins, eswarans, vincents and the likes have class? They have money but they still have the class of equivalent to the Beverly hillbillies. I am so glad my clubs (all relics of the colonists) puts a ban on members bringing bodyguards into eateries. Those new money types really have no sense of fine dining whatsoever.
Having good manners doesn't require money. No one has to be rich to learn all that. Its all in upbringing and education. The excuse the ill mannered give that manners are only for the rich is as flawed as their sense of reasoning.