All developing countries hurt the same
Last week at work — bored with the monotony of manual labour — a co-worker from the Philippines and I talk about the differences between the public systems in Canada and our respective countries.
I let him know about the roads and how the traffic police system works in Nepal. I mean the bad roads, horrendous public transportation system, bribing for a driver’s license, etc.
‘That’s exactly like in the Philippines,’ he laughs and says.
He tells me how the government works and how politicians behave in the Philippines. I mean corruption, lack of dedication, etc.
‘Damn…that’s exactly like those rascals in Nepal,’ I think, laugh and say.
Then we praise how well the public transportation and pretty much every public service system is in Canada. (Although I hear people criticize what has happened to Canada lately — from where I come, this is perfect.)
Today at work, a co-worker from Nigeria and I talk about the differences between the systems of Canada and our respective countries.
I tell him about the roads and how the traffic police system works in Nepal. I mean the bad roads, horrendous public transportation system, bribing when the police catch you, no traffic signals, no walking rule, etc.
‘When I came to Canada and got on a bus, I was astonished at the technology. I mean, I could just tap a card and move around the city without talking to anyone (except the optional ethical Canadian thank you). In Nepal, the buses have conductors with whom you have to deal with cash and words. They come to collect the fare, they ask your place of boarding and destination, and you have to wait for them to give you changes and sometimes you might even have to ask for it,’ I say.
‘Same as in Nigeria,’ he says. ‘There is no fixed schedule for buses. We have to go outside on the bus route and wait. The bus may come anytime. Here in Canada, the transportation is on time.’
‘And the funny thing is, they (back home) stop the bus wherever they desire when they have to take the passengers but they hardly ever stop where the passenger wants to get off,’ I say.