Pastor, ChipMonk , Witch Doctor and Bigotry
I was watching this sensational video [link] and running at 2:15, I was brought back to the early 60's. I started reminiscing the Chipmunks' #1 hit song "Witch Doctor" [link].
No, I'm not kicking down a religious leeder who got lost and got carried away by 1 or more of the 7 deadly sins. I'm just writing about "Singapore's different folks getting different strokes!"
Some Singaporean kids who blogged or facebooked got charged for sedition for being insensitive to racial sensitivities. They were not asked to apologise but were arrested. [Link]
Religious leeder joked and insulted other religions and blatantly put them on youtube. What did he get? He wasn't arrested but merely apologised to get off the hook!
What did political leeder get when he shot off his mouth with words like, “Well, we make them say the national pledge and sing the national anthem but suppose we have a famine, will your Malay neighbour give you the last few grains of rice or will she share it with her family or fellow Muslim or vice versa?”? [Link]. Yes, vice versa but why do the Malays and Muslim get quoted so often. There was also the story of Malay teenage pregnancies [Link]. I just do not understand why the Malays are so often portrayed in such bad light. Can't he use another race as an example?
Why is what's spoken by a political leeder not considered racially insensitive or seditious? Not many commented on it and nobody investigates. No apology needed or given. No harm done?
Yes, different folks are treated differently in Singapore.
Maybe what is said or written to hurt, denigrate and create disharmony doesn't matter as much as Who said or wrote it.
Some Singaporeans will and some won't give a damn or lift a finger to help a person of a different religion or race. Some get a sick joy in deriding others. With the callous actions and words of both political and religious leaders of late, the "gracious society" of Singapore that's so often made into a song and dance by political leeders may be nothing but another silly aspiration, same shame like the National Pledge.
Ooops, the link on the sensational ChipMonk's "Witch Doctor" above was removed. Watch below for the "oo ee oo ah ah bing bang walal walal bing bang" at 3:33.