Friday, October 12, 2012

Where Is The Sense Of Proportion?


Until hell freezes over, there is not a chance on earth that what I write below will be published in the Straits Times.

The page below (in italic) from the Editorial Desk of The Straits Times published on 12-Oct-2012 gives me the perception that the sense of proportion is missing in the heads of some.

No room for racism
The gratuitously offensive remarks about Malay weddings that earned Amy Cheong the sack are an example of a line that must never be crossed in Singapore. The National Trades Union Congress (NTUC), where she had been a senior staff member, was obliged to mete out the punishment given the seriousness of her vulgar racist diatribe.

Anything less would have exposed Singapore's apex union organisation itself to charges of racial insensitivity. The argument that she deserved milder censure because she had made the comments in her personal capacity on her own Facebook page does not hold water because the NTUC was dragged willy-nilly into the controversy given her affiliation with it. While there can be no delight in seeing a person lose her job, Cheong unfortunately brought this upon herself.

This case draws attention to the issue of racist mindsets and attitudes. There have been several instances of racially abusive remarks on the Net in recent months which have attracted the wrath of public-minded Singaporeans. But it would appear that the message - that racism does not belong in Singapore - has not sunk in. It did not sink into even an educated and experienced person in a socially-responsible position like Cheong. How could this be so after decades promoting multiracialism?

One reason is that Singapore's patent vulnerability to ethnic tension ironically was once a safeguard against it. Citizens by and large spoke and acted with probity because they were acutely conscious of the calamitous consequences of a breakdown in racial and religious peace.

That awareness was heightened by proximity to the racially-charged 1960s. But as subsequent years passed by without incident - thanks in no small part to the watchfulness of the state, which nipped incipient tensions in the bud - ethnic harmony became an everyday affair. Harmony began to be taken for granted in the belief that the Government would be able to control any untoward situation.

There is no complacency as deadly as that born of the illusion of security. Although no one doubts the determination of the state to contain an outbreak of strife, the harm caused would set back race relations by years if not decades.

It is this recognition that should make plain the boundaries of public discourse touching on race and religion in Singapore. This applies to artistic or satirical films as well, where seemingly innocuous messages might be misunderstood by a mass audience. In the Amy Cheong case, the NTUC has rightly sent out a strong signal that assaults - intended or otherwise, online or elsewhere - on the core principle of multiracialism will simply not be tolerated in Singapore.

As written in my earlier blog [Link], the disgust, vehemence and vitriol showered upon Amy Cheong by those whiter than white for her mindless comments got me thinking of their double standards. Likewise, why wasn't Straits Times preaching when Lee Kuan Yew spoke of Muslims not being able to integrate in Singapore in his hard hitting hard truths! Why didn't this case 'draw attention to the issue of racist mindsets and attitudes"? Was "a line that must never be crossed in Singapore" crossed earlier way before Amy's vulgar racist diatribe?


"But it would appear that the message - that racism does not belong in Singapore - has not sunk in. It did not sink into even an educated and experienced person in a socially-responsible position like Cheong. How could this be so after decades promoting multiracialism?" Sadly, the message has not even sunk into people of even higher education and more power than Amy Cheong!


"看到神, 拜; 看到猪, 杀!" This selfish self-serving  Hokkien saying, "Kwa tio tsin, pai; kwa tio ter, tai!" literally means:"when you see God, you prostrate in reverence and submission and pray; when you see pig, you slaughter!"

Looks like one is sacrificed while the other got away scot-free, unscathed!

If we live in "a democratic society based on justice and equality" how are we going "to achieve happiness, progress and prosperity for our nation" with such inconsistency and unbalanced playing field?

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25 Comments:

At October 12, 2012 at 10:35 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hehe!

Slaughter the pig, offer it for worship
to the god and get blessing, this is the
norm all along.
The problem is god maybe or should be
the creator of the pig, if it is indeed the creator.

 
At October 13, 2012 at 7:07 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amy Cheong is not a Singaporean, She is a boarded Malaysia who has converted to australian citizen and Singaporean pr. May be that is why she is not used to our noise polution and culture.

Believe me, with the relentless construction and road work plus. Constant hdb upgrading and renovation, it can be unbearable at times.

Hsq.

 
At October 13, 2012 at 4:24 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This incident has developed as it is only because it is a NTUC employee.

If Amy's employer was unknown, nothing would have happened. She would be flamed, she would be ridiculed and attacked and thats it.

On the other hand, the book written by a statesman seems to be acceptable, credible and palatable.
Just not so vulgar and rude but equally inflammatory.

Yes, indeed.. whats different?

 
At October 14, 2012 at 10:50 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stop importing foreign racists into Singapore.
Hey stupid Millionaires-In-Parliament.
What part of "Stop importing racists into Singapore" don't you understand?

 
At October 14, 2012 at 4:20 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

//HDB to step up efforts to build stronger community ties by recreating old kampong spirits in estates and getting
residents to "luv thy neighbour", says Dr Khaw Boon Wan//

Dream on, Khaw. The kampong spirit has been destroyed by your mass importation of foreigners. This Amy spat is just the tip of a much larger malaise in our community.

 
At October 15, 2012 at 9:30 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The rule of the game is that the leeders set the rules to retain control and power.
"A democratic society based on justice and equality to achieve happiness, progress and prosperity for our nation" is just lip service to the aspirations of the daft 60%. Singporeans rightfully think that as citizens they own Singapore, but in the eyes of the leeders, migrants, Singaporeans and foreigners are after all subjects and equal in the Kingdom of Lanfang.

 
At October 16, 2012 at 5:37 PM , Anonymous ufo said...

We pledged "to build a democratic society based on justice and equality" but we never get to build it because 1) we vote for PAP 2) we pay tax but enjoy no pensions and those that do not pay tax enjoy high pension 3) those that do nothing enjoy highest pay and those that do much do not even have minimum pay.

 
At October 17, 2012 at 3:09 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who created the law? Not the common people.

The purpose of the law therefore is to be invoke by the powerful when needed, perverted by the rich when necessary and used against the downtrodden when decided upon.

So, what is the law for? Or what is justice?

 
At October 17, 2012 at 4:46 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Justice?

Do You have the capital
to buy it?

 
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At October 21, 2012 at 3:47 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

欺善怕恶, 见风驶舵, 仗势欺人, can be best described those hypocrites. It applies to some of the leaders too!!!

 
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