Saturday, August 25, 2012

Why The Double Standard?

K Shanmugum woke me up with his sense of righteousness after I read the article from CNA [Link] below:

SINGAPORE: Singapore Law and Foreign Affairs Minister K Shanmugam has explained why he made public the case involving a resident who made racial slurs against a neighbour.

Many netizens had questioned Mr Shanmugam's motive, including what the incident said about Singapore and if Indians are being targeted.

On August 21, Mr Shanmugam had written about a resident who was upset that he had to tolerate his Indian neighbours, their smell and unwashed bodies. Mr Shanmugam described the complaints as being quite disturbing as it appears the man sees his neighbour's race as being the problem.

In his latest Facebook update, Mr Shamugam, who is also MP for Nee Soon GRC, said he made the post to point out that these sentiments exist, and how they sometimes get expressed. He added the resulting and overwhelming support for multi-racialism, and against prejudice, has been helpful.

That is because it reiterates Singapore's common value - that such prejudicial views are not acceptable.

"That helps strengthen norms, values, and makes us an even stronger multi-racial society. Others who want to say such things will be a little bit more constrained," said Mr Shanmugam.

And for those who think the comments are directed at only Indians or that Indians are themselves free of prejudice, Mr Shanmugam invited netizens to read the prejudicial comments about non-Indians left on his Facebook page by some who appear to be Indians.

Mr Shanmugam said such comments should never have been made. He added that he believes there is a small number of people within all racial groups, who hold prejudiced views about people of other races.

"These sentiments are not restricted to any one racial group nor are they exclusively directed at only at any one racial group. But I also believe that an increasing majority of our society believe in racial harmony and will object to prejudice," he said.


If "such prejudicial views are not acceptable", why did Shanmugum kept his mouth shut when Lee Kuan Yew went ballistic with comments on the Malays/Muslim, "Will your Malay neighbour give you the last few gains of rice or will she share it with her family or fellow Muslim? He also told that Singapore could "integrate all religions and races except Islam". [Link]

I'll be damned! My friends and those who care for me are worried that what I have been writing in my blog is embarrassing a lot of powerful people in Singapore. They fear that I may be fixed or even be run over by a vehicle (or die from another heart attack caused externally) if I continue to write unpleasant truths about paid-by-Singaporean-taxpayers political millionaires. I'm grateful for their concern but . . .

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Yes, Mr Law Minister, apart from believing in racial harmony, I know most Singaporeans practice it to the best of their ability. What appears prejudicial and hypocritical to me is the double standard in judging the racist bias. Are racial/religious slurs on Malay/Muslim more tolerable than comments on Indians or even Chinese? Or are racial/religious slurs made by "ONE" more acceptable than those made by lowly 'daft' non-elite heartlander Singaporeans?

If the Minister of Law had commented as strongly as he does now when Lee Kuan Yew spoke of the Malays and Islam above, then I take back what I write here as it does not mean squat!

"National Conversation"? Let the NATCON begin!



At August 25, 2012 at 2:10 AM , Blogger Unknown said...

On another point of view, there is nothing prejudice about offensive smell.

In fact, the correct term should be postjudice.

At August 25, 2012 at 8:34 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

sure anything towards the PAP are double standard.what happen to Jason Neo and others that blant the Malay/Muslim news? this mamak law always twist around.

At August 25, 2012 at 9:29 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I used to pride our country as one with law and order but now I would conclude that our law is rather organic and tends to bend backward for some privilege few.

At August 25, 2012 at 10:29 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

In a country where the word "nepotism" can get you sued/bankrupt/jailed, what do you expect?

At August 25, 2012 at 10:51 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Watch the national day parade of 1968 and U will be convinced that tears will be flowing like the rain when the day cometh.

At August 25, 2012 at 12:56 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cometh the Day
and Sinkies will
realize that their
fellow Sinkies
just love hypocrites
like they love themselves.

At August 25, 2012 at 2:02 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

National Conversation or PAP Conversation?

At August 25, 2012 at 2:03 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about prejudices against the poor and the lesser educated?

At August 25, 2012 at 2:42 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about prejudices against opposition MPs and their supporters? That practice by the PAP has been around for more than four decades.

Leaders should set an example and practice what they preach.

At August 25, 2012 at 3:07 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just like the Sham bugger, not one PAP MP or Minister had the guts to defend the Malay community when LKY made those racist comments. Heck, even one in 50 yrs Yaacob!

It is truly a sad outcome that LKY cannot trust the Malays after 47 years and I believe the feeling is mutual.

ps: about time SHAM understands it is the smell of cowardice and hypocrisy that is far more repulsive than body odour....whatever deodorant cannot hide this fact.

At August 25, 2012 at 3:23 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

After 47 years of PAP rule, someone said that we have lost the ability to jell as a nation of many races. In fact, it is falling apart, judging from the reaction against foreigners and imported foreign sports import.

Trying to get locals to accept foreigners with campaigns, slogans and speeches is now like flogging a dead horse. So is the attempt to get Singaporeans to have more babies.

Only after realising and trying to correct the mistakes after the 2011 GE is too little too late.

At August 25, 2012 at 6:55 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

If THEY can't even accept the idea of a loyal Opposition;
How do they expect us to accept foreigners?

How is a Singaporean who is an Opposition member any less loyal than a foreigner?

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At August 25, 2012 at 11:56 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

PAP (National) Conversation 2012
Asking dumb questions is easier than correcting dumb mistakes.

Truth hurts.
Old fart.

At August 26, 2012 at 9:53 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi fish.
Thot I'd cheer you up with some MIW jokes;

Two MIWs are making love and the man says, "Oh, my, my dear, am I hurting you?"
She: "Why, no. Why do you ask?"
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Q; Do MIWs believe in the I Ching (Chinese Geomancy Book of Change)?
A: No. but they believe in the Ka Ching.

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At August 26, 2012 at 12:57 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

National Conversation?
Oh, you meant National Conversion. That's more like it.

At August 26, 2012 at 2:13 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

More like PAP Conversion.

At August 26, 2012 at 2:19 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I want to laugh at all the wayangs staged after GE 2011.

National Conversation lah, changing mindsets to have more babies lah, integrating locals and foreigners lah. Would the people listen or not?

As someone commented, if the PAP cannot change its mindset after 47 long years, would the people be so easily persuaded?

If they really think that by getting younger MPs with new ideas into their ranks, they can change the people's thinking, without changing their own, they are dead wrong.

Keep dreaming PAP!

At August 26, 2012 at 2:37 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

"If they really think that by getting younger MPs with new ideas into their ranks, they can change the people's thinking, without changing their own, they are dead wrong.

Keep dreaming PAP!"

Of course, they wayanying. After all, the conversation there after, allow them to continue to raid the reserve and draw millions to themselves all this while of wayanging.

nevermind that after years later, nothing comes out of it, but then millions ended in these clowns'bank for wayanging and doing nothing...

Can't anyone see it ?

At August 26, 2012 at 5:39 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

//why did Shanmugum kept his mouth shut when Lee Kuan Yew went ballistic with comments on the Malays/Muslim//

Do you think he has the cojones to correct the old One? What do you think? For that matter, does anyone in white dare oppose him? Those who do are called duds or troublemakers, who pay a heavy price.

To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men - Abraham Lincoln

At August 26, 2012 at 5:52 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr Fish, your postings are much appreciated. In your dark moments of despair, take note of the above words of Abraham Lincoln.

At August 26, 2012 at 6:50 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The younger MPs is just a cover up.
So that you don't see the truth.
It's a political party of very old men.

At August 26, 2012 at 7:02 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

PAP Prime Millionaire after GE 2011:
"We heard you."

A very tired Singaporean population:
"Yes. But to double confirm you heard us. We will continue to vote Opposition in GE 2016."

At August 28, 2012 at 4:40 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

national CONversation.

At August 28, 2012 at 5:12 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I fear this will be another NATO operation. As they have pointed out, they will listen to all views (the usual template), but...

Conclusion: Nothing will change!

At September 15, 2012 at 9:19 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I fear this will be another NATO operation. As they have pointed out, they will listen to all views (the usual template), but..."

What is the point of listening with ear closed, see with eye closed ? Moreover, what is the point of listening and seeing only what you want to see and hear ?

Get the point ?

Ok. The point is CON and WAYANG. THAT's the POINT .

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