Source: EDMW Facebook Page
I am not quite sure whose screenshot was this. As usual, i did a little digging after seeing the above screenshot on EDMW’s FB Page and to my surprise, seems like Pinoys are getting the same racist attacks on them online as well. It did not grab much attention as much as the anti-malay remarks that was made by Amy Cheong or Eve Tan though. Are we Singaporeans turning racist, intolerant, insecure and selfish?
To my personal opinion, i am rather glad that there are steady influx of non-chinese speaking immigrant to the country to balance things up around here and stop turning this country into a mini-China. With various ethnicity, as a common language that we all been communicating for past century is English. It is already bad enough to know that some tour guides in Singapore are even spreading the idea that Singapore first language is Chinese Mandarin. These Chinese are even trying to change the national anthem to Mandarin – claiming that “due to Singapore major demographics is Chinese, it is fair to cater for a national language that suits the general public”.
We have done great being a multiracial country with various ethnicity, race and religion. Being multiracial and being so integrated, we have become diversed and have always been able to strengthen each other weaknesses. The language itself is an important key factor that helped us to communicate, understand and harmonized among different races. Why would you want to re-create history by going through changes that can cost us the peace and harmony that was built upon these foundations? Remember Singapore 1964 racial riots? We should always remind ourselves that it is easier to destroy than to build. Recent outcry on the internet greatly sending out the signals that things are running thin, it will just snap one day.
Its time that we all educate ourselves a little deeper with our own national history and stop making yourselves look barbaric. Search the Wikipedia, read more and learn more from the open world rather than just reading from official only sources because you would one day realize how are history, written facts and other means being turn into propaganda, as a repercussion, turning the society into an ignorant bunch. We are lacking the knowledge of our own country, people are too concern about their own well being – being selfish, arrogant and being ignorant and i must say that you would agree that values somewhat contributed to the insensitive postings. Seriously, how many actually did search through the Wikipedia, going through references and follow through trails of links to understand about your own country, your own ethnicity. You will be wiser with your words surely.
There should be no one single race / ethnicity that is the “greatest” that could claim the novelty of Singapore success today. There shouldn’t be, because we are uniquely Singapore, a chemistry of various cultures, backgrounds, beliefs – not just Chinese, not just Malays, not just Indians, not just “Others”. It is easier to destroy than to build, think of the consequences of our acts because there are people who lives and have got nothing to lose if they were pushed to the edge of their sanity.
How the riot in 1964 happened?
“On 21 July 1964, about 25,000 Malays gathered at the Padang, Singapore to celebrate Prophet Muhammad‘s birthday. 212 Muslim organisations participated in the rally. By 1 pm on 21 July 1964, 25 thousand Muslims gathered on the Padang. At 2 pm, the Yang di-Pertuan Negara, Singapore’s head of state, made a formal address. Muslims were urged to follow Islamic teachings and be “patient, forebearing and industrious”. At 3:30 pm, the crowd was supposed to form a celebratory procession from the Padang to St Andrews Road, Beach Road, Arab Street, Victoria Street, Kallang Road, and eventually to Lorong 12, Geylang.
After the speeches, the procession of Malays went from the Padang and headed to Geylang. Along the way, a few Chinese onlookers jeered or threw items like bottles at the Malay marchers who had been shouting “God is great” and other Islamic slogans loudly. A small group of marchers broke away from the procession. A policeman asked members of the small group that dispersed to rejoin the procession. Instead of obeying the orders, members of that small group attacked the policeman.”