I was extensively snooping around the Social Media arena to gauge the well-being of society as a whole under this Pandemic. What I found instead was sheer ugliness within the social fabric of this country. Under normal circumstances, these faults within our collective behavior would be easily overlooked, perceived as a normality rather than a disturbing phenomenon. But now, such acts of general societal disharmony have increased to an extent so shocking that it would place our status as a first world nation at serious scrutiny. Surely it is not much to ask people to refrain from treating service workers like a slave or even subhuman? Their work is literally among several that is keeping the existence of this country as a solvent nation, cut them some slack for making a few mistakes among a sudden flood of demand.
GrabFood rider received a late-night order to purchase several items from Senor Taco, a restaurant in Clarke Quay. However due to this Covid19 situation, the restaurant is closed. So the rider informed the customer the order will be cancelled due to this closure. According to the rider, "the customer scolded The Grabfood rider 'FUCK. THANK YOU' That is rude and unnesty word to the rider". We hope that everyone will be more understanding and patient with essential workers during this difficult time.
An employer who hires foreign workers complained that the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) policies suck. His criticisms include how MOM comes out with multiple policies daily, and how information about these policies are passed on to employers inconsistently. He also explained that employers also face constraints and limits, and urged the ministers to walk the ground to see how employers are scrambling around trying to keep up with their short-notice policies.
A Facebook user who claimed to be Malaysian with Singapore Permanent Resident (PR) shared how he was "stranded" in Singapore since 17 March 2020. After about a month, he decided to return home to Johor Bahru (JB). However upon reaching the JB Custom, Second link (should be Tuas Checkpoint), the Malaysian side denied him entry. The alleged reason given was because he is a Singapore PR.
The situation must be incredibly dire to severely limit the food options of this country more than closing all dine-in eating. This just makes me more scared of our domestic situation. But it is also getting me more distrustful of the lightning party. They would argue that only under their iron hand we would go through this crisis, but the same could be said for literally anyone in any crisis with enough time and patience given by the people. And if they had taken advantage of the buffer period of January to March where they had little infection and more time to take more drastic measures, we wouldn't be in this sort of crisis.
An anonymous contributor informed that the Facebook (FB) page of Gin Thye bakery has received many reviews from foreign FB accounts. Our contributor does not mean that foreigners cannot Guo Da Li, a Chinese-culture betrothal gift ceremony, but questions why would many ang mohs living overseas buy from Gin Thye for Guo Da Li?
Government sponsored content if done correctly can help raise the morale of the people. But being our government, they did it in a manner so out of touch with the common man that it immediately got condemnation from every kaypoh online. As it should. I mean "Fake News Buster" is clearly POFMA trying to rebrand himself as a force for security and totally not undermining the limited freedom of speech in this country.
I have been seeing these LTA bikes parked under the flyover in various locations since 2-3 years ago. They are always there even on weekends. Are they eating snakes or working? Because I ever saw them lying down on some recliner chair under the Braddell Flyover when I was driving past slowly.
By splitting up the cases into three mutually exclusive categories and labeling one such category as "the community", is the Ministry not advancing the implicit view that the other categories -- work permit holders, ie. our foreign workers -- are not considered as part of our community?