It seems like there has been a lot of apology arising from this ad. All that is, apart from the very man who was behind the brown faces himself. Dennis Chew. He has gone silent on this issue, even though he is not far from the public spotlight. So, why has he gone quiet?
But herein lies the problem. While Sangeetha has every right to speak out against the perceived Chinese Privilege, she might have hit some raw nerve, when she wrote "I’m the only person who gets to decide what Chinese privilege is or isn’t." Which drove one reader to write in, indicating while he believe in Sangeetha's cause against racism, we all need to see her for what she really is - an imperfect human unable to look past your own ego.
To put things in perspective, Soh is the indisputable marathon and long distance running champion in South East Asia, and he himself was solely responsible for 50% of Singapore's track and field’s gold haul at the 2017 Games. And it is most likely that if Soh was taking part in the Games this year, Singapore would have been guaranteed at least one gold medal already. He is that good.
The ad is part of a NETS campaign that also involves a multi agency effort, led by Enterprise Singapore, and participated by the National Environment Agency, the Housing Board and JTC Corporation. All the government agencies involved in the brownface ad have so far not said anything about this fiasco. The silence is deafening, but at the same time, something expected.
The Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA) has shown how fast it can act, when it issued notices to a few Singaporeans to remove social media posts featuring the vulgarity-laden controversial response rap video by siblings, Preeti and Subhas Nair. Strange thing is, the letters have been served to mostly activist who are known for their anti-PAP stance. Coincidence?
Seems like Minister for Trade and Industry, Chan Chun Sing really have been living in his own PAP bubble all this time. At a point in Singapore's recent history where locals are up in arms over the number of foreign talent who have come in and taken over jobs while local Singaporeans struggle in their own country to get employment, here he is calling for Singapore to do more to attract foreign talent.
A local Singaporean student have wrote in insisting how a big local company is abusing the internship program to actually use it as their stepping stone to actually hire foreign talents on a full time basis. The local student, who indicated that he is from the Singapore Management Univeristy (SMU), lifted the lid on how job snatchers enter Singapore on the pretext of doing their internships here, but are actually here on a trial.
Those in the queue realised that even though they had been there before the store opened, the phones already run out, and they will never get to buy at the price stated. Police had to inform these elderly folks that they had to go home, as the phones are all sold out. Imagine the anger and frustration. No one from the store had the guts to inform them that the phones they wanted had sold out, and they had to use the Police to tell the crowd to disperse. And they had been in the queue since early morning!
To make matters worse, it became apparent that the Tampines store was only carrying limited stocks of maybe 20 - 30 sets, while the queue outside numbered in the hundreds!
The former manager of Singapore's Olympic Champion Joseph Schooling, Hafidz Ja'afar, has had a police report made against him. He has been reported for the failure to deliver valid tickets for the Singapore leg of the International Champions Cup match between Manchester United and Inter Milan.