Tag Archives: Racism

LIFE BEING AN EDUCATED MALAY MINORITY IN SINGAPORE

I am a local university student who happens to be Malay. When i was in school, my chinese cliques would often ask me if I'm truly Malay. This is because I've been consistently on the Deans list and this to them is pretty unheard of. During a taxi ride conversation once, I was met with absolute surprise when i mentioned about my desire to do a PhD upon graduation. The taxi driver asked me if I'm truly malay and whether my family would support this given that "most Malays like to marry young".

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MALAYSIAN CHINESE STUDENT ATTACKED IN RACIALLY CHARGED BUS ROBBERY

17 year-old Teh Kian Wei, a Malaysian Chinese student boarded a bus in Batu Pahat, Johor, with his friend and was heading home when he was approached by a group of about 10 Malay youth in their early 20s, who appeared to be high on drugs. According to Malaysia's China Press, Teh said they were on their way home at about 7.15PM after watching a movie at a mall in Batu Pahat.

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LIGHTART STUDIO SAYS IT DID NOT SEND RACIST SMS TO MUSLIM JOB SEEKER, LODGES POLICE REPORT

In an interview with reporters, the now-infamous LightArt Studio, which was accused of discriminating against a female Muslim job seeker, has denied sending out the racist messages and even denies trying to hire anyone at all! Bosco Cheng, the boss of LightArt Studio, told reporters from Five Stars and a Moon that he had questioned his staff about the messages, but was told that none of them had sent the messages.

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RACISM & PREJUDICE IS VERY MUCH ALIVE IN SINGAPORE

Contrary to popular belief and most of what you learn in social studies not all races are treated equally in Singapore. Privilege and prejudice are very much alive in Singapore. Just because we aren’t burning each other for being of a different race doesn’t mean we are clean from the ugly reality of racism. Just do a quick search of rooms for rent and you will see the words “Chinese preferred“ and “no Indian” all over their websites.

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SHUT UP WHEN A MINORITY IS TALKING ABOUT RACE

Despite Chinese privilege in Singapore being very real, there is little or no recognition of this concept within the national public sphere and discussions of race. Attempts by minorities such as Thanapal to name this privilege often receive hostile attack from Singapore Chinese, who employ defensive mechanisms similar to deniers of white privilege--to name privilege is divisive, to name privilege is not a solution, to name privilege is rude, to name privilege is racist. In a stroke of unfunny irony, what happens then is that minorities who call out Chinese racism are then termed racist by their aggressors.

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PIONEER GURKHA: I AM READY TO DIE FOR SINGAPORE

"When Malays were beating Chinese, Malay policemen would let them continue," says Mr Gurung, 72, who served from 1961 to 1988. "When Chinese were beating Malays, Chinese policemen would do nothing." Racial tensions were so high that each three-man patrol needed a Gurkha to act as a neutral presence while his counterparts, one Chinese and one Malay, dealt with their own community. At the height of the violence, Mr Gurung often did not even have time for a meal.

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