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LOCAL DJ: MALAYS AND INDIANS ARE UNDER-REPRESENTED IN THE MEDIA

Go to town. Ion, 313, Orchard Central, Wisma, Takashimaya - any mall in town. I want you to count how many Malay/Indian men and women featured on the posters. Because it seems to me the 'Singaporean Look' is a skinny Chinese girl with long hair and a big smile! As a young kid growing up in Singapore, I'd never see someone of my skin color rocking ads and headlines unless it's Singapore Idol Season. I couldn't entertain my first ambition of being an actor coz every role (although said open to all races) would go to the man with the Singaporean Look. I do music, I do radio. I'm behind a microphone. If I had a dollar for every person that has come up to me saying "OMG I didn't know you're Indian!" I'd be able to afford a down payment for an HDB flat. In the industry, I've had peers get turned down gigs because they were too "ethic looking. Racial Harmony isn't just about us getting along. It's equal opportunities. Equal chances to shine. I wanna see diversity.

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