PAP Youth member racist online posting: MSM stumbles again
Days after the story broke in blogosphere (for instance, The Online Citizen, TOC, carried the story), the state-controlled main stream media (MSM) has plucked up the courage to report the controversy.
The reason for MSM’s dragging their feet is known to Singaporeans: the person involved belongs to the ruling People’s Action Party Youth wing (he has since resigned).
Singaporeans are outraged because he made a racist posting on his Facebook. This has the potential to ignite racial conflict in multi-racial and multi-cultural Singapore. I thought I’ve seen everything but I was shocked to be honest.
What disturbs me is that there seems to be a double standard in enforcing the law when the PAP’s camp is involved.
If this controversy had involved a member of an opposition party, the authorities would have been swift to take action with the MSM tripping over themselves to be the first to highlight the story. And some somber-faced Minister would appear on TV to pontificate about the importance of racial harmony etc etc. and to stress that the law is very clear about this.
It’s heartening that PAP leaders have condemned the racist slur against the community.
I offer my sincere apologies to this community, and would like to reassure them that Singaporeans condemn racism whatever form it takes.
Minta ma’af, lah.
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