If you haven’t already heard, everybody has been talking about Amy Cheong and her racist comments about Malay weddings that was made late Sunday night and spread like wildfire on social media.
Image found here.
Since I heard the news this morning, there’s been a fanpage setup by someone to get her fired and, NTUC quickly announced on their Facebook page that they will investigate in this and then at 4.40pm earlier today, Yahoo! news reported that she has been FIRED from her position as Assistant Director of membership services in NTUC, and TODAYonline reported that a police report has been made against her for her racist remarks as well!
Poor Amy, such great consequences as a result of a text-based rant that must have taken her only less than 5 mins to type out and post on her personal Facebook account. Very silly, IMHO.
She has also setup her own twitter account to apologise for all of this since this morning but I guess an apology is not enough. Her apology was rather sloppy as well.
In fact, everything is moving so fast that NTUC has even put up a job ad in search for someone to replace her!
Yes I do know how important racial harmony is in Singapore but I don’t get this:
☀ Is one person’s actions reflective of the company she works for? Especially when her opinion was expressed in what she thought was a “private” sphere? HWZoners debate it out here. But then again, I guess NTUC has no choice since so many people went to NTUC’s fanpage and insisted for them to take a stand on this.
☀ Counsel her, demote her, give her a warning letter, make her do charity work – whatever, but isn’t firing her a wee bit too harsh? Most importantly, will there be closure after firing her? Will she learn a lesson?
☀ When she typed that comment, even if she didn’t care what the general public thinks, didn’t she have any malay friends on her Facebook account? Not even one whose feelings she cared about?
Life must be a living hell for Amy Cheong now. While I think she needs to seriously reflect on her insensitive comments, and her apparent inability to be considerate to other races, firing her seemed kinda too harsh a response on NTUC’s end. I wouldn’t wanne wake up one morning and be “infamous” overnight like this.
Don’t get me wrong. She was incredibly insensitive to make a comment like that. Chinese have customs that may be of “disturbance” to other races (think getai!) too so live, and let live. It’s all about giving and taking.
One huge lesson we can all learn from this is the importance of being sensitive and socially responsible in our actions and comments at all times.
Amy Cheong has also apologised officially through the media. Image from CNA’s Fanpage here:
What do you think?
I leave you something created by 9gag Singapore.
Image from here.
Oh and just so everyone knows, Malay weddings at the void decks don’t come cheap. :P