Mittwoch, Januar 04, 2006

The colour of pink....

Mention pink, and Japanese, and I immediately think of pornography (hey, don't they call them "pink pornography"?). I know I'm generalising things, but from my experience that's probably the case.

Of course, Hello Kitty is also pink and Japanese, but who cares?

Not sure what I'm getting at? Well, some blogger stated on her blog as a fact that "a lot of foreign [Bangladeshi] workers in Orchard are molesters"--based her her own personal experience.

"I so need to cool down. I am very, very pissed off by people who are deluding themselves that molestation by these foreign workers are not happening, JUST BECAUSE IT IS SUPPOSEDLY "RACIST".

And not to mention, we must not attack these FWs for no reason (like hitting them), just because we are angry at some of them. That, obviously, is racism.

But stating that a lot of the foreign workers in Orchard are molesters IS NOT RACISM, IT IS FACT.

Facts that cannot be denied just because you are scared of being labelled a racist."


Yep, Wendy's at it again.

I'm currently still up to my neck with work (yes, I celebrated the festive by working my socks off *sob*) so I'll make this short.

Does Wendy know what makes something a FACT? Well, it certainly isn't one's "personal experience", since that only makes it an OPINION. Where's the figures? Where's the research, the reports, the surveys? She claims to have gotten over 500 comments supporting her case--can I assume that there are enough foreign workers hauled in for molestation to create a little diplomatic crisis then? =)

I'm being cynical, but if Wendy's going to accuse a majority of foreign workers of something as serious as molestation, she better have solid proof to back her words up.

Obviously she doesn't. So she should just keep her gob shut.


"Realise that we practice discrimination every single day.

We discriminate looks, education, intellect, dressing, and a lot more.Modelling agencies do not employ the ugly (superifical); Mensa does not welcome people with low IQ (elitism), Platinum card owners do not allow the poor to join their ranks (elitism), SIA does not employ short girls (don't know what this is called) but Ikea alone is wrong in not employing blacks in France to do deliveries?

Is it really ok to discriminate these other things and not race?

Food for thought.

I do not condone racism, but racism, in my opinion, means not doing anything to harm a person just because he is a certain race."


Discrimination exists, we all know that (of course, there are laws to discourage certain forms of discrimination, be it gender or race). But let's stick to the more sticky issue of race. And precisely because it's touchy, it should be tackled with a greater deal of sensitivity. Tokenism is itself a form of discrimination, that is true.

But so is making sweeping statements and baseless accusations about a certain race/nationality based on your own opinions--even if it's just MOST of them and not all. If Wendy wants to sound so "concerned" she should start by doing what most matured people do: engage in a thoughtful discussion like how educated, matured 21-year-old adults ought to know, rather than ranting and raving, and stirring up public emotions. I know this sounds cliched by now, but we all know the link between Islamic extremism and global terrorism. So, does that mean we go around making irresponsible statements about Muslims and their religion? No.

"Open your eyes: IT IS HAPPENING. "

Well, you can prise your eyes wide open, but what's the point if you're perpetually myopic by choice? I'm not saying incidents like these didn't happen, nor am I trivialising the issue. But it's about molestation, and Wendy should keep the issue of race and nationality out of this--regardless of how good a little controversy may be for her hits.

Food for thought, aye, Wendy? =)

*Yawn* Time for bed....

7 Comments:

  • At Mittwoch, Januar 04, 2006 4:37:00 vorm., Anonymous delia said…

    Glad to see you back.

    Like I've said elsewhere, she should be against the behaviour ie. molestation, and not a particular race.

    If she is condemning molestation, there is no need to even mention that Most if not all the molesters are 'bangalas'.

     
  • At Mittwoch, Januar 04, 2006 11:07:00 vorm., Anonymous kingoftears said…

    glad to see you're back!

     
  • At Donnerstag, Januar 05, 2006 3:10:00 vorm., Anonymous Anonym said…

    I hope you get molested next NYE!

     
  • At Donnerstag, Januar 05, 2006 3:28:00 nachm., Blogger simplesandra said…

    anonymous wrote: "I hope you get molested next NYE!"

    Oh, don't worry. If it happens, I'd do the sensible thing: lodge a report with the police, rather than rant and rave on Wendy's blog. =)

    Time to learn to stand up for yourself.

     
  • At Donnerstag, Januar 05, 2006 6:10:00 nachm., Blogger Jaggae said…

    if ya can't report it, slap and whack the bugger!

    Otherwise, yeah, get the authorities. She may as well say all Chinese men are bad in bed, all Eurasian men are flirts, all Malay men are stupid and all Indian men beat their wives.

    Oh, for the clueless, the above sweeping statements are typical stereotypes and are of course, not true!

    If i saw men to women are 10:1, and i dun exactly look forward to getting groped, i'll bring my party somewhere else. Where's the IQ in staying on?

     
  • At Montag, Januar 09, 2006 8:04:00 nachm., Anonymous Anonym said…

    yo sandra,

    wendy is quite a loud character & not many people can stand her. i read her blog from time to time & occasionally she can be pretty annoying.

    but she did bring at least my attention to this molestation matter. otherwise seriously i would have been in the dark. who knows, maybe the newspaper started reporting on this because of her blog entry as well. for that i think she deserved to be applauded.

    as for her petition drive to ban aerosol, i won't say that it's absurd or nonsensical. i believe it created some hoohah & highlighted this issue to the public. people will be more careful with its usage next time.

    her remark on FW may be tasteless to some but not entirely unfair or unjustifiable. to brand her a racist just because of that would be too harsh. i m a guy & i tend to believe many many of the FW could be there for a bit of rubbing n touching.

    it's always easy to be politically correct but i feel it does take courage to speak one's mind.

    Cheers & happy new year.
    harvey

     
  • At Freitag, Januar 13, 2006 2:25:00 nachm., Blogger simplesandra said…

    harvey,

    Well, Wendy may have highlighted the problem, but she's also created more controversy doing so--controversy that could easily have been avoided had she phrased her entries more carefully. And it's not the first time she edited her stories only AFTER they went live for days.

    I've nothing against people who speak their minds; in fact, the world would be a poorer place without them. I'm just not for people who do so without using their brains. =)

     

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