Apparently frustrated by the noise from a wedding, she wrote: “How many f…ing (sic) days do Malay weddings at void decks go for? Pay for a real wedding you a……, maybe then the divorce rate won’t be so high. How can society allow people to get married for 50 bucks?”
The post went viral within hours, leading to Facebook groups calling for Ms Cheong to be sacked, YouTube videos accusing her of racism against the Malay community and a barrage of malicious online posts. Ms Cheong, a Malaysian-born Australian citizen, was sacked on Monday from her job as assistant director of Singapore’s National Trade Union Congress for Membership Partnership and Alliance.
She issued a long apology, but Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said it had come too late and the damage was done. He condemned the comments as unacceptable and offensive to Malay Muslims.”It sharply reminds us how easily a few thoughtless words can undermine our racial and religious harmony,” he said.
Ms Cheong told state media on Tuesday she was leaving for Perth because of threats to her and her family and to “ease the tension”. In her apology, Ms Cheong wrote: “I am terribly sorry to all who were affected emotionally, mentally and in all other aspects. I am aware of the pain I’ve caused through my insensitive remarks on social media.
“There was no racism intended in my post. I was trying to rest and the noise was affecting me greatly, however, I do understand this is not a valid reason to post what I did.”
Her boss, Lim Swee Say, said firing Ms Cheong was a difficult decision and urged Singaporeans to “spare a thought for Amy and the pain she is going through”. He said the NTUC “would not accept … any words or actions taken by staff that are racially offensive”.
It is understood she had been working for the union for a year, but had been living in Singapore for 10 years after moving from Perth, where she grew up. Singaporean local Ryan Soh, a sales consultant, said the comments had come at a sensitive time in Singapore.
“The Government is trying hard to create a picture of racial harmony because we have a lot of races here, Chinese, Indians and Malays,” he said. “It is a balancing act and when these comments came, they touched a lot of raw nerves.”
Strangely enough the Nut Graph, Malaysia Kini, Ambiga Sreenivasan and other vitriolic critics of government in Malaysia (a government they often refer to as racist) have been deafeningly silent over this matter. We have constantly referred to the oppositions plans for Malaysia as being a regurgitation of the Singapore model the Chinese of Malaysia would like to remould Malaysia into under their rule. Wishful thinking on their part?
And to those Malay opportunists lacking any self respect who write anti Malay and anti Muslim articles and yell slogans like Miriam Mokhtar does espousing the ‘virtues’ of the Singapore government and its majority Chinese people, take a read of this article and hang your collective heads in shame.
To the Malays and other non Chinese apologists of the anti Malay mould, this is in truth what the Chinese think of you. If there is genuine concerns over the misconduct of government, its policies and its governance of the country, then everyone ought to all be involved in the process and participation of change. Not simply those who are on the purse strings of foreign groups who operate as a policy free zone agitating for the marginalization of a majority in preference of a vocal and racist self serving minority with deep pockets.
As we all know, there are those racists and haters amongst us whose true colors will emerge when they find themselves very inconvenienced and are forced to reveal as to who they really are deep within?
Just like the characters of the Chinese Opera, these demons in disguise will be forced to show their true self’s when its no longer conducive for them to camouflage their true identities.
We see this often in our nation’s politicians who put up an act of being goody goody when being in the public eye but cast aside their theatrical personas when in the privacy of their lairs and dominions secluded in their mansions and palaces.
Amy Cheong is now the new face of these monsters who reek of fire and fumes who can’t stand the sight of their fellow citizens simply because they think that they are better than the rest.
Reality is that these devils in disguise reek of foul stinking rotten personalities that even the Devil would stay the hell out of their disgusting presence.
Amy Cheong would find Salman Rushdie, Irshad Manji and the likes as ideal company, no?
Flee as you wish Amy. Your repulsive reputation will follow you wherever you may go…