Open letter to Lightart Studio
Dear Lightart Studio,
Thank you for reminding Singapore especially MOM and TAFEP that racial and religious discrimination still exists in Singapore. You have also proved former NMP Calvin Cheng wrong when he cautioned against Alfian Sa'at's "irresponsible rhetoric, which allege racial discrimination against our Malay-Muslim brethren".
On one level, you discriminate against non-Chinese by insidiously slipping in 'Chinese-speaking' as part of the job requirement. Most people in Singapore know that that is just a politically correct way of saying that you're only interested in hiring those of Chinese ethnicity. Also it allows you to get away with regulations on fair employment.
On a second level, you discriminate against Muslims by rejecting a Chinese speaking Muslim on the basis of her dietary restriction. At this point, it is blatantly obvious that you are just looking to hire a Chinese candidate because why else would a person's dietary restriction matter at a job interview for an administrative position? Is there a corelation between eating pork and work performance? Does not eating pork make you a lousy employee?
Maybe you such a fan of the late Lee Kuan Yew that you buy into his theory that Muslims are harder to integrate with? But even he had later said that he "stands corrected" on this and had been convinced that "Singapore Malays have indeed made special efforts to integrate with the other communities". From this incident, it is clear that some Chinese people are the ones who are having difficulty integrating with other ethnicites, and not the other way round.
Alfian Sa'at was right when he said that such cases of blatant discrimination contribute towards feelings of disenfranchisement amongst some Malay-Muslims who may later become radicalised by extremist groups such as ISIS. With the global threat of terrorism rising at an alarming rate, it is important for everyone to call out on such discrimination when it happens so that perpetrators like you can be handled by the relevant authorities.
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