Alfian Sa’at: Singaporeans have so much to be ashamed of instead of the Oxlee saga

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Those who say to Lee Hsien Yang and Lee Wei Ling: “Please don’t make your spat public, the world is laughing at us, I feel embarrassed when I have to explain to my overseas friends what is going on”, are you for realz? I think you’re either being disingenuous or hypocritical if the Oxley saga makes you feel embarrassed and

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Alfian Sa’at: Etymology of a word, and how it was first used, is no defense for racist terms

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There’s a video that’s surfaced that claims that the words ‘keling’ and ‘apu neh’ are not derogatory. As evidence, the (elderly Indian) speaker in the video says that during his time, they were merely descriptive terms and not meant as terms of insult. To that, I say, for those who insist using these terms, please time travel back to those

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Alfian Sa’at: Race should not be a taboo or sensitive topic

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To live in Singapore is to take the above statement as self-evident. And yet Singapore is a very racialised society, with one’s race imprinted on one’s identity card. If you look ethnically indeterminate, taxi drivers will often ask you what race you are, as casually as they ask you for your destination. There are self-help groups and SAP schools, bilingual

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