“I’m Malay but that doesn’t automatically mean that I’m also a Muslim”

Malay community

The problem living in Singapore as a Malay is that people assume that you’re a Muslim. And language like this continues to promote the idea that if you’re Malay you’re Muslim. Anti Muslim bigotry, while I’ve never faced it here because I’ve not been a Muslim for 16 years and from what I’ve seen those who cry the loudest about

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Aiseyman! Mosques get criticised for displaying banner with Chinese New Year greetings siol!

First, Muslims are not allowed to express Christmas greetings to others, and now some Muslims are apparently upset with a couple of mosques that have put up banners wishing our fellow Chinese Singaporeans a Happy Chinese New Year. What is it with these group of Muslims who like pour cold water on others’ festive joy? These people are questioning if

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Aiseyman! Sometimes we Malays should stop being so oversensitive lah!

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During the Xmas weekend, thought of catching Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and do a little movie review, as part of my ongoing aspiration to be an cinematic critique. Then Sani Sarip happened. Bro Sani Sarip gained his five minutes of fame over the long xmas weekend recently, not over his movie review of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but

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Aiseyman! Teater Ekamatra’s Geng Rebut Cabinet is a spot on satirical of our social-politics!

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Editor’s Note: This is a review of the play Geng Rebut Cabinet which was written by Alfian Sa’at, directed by Mohd Fared Jainal and staged by Teater Ekamatra. This is a reader’s contribution. Absolutely nailed on brilliant! If what Alfian and Fared had in mind was to play on the tacit understanding that the audience, most of whom Malays, i

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Aiseyman! Why doesn’t anyone talk about racism within the gay community?

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There is an elephant in the room that no one wants to talk about, and that is the sad truth that even within the LGBT community, minorities are discriminated against. Growing up as a gay Malay Singaporean was very hard. Not only did I have to battle my own inner frustrations, I also had to deal with societal, ethnic and

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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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Struggles of an agnostic Malay-Chinese man

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“I like reading this page for the many different yet familiar reactions to race that I’ve seen and encountered as well. Being a mixed Malay-Chinese (mostly Malay but I look Chinese), I have had to deal with my fair share of random strangers speaking to me in a Chinese dialect and having to smile tightly, look confused (although this has

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Aiseyman! Some Malays regard their racial identity as a badge of dishonour that they throw away!

Malay community

“I feel what’s more saddening than offensive comments made by someone from another race is the attempts of someone within your own community to distance themselves from their race. This is the phenomena among minority races. I have countless friends and even relatives who are willingly throwing away their Malay identity like a badge of dishonour. This is despite speaking

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Aiseyman! Male chauvinist says that wearing shorts is immoral siol!

You know that there’s something wrong with our society when people start to judge others by the clothes that they wear, or don’t wear, in this case.   Why can’t people just let others have the freedom to dress however they like without imposing their own personal moral judgment? First people fuss over women wearing the hijab, now over wearing

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Aiseyman! Malays also discriminate against other races!

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Who says that only the minority race suffers from discrimination and racism? Racism works both ways – even though we usually hear accounts of minorities at the receiving end of racism, it is true that they also discriminate against those who may be part of a racial majority. I remember when I was in school, I used to play soccer

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