The Need To ‘Cheong’ as a Society

The advent of technology these days lands a lot of people in the hot soup.

It’s worst when you are holding a position in office whereby you are leading a group of people and your personal opinion/unhappiness gets aired in public by your own guilty admission.

Yesterday, I was rocked by a series of comments/ FB updates on a certain individual which goes by the name, ‘Amy Cheong’, an Assistant Director at NTUC in charge of Membership, she had posted up a comment on her FB which eventually led to her being a trending topic on FB and Twitter.

NTUC Amy Cheong

NTUC Amy Cheong

Whilst her comments didn’t quite sit well with the majority because it had an expression of racism, it showed the seriousness of the issues that Singaporeans are living with despite being highly educated and living in highly a highly connected world, destroying what our predecessors had built up for so decades.

Living in a multi-racial/religious society like Singapore or pretty much, anywhere in this globalised world, one is made to live alongside communities who have a different set of cultural traditions. Singapore’s government housing policy to ensure that community living in HDB flats could emulate the success of Kampong living may have taken off well when it first started but the novelty has since eroded as more home owners/tenants now prefer to remain behind closed doors as opposed to keeping their doors open.

Of course, leaving your door open today is also a major security concern because identifying strange faces would be relatively a challenge. This in comparison to kampong living whereby a strange face would be easily identified because if you don’t live there, then being in that kampong needs to be justified. And arresting/apprehending suspects is much easier as well because of this very same reason.

Where do we go from here as Singaporeans?

Have we truly understood what it means to live in a multi-racial/religious society or have we simply forgotten how to?

As individuals begin to be more disconnected in understanding others cultural and religious beliefs, there is a pressing need for communities to constantly have conversations with each other, to question to seek a better understanding, all in the name of community living.

Just ask yourself, how much do you know about the communities living or working amongst/with you?

Nonetheless, in a society that’s constantly evolving and trying to seek it’s own unique identity, we are bound to face frequent setbacks in our progress and such hiccups provides an insight into the larger issues which needs to be addressed. It’s not bad in my opinion, it’s just unfortunate that some individuals have to be penned down in history as the one who caused the issue.

Ms Amy Cheong, I forgive you for your ignorance but in your attempt to seek an understanding of the Malay Wedding and draw a relationship with Divorce rates, perhaps you should have exercised due diligence in exercising your EQ as the Assistant Director of Singapore’s largest union organisation which has thousands of Malays as members.

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