More names to remember...
Within 3 hours, the names of two individuals have been etched in the minds of student delegates at OPMUN.
Who, then, are these individuals who have managed to capture the undivided attention of two committees and changed the tides of policy-making?
First there was the re-appearance of Ms Amy Cheong, the former assistant director of membership at National Trade Union Congress (NTUC) who infamously denigrated Malays for their “void-deck weddings”. During her short address to the National Development Council (NDC), she denounced the Ethnic Immigration Policy (EIP) for it served no purpose to her and felt that it should be abolished completely. Amy Cheong even asserted that she lost her job because of Malays.
While this is idiosyncratic of the opinions of most Singaporeans, it is still a case for concern. Should Singapore be faced with even more of such Amy Cheongs’, what will the relevant committees and government do then?
Well, we just might have our answer.
Mavis Yee is Singapore’s new icon of dissent - whose actions resemble both Ms Cheong and Amos Yee. Her expletive-laden video was delivered to the NDC and the National Steering Committee for Racial and Religious Harmony (NSCRRH), sending both councils into a frenzy.
Discussions are currently underway but it is evident these may not be fruitful. These “talks” started in chaos with delegates cross-talking and shouting over each other’s heads just to get themselves heard. Are these really the leaders that we entrust policy decision making to?
Off the bat, government officials were called upon the council to impose a censorship directive with immediate effect. Luckily, non-governmental organisations immediately protested against this, arguing that this was a rash move and against human rights of free speech.
Even though Ms Yee’s words are deplorable, there is no reason for the government to become authoritative in nature for there are better solutions at handle this issue. What the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) pleaded emphasises this point too, “This individual is only a minor. Surely we do not need to go to the extent of imposing censorship! For the sake of this one video, are we going to sacrifice basic human rights just like this?”
Seems like Mothership is not the only one that feels disturbed by this.