Attacker who started brawl at Beach Road was upset over penile dysfunction claim

Feb 26, 2022 | 🚀 Fathership
Upset that he may likely have penile dysfunction, a man began a heated confrontation with another man, which resulted in a brawl that was caught by the shop's security camera.

The altercation between the two men occurred at about 1am on Tuesday (Feb 22), at a braised snack shop in City Gate, a mall located on Beach Road.

What happened

According to the snack shop owner, the victim, who was dressed in black, had entered the shop to purchase some food.

After making payment, he turned around to look at the shop's display cabinet again.

The other man, who can be identified by the tattoos on his arms, was standing in front of the cabinet.

"The tattooed man asked him why he was staring, but the latter said he wasn't and that he only wanted to buy more food. But the tattooed man was unwilling to let the matter slide and called him to go outside," the 40-year-old shop owner told a Chinese daily.

He called the police as soon as the two men started fighting.

Tensions between the two parties escalated when the tattooed man grabbed a stool from the shop and threw it at the other man.

The shop owner, dressed in grey, tried to intervene but to no avail.

The tattooed man then grabbed the other man by the head, threw him on the floor and began raining blows on him. "I'll kill you, [you] know," he threatened.

Several hard blows later, the man in black passed out near the shop's entrance.

About three minutes later, he regained consciousness and was seen sitting on the floor in a daze. He was also bleeding from the mouth.

Man claims to be a gangster and threatened to 'kill' victim

In a separate video recorded after the incident by the shopowner's wife, the man can be seen taunting the victim and shopowner. At one point, he threatened to kill the victim.

He also made disparaging remarks about the shopowner after finding out that the latter was from China.

In trying to compensate for his penile dysfunction, the man claimed he is from a secret society and that he can "take over the shop anytime".

Penile dysfunction claim

The man, identified as "Shawn" is allegedly a shopowner in the vicinity.

According to a source, Shawn was upset that he may have penile dysfunction after failing to "get it up" the night before. In a fit of rage, he took out his anger at an innocent man the next day.

Police confirmed that they were alerted to a fight between two men, aged 34 and 27.

The 27-year-old man was conscious when conveyed to Tan Tock Seng Hospital.

Both parties were subsequently arrested for affray. Police investigations are ongoing.

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This commentator thinks MCI ad should not have featured poor Malays

May 12, 2022 | 🚀 Fathership
A Hari Raya advertisement by the Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI) was 'cancelled' by certain netizens online for depicting lower income Malays according to reality.

"Message for Syawal", a two-and-a-half-minute video published last month (Apr 30) captures moments in the life of a low-income Malay family living in a rental flat.


Pictured: Screenshot from MCI video "Message for Syawal"

The video, which is peppered with Malay proverbs, shows the family moving out of their rental flat to a new home several years later where they celebrate Hari Raya.

The father of the family works as a mover while the mother is a housewife.

Their young son, Syawal, skips school to earn extra income for his family before a teacher flags his absence from school to his parents.

The mother in the video later decides to return to work to alleviate her family’s financial difficulties while the father gets a new job.

Pictured: Screenshot from MCI video "Message for Syawal"

Why some netizens are outraged

The video sparked backlash online, with some viewers saying that it contained stereotypes about the Malay community.

The stereotypes:
  • The father works as a mover - commonly perceived to be a low-income job
  • The mother is jobless
  • The son plays truant
  • The family lives in a rental flat for low-income earners

Commentator implied that poor Malays shouldn't be portrayed in public to prevent stereotypes

Pictured: Screenshot from Homeground Asia video

A video commentary by The Homeground Asia went further by criticizing how the video propagates the narrative that Malays are poor and lazy, and that the ministry should have created a video that is more relatable to both the less fortunate and the more affluent Malays.

Adi Rahman, one of the interviewees in the video went further by making sweeping assumptions that the ministry lacked cultural intelligence and did not consult the community on the narrative.

Ironically, in talking about inclusivity, Adi implied that the realities of poor Malays should not be shown in public.

For example, his rationale suggested that the video contained characters (the mover, jobless mother and the son who skips school) that contribute to the problem of other races seeing the Malays in a stereotypical and reductive light.

In other words, show the good stuff but not the reality.

Adi even accused the ministry for not consulting the Malays in the vetting of the video narrative.

His accusations were without merit, however, when the Ministry said in a statement (Apr 30) that Malay-Muslim viewers - presumably a focus group - had seen the video prior to its release, and perceived the story to be heart-warming, although some expressed reservations.

Pictured: Adi Rahman - one of the commentators in Homeground Asia video

Stereotyping or masking reality?

The ministry said last month (Apr 30) the video was meant to show "a family’s journey of resilience in facing challenging circumstances and how mutual support and encouragement could nurture the process”.

Other netizens felt it was an overreaction and that low-income families shouldn't be dehumanized in a way that they are removed from the conversation. They felt that the video was a call-to-action for those from the underprivileged to strive for a better life through hard work and seeking help that's already available.

The only missed opportunity in the MCI video was perhaps the suggestion that Malays in low income families living in a rental flat could not celebrate Hari Raya unless they get a flat on their own.

But of course, like Homeground Asia, that is also a sweeping assumption.