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Davinder Singh抨击Leong Sze Hian不出庭作证的行为让新加坡人失望

Oct 07, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership

博客作家与财务顾问Leong Sze Hian的律师林鼎在为期四天的诽谤案审判第二天表示,Leong不会接受证人席的盘问。

林鼎称辩方“非常满意我们有足够的案件证据。"

因此他还补充,Leong将不会在该问题上进一步合作。

作为回应,李显龙总理的律师Davinder Singh批评Leong让新加坡人失望。

“落荒而逃”

Singh称Leong的决定“非常令人失望”,他强调Leong曾多次表示自己将站起来为支持者和新加坡人而战。

他补充说:

“现在的情况是,原告(李总理)已经出庭并作证,不惧怕任何问题并准备捍卫自己的立场。”

然而,尽管声称李总理滥用了“法庭程序”,但Leong本人依旧“落荒而逃”。

Singh随后还说:

“他自己知道背后的真正原因,那就是他无法实践自己的誓言,也惧怕真相败露。”

Leong在被告开庭陈述的第一段中说,他已经送达了审判宣誓书,并将提出自己的问题。

林鼎:被告的陈述“轻浮”而“空洞”

林鼎在回应中称,他忍不住怀疑Singh打造这一“政治言论”的目的是在主流媒体上羞辱Leong。

他还补充说,自己团队得出的结论是李总理的陈述“轻浮”而“空洞”,在法庭上简直是“贻笑大方”。

林鼎说:

“我们不会帮助这样一个有损正义的原告。法官大人,我的发言完毕。”

案件

李总理与Leong的诽谤案于昨日(10月6日)开庭。

李总理于2018年底就Leong在其Facebook页面上公开分享的推文提起诉讼。推文中包含指向一篇有马来西亚网站The Coverage所撰写文章的链接。

文章中包含对于李总理协助马来西亚前总理纳吉布·拉扎克与马来西亚国家基金一马发展有限公司(IMDB)进行洗钱的指控。

双方将于11月30日回到法庭中

Aedit Abdullah法官随后表示,他将保留对此事的判决。

双方将于2020年11月30日亲自回到法庭进行口头陈述。

预计将在11月20日前向法院提交书面意见。

顶部图片由Guan Zhen Tan制作


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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.

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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.