官委议员梁文辉:即使是绑架儿童案,警方也不应使用“合力追踪”(TraceTogether)数据

Feb 02, 2021 | 🚀 Fathership

周二(2月2日),新加坡前进党反对在议会提交的一项允许警方使用接触者追踪数据来调查严重犯罪的法案, 并呼吁政府“信守最初的承诺”——仅将“合力追踪”(TraceTogether)数据用于接触者追踪。

当梁文辉被总理府部长Indranee Rajah问到,即使没有其他证据,他是否会反对使用“合力追踪”(TraceTogether)数据调查绑架儿童案时,他表示其政党的立场不会改变。

梁文辉表示:“前进党不是为了反对而去反对这项法案……而是反对以公众对公共卫生措施的信任为代价,对做出这种牺牲提出质疑。公共卫生措施在大流行病危机中必须是绝对优先的,而我们在公共安全方面已经做的很好了,我们的警察处理犯罪的能力广受赞誉就是明证。”

Indranee女士回应:“他(梁先生)是正确的。是的,这是有代价的,但我们不会用一个孩子的生命来换这样的东西。”

前进党立场:数据应仅用于接触者追踪

非选区议员梁文辉在就新冠肺炎(临时措施)(修订)法案进行辩论时表示,“合力追踪”(TraceTogether)以及其他接触者追踪系统收集的数据应仅用于接触者追踪目的。

他补充说,在权衡了代价和益处之后,他的政党认为,公众信任比公共安全更为重要。

拟议的法案授权警方在严重犯罪的刑事调查中使用“合力追踪”(TraceTogether)数据

议会上月披露,警方有权“根据刑事诉讼法,在对严重犯罪进行刑事调查时使用“合力追踪”(TraceTogether)数据“。此后,该法的拟议修正案遭到强烈抗议。

梁文辉曾问,鉴于刑事诉讼法已赋予警方“广大权力”,那么以调查目的获取文件、用户电脑和解密数据是否有必要。


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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.