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2020年10月12日新加坡水域发现罕见粉色海豚

Oct 17, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership

新加坡常被称为城市丛林。

但事实是,这个岛上和我们人类生活在一起的野生动物数量惊人。

它们的存在为我们原本平淡无奇的城市生活增添了许多色彩。

在南部水域发现海豚

继一只猕猴在滨海湾惊奇出现后,在新加坡南部海域又发现了一只海豚。

海洋公园之友协会主席Stephen Beng分享了一只罕见的粉色印度-太平洋驼背豚(中华白海豚)的照片。

Stephen Beng还在10月14日的Facebook帖子中分享说,这只海豚游得离海滩很近。

出于娱乐和保护的目的,海洋公园中有几类人士,例如划船者、皮划艇者和研究人员。

像印度-太平洋驼背豚这样的当地濒危动物的出现,表明了平衡不同人士的需求,同时确保海洋野生动物安全的重要性。

因此Stephen Beng说,让在自然保护区的休闲人士参与到保护工作中来是十分重要的。

有关印度-太平洋驼背豚的更多信息

在新加坡水域,不时能看到印度-太平洋驼背豚。

它们是害羞的动物,会远离船只。

根据Wiki.nus的资料,这些海豚一般群体规模较小,通常在3到8个之间。

据新加坡野生动物协会称,在城市化的新加坡看到海豚可能是水质良好的标志。

根据新加坡的濒危动物红色名单,印度-太平洋驼背豚在当地已经濒临灭绝。

国际自然保护联盟将其列为“易危物种”。

海豚正受到水污染、栖息地丧失以及因被废弃的渔网和鱼线所困而溺死的威胁。

它们的数量正在减少。

以上图片来自Stephen Beng


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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.