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新加坡国立大学透露,香灰莉木学院一名讲师因“与一名本科生有亲密关系”而被解雇

Oct 22, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership

新加坡国立大学公布了解雇Jeremy Fernando的细节,他曾是香灰莉木学院的非驻校教职员工。

新加坡国立大学之前曾表示,Fernando“没有达到大学对教师所期望的专业水准”,但没有详细说明,理由是内部工作人员事务保密。

据亚洲新闻台报道,事件发生后,一群香灰莉木学院的大学生组成了一个社区支持工作组,以重建和加强大学社区内的信任。

亲密关系

在10月21日发表的一份声明中,该校表示,其内部调查证实Fernando“与一名本科生有亲密关系”,这“严重违反”了该校的员工行为准则。

声明说,因此校方“迅速采取行动解雇了他”。

该声明称,这起案件涉及两名学生,其中一人曾是香灰莉木学院的学生,她们正在得到新加坡国立大学受害者关怀组“强烈的支持和照顾”。

已建议这两名学生在一名新加坡国立大学工作人员的陪同下向警方举报有关性骚扰的指控。

新加坡国立大学也分别向警方报案。

附件列出新加坡国立大学采取的行动

该报告还包含一份附件,详细说明了自该大学得到两起针对Fernando投诉中的第一起投诉以来所采取的行动。

事件列表始于8月27日的第一起投诉。

Fernando于8月31日被停职,并被禁止与新加坡国立大学的学生或工作人员联系。除协助调查外,他还被禁止上班。

Fernando也被下达了"禁止接触令",禁止他联系任何一名申诉人。

投诉的学生决定不报警

新加坡国立大学说,投诉Fernando的两名学生都与国大的工作人员(包括受害者关怀组人员以及香灰莉木学院的一名主管)探讨了“向警方报案的选择”。

每名学生都有两次报警的想法;一次是在她们投诉后不久,一次是在10月7日她们被告知国大决定解雇Fernando时。

如果投诉人选择报案,受害者关怀组承诺将“全程继续给予支持”,包括陪同她们到警局。

两名投诉人都决定不向警方报案。

信息本应更及时

尽管新加坡国立大学决定于10月7日解雇Fernando,并在同一天通知了教职工,但香灰莉木学院的其他员工和学生在一个多星期后的10月18日才被告知此事。

新加坡国立大学承认,他们“本可以更及时地与香灰莉木学院的员工和学生共享有关解雇的信息”。

校方表示,必须在考虑到受害者的情况下来“平衡隐私和保密的利益”。

顶图来自新加坡国立大学


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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.