Summary

工人党向议会提交完整提议,要求所有议员就Parti Liyani案件相关问题进行讨论

Oct 22, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership

据10月21日报道,工人党已经向议会提交了一份完整动议,就Parti Liyani案的相关问题继续进行讨论。

该提议与Parti Liyani案引发的问题有关,如人人享有司法公正,”反对党在脸书贴文写道。

该提议由工人党主席和阿裕尼选区议员Sylvia Lim提出,并得到了盛港选区议员He Ting Ru的支持。

所有议员讨论的完整提议

工人党称,这项完整提议允许所有议会议员参加,对提议进行讨论。

提议如下:“本院申明公平、公正和独立是新加坡司法系统的基石,并呼吁政府认识到并弥补其不足之处,以加强人人平等,无论其经济能力或社会地位如何,包括促进对司法系统的复审。”

下一次议会会议将于11月2日召开。

休会提议未选中

10月初,Lim的休会提议在随机抽签中未选中。

她本想就增强刑事司法系统的公平问题发言。

工人党随后表示,其将在讨论中“配合”法律和内政部长K Shanmugam将于11月在议会发表的部长级声明。

这就不需要再就此问题进行投票了。

Shanmugam就Parti案发言

Shanmugam表示,在收到议员提出的各种问题通知后,他将就Parti案发表部长声明。

他此前表示,此案“出现了一连串问题”,必须予以关注。

背景

Parti曾为樟宜机场集团前董事长廖文良工作,2020年9月被裁定偷窃廖家物品的罪名不成立。

现年46岁的Parti在2019年3月被判处两年以上监禁,最初她受到四项指控,指控其偷盗廖家价值约3.4万新元的物品。

她的上诉获准后,高等法院推翻了此前判决。

Parti决定继续对两名检察官进行诉讼,并就涉嫌失职申请对他们进行纪律调查。

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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.

Storyline


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.