Minister for Communication and Information Yaacob Ibrahim stepped up on racial divisions today (Oct 4) telling state media reporters that the Chinese majority in Singapore does not know how the Malay feels.
“It has been a difficult and challenging journey for my community. Sometimes, the majority does not know what it feels to be a minority community.”
Without giving any example, the Minister in-charge of propaganda and Muslim affairs also played the victim card and said that Singaporean Muslims have been “under constant scrutiny” after terrorist attacks overseas made headlines news in recent years:
“It is not a pleasant experience when your religion and your religious orientation is under constant scrutiny. For the Malay-Muslim community, this sense of being misunderstood is deeply felt, having been in the spotlight for quite some time. It has been a difficult and challenging journey for my community.”
Creating a climate of fear and distrust among Singaporeans has been a secret formula of the ruling party PAP government. The dictatorship presents itself as a champion of racial harmony, but it’s national policies are inherently racist which disadvantages the minority in housing, military and even the election.
The PAP Minister also blamed the internet and foreign news media for “leading” a few into making racist comments:
“New media and the anonymity it lends have led to individuals denigrating other religions or sowing discord between communities over the Internet, inadvertently or otherwise.”