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PAP MP Indranee Rajah commended NYP student Lai Shimun for apologizing for her ‘insensitive’ comments on Twitter

Posted by temasektimes on March 29, 2012

PAP MP Indranee Rajah has commended beleaguered NYP student Lai Shimun for apologizing for her ‘insensitive’ remarks made on her twitter which sparked a massive outcry in Singapore of late.

In her tweet which went viral within hours in cyberspace, Ms Lai hurled expletives at a particular race after an unpleasant experience with them on a packed train during which she openly called for ‘segregation’ in MRT carriages.

In a post on her Facebook two days ago, Ms Rajah said that though Ms Lai’s comments were particularly ‘hurtful’ to Indians, it is ‘good’ that she has since apologized and expressed regret:

“It is good, though, that she has since apologised and expressed regret, and taken down the post. I’m glad she did so, and I’m sure that it was a hard learning experience for her.”

Ms Rajah also took the opportunity to call on Singaporeans to make racial and religious harmony a reality of everyday life in Singapore:

“What this and the other incidents show us, though, is that despite that fact that racial and religious tolerance is enshrined in our constitution and forms part of the bedrock of our society, there is still much to be done to make racial, cultural and religious harmony a reality of everyday life. This cuts across all spectrums – majorities v minorities, locals v foreigners, Asians v Westerners, one religion v another religion, the list goes on.”

However, Ms Lai did not comment on the light ‘punishment’ meted out on NUS PRC scholar Sun Xu, who caused a near nationwide outrage with his now infamous remarks on there ‘being more dogs than humans in Singapore.’

Despite the gravity of his offence, Sun Xu’s scholarship was not revoked and he was only given a $3,000 fine and 3 month of community welfare service before he can graduate.

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American blogger and a friend speaks up for Shimun Lai (黎诗文)

Posted by temasektimes on March 29, 2012

Embattled Nanyang Polytechnic student Lai Shimun may be condemned by the many netizens for her ‘racist’ tweet which has since gone viral in cyberspace, but at least one blogger is stepping forward to defend her.

American blogger Stanley Hart, who blogs on technological stuff at Real Tech News wondered what the ‘fuss’ is all about.

Stanley Hart felt there is ‘nothing wrong’ with Ms Lai’s tweet and asked if she deserved the public opprobrium:

“Netizens, come on. Why did Shimun Lai get your hate when all she said was what has happened? She just stated the facts. Of course, she was pissed off, but it was based on facts. It is like if someone get pissed off when I say, dog’s ass looks really ugly. Kill me?”

He ended the article with a rant of his own against a particular race. Stanley’s blog post caused another stir in Singapore blogosphere with many netizens lampooning him for it.

Meanwhile, Ms Lai’s friends have been posting comments on The Temasek Times defending her. One of them ‘Gab’ urged Singaporeans to give her a break and stop attack her personally:

“I am fully aware of what my friend did. And yes it was wrong, I am not trying to protect her. I’m just asking everyone to cool down and give her a break…. If we are going to take an eye for an eye then what does that make us as Singaporeans? Take it like a grown up and stop attacking her personally.”

It is understood that multiple complaints have been made to Nanyang Polytechnic which is currently investigating the matter.


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‘Good’ friend of Lai Shimun now ‘regrets’ sabotaging her by sharing her ‘racist’ tweet

Posted by temasektimes on March 28, 2012

It was supposedly a private tweet visible only to her circle of friends, but Alice (not her real name) felt so peeved off that she re-tweeted it to teach her good friend Lai Shimun a lesson and probably one which she will never forget in her life.

The ‘racist’ post by Ms Lai went viral in cyberspace in hours, sparking a massive outcry among Singaporeans and a police report was lodged against her.

Speaking to queries from the media, Alice now has second thoughts about her actions:

“I just want to teach her a lesson…I didn’t know that this will get so big. I feel kind of guilty.”

Alice were schoolmates with Ms Lai at Catholic Junior College. She said she didn’t want to confront her directly because she knew her personally and they have many mutual friends.

Till today, Ms Lai is probably still kept in the dark on the identity of ‘Alice’ who turned her life upside down at the press of a button.

(We have received a tip-off that the real name of ‘Alice’ is ‘Celia’. If you have more information about her, please email us at temasektimes@yahoo.com)

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PHOTOS: Hottie Singapore girl Shimun Lai (黎诗文) is ‘married’ to another babe

Posted by temasektimes on March 28, 2012

19 year old Nanyang Polytechnic student Lai Shimun sparked a massive outcry lately with a ‘racist’ remark made on her Twitter. Ms Lai has since apologized and has been ‘counselled’ by her school.

Let’s take a look at the petite girl who claimed she is ‘married’ on her Facebook which has since been deactivated:

(Note: The photos are taken from copies already circulating in other forums and blogs)

 


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NYP student Lai Shimun apologizes for ‘racist’ tweet as NYP launched an investigation into the matter

Posted by temasektimes on March 27, 2012

Nanyang Polytechnic student Lai Shimun has apologized for the ‘racist’ remark she posted on her Twitter which has since gone viral in cyberspace.

In an apology posted on her Facebook and Twitter before both accounts were deactivated, Ms Lai wrote:

“Now, I’m trying everything I can do to show that I’m really extremely sorry for my insensitive comment.”

Speaking to queries from the media, Ms Lai admitted that she was not ‘thinking properly’ at that point in time:

“I was in a train and it was very crowded, and I was really frustrated….I don’t know how it (the tweet) got out because my twitter account is locked. I thought that whatever comments I made wouldn’t appear offensive to my friends because they know I don’t mean it.”

Meanwhile, Nanyang Polytechnic has ‘counselled’ Ms Lai and highlighted to her that the remarks were insensitive and disrespectful.

“All members of the NYP community are expected to be respectful towards the religious customs, beliefs and sensitivities of others,” a spokesperson said.

A police report has been lodged against Ms Lai at Yishun Neighborhood Police Center last night by netizen Ashveen Nair and the police is currently investigating the complaint.

Quoting from PAP MP Lim Biow Chuan, since Ms Lai has apologized, “we should accept it graciously and all of us should move on.”


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Police report lodged against NYP student Lai Shimun for posting racist remarks on Twitter

Posted by temasektimes on March 26, 2012

A police report has been lodged against Nanyang Polytechnic student Lai Shimun for posting ‘racist’ remarks on Twitter which has since gone viral in cyberspace:

[Source: Lai Shimun’s Twitter]

Ms Lai is currently pursuing a diploma in Radiotherapy at Nanyang Polytechnic. Though she has removed the tweet, it has been widely circulated on social media, prompting one angry Singaporean to lodge a complaint to her polytechnic and to the police as well:

[Source: Naidu’s Facebook]

In 2008, a blogger was arrested and subsequently jailed for posting a similar racist remark on his blog:

“There he sat, unaffected by his surroundings, smelling like he didn’t showered (sic) in years and wore some really scary dirty clothes,” he wrote before proceeding to make “offensive” comments about the man’s race.

The new controversy was ignited hours barely after NUS PRC scholar Sun Xu was let off with a warning and fine for posting offensive remarks on there ‘being more dogs than humans in Singapore.’

As Ms Lai is NOT a MOE PRC scholar, she is unlikely to get away with simply a ‘counseling session’ and a fine for her online misdemeanor.

 

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