Resident complained to Shanmugam about Indian neighbors’ ‘sweaty smell’
Posted by temasektimes on August 21, 2012
Law Minister K Shanmugam has expressed his concern at a complaint he received from one of his residents about the ‘unpleasant’ qualities of his Indian neighbors.
In a posting on his Facebook, Mr Shanmugam wrote:
“I received a complaint from one of my residents, a few weeks ago. He is Singaporean. He was upset that he had to “tolerate” his Indian neighbours. The resident protested at having to “smell their Indian sweaty smell and unwashed bodies”. He described the Indian family as living in squalor and complained about their poor social status.”
It is not revealed if the Indians are native Singaporeans or recent arrivals from the Indian subcontinent.
Mr Shanmugam added that he was quite disturbed by the complaints:
“The rest of the complaints taken together however, are quite disturbing. The resident actually sent me an email setting this out. The resident appears to see his neighbour’s race as being the problem and the overt prejudice is quite troubling….We need to make sure that things stay positive between people of different races.”
Singaporeans have mostly lived in harmony with one another over many years of nation-building. The race issue appears to crop up only lately with the relentless influx of foreigners which has changed the island state’s demographics to beyond recognition.