Shanmugam: There are ‘deep fault lines’ in our society
Posted by temasektimes on October 9, 2012
A former high-ranking director at NTUC, Cheong sparked a massive outcry with her insensitive remarks about Malay weddings held at void decks on her Facebook page.
In a post on his Facebook, Mr Shanmugam roundly condemned Cheong for her remarks:
“Some friends have asked me about Amy Cheong and her Facebook comments about Malay weddings at void decks. Her comments and conduct are shameful and completely unacceptable. This confirms what I had long suspected and said : there are deep fault lines in our society, based on race/religion.”
He described her comments as reflecting a deep-seated racist attitude:
“Her comments reflect a deep seated racist attitude coupled with contempt for those who are less well off, or who wish to spend less. I had said, in 2002, in Parliament, that we should look deep into our hearts and ask what the attitudes of non Malays are towards our Malay brothers and sisters. We will be a truly civilised society only when we deep in our hearts accept everyone as equal.”
Shanmugam is the latest minister to speak on the issue after Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Deputy Prime Minister Tharman, Acting Labor Minister Tan Chuan Jin and Minister in Prime Minister’s Office Lim Swee Say.