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Chan Chun Sing praises Singaporeans for reacting ‘well’ to Amy Cheong saga

Posted by temasektimes on October 14, 2012

Acting Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports Chan Chun Sing has lavished generous praise on Singaporeans, in particular, the Malay-Muslim community for reacting to the Amy Cheong saga in a ‘mature, calm and collected manner.’

Mr Chan said he is proud of the majority’s response, which “speaks well of the community and speaks well of Singapore”.

Speaking at the 10th anniversary celebrations of Inter-Racial and Religious Confidence Circles (IRCC), Mr Chan cited this as an example of how the public should respond when there is a crisis.

“We should respond in a calm and justified manner so that two wrongs don’t become a right. But in how we respond, it says much more about us as a people, as a society than the actual words that we may use,” said Mr Chan.

A former high-ranking director at NTUC, Amy Cheong was sacked after she posted disparaging comments about the Malay wedding on her personal Facebook.

Her comments sparked a massive outcry in cyberspace with many netizens condemning her for it, but what is unusual is the fact that several senior ministers chipped in to condemn her as well, including the Prime Minister.

Amy Cheong who is an Australian citizen has since returned to Perth.


20 Responses to “Chan Chun Sing praises Singaporeans for reacting ‘well’ to Amy Cheong saga”

  1. Lim said

    I thought he thinks that the `cyberspace is dominated by the lunatic fringe & why people prefer peach garden XO $10 chye tow kway to hawker centre $1.50 chye tow kway’. Acing PM-in-waiting praising the populace? Or mustering Maslay-Muslim support?

  2. Pink Panty Loong said

    “We should respond in a calm and justified manner so that two wrongs don’t become a right. But in how we respond, it says much more about us as a people, as a society than the actual words that we may use,” said Mr Chan.

    Your NTUC sacked her in 24 hours. Is that a calm and justified manner?

    Ingrate Sun Xu was not revoked of his scholarships for calling us dogs when we are the ones footing his education expenses, is that a good respond from your Pro-Alien Government?


  3. Ron said

    I fully support the prompt sacking. I worked for a very large MNC and there was zero tolerance for harrassment, racist cmments, etc. And it was immediate sacking. That kind of policy sends strong statement to every employee that you have to behave in a responsible manner with regards to expressing your views.

    As for Spore, it must also adopt a tough no-nonsense approach to violators. Spore cannot risk stiriing up racial animosity and unrest. There have been enough incidents. And the policy must apply equally to both residents and foreigners.

  4. jack said

    I question the timing of his comment, why this is only after he realized that Amy is not a Singapore Citizen?

    • ovetseas singspore said

      He is talking cock! A disgrace as a minister!Look like An idiot wasting taxpayers’ money!

      • Island of LKY n Son said

        This idiot forgot to praise Sporeans for reacting well to him for being a paper general with very little ability….
        and more importantly, it is a known fact he entered parliament by hanging on to LKY’s coattail.

  5. Huh said

    Acting prime minister must act lah.

  6. Lim said

    I hope this no-nonsense approach applies to all with no exceptions – ministers please also come out to condemn foreigners whom our land feeds then bite our hands by calling us animals, foreigners who break our laws and also own party members who threaten people who disagree with them. Then my respect will go up ten-fold.

  7. Zam said

    I understand that Amy Cheong is not even Singaporean. Hence, I cant understand y the Govt Leadership is saying that there are DEEP DIVIDE in the society bt races. I believe the true blooded, born, bred Singaporeans are truly one people not divided. If the govt thinks otherwise, they should look too themselves and stop trying to divide the people.

  8. Pink Panty Loong said

    I question the different treatment of Amy & ingrate Sun Xu’s case. Nobody from that bunch of white monkeys bashed Sun Xu for his insensitive remarks like what they did to Amy. It’s so obvious that some people just got more “preferential” treatment than others due to nationality, if you know what I mean.

  9. Looney Loong said

    Even a blind man can see the desperation of the PAP.

    They finally woke up from their slumber and realized they have lost the support of the ground.

    All these recent praising of the character of Singaporeans by the PAP are nothing more than wayang, fakery and signs of a drowning man clutching at straws.

    Nothing is gonna save these blood suckers.

    Be dead and gone in 2016

    Mod’s note:

    Nothing will happen in 2016 because the PAP’s ‘B’ team aka the ‘Wayang Party’ will keep it in power:

    ‘If the PAP fails to win a majority in the next election, the Workers Party will form a coalition govt with it (to keep it in power)’

    – PAP’s ‘B’ team MP Pritam Singh, May 2011

  10. Looney Loong said

    “Mr Chan said he is proud of the majority’s response, which “speaks well of the community and speaks well of Singapore”.

    I thought his senior, that pompous lawyer Shanmugam said that it clearly shows there is a great divide in Singapore society, or something to that effect when the case first broke out and the newspaper hadn’t reported yet that Amy Cheong is a FT ????

    Farking hypocrites all these donkeys in white.

  11. solaris8899 said

    everything he said was right, only we wrong.

  12. Naivety said

    Another useless Paper General, TCSS here only!

  13. Danny said

    Chan Chun Sing should also say how Singaporeans are reacting to PAP’s pro-alien policies. This is more important than the Amy Cheong issue because it affects more Singaporeans. Does he have the balls to comment on this issue?

  14. ovetseas singspore said

    Army language: He is talk cock!

  15. Tortoise said

    Chan Chun Sing, what’s about Lee Bee Wah’s 60/40 comment???

  16. Much have been said about Ms Amy Cheong’s indiscretion over racial/religious matters

    Looking back at all such similar issues the outcomes seem to be at the expense of one particular ethnic group. This group which happens to be the majority has been invariably made to bear the brunt whenever such issues erupted.

    Case No. 1
    When the Hindu Indian kept splashing water at the corridor infront of his flat as a religious obligation, his Chinese neighbour complained about the spillage onto his side, messiness and the slippery riskiness. The Hindu, believing God is on his side, kept doing it until one day all hell broke loose when the Chinese took law into his own hand. The Chinese was dealt with by the court and sheepishly moved out of the neighbourhood.

    Case No. 2
    A Muslim woman’s complaint of her religious abhorance over dog occupying taxi seat provoked a horde of protests from dog lovers. At the end of the day a young Chinese dog lover was convicted with a mitigation plea that his racist and religious condemnation was borne out of a long ago case when a taxi’s priority was not given to his sick mother rushing to a hospital but to a Malay Muslim. (Spoon-fed mitigation?)

    Case No. 3
    Now we have Amy Cheong and she was sacked, chastised by ministers including the prime minister and practically all and sundry. But what about comments in response complaining about incense burning and wayang during the hungry ghost festival.

    Case No. 4?
    As it is there is yet for uproar over religious obligation of Muslim having to pray 5 times a day.

    (More to come. Input pls to:


    Simon wee

  17. Robin hood said

    Another demerit point for pro alien party. Bear in mind for GE2016, folks.

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