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.