Netizens react over Amy Cheong’s Facebook rant
The amount of outrage and commotion unleashed in the last 72 hours over the Amy Cheong saga is surely hotter than hell.
Within 24 hours of her rant, the former National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) employee was given the boot from her position as NTUC assistant director, Membership Department after incurring the wrath of netizens and even political leaders over her Facebook remarks posted on Sunday.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong called the remarks “wrong and totally unacceptable” and said NTUC “did the right thing in terminating her services.”
Many Internet users quickly took to various social media platforms airing their grouses. Users like Rose322 commented on xinmsn, “NTUC has done what should be done, great!” as well as Khairulizat, who praised NTUC, saying “Thumbs up for sacking!”
NTUC Secretary-General Lim Swee Say said in a statement on Monday that the NTUC takes a serious view on racial harmony in Singapore and “has zero tolerance towards any words used or actions taken by its staff that are racially offensive.”
While it’s not surprising that many are busy hating Amy Cheong for her Facebook comment that was laden with profanities lashing out at Malays, it’s equally refreshing to know that a handful of us actually see the world in a different light.
A Facebook user, Chua Jiakai Jeremy wrote on his page, “Singaporeans demand the right of free speech, but they also want the right NOT to be offended.”
Also spotted on a Twitter account, who goes by the moniker B.B.See, was, “…do you know what happens to you when you lose your job, and get a police investigation? You’re screwed, that’s what. For life.”
These forgiving souls, though just a minority, were forthcoming with words of encouragement and empathy.
One user posted on xinmsn’s Facebook, “I know some Malays have posted nasty comments to you, but they are not necessarily the voice of the majority. Most of us are forgiving lot, and we accept your apologies because we too make mistakes.”
So, what’s next for Amy Cheong? It was reported today that she had left for Perth, Australia.