Amy Cheong is not the first – and likely not the last – to get rebuked for her online remarks
The high-profile case of Amy Cheong’s racist remarks has finally come to a close after the police issued a stern warning to her last week.
Speaking to a local media, Amy said that she had been struggling to put the episode behind her and she can start her life afresh now that it is finally over.
The former assistant director of membership at the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) made headlines last year after she lost her job for posting offensive racist comments on Facebook in October last year.
The racist remarks Amy made about Malays on what she perceived to be their low-budget, long void-deck weddings, and even mocked their divorce rate on her Facebook page on October 7 went viral overnight.
Netizens immediately slammed her for her offensive post, calling for action to be taken against her.
Shortly after, NTUC Secretary-General Lim Swee Say issued a statement on the matter, saying 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”.
Amy was terminated from her job less than 24 hours after her racist comments went viral, and grassroots leader Lionel de Souza, secretary of the Inter-Racial and Religious Confidence Circle in Hougang even filed a police report against her.
The Australian and Singapore permanent resident returned to her home in Perth while investigations were ongoing.
Although the 38-year-old has no solid plans at the moment, she said that she does not rule out the possibility of returning to Singapore in future.
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