Amy and Mob Justice
Foremost, I do not condone Amy Cheong’s racist comments. Racism is bad and annoying, worse if uttered in public, worst if loosed in the Internet as it can get viral and immortalised. Amy was racist and selective in the criticism of void deck nuisances as Chinese funerals are just as long and noisy at the void decks. Void deck happy weddings and sad funerals are part of Singapore’s heartland culture, carried over from the kampong days.
However, for the Internet mob to ask for her dismissal from NTUC is just senseless rage. Whether she is sacked or not depends on employment terms between Amy and NTUC. Not the nosey parker mob. NTUC over-reacted and bent to the mob’s demand for corporate lynching and harshly terminated Amy’s employment. There are countless ways of disciplining staff for public consumption, and showing the door to the disgraced staff is merely one of them. Unfortunately, only a sacking can appease many in the mob and return calm it seems. An interesting precedent for employee behaviour in the public sector.
A police report was even made, although this is not the first time as other racists in the Internet disparaging Malays and Muslims were charged under the Sedition Act before.
The Internet mob is dangerous stupid lumbering beast. The mob finds a prey who gave them an excuse for the entertaining hunt for the day e.g. “elite”, “racist”, “foreigner”, “gay”, “Christian” and mob justice gets carried away. Pumped up with echoing self-righteousness and senseless anger, it is blind to reason. Worse is that sometimes reason is deliberately tucked aside so that the person behind the keyboard can go happily cyberbullying. In the name of mob justice, it is a vicious race to the bottom on who can be meaner than the person who first stupidly typed racist comments in Facebook or Twitter.
Amy Cheong and the cyberbullying mob, all are judged vicious and ignorant.