by Bertha Henson
She’s back! In the news, not in Singapore. Remember the foul-mouthed Amy Cheong who complained about Malay void deck weddings being noisy and cheap and made some cheap shots about the community’s divorce rates? We got all kan cheong over her.
To reprise, she was sacked from her job at the National Trades Union Congress, flamed, had a police report made against her – and left the country for her home in Perth. She’s actually Australian, a Singapore PR.
She never really took back her words, and frankly thought it was much ado about nothing – she was stressed from work and was bothered with the noise. Nothing to do with race whatsoever. She vented on Facebook – and it went viral.
Now, the police has closed its investigations and “administered a stern warning” under Section 298A (b) of the Penal Code, Chapter 224, reported ST in what appears to be a scoop. But rather unhelpfully, ST didn’t say what this particular section of the Penal Code refers to.
So, here it is:
“Promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion or race and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony. Whoever –
(a) by words, either spoken or written, or by signs or by visible representations or otherwise, knowingly promotes or attempts to promote, on grounds of religion or race, disharmony or feelings of enmity, hatred or ill-will between different religious or racial groups; or
(b) commits any act which he knows is prejudicial to the maintenance of harmony between different religious or racial groups and which disturbs or is likely to disturb the public tranquility, shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to 3 years, or with fine, or with both.”
Looks like Amy Cheong got off lightly. Seems the G seems to think it was a case of foot-in-mouth disease than any attempt to disturb the peace.
Reading her interview with ST is pretty déjà vu. She had spoken to TNP in the past in which she clearly showed she didn’t think her words were racist.
So many months later, she now says “she wants to put the episode behind her’’. What’s strange is her complaint about living and working in Singapore. She found herself clocking long hours and striving hard to prove and support herself here, she said: “This episode has helped me put things in perspective. I learnt to appreciate life a bit more than just working. I think everything happens for a reason.”
Rather odd. Is she saying something coded about her ex-employer the National Trades Union Congress where she worked in its membership section? The same employer who sacked her? After all, she did say she was tired after work and hence, her racist rant on FB.
And it surely is odd to say that the “episode” has made her think about life being more than just about work. One would have expected her to say, after going through the vitriol that she did, something like this: “This episode has helped me put things in perspective. I learnt to appreciate life in a multi-racial country and how I shouldn’t shoot off my mouth and hurt others every time I’m unhappy.”
Oh Amy…how hard can it be for you to say that?