Ridiculing a race is no laughing matter

I do not watch local productions because I find the use of Singlish off-putting.

Another reason is that I do not condone the token representation of minorities, who are marginalised further by being portrayed as stereotypes (Racism saga: Are S'poreans prepared to grow from Ah Boys to Men?; June 3).

The authorities should look into these practices here and straighten them out. There is little to support stereotyping in entertainment, even in the name of art. Why draw laughter at the expense of a minority?

It is unbecoming. It reflects a growing tendency among Singaporeans to be less sensitive to the feelings of others.

If it starts with a joke, it could very quickly escalate into something more.

Nobody should be subjected to ridicule; certainly not an individual, and most definitely not a group.

This issue needs to be aired, addressed and discussed with maturity. If we do not do something about it, it means we have forgotten the lessons of the race riots of the 1960s.

Manoraj Rajathurai

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 06, 2017, with the headline 'Ridiculing a race is no laughing matter'. Print Edition | Subscribe