The scourge of racial prejudice in Singapore

There are legal safeguards but we must mobilise the weight of public opinion against prejudicial views about minorities.

An evening crowd outside Clementi Mall in February.ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG

Like most Singaporeans, I am concerned by several recent incidents of racism. In May, an Indian woman was confronted by a Chinese man for not wearing her face mask properly while brisk-walking. The man abused her verbally, using a racial slur, and kicked her.

In the most recent incident, a Chinese man confronted a mixed-race couple in Orchard Road, telling them that it was a disgrace for a Chinese girl and an Indian man to be together.

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