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After the racist incident, Vijayan wonders what “One People, One Nation, One Singapore" meant

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  • Vijayan, who grew up on the outskirts of Bendemeer Kampung, describes himself as “ a local breed Indian man”
  • Vijayan questions what “One People, One Nation, One  Singapore” means
  • Parents should educate their children and the way they are brought up matters

A Singaporean Indian decided to share his grievance about racism he encountered in Singapore. His post on Facebook opened up a dialogue that exposed how Indians are treated in Singapore.

Vijayan Superamaniam shared that the incident happened on June 15 while he was on his way to work at Changi Airport. After boarding the train at Pasir Ris, he sat on a ‘non-reserved’ seat. Despite having too many stuff to carry, Vijayan decided to give up his seat to a mother and her child, said theindependent.sg report.

Vijayan said that the child who was about 5 years old, looked at him and chuckled to her mother, “Mummy, Appu neh Neh, Black Black Man” and her mother grinned back at her in agreement, said Vijayan’s Facebook post.

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Vijayan Superamaniam.Image source: Vijayan Superamaniam's Facebook profile
Vijayan Superamaniam.Image source: Vijayan Superamaniam’s Facebook profile

Vijayan, who grew up on the outskirts of Bendemeer Kampung, describes himself as “ a local breed Indian man”. He now wonders if this is what “One People, One Nation, One  Singapore” meant.

Many of his friends too shared their grievances.

Yogeswari Chandrasekaran said, “God bless you for your big heart machan. I experienced the same thing before. The kid who sat beside me called me Appunehneh. I wonder what are kids taught nowadays!”

Paran Thechanamurthi, another Facebook user said, “it’s something that most of us face , but sadly it has and will never be addressed.”

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Many shared the opinion that parents should educate their children and the way the children are brought up matters.

Vijayan's Facebook Post Image Source:Facebook
Vijayan’s Facebook Post Image Source:Facebook

Prasath Dieg said,”Buddy buddy. It’s ok, I feel quite sad for the kids in fact because of the upbringing they are under. And I pity the kid’s grandparents for having to bring up such a mother too. Only Education can help the kids, not even God. Indian, Chinese, Malay, end of the day one blood. One day ah pu neh neh’s blood might be needed for donation etc.”

Another Facebook user, Michelle Nicholas said, “Dun wry bro.. in this country, all of us experience some racism at some point. No matter how educated this society is. All boils down to upbringing.. its what we decide to teach our kids.”

-prepared by Ajay Krishna an intern at NewsGram. Twitter: @ajkrish14

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  • Vrushali Mahajan

    C’mon he is a small 5 year old child. How can he keep in mind all of this. Racism is something a 5 year old boy does not understand. You cannot question the upbringing of a child just because he said something childish to a person standing next to him because he found it fascinating. I agree the mother should’ve told him not to do that but after all he’s a kid, what do we expect?

  • Aparna Gupta

    Racism is banned in all countries. We cannot blame a child who is just 5 years old. He doesn’t say it deliberately.

  • devika todi

    in here, instead of blaming the 5 year old kid, why don’t we shine light on the mother’s behavior? when her kid made a racist comment, instead of rebuking her, she was smiling. she could have explained to her child and then apologized to the victim.
    children learn from what they see around them. in a tender age of 5, i don’t think terms like racism will make much sense to the kid. parents should be careful in this matter. the emerging world is much more tolerant towards such issues than it ever was before. don’t we all want to be part of a progressive world?

  • Vrushali Mahajan

    C’mon he is a small 5 year old child. How can he keep in mind all of this. Racism is something a 5 year old boy does not understand. You cannot question the upbringing of a child just because he said something childish to a person standing next to him because he found it fascinating. I agree the mother should’ve told him not to do that but after all he’s a kid, what do we expect?

  • Aparna Gupta

    Racism is banned in all countries. We cannot blame a child who is just 5 years old. He doesn’t say it deliberately.

  • devika todi

    in here, instead of blaming the 5 year old kid, why don’t we shine light on the mother’s behavior? when her kid made a racist comment, instead of rebuking her, she was smiling. she could have explained to her child and then apologized to the victim.
    children learn from what they see around them. in a tender age of 5, i don’t think terms like racism will make much sense to the kid. parents should be careful in this matter. the emerging world is much more tolerant towards such issues than it ever was before. don’t we all want to be part of a progressive world?

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Facebook announces huge investment to empower community leaders

Facebook has announced huge investment to empower community leaders

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Facebook invests big in Community Leaders Program. AFP
Facebook invests big in Community Leaders Program. AFP
  • Facebook has invested millions in his Community Leadership Program
  • Facebook has committed $10 million to this program
  • This will help Facebook expand its network

Facebook has announced it will commit tens of millions of dollars to Community Leadership Program that is designed to empower global leaders who are building communities through its family of apps and services

Apart from that, Facebook would also commit up to $10 million in grants that will go directly to people creating and leading communities so that Community Leaders could have more impact with additional support, the company said at the Facebook Communities Summit Europe in late on Friday.

Facebook has invested $10 million in this program. VOA
Facebook has invested $10 million in this program. VOA

“In addition, we introduced new tools for group admins and the expansion of our London-based engineering team that builds technology to help keep people safe on Facebook,” the social media giant wrote in a blog.

Under the programme, Facebook would offer Residency and Fellowship opportunities for training, support and funding to community leaders from around the world.

“Up to five leaders will be selected to be community leaders in residence and awarded up to $1,000,000 each to fund their proposals,” it said.

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“Up to 100 leaders will be selected for our fellowship program and will receive up to $50,000 each to be used for a specific community initiative,” the company said.

Facebook will also bring Local community leaders together this way. Pixabay
Facebook will also bring Local community leaders together this way. Pixabay

Facebook would also expand its Community Leadership Circles programme that brings local community leaders together to meet up in person to connect, learn and collaborate as well as Groups for Facebook Power Admins that is being run with more than 10,000 group admins in the US and Britain to help leader share advice with one another.

Meanwhile, the new tools for Group Admins and Members would keep their communities safe, organised and engaged.

With the Admin Tools, admins can now find member requests, Group Insights making it easier to manage groups and freeing up more time for admins to connect with members.

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Facebook's this investment in Community Leader Program will benefit it greatly.VOA
Facebook’s this investment in Community Leader Program will benefit it greatly.VOA

Group announcements will let group admins to post up to 10 announcements that appear at the top of their group.

Now admins can create a dedicated rules section to help them effectively communicate the rules of the group to their members. Now admins can add a personalised colour that is displayed throughout their group. IANS