Anti-Filipino blog: Embassy asks for action

Anti-Filipino blog: Embassy asks for action

A blog that encourages Singaporeans to abuse Filipinos has drawn outrage online and the Philippine embassy here has asked the Government to take action.

A police spokesman confirmed that reports have been lodged about the blog and said police are investigating

The blog post calls on Singaporeans not to help any Filipinos caught in accidents, but to take a photo and post it online with a message cursing them.

The blogger says they should be shoved - "make it look accidental" - and claims he or she pushed a Filipino out of a train at Bishan. Other suggestions in the six-point guide to "showing displeasure" with "Filipino infestation" include refusing to be served by Filipinos, chewing and spitting out food at Filipino-themed restaurants and asking Filipino cashiers at supermarkets if pesticide spray is effective against them.

WIDELY CONDEMNED

The blog has been widely condemned online and reactions include an open letter to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong from a netizen who is said to be a British man married to a Filipino woman.

The Philippine embassy, in a statement on its website, said the blog does not reflect the general beliefs of the people of Singapore. It said Filipinos are encouraged to not lower themselves to the blogger's level and to avoid responding in any way.

It urged Filipinos to further strengthen good relations with the people of Singapore and be models of good behaviour by observing local regulations.

The embassy also advised Filipinos to be careful and to cooperate with the Singapore authorities if there were any threats to their personal safety and security here.


This article was first published on June 18, 2014.
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