He snaps foreign workers to combat online hate

He snaps foreign workers to combat online hate
SMILE: One of the foreign workers photographer Yasin Rahim took a picture of.

The Peacemaker

The day after the riot, photographer Yasin Rahim, 30, was shocked at the reaction of some netizens towards foreign workers, especially the Indian nationals.

"I saw nasty comments online about the community and felt they were extremely unfair and untrue," says Mr Yasin.

Instead of defending them online, he took to the streets with his camera for a project he calls "We come in peace".

The idea was simple - get the foreign workers to pose for a photo while holding up the peace sign.

"I was hoping to change the perception that Singaporeans have of these foreign workers," he says.

He says of those who started the riot: "They are a very small group and are not representative of the entire community.

"I wanted to show Singaporeans that they are just like us.

"Not everyone is violent and out to start a riot."

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