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‘Filipino infestation in Singapore’ blog sparks embassy call for probe

Internet post urged Singaporeans to be rude to Filipino workers in latest sign of racial tension

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 19 June, 2014, 4:14pm
UPDATED : Friday, 20 June, 2014, 3:29pm

The Philippines has asked Singapore authorities to take action against a blogger who suggested Singaporeans should shove Filipinos on the street and be rude to Filipino workers.

The blog, titled "Filipino infestation in Singapore - five-point guide to showing displeasure without breaking the law", was posted at the end of May and has since been taken down.

It is the latest sign of growing intolerance towards migrant workers in the city-state.

The blog was written anonymously and was widely shared on social media, prompting the Philippine embassy in Singapore to appeal to the government for prompt action. Police said they were investigating.

Update: Google removes hate blog advising Singaporeans to harass Filipinos

The incident came in the wake of rising tensions involving the growing number of migrant workers, who have largely built Singapore's skyline and transport infrastructure. About a quarter of the country's 5.4 million people are transient workers, compared to a tenth in 1990, according to government statistics.

A small but vocal group of radical Singaporeans has been fanning online discontent with what they claim are lax immigration policies. At an anti-immigration rally last month, protesters claimed foreigners were stealing jobs from Singaporeans.

In December, mostly Indian guest workers rioted in the worst unrest in decades after an Indian worker was hit and killed by a bus driven by a Singaporean. Cars were torched and 18 people hurt.

Tens of thousands of Filipinos working in Singapore this month abandoned plans to celebrate their nation's independence day at Singapore's prime shopping district, Orchard Road.

It followed an uproar by groups who said it would be an infringement of their sovereign rights for the event to take place at such a prominent location.

In a statement on its website this week, the Philippine embassy advised its nationals to be restrained in their response to the blog post and that it would be best for them to ignore it.

The blog suggested that Singaporeans should shove Filipinos on the street by pretending to bump into them. It also encouraged rude behaviour to Filipino staff in the service industry.

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535a25da-bbe4-4f8d-bbe3-34f60a320969
Singapore is just being a rich kid - too rich, too free. Making online statement is better than hurling physical abuses. Singapore is consider very gentle already. In UAE, middle east, Europe and western states, filipinos are really discriminated and are seen as subjects of bully and abuse. Either people dislike filipinos or simply abuse and bully filipinos. But true to say some but not all filipinos are indeed are pretty ungracious and ill-manner compared to people of other nationalities. As usual, Singapore is just too perfect and has very high standards. Singaporeans are actually very friendly and easy-going people. As long as you follow Singaporeans' way of life, follow their rules and laws and embrace their culture, Singaporeans are pretty happy to be friends with you. Filipinos are just foreign workers over there and they should just do what the Romans do when in Rome. It is not even their country. Perhaps, Philippines need to watch its bad image abroad.
53a47a64-56b4-4cd3-b519-52c40a3209cb
Now we have the Phillippine Government! asking the Singapore Government! to take action against a Singaporean! for what he said about filipinos, pinoys, or whatever.. My advise to the Phillippine Government is if you really care for your Phillippinos, Pinoys or Filipino Citizens! they will not leave Philippines. Clean out your own backyard first.
onedistrict
Singapore is a fine(s) city
Camel
@******
Wow, and that comes from a Filipino who thinks the world should be thankful to have the Filipinos all around them, but they should despise the Chinese. You think you are something better?
Proove it by going back to where you belong and start to build up your own country instead of mocking around in the world. (or do you don't like our own home country?)
ejmciii
No despising the communist Chinese who try to steal their territory. They seem to have no problem with the Filipinos who are Chinese or Indonesians who are Chinese. Why don't you run along back to the Mainland and fix that toilet. I would be much happier in HK with fewer of you Beijing sycophants running about, causing trouble for people in HK.
shuike
I do not know whether you are an ethnic Chinese or a left-over Gw-lo trash. But let me remind you that the prosperity of HK, which you are now enjoying, is built on the back of mainland Chinese immigrants. What have you done for HK except trolling your rubbish here? Moreover this story is about Singapore. Are you that mixed up?
rensi.rosales@gmail.com
LOL they should be more worried about chinese infestation
michaelhctam@gmail.com
Singapore is basically a Chinese colony.
zhelu1985@live.com
You mean the 70% of the people who live there? Including Mr. Lee himself?
Yeah, big concern. Should go back to Malaysia right? Or "Malaya" rather.
 
 
 
 
 

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