Recently, I saw one of my friends sharing a post from someone prominent. This individual was a receiver of a prestigious award in Singapore for good work done in the community. It also comes with a cash award of $20,000. In some sense, this figure can be considered some sort of a community leader. However, I did not know this individual because of the award, but because of a viral post made some time back regarding a criminal case that triggered an outcry in Singapore.
In this post, the writer suggested that the case was badly managed because of the offender’s demographics. I do not know if there is any reason why this direction was pointed and I have not found any reason why it should be even today. Such allegations also prompted an official statement from authorities, sharing the exact background of the offender.
Equality in society should be pursued. It is important and it is one of the founding principles of our nation. However, we need to keep our emotions in check, as well as our cynicism. If there are good reasons to investigate further, we should. But we should not “think out loud” and make suggestions that are unfounded in the public domain as it risks inciting tension and mistrust in society. Especially if you are a prominent figure.