How Disgusting Can We Get?

Amidst all the stories on the Cornoavirus, humanity still has the capability to behave in the worst possible manner. A 40-year old woman pleaded guilty to making her maid hit herself in the teeth with a meat pounder and this was just part of the stuff the maid had to go through. The story can be found at TodayOnline.

I’ve lived in Asia for the past two decades and I still get worked up by such stories of abuse against manual workers from other parts of Asia. There has to be, a they say, some standard of decency and the law should actually do something to enforce standards of human behavior.

Singapore is in so many ways, an incredibly developed society. Our physical infrastructure is as good, if not better than most places in the “advanced world.” Whatever one says of our political leadership, its proven more competent in its basic management than many places in the West, as shown by “Covid-19.” Many of us have been educated in the best places the world has to offer and we are aware of things like basic human decency.

Yet, and yet, we seem so unable to behave decently to the less fortunate. I take the comparison of our treatment of the laws governing “anal sex” between grown men. Whenever the topic of “377A” comes up, you’ll get the great and good of society talking about how laws are used to express “social approval,” and the dangers of “forcing” approval onto the majority should you legalise private and consensual behavior. However, whenever you have a case of maid or worker abuse, you’ll get lots of hands being wrung in public about the disturbed individuals but nobody will ever talk about what society approves of. Let’s be real here, the maid in question did not threaten anyone or do any harm. She merely did not clean the house as efficiently as her employer expected of her. In return, she was punched in the mouth ten times and forced to knock her own teeth out. Erm, that is clear cut case of physical abuse. The employer in question needs to be jailed or locked in a mental institution.

Or, what about the cane? If there was a case of flogging anyone, this woman is it. We make a big deal about how we do not tolerate vandalism to property, but what about vandalism to another person’s body?

Seriously, there is something seriously wrong here. Like it or not, we need the so-called Darkies from the rest of Asia to do the dirty jobs that we won’t do for love or money. Nobody is asking for us to give them special treatment but we do need to respect the fact that they are human and here to do a job.

Ten years ago, I met an Englishman, who asked me what I missed about the UK. My answer was, “The Intrinsic Decency of People.” His reply was, “Oh, there’s a lot more of that in Singapore.” I replied, “That’s because you’re white – try being a dark-skinned laborer.”

We met again after a decade and the first thing he said to me was, “My God, your entire economy is run on slave labor.” He then described how the most important person in the shipyard he worked at was a Bangladeshi who did everything for a mere SG$2,000 a month. I was never more embarrassed to be proven right. He proved my point right about the British being intrinsically decent – he was stunned and upset that the Bangladeshi was being paid SG$2,000 a month for the work he did (local response would have been – it’s a lot of money where he comes from) and he was stunned by our oblivious social reaction to how the proverbial darkies of Asia were being treated for a few pennies.

Human decency isn’t an airy concept that exist in Western University Campuses. As they say, what goes around, usually comes around. It’s something that our middle class might do well to remember whenever we worry about being displaced by “cheaper” Asian professionals.

 

Tang Li

*The author blogs at http://beautifullyincoherent.blogspot.com/
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21 Responses to “How Disgusting Can We Get?”

  • Darf:

    Whatever one says of our political leadership, its proven more competent in its basic management than many places in the West, as shown by “Covid-19.”

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  • AMTK:

    AMTK ? Well said.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=j0piPytN23E

    原来成龙电影一直在偷学巴斯特·基顿

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  • Sojoürner of Truth:

    Scrolling down the article here, I didn’t have to go very far to find opinions almost as insulting as the ones cited by Tang Li. The use of the “Darkies from the rest of Asia ” word. Has the writer of this ever considered why contemporary white Americans use that word?

    Perhaps the issue that perpetuates racism is not so much the view that the black skinned people are inferior, but the idea that white people are inherently superior. This I believe gives rise to the issue of “white privilege.

    Here is what is needed “whitey.” Listen when Englishmen tell you what it feels like to be them. Absorb it into your understanding of what it is to be them. Allow your point of view and understanding to grow, instead of being frozen into your own limited prejudicial points of view.

    The stench of British historical amnesia and of institutionalized racism. From the 15th to the 19th centuries, more than 11 million shackled black captives were forcibly transported to the Americas, and unknown multitudes were lost at sea. Captives were often thrown overboard when they were too sick, or too strong-willed, or too numerous to feed. Those who survived the journey were dumped on the shores and sold to the highest bidder, then sold on again and again like financial assets. Mothers were separated from children, and husbands from wives, as persons were turned into property. Slaves were raped and lynched; their bodies were branded, flayed and mutilated.
    https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/mar/29/slavery-abolition-compensation-when-will-britain-face-up-to-its-crimes-against-humanity

    The sequencing of the human genome in 2003 led to some very interesting research in genealogy. Dr. Spencer Wells (Journey of Man) and Dr. Stephen Oppenheimer (Journey of Mankind) have carried out detailed DNA analyses to establish that the entire world population originated from Africa starting about 60,000 years ago.

    In any reasonable discussion of racism, it is useful to remember that everyone’s ancestor originated from Africa. Please tell it to your pommy friend.

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  • Observer:

    Maids here work like slaves.
    No official statement on this.
    Except for some kind employers, most are bullied.
    Look around and look at the sad looking faces of maids.
    Result is these poor souls from remote villages not used to modern equipments, are driven to madness.
    They are thrown into the task of managing a “modern” house, cooking, cleaning, looking after the aged, looking after children etc., and being scolded left and right for the slightest mistake, working from dawn to late in the evening, and fed on packet noodles.
    There are many stories like this.

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  • Janice Siak:

    The thing with this 377A is, you are free NOT to participate. Democratic right? If I don’t like tennis, I don’t impose on others not to play tennis.

    Most Sporean bosses got foul tempers and I’ve seen them scream and shout at people. VEry long ago, I met another candaidate at some interview. She remarked to the interviewer that she left her last job because the company had no respect for people. She said her interviwer sat up straight when she said that. It’s quite true. People think they are entitled to be nasty to you if they are paying you.

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  • Observer:

    Maids work many months for free having to pay the huge loans and charges imposed by the “mafia” middlemen, before they finally get their full month salary.
    Wonder with all the expertise and ease of modern administration, why don’t the governments of the respective countries organize handle the recruitment and supply of maids and total monitoring to ensure no hanky panky and that maids and foreign workers are treated like human beings and cut off completely the parasite middleman crooks.
    In Singapore in terms of basic management of foreign maids and workers it is not too bad but still room for improvement.
    But in other Asian countries you repeatedly hear horror stories.

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  • Observer:

    Strange foreign maids are left to look after children in their formative ages when mothers go out to work.
    Very huge big big risk leaving soft minds in the hands of strangers.
    End result young grows up become not what you expect.
    Wife/mother go out to work to supplement the household income as husband not earning enough.
    State colossal failure due to greedy priorities.
    System/State here cannot provide for one salary (ie the husband) to keep a home being run decently so that wife/mother could concentrate stay home to manage children and home.
    Here GDP overrides.
    Look at today newspaper headlines “Virus worries continue to drive down S’pore stocks”.
    It’s economics economics economics, money money and still more money crowding the elitist minds.
    Woman encouraged driven out of house to work to increase wealth of countries, in reality to keep the circles of the few elitist rich to stay rich and remain rich.
    We could live with less (and country need not ego boast of being super rich) and have better quality lives if woman assume rightful natural role as wife/mother to be queen of home full time.
    Time for States to change direction and seriously worship place woman on the highest pedestal as Queen woman/wife/mother, her rightful position.
    Woman to be educated to highest peak and then THINK and DECIDE on role.
    Not paraded as semi nudes on advertisement billboards and beauty contests,
    The day woman goes out and leaves the home, thats the beginning of huge trouble.
    Many if not all the ills of the world will be mostly solved if women stays home and respected as the Queen.

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  • Observer:

    Covid-19 is a big reminder to wake up to the underlying immoral management of the world. Too much to elaborate here. Hope mankind will be given another chance to make amends otherwise let’s see how the One on High decides what’s His next step. As it is He is still angry about the whole thing.

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    Sad to say that Racism is Alive & Well in Singapore among the Races Especially the Chinese even among themselves…Don’t THROW STONES it may shatter the Glass and the IMAGE in the Closet you look to dress yourself

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  • Admit it:

    The whole world is being punished by Covid-19.
    Period.

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  • REGIME CHANGE is the solution:

    “Decency” also requires politicians to tell the truth – the whole truth. This is called openness and transparency. Based on this criteria is PAP is not decent. There is only one solution – VOTE THEM OUT FOR REGIME CHANGE.

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  • DNA of daft sinkies:

    //The sequencing of the human genome in 2003 led to some very interesting research in genealogy. Dr. Spencer Wells (Journey of Man) and Dr. Stephen Oppenheimer (Journey of Mankind) have carried out detailed DNA analyses to establish that the entire world population originated from Africa starting about 60,000 years ago.//

    true ? but humans have a lot of tribes, ethnic groups, races, religions, nationalities, companies, organisations, schools (differentiated by all good schools or not), societies all competing among one another (divisive lines) and when it comes to the crunch, all the ugliness from these differentiating factors will come into play (it is in the very nature of lives or living or non living organisms including the animal kingdom) ????

    and we would not know whether the people with the DNA about 60,000 years ago will not club one another to death just to steal another’s woman or food ??

    white idiots have even closer ‘DNA’ with fellow daft sinkies and the oppo here in terms of culture and way of live but they prefer FTs via their 6.9m or 10m open-leg policy to compete with the DNA of daft sinkies ???

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  • Educating Singaporeans:

    Darf:
    Whatever one says of our political leadership, its proven more competent in its basic management than many places in the West, as shown by “Covid-19.”

    Let me educate you, Singaporeans.

    @Darf is right to say our leadership is more competent than many places in the West.

    If you were to vote in clown like Goh Meng Seng, it will be disaster for Singapore.

    Read my post, it is all facts, and no opposition supporter dare to refute my facts.

    Share my facts below with more people on whatsapp, facebook, tweeker, etc etc.

    http://www.tremeritus.net/2020/03/08/pap-has-to-take-full-responsibility-for-the-outbreak-at-safra-jurong/

    Use my facts to counter all who oppose my master PM Lee and all his millionaire Ministers and MPs who are pushing for 9% GST increase or MRT fare increase.

    Facts Video-1
    叫人冲,自己松(instigate others to charge, own self relax)
    Martin Lee Enjoys Dinner
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXjSv3Hj-Xg
    Facts Video-2
    叫人冲,自己松(instigate others to charge, own self relax)
    叫人衝就自己鬆 梁游齋吹唔做?冇承擔 ?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DsfMmlsJyw4

    PAP.GUARANTEED.WIN.GE2020
    Vote PAP, Vote for 9% GST to give PAP 9 months bonus.
    PAP Huat, Huat, Huat arh

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  • low altitudinal terrain:

    //Whatever one says of our political leadership, its proven more competent in its basic management than many places in the West, as shown by “Covid-19.”//

    aiyoh ? don’t speak so early lar ? no one knows the finishing line yet so the end point has not been reached yet lar ? so far, sinkie land is ‘leading’ in the management of CONVICT-19 (perhaps helped more by a more favourable equatorial ‘hotter and humid’ & relatively low altitudinal terrain as so-called ‘experts’ would suggest that the virus is more virulent in a more colder northern hemisphere and this seems to have much collaborative & correlative ‘evidence’ up to this point, if not the causative effect ?) lar ?

    when you are riding on a speed boat, not that you are better than any olympic gold medalist swimmer who may have to swim in reaching the finishing point on any water way ???

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  • Sojoürner of Truth:

    DNA of daft sinkies:
    //The sequencing of the human genome in 2003 led to some very interesting research in genealogy. Dr. Spencer Wells (Journey of Man) and Dr. Stephen Oppenheimer (Journey of Mankind) have carried out detailed DNA analyses to establish that the entire world population originated from Africa starting about 60,000 years ago.//

    true ? but humans have a lot of tribes, ethnic groups, races, religions, nationalities, companies, organisations, schools (differentiated by all good schools or not), societies all competing among one another (divisive lines) and when it comes to the crunch, all the ugliness from these differentiating factors will come into play (it is in the very nature of lives or living or non living organisms including the animal kingdom) ????
    and we would not know whether the people with the DNA about 60,000 years ago will not club one another to death just to steal another’s woman or food ?? white idiots have even closer ‘DNA’ with fellow daft sinkies and the oppo here in terms of culture and way of live but they prefer FTs via their 6.9m or 10m open-leg policy to compete with the DNA of daft sinkies ???

    The terrifying thing about your analysis, though, is that it precisely confirms the parallels culturally between the rise of Nazism in 1930s Germany, and the rise of White Nationalism here in America, in our own time. The Nazis, too, wanted purification and apartheid. The culmination of that recipe was Auschwitz.

    Why not equality, solidarity, responsible and mild patriotism, and integration? Why not a renewed stress on humanity and the universal? The problem with stressing pluralism of a deep sort is that people end up defining themselves by their differences and then feel insecure and alienated when what’s different about them is challenged. They feel separate and unequal (superior or inferior) unless there is an overarching commitment to equality. And then all that’s left is for people in different groups to compete for group position.

    Hate, if you will, but the only result you will get is a flimsy world of misery. And you will be watching a world that was defined by struggle disappear from the face of the earth. Pluralism does NOT mean “everyone should be accepted. . . except those annoying idiots whom I don’t like. We can exclude, berate, and mock them all we want,” nor does it mean, “I will accept everyone who accepts me.” That’s just tribalism.

    To live in a truly pluralistic society means allowing those with whom we profoundly disagree to speak, and it means holding ourselves to the highest standards of modeling tolerant behaviors.

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    Tangfastic reveals he is in Asia ONLY 20 years and writes on subjects he knows NUTS or just what he reads from the Fake CONditioned MSM especially Books by the man who Con-You with his SHIT leh!!! a UK resident taking resident or REFUGE here

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  • resources, influence,:

    //Why not equality, solidarity, responsible and mild patriotism, and integration? Why not a renewed stress on humanity and the universal? The problem with stressing pluralism of a deep sort is that people end up defining themselves by their differences and then feel insecure and alienated when what’s different about them is challenged. They feel separate and unequal (superior or inferior) unless there is an overarching commitment to equality. And then all that’s left is for people in different groups to compete for group position.//

    irregardless on how i want to analyse, the results will just happen if certain conditions are met ? and i agree with what you have written ? however when it comes to the crunch (& depending on the tolerable threshold of individuals and how each person defines the crunch), survival instinct will just kick in naturally ?

    why not equality, solidarity, responsible and mild patriotism and integration ? well that must come from the leadership who must set the tone (set the cultural tone) and not practising double standards (special treatment and privilege for one group but another set of treat for another group) when it comes to important matters for average & reasonably ‘smart’ people to learn on how to get away for preaching but not practising it themselves on “equality, solidarity, responsible and mild patriotism, and integration” ????

    now to digress to our own sinkie land, natural aristocrats, elites, high or low SEC, condos vs public housing, owning cars vs not owning cars, good schools, independent schools or international school vs mainstream neighborhood schools, this is precisely the language that is constantly being bombarded into our psyche and in sinkie land GDP driven society (plus 6.9m or 10m policy) when more and more people are deliberately brought into the country to pit against one another for survival in a nicely dressed up term called economic growth ??? perhaps it is natural order of things as humans are forever having conflicts (even in peace times) since time immemorial with one another, another group, race, religion, family, nation (either for resources, influence, mind share or whatnot) ???

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    Sojoürner of Truth:
    Scrolling down the article here, I didn’t have to go very far to find opinions almost as insulting as the ones cited by Tang Li. The use of the “Darkies from the rest of Asia ” word. Has the writer of this ever considered why contemporary white Americans use that word?

    Perhaps the issue that perpetuates racism is not so much the view that the black skinned people are inferior, but the idea that white people are inherently superior. This I believe givesfeels like to be them. Absorb it into your understanding of what it is to be them. Allow your point of view and understanding to grow, instead of being frozen into your own limited prejudicial points of view.

    My understanding of Tangfastic???…spend only 20 years in Asia(in one of his post) and in the UK B4 that or Europe???

    …a Migrant coming to fleece like the whiteys B4 but with a Chinese sounding Name with his better than thou and bigotry(Darkie)attitude…is he Chinese??? TangKnows

    Posting as if he is in the Know of our Local ways & Politics??? through…

    reading Literati’s writings most of which are personal Idealism more than anything else like “The Hard ‘BS’ Truth”… …waste of time reading his POST will ignore henceforth least of all to comment on an Idiot passing off as a well-read Literati

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  • Sojoürner of Truth:

    patriot of TUMASIK:: My understanding of Tangfastic???…spend only 20 years in Asia(in one of his post) and in the UK B4 that or Europe???
    …a Migrant coming to fleece like the whiteys B4 but with a Chinese sounding Name with his better than thou and bigotry(Darkie)attitude…is he Chinese??? TangKnows

    Posting as if he is in the Know of our Local ways & Politics??? through…

    Writer is entitled to his opinions, heinous and offensive though they may be. What he is not entitled to, is to spew vile malignancy in an effort to knowingly and selfishly fuel the flames of race, religion, gender, age and sexual orientation which are dimensions of social and political differences that are evident in our social and political behavior to justify differential treatment.

    In doing so, he is not only engaging in the trafficking of offensive rhetoric. He is giving cover and offering succor to those who hate others and act on their execration, simply because those others are different, because of the color of their skin, or because of their religious beliefs. The problem is how he handle those prejudices.

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    Sojoürner of Truth: Writer is entitled to his opinions, heinous and offensive though they may be. What he is not entitled to, is to spew vile malignancy in an effort to knowingly and selfishly fuel the flames of race, religion, gender, age and sexual orientation which are dimensions of social and political differences that are evident in our social and political behavior to justify differential treatment.

    In doing so, he is not only engaging in the trafficking of offensive rhetoric. He is giving cover and offering succor to those who hate others and act on their execration, simply because those others are different, because of the color of their skin, or because of their religious beliefs. The problem is how he handle those prejudices.

    Thanks, bro for your comment and I agree wholeheartedly and now the IDIOT is running with the fake news that a man died taking a medication for Malaria which was endorsed by Trump…it has the same name but meant for killing Mosquito Lava not human consumption??? and he self medicates not through the advice of an MD…similarly Antibiotics comes in many form and usage and a wrong dosage can be Lethal

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  • Sojoürner of Truth:

    patriot of TUMASIK: Thanks, bro for your comment and I agree wholeheartedly and now the IDIOT is running with the fake news that a man died taking a medication for Malaria which was endorsed by Trump…it has the same name but meant for killing Mosquito Lava not human consumption??? and he self medicates not through the advice of an MD…similarly Antibiotics comes in many form and usage and a wrong dosage can be Lethal

    Thanks. Like to share….hopes the link goes through.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/25/opinion/coronavirus-drug-treatment-trump.html

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