World Bulletin / News Desk
Google has taken down a blog drawing praise from Internet users appalled by growing racial tensions in the city-state, which listed ways to harass Singapore’s Filipino population.
On Thursday police said that they are investigating the anonymous “Blood Stained Singapore” blog, which suggested Singaporeans should refuse to be served by Filipinos in restaurants, or “accidentally” shove them in crowded places.
In a post titled “Filipino infestation in Singapore — 5 point guide to showing displeasure without breaking the law”, the blog also advised Singaporeans not to help Filipinos involved in traffic accidents.
The blog, which surfaced on Google’s Blogger platform in May, was no longer available by late Thursday.
The Filipino community in Singapore is estimated at more than 170,000 making 60 percent of the 5.4 million population, many of them professionals seen by some Singaporeans as rivals for jobs — a sharp change from a decade ago, when most Filipinos there worked as domestic helpers.
The blog had triggered indignation among Filipinos at home and abroad, with some calling for counter-measures against Singaporeans.
The Philippine embassy has urged Singaporean authorities to take action against the blogger.
After the blog was removed by Google Singaporeans gave positive reactions online, including the Cabinet minister in charge of approving foreign worker permits.
“Vile and vicious blogs like this do not reflect who we are as a people,” Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin said in a Facebook post.
Others questioned whether the move stymied freedom of speech in Singapore.
“Hooray for a democratic country which forcefully shuts the mouths of her citizens!” wrote Titus Lin on the Facebook page of national broadcaster Channel NewsAsia.
Last Mod: 20 Haziran 2014, 15:06