National Bowler Remy Ong made news when he was involved in a traffic accident, fatally wounding a pregnant dog. Witnesses said he made the hit-and-run with an impact that left his number plate at the scene of the crime. People at the scene attended to the dog but the pooch faded away 20 minutes into her suffering. One of the witness posted the photo on Facebook where it went viral. I believe escalated failures (on Remy’s part) led to the furore online.
Failure to keep a proper lookout while handling his Porsche when he claimed to be going at 40 km/h.
Failure to stop, check and remedy upon hitting the canine, instead, carrying on irresponsibly.
Failure to establish good faith when he returned an unbelievable, garbled account, challenged by witnesses and the evidence of his fallen plate.
Some people have an opinion that it is just a dog, and that just like other roadkill, it is common, and the anger is disproportionate. They’ve missed the point. People aren’t just furious because it’s a dog, especially a pregnant one. What stoked the flames is the unkind way we treat lesser beings, or subjects that offer us no value. Especially coming from our ‘heroes’. Because how we treat others exhibit our inner character, and moral substance. In this revelation, there was disappointment and disgust, in what was possibly perceived as “the callous attitude of an elite”; a fall from grace. To contrast, it is the weight of his character that makes Linsanity so attractive, beyond his brilliant sportsmanship, he represents an ideal, one of humility and graciousness. The opposite naturally invites antipathy, and unfortunately it took the lives of something very helpless to illuminate this.
The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. – Gandhi
Leave the torches and pitchforks, bring compassion.
The phrase goes back a long way but the video is fresh. For all those times when you’re in a perfectly discernible moment, and someone comes around only to exclaim the obvious, here’s our Singaporean answer to that. When rolling your eyes is not enough, you may practice the following,
<dry sarcasm if available>
<pause for the dumbfounded effect>
<look at subject and utter> Abuden!?
PS: Overburnin’ on any of the points above may invite a humtum, aka ass-whuppin’. Enjoy.
I count this as a moral precedence the other parties must emulate. No leader may be perfect but when they are chosen by the electorate, they must embody the people’s ideals and be accountable to the people. Yaw Shin Leong’s infidelity on another front may be his own business, but his silent dodging marred his fidelity to the office. Props to WP leadership in setting a virtuous high bar for political service. Hougang by-election has been announced for the later part of February, and may Worker’s Party keep their favor. If anything, the residents ought to be confident WP will stand up to admit, address and fix what is broken.
A government of the people, by the people, for the people.
We just took another step on our way to the full truth of that quote by Abraham Lincoln.
This is one of those matters the public has good cause to be concerned and vocal about. The performance of our justice system and the police force has a fundamental impact on the wellbeing and confidence of our society. As a citizen, I have expectations about their commitment, competence and impartiality.
Let’s not bury the matter because it is swollen on the sore point of ‘FTs’ with the label of sensationalism. At its crux, the expectations above, remain to be addressed. Better yet, it is gaining profile not because it involves an elite, on the contrary, it deals with average Singaporeans.
PR catastrophe or opportunity leans on the speech of their actions. It’s a fair time to demonstrate, affirm and communicate their role, their image and Singapore’s. Perhaps then we will know if we held on to good faith or grand illusions.
Even if our leaders may be lambs, make no mistake, we are lions.