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An Unreserved Apology by William Wan, General Secretary of the Singapore Kindness Movement

August 05, 2019

Dear Readers of The Pride and all Singaporeans,

It is with deep sincerity that I unreservedly apologise for the two articles contributed by Edwin Yeo published in The Pride, which is owned by the Singapore Kindness Movement. Edwin’s articles – “Preetipls, it’s not because I am Chinese” and “The silent majority has a lot to apologise for, so let’s start here”- were intended to generate a conversation against racism but the way they were crafted led many to rightly call out that they were both insensitive and dismissive.

As General Secretary, I accept full responsibility for publishing these articles which have caused pain to our readers.

The Pride has been covering incidents of racism over the years by reporting about it, providing insight and analysis, and urging readers to exhibit kindness and graciousness when discussing the complex topic.

We believe that casual racism exists, and it is always wrong. We also believe that racial stereotyping is also wrong.

Both are unacceptable and we will continue to speak against them.

Racial harmony, like kindness, is precious and important to Singapore and Singaporeans. It is something that we must work hard to nurture and at SKM, we commit to do our part, for a better and more gracious Singapore.

Sincerely,
Dr William Wan

In line with Dr Wan’s apology, the two articles have been taken down.


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  1. Dear Dr Wan – Spore Kindness Movement,
    If I may, please allow me to drop a short note on this matter.

    One of the key approach to our multi racial society is the respect of others’ ethnicity that includes culture and color. Be sensitive and always think good of others.

    Perhaps, a slogan on “respect” – be sensitive and always think good of others, might permeate our society .

    When push comes to shove, we need to be reminded often . Gradually it would be our way of life.

    Thank You for your time.

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