SINGAPORE, Dec 26, 2015:
A Singapore website has carried a heart-rending posting by a man who was shaken up when a young boy refused to sit beside him in a cinema for Star Wars — The Force Awakens, all because he was a Malay.
The Independent(Singapore) said the Facebook post by Sani B Sarip had gone viral.
Sani said the child was aged about 10.
He said the child did not want to sit beside him and told his father: “I don’t want to sit beside Malay people”.
The dad apologised for his child, telling Sani, “He’s just a kid”.
In his post to “Dear Chinese man, and his family”, Sani tells the father to better educate his child to respect all races.
“You have never experienced racism in Singapore, at least not as much as the minorities do.
“Like I told to your face, if you sat down somewhere and someone says ‘I don’t want to sit beside Chinese people’, how would you feel?
“I also said that he’s lucky he’s still young, because I would punch his face in if he was older.
“Also, my wife is Chinese. The majority of my friends are Chinese.
“If any of them were there with me, they would have probably told you off worse than I ever could.
“As a parent, you should teach your child to respect others.
“You bring them to watch Star Wars: The Force Awakens, where the lead actor is not a White Caucasian male, but rather, a British man, born to Nigerian parents.
“Star Wars, where the story is about beings of different races getting together to defeat an evil dictatorship.
“And yet I was treated like a pariah, by a child. Speaks volumes about your character.”
Sani said he was taught to not judge a person by how he looks, how he smells, or how he talks.
“I was also taught to be the better man, in the hopes that one day, we can all be colour blind, and not judge each other based on race.
“Dear Chinese man, and his family, I am human first, Malay second. Maybe you should teach your family that, too.”
Read the story in full here:http://theindependent.sg/malay-guy-treated-like-a-pariah-by-child-at-star-wars-screening-in-singapore/