Google shuts down Pinoy-hating Singapore blog

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SINGAPORE: Google has taken down a blog that listed ways to harass Singapore’s Filipino population, drawing praise from Internet users appalled by growing racial tensions in the city-state.

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Police on Thursday said 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.

A Google spokesperson said she could not comment on individual cases but confirmed that the US web giant removes material from Blogger that violates its policy on hate speech.

The Filipino community in Singapore is estimated at more than 170,000, 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.

Singaporeans make up just over 60 percent of the 5.4 million population, with a low fertility rate forcing the government to rely heavily on guest workers.

The influx of foreign workers in general, many of them from China and India, has sparked a rise in anti-immigrant sentiment.

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.

Google’s decision to remove the blog drew mostly positive reactions from Singaporeans 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.

But 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.

AFP

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  1. freedom of speech is good but it is not absolute. fingers on our palm do not come in square size and yet the inhabitants of this tiny dot in the universe never come into term with it…yes, not yet..

  2. Pete Gabriel on

    Again I blame the government and the idiotic politicians running the country on this issue. Every time somebody write or say something that we perceive to be derogatory or bringing down the Philippines, we react. It is time that we look at this things as something that we need to address. We need to make our own country progressive, the rich share the wealth with the poor, by investing in our country to create more jobs for our professionals as well as just the average citizen who just needed a job to feed a family. Do not steal from the people then stash your money in the bank, or overseas or buy a very nice expensive house, invest in our own country and our own people now.