Radio station Kiss 92 has responded to the accusation that a segment on their morning show on Jan. 11 was racist.
In response to Mothership.sg‘s media queries, Kiss 92 wrote via email:
Unfortunately some listeners have taken offence at how the sleep survey result was discussed on our morning show. It was not the team’s intention to hurt or belittle anyone or any race. We understand how, when parts of what was said are taken out of the full context of the repartee amongst the DJs, they can be misconstrued to mean something that was never intended. Again, we sincerely apologise for any offence taken and want to assure our listeners that we all want to work to become a tolerant and cohesive society.
According to listeners who tuned in, the morning radio show, Maddy, Jason & Arnold in the Morning — hosted by Maddy Barber, Jason Johnson and Arnold Gay — had the three DJs on air talking about a recent study by SingHealth Polyclinics.
The survey found that 44 percent of Singaporeans do not get enough sleep on weekdays.
The study had reported finding that six in 10 Chinese had sufficient sleep, compared with about four in 10 Malays and Indians.
The on-air banter then focused on the discrepancy of hours of sleep different races were getting in Singapore:
They expressed SURPRISE that Chinese people got more sleep, and that Malays and Indians don’t get enough sleep. THEN they talk about how Malays and Indians work less, and go out and party but Chinese people had to send their kids to school and go to work early.
“You know why Malays and Indians get less sleep? It’s because they’ve been raised to have fun, party-“
Kiss 92 is under Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) Radio. Maddy, Jason & Arnold in the Morning is hosted on weekdays from 6am to 10am.
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Update: Kiss 92 has also published an apology on Facebook: