Racist attack goes against everything our S'pore society stands for: PM Lee

He expressed confidence in the police to establish the facts and nab the perpetrator.

Sulaiman Daud | May 10, 2021, 11:24 PM

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Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has condemned in the strongest possible terms a racist attack that recently occurred in Singapore.

He referred to the harrowing experience of a woman, Hindocha Nita Vishnubhai, a 55-year-old Singaporean private tutor, who was allegedly kicked to the ground by a stranger.

Nita also said the attacker used a racial slur on her.

In a Facebook post on May 10, PM Lee wrote: "I am very disappointed and seriously concerned that this racist attack could happen in Singapore."

He said that while people are under stress due to Covid-19, and are anxious about their jobs and families, this in no way justifies racist attitudes and actions.

Even worse, he said, was to physically abuse and assault someone because she happens to be from a particular race, in this case, Indian.

However, PM Lee made clear:

"The victim happens to be a Singaporean, but even had she not been one the attack would still have been wrong and shameful. It goes against everything that our multiracial society stands for, and the mutual respect and racial harmony that we hold so dear. It harms our international reputation more than we realise."

He expressed confidence in the police to establish the facts and bring the perpetrator to justice.

He added: "There is no place for such behaviour here. We must stand united against racism."

You can see PM Lee's post below:

Top image from Parveen Kaur / Instagram.