My Paper published an article on 16 April 2013 - "Is Singapore Class an insult?". Honestly, "Singapore Class" can refer to many things, but in this case, the conversation between DC* and me has clearly shown that he referred to "Singapore Class" as a class lower than himself.
While others were quick to point fingers at me, with comments that i am being petty, too sensitive and showing signs of inferiority complex, i would like to clarify once again that the post was not written with the intention to gain sympathy as if i was a victim of someone trying to specifically degrade me.
Instead, what i clearly wanted to put through was the point about DC* creating a class labelled as "Singapore Class" when there clearly should not be any class differentiation in Singapore among Singaporeans - we are all equal.
The post was also not written with an intention to put DC* down or make any defamatory accusations about him. I never intended for it to go viral even though i am a blogger of sort, but netizens were quick to discuss this issue, which later caught the attention of the mainstream media.
I was asked by DC* on Monday, 15 April 2013 to retract my post, which i politely declined to. During the persuasion period, i asked DC* what exactly was "Singapore Class", to which he evaded the question, again. Prior to that, no apology was given pertaining to this issue. I would like to believe that his main concern was for me to retract the post.
I would also like to highlight that because this issue has been widely discussed among forums and on websites, i do not have control over what has been posted on other sites. As My Paper reported - "Some netizens who took offence at the term "Singapore Class" flamed DC on the Hardwarezone thread, and even posted his personal particulars. "
This incident has taught me that one should not be quick to shoot his mouth off. Such untactful comments made by DC* creating a different class between Singaporeans was uncalled for, especially from someone with such high education standards. I would like to specifically re-quote what Dr William Wan, general secretary of the Singapore Kindness Movement, said "We should be more sensitive and respectful of one another."
Another thing i learnt is the new term "Singapore Class", which so unfortunately i (or if i may say we) will never know the real meaning behind those words.