Where forth art thou?: ST and Kenny to the "rescue"!

Sunday, October 30, 2005

ST and Kenny to the "rescue"!

Update: KimberlyCun has just sent an email to Jeremy about the following ST article. I have also added trackbacks/related entries manually because I am having technical problems with haloscan.

[Scanned by Prawnking]

"There was nothing intentionally malicious about her post. I may not agree with her view but when you endorse a blogger, you have to accept that he or she is sometimes going to say controversial things." (Turodrique Fuad)

"On the latest furore, she has supporters from an unlikely source. The Society for the Physically Disabled as well as the Handicaps Welfare Association see nothing wrong with sharing the loos as long as the able-bodied give priority to the disabled."

Again, the local media has decided to paint Xiaxue in a favorable light. Again, I am not the least bit surprised (because Wendy Cheng writes for Maxim which is a publication under SPH). The reporter Jeremy chose to interview Turodrique, Monica and Wendy Cheng (and provided a link to her blog) but only highlighted a small quote from Peter Tan's blog without even a link so that readers who are not familiar with the situation would only be able to get it from xiaxue's entry on the issue and her edited and highly filtered comments (which I am sure Jeremy knows is in no way a true representation of the reality of the situation).

Jeremy has also left out the views from other bloggers such as shaolintiger, marcus, sandrapowderpuff and kimberlycun. If you really want to know how we feel about the situation why don't you interview US?

On a forum not far away, readers expressed other views on the biased article.











Prior to the article, I left a comment on Merv's site.


And Kenny Sia decided to pay me a visit.

I will let you guys carry on an open-minded, civilized and polite discussion with him (Please try and use logical valid arguments and restrain from vulgarities).

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Trackbacks:

Why I avoid Mainstream Media (KimberlyCun)
Editorial Integrity? (Sandrapowderpuff aka Scandalicious)
Are you an online jerk? (Marcus aka Mooiness)
Journalists [who do not do their research or tries to blind us from the truth] Suck! (Kawaii Bunny, Lala-Fairy and Rumtum-Tugger)
Divide and Conquer - A Tale of Medicre Journalism (Mack Zulkifli)
Two Questions (Suanie)
TGIF - The World This Week (Up to Oct 30) (Darth Birdyz)
Disabled Toilet - Latest Tourist Attraction in Singapore (Rojaks Daily)

Related Entries:

The entry that sparked off the debate (XiaXue) [Very likely to have been edited to deceive new readers]
As Stupid as Stupid can be (Peter Tan)
Xiaxue gets pwned again.. (Shaolin Tiger)
Being civic minded and caring for your environment and society (ShaolinTiger)
Great Job! (KimberlyCun)
Kimage Well Done! (KimberlyCun)
I bet the campaign is a personal vendetta! (KimberlyCun)
Dude where's my toilet cubicle? (Sandrapowderpuff aka Scandalicious)
Down the toilet.. (Sandrapowderpuff aka Scandalicious)
Analysis of Xiaxue's downfall (Xialanxue)
Pwned! (Marcus aka Mooiness)
Hello Xiaxue (Suanie)
The Fucking Controversial Issue (Jimmy)

Do notify me of any other entries I might have missed out.


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Anonymous said...

I wonder why she does the things she does. Has she ever regretted anything?

Anonymous said...

Does she ever think before she opens her mouth?

Many people like to mutter the Poepye 'I yam what I yam...' line.

Do you think she will ever be reformed?

Anonymous said...

I wrote in to Straits Times Forum, the editor & Jeremy Au Yong and cc'd the gang at the Handicapped Welfare Association, Society for the Physically Disabled and The Disabled People’s Association Singapore. Anyway, I received a reply from SPD today and they had written in to the straits times too clarifying that they were quoted out of context.

Below is the email from SPD:-

"We refer to the article "All flushed over toilet blog" (Sunday Times, 30 Oct). We wish to clarify that The Society for the Physically Disabled (SPD) was responding specifically to the reporter's query on how it views non disabled using toilets designated for disabled people. SPD was not responding to the blog content or to the blogger of website xiaxue.blogspot.com. Hence, the quote attributed to SPD in the article was used out of context.

Our specific response to the reporter Jeremy Au Yong's query, as conveyed in an email reads:

"Accessible toilets are equipped with features that are not only useful for wheelchair users. Expectant mothers as well as the elderly will also find the grab bars and other features useful. In that sense accessible toilets should not be confined for use for wheelchair users only. We should work towards having public toilets that are universally designed, so that it would be of benefit to everyone without discrimination."

Mr Au Yong however did not use this view and requested again specifically on how SPD felt about non-disabled using the disabled toilet. Our response to his subsequent request via email is:

"Accessible toilets are made for people who need special considerations for their limitations, and should be available for their use at all times. However, reserving them for use by people with physical disabilities without exception can also be impractical, like in situations when there's a queue of people waiting to use the toilet or when someone has an urgent need to use one. In such instances, it makes more practical sense to simply use any available toilet. That said, the priority for the use of accessible toilets should first be given to people with physical disabilities as some have poor or no control over their bowels and bladders."

Our view remains that accessible toilets should be made available at all times to people who have special needs whether they are the elderly or wheelchair users. SPD strongly advocates an inclusive society where all users, regardless of abilities are able to access universally designed facilities and amenities equally.

Dr Ow Chee Chung
Executive Director"

After I'd received the email, I forwarded the email to the Straits Times again hoping that they would readdress the issue. Then, Jeremy Au Yong called me up on my mobile phone. He would like to know my views with relation to the disabled toilets. I maintained that my views are the same of that as SPD. Let's hope he would not quote me out of context. :)

Anonymous said...

Oh, i mentioned in my email to the Straits Times that the picture featured together with the article was done in very bad taste. I mentioned that in the phone conversation with Jeremy Au Yong ... he mumbled "i think that's her character". seems like they know each other eh? Oh well ... so now we know. :)

xialanxue said...

Hi pinky

Do you mind forwarding me the mails?

Thanks.

xlx

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