I just read "Not the time to flaunt your riches" by Seah Chiang Nee of the star online (Malaysian newspaper) which described the recent insensitive revelations of one of our top civil servants.
What I had not known were the following incidents, also described by the author (but not attributed):
A bigger controversy flared up four years ago when Wee Shu Min, the teenage daughter of a Member of Parliament, came across the blog of a Singaporean who wrote that he was worried about losing his job.
She called Derek Wee “one of many wretched, under-motivated, over-assuming leeches in our country.
“If you’re not good enough, life will kick you in the b***s ... Our society is, I quote, ‘far too survival of fittest’,” said Shu Min, who hailed from the elite Raffles Junior College.
“... Unless you are an arm-twisting commie bully, which, given your whiny, middle-class, under-educated penchant, I doubt,” she added before signing off with “please, get out of my elite uncaring face”.
This, I knew about. Here's the wikipedia article that archived and documented the event.
Raffles JC, which has produced several state leaders, had another brush with student snobbishness.
When a student found that a Raffles girl was dating a boy from a lower-achieving neighbourhood school, he hit out at him and had a message for lower-ranking students everywhere.
“Quit trying to climb the social ladder by dating students from top schools.”
I found two sources, unfortunately one written by the above author -
1) from https://www.termpaperslab.com/term-papers/96455.html
Last year, Big boy' posted on an internet forum, claiming that he knew of somebody from a neighbourhood school dating a girl from top school Raffles Girls' School (RGS).
Four months and 500 postings later, it is clear that the responses to this issue can be classified into positive and negative sides. For example, kennys8' supports this relationship, saying that love has no barrier'. However, there are people such as Cynic' and RJCdude' were adamant that the relationship would be doomed. RJCdude even posted, "Quit trying desperately to climb the social ladder. The higher you go, the more you will feel your inferiority."
RJCdude may have a right to express his feelings, but it is obvious that he is discriminating against students from neighbourhood schools. He is most probably from the top school Raffles Junior College.......
2) and from http://www.littlespeck.com/content/education/CTrendsEdu-040215.htm (by Seah Chiang Nee).
The original sources seem to be from forum discussions long gone.
A reporter recounted how her friend was shaken when her young daughter came home one day and mentioned in passing that poor people were “stupid, obviously”.
Coming from RI/RJC back in the late 80s and early 90s, I never knew (or realized - if it were true) of any of my peers who felt this way. Sure ... we felt like "gods" and creatures of superior intellect (I know I did), but I never got the feeling that any of us ever looked down on others (at least, to this extent)!
So, are these the odd extreme (albeit high-profile) cases? Or is it the start of a disturbing trend? More importantly, am I so out-of-touch to be so blissfully unaware of these cases?