“Ah Kua” title stirs heated debate

There have been some heated discussions on the use of “Ah Kua” in the show’s title – and I’ve to say the counter-arguments are very potent and valid.  Some of you may not know that I’ve been lobbying for derogatory terms like “Ah Kua”, “bapok”, “pondan”, etc. to be blacklisted as slanderous under the Miscellaneous Public Offences Act, unfortunately, I’ve been tai chied from the Supreme Court to the Law Society and thus far, I’ve not received any response from the law society.  What we need is a test case of someone being sued for using these terms to cause distress.  Regardless, I am well aware that “Ah Kua” is a derogatory term and causes no small amount of distress on the persons on whom it is used.  That the term is still being proliferated in everyday conversations, in schools and the Armed Forces is perhaps an indictment of our society’s backwardness.  If you are a teacher, do you counsel your students when they “humiliate” their classmates with these terms?  Or do you simply let the moment pass because, really, the boys will “grow out of it”?  If you are an army sergeant (G.. knows why you are reading this blog), have you ever tried to humiliate a recruit into performing better or behaving more like a man by calling him an “ah kua”?  If you have, what does it say about your character and upbringing?  If you are a bouncer, have you ever turned on an “ah kua” because it makes you feel powerful and near invincible?  If you have, what does it say about your “power”? 

Then again, is Singapore so different from the Western developed nations where they have their own pet names for transgendered individuals?  If you are labelled “Ah Kua”, are you always the victim or do you not also have your own prejudices, some of which are directed towards foreign workers, for example? 

Two wrongs do not make a right.

Let the debate continue.  I’m glad that the “sisters” are debating this issue.  When I was growing up, we did not have a voice.

Leona

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