We should spare a thought for Amy Cheong: Lim Swee Say

SINGAPORE - NTUC Secretary-General Lim Swee Say spoke about the case involving former staff, Ms Amy Cheong, at the 2012 World Learner: Student Learning Report High Tea Meeting, held this afternoon.

Below is the transcript of what he said:

NTUC SG Lim Swee Say's comments on former NTUC staff Amy Cheong

There is no such thing as a private space in the social media. In fact, social media is public. Therefore, it is important that whatever we say and express in the social media should be done knowing that it would become public.

For this episode, as an employer, it was not a decision [to terminate Amy Cheong's services] that we take lightly.

 To me, it was one of the most difficult decisions I have to make as SG of NTUC because it is going to have a tremendous impact on her - to lose her job in just over 24 hours.

But, at the same time, it is important that the Labour Movement uphold the core values and beliefs that we have in terms of inclusiveness and racial harmony.

In terms of labour leadership, union membership and our role in the community, we are a firm believer of inclusiveness and multi-racialism, and ALL CAN.

This is a painful experience for NTUC to go through. Also, we should spare a thought for Amy and the pain that she is going through.

Through some counseling, she has realised the grave mistake, apologised to the public and appeal to them to find somewhere in their heart to forgive her.

As her former employer, I must say that I did what we had to do. However, I do feel the pain that she is going through. I appeal to the public to go beyond this.

This episode not about Amy Cheong or NTUC. As one of my Facebook fan says, the sooner we forget about the name and person, and remember the lesson we learn, the better it is for everyone.

I really hope something good would come out from this episode. Let us as a community come together to learn to make use of the social media in a positive way.

Social media is neutral, any technology is neutral. Social media can play a positive role in our society or it can lead to negative consequences depending on how we make use of this platform.

I sincerely hope that all of us can make use of social media in a positive way. Let us draw out the positive energy of the community and move forward together so that Singapore can be a better place for everyone.

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