Remember how NEA had to come forward and tell Singaporeans to have some empathy?
A Short Refresher:
- A group of more than 10 spotted at a wake “gathering in close proximity” during the CB period
- A video was taken and widely shared on the internet, presumedly in an attempt to shame a grieving family
- NEA stepped up to say they’ve talked to the funeral director, as well as the family, and ask them to comply with safe-distancing measures
- NEA says they’ll monitor the wake
- and they ask for members of the public to be more “sensitive” and not share a video online while the family is grieving.
TL; DR: insensitive people in Singapore goes too far trying to engage in the hobby of online shaming, enforcement agency has to step in to remind them to be “a bit more” humane.
Well, now, a relative from the funeral wake has stepped up to speak out.
Relative of Funeral Wake That Was ‘Online Shamed’ Took It to FB to Explain Their Position
In a Facebook post, a relative from the wake appealed for netizens to “find some compassion in themselves”.
She went on to ask for netizens’ understanding that her family is in mourning.
The video shared clearly showed her aunt’s casket and the family is hurting that she can’t rest in peace.
For those who see the video being shared online, she appealed that they help to report it and not share it around.
Safe Distancing Measures Observed
She also posted a series of photos which explains the family’s position in response to the video.
The family had set a “max capacity of 4 pax per table”.
Visitors to the wake are also required to have masks on at all times and the family tried scheduling visitors as best as they could.
The relative added that throughout the wake, they were exceptionally conscious about their actions given the sensitive time, and the posting of footage online is exactly what they’re afraid of.
The event wasn’t seen as “a celebration”, nor is it an opportunity to “gather with our family members”.
She asks that her family, and other families like hers, be given the opportunity of grieving and coping with the sudden death of family members “in a dignified way”.
In a nutshell, shame on those of you who knew this was a funeral wake and still shared them.
Reader Bao: What about those who didn’t know?
Shame on you for forwarding what could be #fakenews.
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