The Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission is urging everyone to refrain from making racially-driven jokes, stereotyping and passing prejudicial remarks against the Asian community in light of the outbreak of the Coronavirus that has now been declared a global emergency by the World Health Organisation.
Social media is saturated with jokes and comments that are disparaging and denigrating towards the Chinese community in particular.
There should be no room for racial profiling based on peoples’ ethnicity, nationality, physical appearance, the type of food they consume or their life style. Fear and anxiety should not be used to fuel racism.
The Commission urges all members of the public to denounce such acts, refrain from spreading false information and adhere to the advice from the Ministry of Health and Medical Services.