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On Jason Neo’s “Bus filled with young terrorist trainees” picture

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Recently, you may have read in the newspapers that Jason Neo from the Young PAP was made to apologise and resigned from the Young PAP for posting a photograph of Muslim children in a Huda Kindergarten school bus with the words “Bus filled with young terrorist trainees”.

A few points to note here:

1. Jason Neo was NOT insulting Islam. There is nothing in the photograph caption which equates Islam with terrorism.
2. Jason Neo was NOT calling the entire Muslim community in Singapore terrorists. There is, again, nothing in the photograph caption which equates the Muslim community with terrorism
3. Jason Neo’s remarks were indeed offensive, but offensive not to the Muslim community, not to Islam, but offensive to the children in the picture, as well as to the teaching staff of Huda Kindergarten.

What could we grasp from his caption and photograph?

Jason Neo COULD BE saying that:
1. Huda Kindergarten was trying to poison their children’s minds to become future terrorists i.e. it is a terrorist training ground.
2. The children are terrorist trainees.

Neither of these allegations can be proven or disproven, except by Huda Kindergarten and the children in the picture. Already, Jason Neo has apologised for his remark, so this entire saga can be considered to be over.

It would be best if everyone managed to be more rational about what they read, and not jump the gun and assume that Jason Neo was tarring the entire Muslim community.


Written by aweirdlittlebird

November 20, 2011 at 6:53 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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  2. Lick ur ass!


    November 24, 2011 at 1:11 am

  3. Dude, nobody actually takes time to find hidden meanings of captions in FB pictures. Oh, scratch that. NOBODY actually takes time to put hidden ambiguous captions on FB pictures. So what Mr Neo did was exactly what it says on the tin.

    Yes, he did equate Malay kindergarteners as soon-to-be terrorists. Just because the Huda kindergarten was a ‘Taska/Taski’ (muslim education preschool). But nothing good is expected to be said by any politician, anytime.


    November 24, 2011 at 5:05 am

    • But he did not say that ALL Malay kindergarteners are soon-to-be terrorists. In fact, the only kindergarteners people he equated as terrorist trainees (“terrorist trainees” are not the same as “soon-to-be terrorists”) are the children in the photograph. As such, he was not insulting all Muslims, but only Huda kindergarten.


      November 25, 2011 at 6:24 pm

      • Good effort but perhaps you don’t understand the Muslim ummah. Why would he said that in the first place? And to simplify the whole matter as referring to a specific Huda Kindergarten is at best lame. It is an open secret that Islam is under siege and even the Oklahoma bombing in the US in 1995 was initially attributed to terrorist attack of Islamic faith. Similarly, the shooting in Norway last year has never been called Christian terrorism. So, your effort to whitewash the statement is seriously lack basis. Regardless of insulting all Muslims or Huda kindergarten, it is unacceptable. And stop whitewashing the crux of the matter…

        Isaac Rizard

        May 19, 2012 at 10:05 am

  4. you cocksucker.

    jason neo

    November 24, 2011 at 11:23 am

  5. I think the offensive remark doesn’t stop at just the kindergarten and the children on the bus. It extends to their parents, previous students, even organisations affiliated to them. Saying it should not is almost like saying a satirical cartoon is not meant to jest at any party, just the characters in it, which seems quite naive.

    I have read that in his defence, Mr Neo said he wrote the caption purely because of the way the boys on the bus were standing and pointing, that made them look like “terrorist trainees”. So if it were the same picture of students from another non-Islam related, even secular, kindergarten, standing and pointing the same way on the bus, would he have captioned it the way he did?

    My two pence worth

    November 25, 2011 at 11:28 pm

  6. you’re not just a weird little bird. after reading that shallow rant of yours, you’ve proven to also be a stupid little bird.


    December 3, 2011 at 12:56 pm

  7. An astute observation and analysis. Ninety-nine percent of the commentors on this issue are overly sensitive and insecure.

    Tom Jones

    October 10, 2012 at 3:15 pm

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