39-year-old Sarah Ouk who is also the councilor for Salisbury subjected to racist attack while on her way to the market to pick up the groceries. She was waiting to cross the road when the racist attack occurred.
She said: “A man drove passed and started screaming ‘you Asians bring corona to Australia before coughing and sneezing at me. I was so scared. And when I turned around, he had his head sticking out of the video as he spat at me.”
Sarah disclosed that she was already afraid. And when she reached the market she received a weird look from the shoppers, which left her overwhelmed.
Ms. Ouk said: “One of the couples in the market was looking at me in a way like I was full of viruses. I just picked what I needed and returned home. I was almost in tears by the time when I reached home.”
This racist attack shook her completely. She was afraid to go out and preferred to stay at home. She shared her story to raised awareness to stop these incidents.
Ms. Ouk said: “I want to get the message out there that racism isn’t okay. It’s not on and it needs to stop. People should feel safe when they go to the shops.”
She didn’t report the incident because she didn’t see the car registration number. Sarah said that in this current situation we all should help each other and be kind to others.
Coronavirus have infected 1,446,284 people around the world and 83,064 have died of this novel virus. Australia Have reported 6,010 coronavirus cases and death toll reached 50.
Sarah Ouk has Lived in Australia for more than 30 years. She arrived as a refugee from Cambodia with her mom in the 1980s. She has been on Salisbury Council for almost 18 months.