Category: Current Affairs
Published on Thursday, 13 August 2015 00:00
Written by Cheryl
At first, people were enamored with an anonymous beauty that kept popping up on camera during the National Day Parade that screened live on TV on Sunday (Aug 9), then some online sleuthing followed to find out the identity of this mysterious lady that captured viewers' hearts, and when her identity was revealed, many Singaporeans got angry.
The camera crew loved her and she was broadcast several times throughout the two-hour-long broadcast wearing a red t-shirt and a pearl necklace. It is not everyday that a random spectator steals the limelight from the likes of the vocally talented Stefanie Sun, Kit Chan and Corrine May. After the show, netizens on Hardwarezone called for an “investigation” on her and the Nanyang Post solved the case by tracking down her Weibo account, which has a photo of her decked out in the same ensemble.
The pretty lady in question is Emma Lee
. She is the Managing Director at SinMental International Pte Ltd and is currently residing in Singapore. What has gotten so many Singaporeans' panties in a twist is her nationality. She is a China national. Many Singaporeans are furious that she, a foreigner, could get a ticket to watch the parade live while many couldn't despite balloting for years.
“I LIVED HERE FOR MORE THAN 3 DECADES AS A LOCAL BORN AND SERVED MY BLOODY NS AND I HAVE NEVER EVEN ONCE GOT THE CHANCE TO GET TICKETS TO TSEE MY OWN COUNTRY NDP, AND THESE BLOODY FOREIGNERS CAN GET TICKETS LIKE NOBODY BUSINESS!!!” Amat Yabar indignantly wrote.
Lionel Koung was also frustrated and wrote “I have been trying to get tickets to watch Ndp for years and I don’t even get one and yet all this foreign talents are there watching. Don’t you feel that it’s so ironical???”
There are over hundreds of furious comments expressing outrage at how a foreigner like her could secure a ticket to the NDP while they, apparently have been balloting for years (some even decades), have never once been able to see it live.
Many of these enraged commenters believe that since they are full-fledged Singaporean citizens, they have a right to the NDP tickets. Honestly I think that this is just some egotistical, selfish and ignorant thoughts of infantile minds. So if you can't get a ticket, nobody else should be able to? What about all those foreign dignitaries who were invited to the NDP as well, are they less deserving of watching it than you are?
It may be just as well that these frustrated Singaporeans did not get the tickets to the NDP. If they were really happy that Singapore is turning 50, they should portray the attributes of what Singapore stands for. The national pledge that we so frequently recite has a part that says we should stand together “regardless of race, language or religion”, but these Singaporeans obviously did not keep that in mind.
First of all, the balloting is random and does not distinguish between Singaporeans, PRs and foreigners residing in Singapore, this is to give everyone an equal fighting chance for the tickets. If you have been balloting for decades and have not gotten it once, well that's just tough luck. And secondly, why should it matter if a foreigner attends our NDP? Are you not proud of our country? Don't you want them to see how competent Singapore is in putting together a spectacular celebration befitting of 50 successful years? Won't you feel the pride as you look into a foreigner's eyes and see the awe in them as the fireworks explode in the night sky? Won't you feel good by the thought of foreigners comparing our celebrations to theirs and coming to the conclusion that ours is better? Because Emma Lee certainly seemed to enjoy herself immensely and thoroughly impressed as she celebrated with us.
Emma Lee shared on Weibo that her birthday falls on August 9 and was excited to celebrate it at the Padang along with the rest of Singapore as we usher in 50 years of progress. It does not matter that she is not a fellow Singaporean, what matters is that even though she is a China national, she embraced the Singapore spirit; dressed in our national colors, enthusiastically waved her flag and cheered, and belted out our NDP songs with all her heart. There is pleasure and satisfaction to be gained by seeing how much our country means to her for her to want to spend her birthday at the NDP, Singapore could just as well be her home away from home.
Both Singaporeans and foreigners alike should also be impressed (and probably very, very afraid) by our uncanny investigative skills. Foreign chiobus beware, for even though the Singapore online community doesn't know who you are, they have a very particular set of skills, skills they have acquired over a very long career of being kay-poh kias. Skills that make them a nightmare for people like you. They will look for you, they will find you, and they will make lewd (sometimes hateful) comments about you.