MP Penny Low apologises for behaviour in NDP

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MP Penny Low apologises for behaviour in NDP

Postby raysusan » Thu Aug 11, 2011 8:28 am

http://sg.news.yahoo.com/blogs/singapor ... 19075.html

Member of Parliament Penny Low has apologised for using her mobile phone during the singing of the national anthem at the National Day Parade at the Marina Bay floating platform on Tuesday.
A YouTube clip as well as television screengrabs showing Low texting on her phone while other Cabinet members around her were standing and singing the national anthem toward the end of the ceremony are quickly spreading online.
Netizens have criticised Low for being disrespectful, as it is common practice for Singaporeans to stand at attention when the national anthem is sung.
Low, MP for Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC, told Yahoo! Singapore she wanted to share the "moment of pride" with her residents on Facebook.
"I was so caught up in the wonderful NDP 2011 and felt so proud of being a Singaporean that I wanted to capture that moment of pride at the very tail end of the anthem, to share on Facebook with my residents," she said.
"If in my enthusiasm I offended anyone, please accept my apologies," she said. "NDP is a time to unite, not divide. Majulah Singapura!"
Low also posted the apology on her Facebook page on Wednesday afternoon. It received near 30 likes and over 250 comments as of Wednesday night.
While many continue to criticise her actions, some Internet users have come to her defence following her apology.
Facebook user Serene Kok questioned the "fuss" now that Low has apologised, while user Ken Lim said, "She is the only one out there that is proud and want(s) to share with her residents. So we should be proud of her."
"But on hindsight, it would be a wiser choice to share it when the national anthem is over," he noted.
Others such as Lim Poh Wah, criticised Low for setting a bad example to others. Some also questioned the sincerity of her apology.
Serene Chew said, "While your apology is very welcome, I would have thought better of you if you had left out that last sentence of 'NDP is a time to unite, not divide'. Since you are in the wrong, it is not your place to lecture people, not in a situation like this."


Watch what happened here.
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Re: MP Penny Low apologises for behaviour in NDP

Postby tankee » Thu Aug 11, 2011 8:37 am

I am not defending Ms Low. She was wrong to be texting then.

But there are many other Singaporean that do not stand up & stay still when the National Anthem is played. Quite disappointing.

She is being singled out since she is a MP and should have set the right example.

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Re: MP Penny Low apologises for behaviour in NDP

Postby sall » Thu Aug 11, 2011 8:37 am

As a MP, she should know better than to text. What a lame excuse she gave. Shame on her! She can always share after the anthem.

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Re: MP Penny Low apologises for behaviour in NDP

Postby jtoh » Thu Aug 11, 2011 8:44 am

A rather weak excuse after the fact.

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Re: MP Penny Low apologises for behaviour in NDP

Postby limlim » Thu Aug 11, 2011 8:54 am

And foreigners are defending the MP and insulting Singaporeans in the process..

http://www.pictureshack.us/images/6168pinoyinsults.jpg

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Re: MP Penny Low apologises for behaviour in NDP

Postby Guest » Thu Aug 11, 2011 10:26 am

Mobile Technology makes people irrational ?? :? Anytime, anywhere, anyhow? :shock:
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Re: MP Penny Low apologises for behaviour in NDP

Postby e3nity » Thu Aug 11, 2011 10:31 am

She shld not hav touched/played/texted or whateva with her phone.. sharing the moments with Pasir Ris - Punggol GRC Resident is not an excuse.. Residents have TV at hme they can feel the joy.. She just set a bad example.. Its not right..

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Re: MP Penny Low apologises for behaviour in NDP

Postby raysusan » Thu Aug 11, 2011 10:37 am

limlim wrote:And foreigners are defending the MP and insulting Singaporeans in the process..

http://www.pictureshack.us/images/6168pinoyinsults.jpg

she seem to be worried now
start changing FB profile and delete post

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Re: MP Penny Low apologises for behaviour in NDP

Postby verykiasu2010 » Thu Aug 11, 2011 11:18 am

raysusan wrote:
limlim wrote:And foreigners are defending the MP and insulting Singaporeans in the process..

http://www.pictureshack.us/images/6168pinoyinsults.jpg

she seem to be worried now
start changing FB profile and delete post


then quick make some screen shot before too late
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Re: MP Penny Low apologises for behaviour in NDP

Postby limlim » Thu Aug 11, 2011 11:39 am

verykiasu2010 wrote:
raysusan wrote:
limlim wrote:And foreigners are defending the MP and insulting Singaporeans in the process..

http://www.pictureshack.us/images/6168pinoyinsults.jpg

she seem to be worried now
start changing FB profile and delete post


then quick make some screen shot before too late


Singaporeans are well-known for efficiency you know :evil: :evil:

Don't worry, the screencap and pictures are all over the place.. Plus they tracked and CSI-ed her workplace, profiles updates etc.. and posted on the HWZ forum.

Althou I feel that it is a bit over-reacting and some comments a bit immature.. (hence not putting the link here)

I'm quite impressed by their efforts and efficiency of the pple at HWZ.. :wink: :wink:

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