Feng Tianwei and Wang Yuegu are among the three Singaporean athletes who were inducted into the Singapore Sports Hall of Fame. The two ex-PRC new citizens received their award from Minister Lawrence Wong this evening (May 12) at the Team Singapore 28th SEA Games Flag Presentation.
In 2005 and 2007 respectively, the Singapore Government fast tracked the Singapore citizenship of China-based table tennis players Wang Yue Gu and Feng Tian Wei under the Foreign Sports Talent Scheme. They subsequently won several silver medals in various international competitions, with the gold medals going to only China.
For the past decade, many Singaporeans have voiced their concerns that they are not proud of these new citizens who are perceived as only mercenaries, and that the Singapore Government bought these medals using foreign imports. It is also widely known that Feng Tianwei and Wang Yuegu are not able to converse in English, and has always answered media questions in Mandarin.
Today, the Singapore Government inducted them into Singapore Sports Hall of Fame.
Are you proud of the two new citizens?