PAP MP Lee Bee Wah bragged on her Facebook saying that Olympic champion Joseph Schooling managed to contest in the Olympics and defer his National Service (NS) because of her. The shameless posting was heavily criticised by the online community.
“I’m glad I asked MINDEF to let elite male athletes defer their NS. Both you and Quah Zheng Wen have used the deferment wisely and done us proud.”
You may view her original post here.
21-year-old Joseph Schooling secured NS deferment because of his mother’s lodging a staunch case against the Ministry of Defence, with no help from any PAP MP. MP Lee Bee Wah was specifically not mentioned in the 2013 article.
MP Lee Bee Wah however is not the first ruling party member to claim credit for the Olympic Gold. PAP-controlled President Tony Tan took the gold medal off Joseph Schooling and put it around his neck to pose for a photo.
PAP Minister of Social and Family Development Tan Chuan Jin has already caught the first ticket home with the gold medal, when the other Singaporean Olympic representatives are still competing.
Most embarrassing of all is PAP Minister Grace Fu, who have earlier refused to pay for the broadcast license for airing the Olympics live on television. She has earlier commented that Singaporeans can celebrate on the delay telecast. Singaporeans could have missed watching the historic moment Singapore won Olympic Gold live if not for a last minute turnabout decision made by the government: