Days after the controversial photo of an NSman's maid carrying his field pack began circulating online, the debate over whether Singapore's younger generation is getting too "spoilt" and "pampered" rages on.
The photo has since triggered a host of spoofs -- including one showing the same NSman carrying his own backpack.
While most netizens agree that the young soldier's actions were "shameful" and "a laughingstock" to the country, others questioned if Singaporean youths in general were becoming increasingly "soft".
A Yahoo! Singapore News reader, who calls himself Wu, commented, "Very disappointed with the new generations these days. Boys being so pampered and behaving like weaklings... It makes me wonder... is the children to blame, or the parents?"
User Joseph is among those who feel the problem is how Singapore's youths are being brought up.
"I basically think that this is the NS man's parents fault. Why would a maid need to fetch a grown up man who is already 18 years old? With a maid around, there is a tendency for the NS man to pass the bag to the maid," he wrote.
Anna, who identified herself as a former maid in Singapore, shared her experience working for a family here.
"The boy (was) already 17 years old.. but... I'm the one who did everything. If he's going to camp I need to pack his bag, iron the uniform while he's playing (on) a computer."
User Voice in the Wilderness said, "Most children are at this stage today because parents have no time for them and get people (to) take care of their kids."
Princess concurred, adding, "With the acceptance of having maids in our society, many young children have grown up having someone make their beds, carry their bags, cook them a meal, etc... They would call their maid on their mobile phone so that she will come down from the apartment to take the school bags.
"This nurturing and over reliance on the domestic help leads to our soft NS men," she said.
Another reader, Sarah, agreed.
"Although we are very sheltered as a nation, we cannot continue to be too comfortable with our surroundings... It is a national problem," she wrote.
But amid the rampant online criticism of the country's younger generation, some netizens feel the furore around the issue might be an over-reaction.
Reader Chrisl wrote, "My dad carried my bag, I will carry my son's bag. What's the fuss if the helper willingly carries the bag of a homecoming NSman?"
He added that it could simply be a "warm, welcome home gesture" and that Singaporeans should try to "look from different angles" and "not judge a book by its cover".
Others urged caution in generalising the NSman's behaviour to Gen Y at large.
Tim Morki added, "I think the criticism has grown out of proportion.. He is paying his dues to the country so give him a break. Just because you do not have someone to carry or ferry your pack does not mean that someone else cannot do that."
CuriousCase said, "Criticise if you must, but don't stereotype his generation of men. I think we still have a fair bit of good soldiers out there."
Maid: Sir, can you please help me unlock my phone.
Man: Okay, sure! Let me put my bag down first
Maid: it's okay Sir, I'll hold it for you
Man: You sure?
Maid: No problem Sir, I'll explain to people if they think I'm being bullied.
Man: They'll be surprised, I'm sure.
Maid: Singaporeans are not so simpleton. Are they???
will the said soldier have to courage to stand out and face the music or be a coward hiding behind mama' s butt:)
blame the parent , blame the soldier, blame the society, blame the army
, its a blame game :)
ever think its the education fault whereby schoolkids are to carry heavy books leading to such symtoms
the parent should chide their kid for such behaviour
hopefully the army can give a satisfactory answwer when the soldier is apprehended
Soldier are on 24 /7 and must uphold the army integrity even in public?
at 18 year ol, one mus b ol enugh to think what should and should not do ya?
Gen Y .....Singapore future lie in these pple's hand...scary to think if such ( for those not caught on camera) pple went on to become SAF scholar and at later part of their life enter politics??
side track a bit , talking about responsibility in carrying your bag, how about girls who ask their bf / hubby carry their handbag, does it begets girls having no sense of responsibility as well, may be should send girls for NS stint(maybe in the form of nursing since Singapore shortage of nurse right?), AWARE be fair and play level game, dun want the cake and eat it as well?
Still proud to be a Singaporeans? That photo really describe Singaporeans character; I'm talking in general and apologies for those who are exemption to such trait.. OK lah, lah lah lah.....
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Now we need foreign talent to serve NS too. Hawt! Bet she knows how to assemble his M16 and wear an SBO. Maids the next generation of singapore's defense ---- Hello~~~ Generation M!
And most of them are ungentlemen
totally NOT FIT to put on that uniform...
better off TO PUT ON 'GIRL'S BRIGADE' uniform...
Hey give that kid a break! He's all tired and sms away! But that's injustice to the maid because the maid is tired too and MOM should look into this rather than SAF. hahaha
I guess many have the same idea that parents are to be blamed. But it actually boils down to that individual. He has been trained as a soldier and should know that he is in National uniform and so he has to be at his best disciplined image. Maybe his parents did not teach him about the maid carrying his bag..maybe he was just taking advantage of the situation....`y must i carry the bag? I have maid what?'...:)
hahaha lol .. Mommy's Boy!! ops Army Boy!!
In combat reloading the rifle should no problem for boy boy. But aiming his gun maybe his big problem. Get what l mean.....
What a DISGRACE!!!!!!!!!!!!! GROW UP!!!!!
Hmmm...aren't we broadcasting our "proud" NS on the National Geographic Channel?
National service nowadays as compared to my generation...??? Make a guess...
Next thing we'll see is this joker and others like him in combat with the maid carrying his rifle and ammo for him. She'll probably have to reload the gun for him too.
this is so call "shen pie" after all the family is rich, what the fuss ? He should be put thru what i had receive in 1970, frog jump & duck walk along the beach, next day ha ha ? Si Bai Song.
Why all blame the parent.Mother suffer so much giving birth to him and father suffer to bring him up. Why blame them. The SAF to be blame as they the one suppose to change and groom this boy to become SOLDIER and CAPABALE MEN. TO FIGHT and PROTECT the country. Hope all readers see the big picture in this.
Mama s boy probably carrying on from schooldays when d maid also carried his bag. He s sad that d maid is unable to do his morning area cleaning for him also. Did my stint in 71. .had rich spoiled kids then n have them now . .not much has change.it s definitely d parents .shd interview d mother hehe. Have a nice day all!
Mummy and Daddy is very happy when a son born with a "@#$%"
Would they realise that the nightmare begin when they discover their sons is slowly change to become a "hen"
Dear Young boys ,don't be too pampered. You bring disgrace not only to your parents but to all
of us Singaporean who always being consider naive and immature in the eye of foreigner.
Would you proud to have a new breed of such "generation"
My advice to a parent( although I am not in the position to say so), does not matter if my statement offended them. Treat the maid as respectable maid and not a slave. Know what the maid should and not to do. Just because you hire the maid and master of the maid, you can ask the maid to do whatever you like.? Just carry bag for your NS child? You know your son is trained to be an army. He is strong as a bull. Would you think is right for maid to carry the bag? Great shame not only to Singaporean but to or our Society.
She is lucky juz carrying the newer version backpack. If he is really injury or plain tired to walk back home after a long jounery, the maild will be pushing a wheelchair for him & carrying a backpack. Who is at fault - parent or the society? Parent set example to follow ( Ask maid to carry your school bag during school day & eventually a norm), society - everyone is right & know to comment on others with today IT technolo----. Poor spoilt brat seem like taking short cut from mrt station to the private estate. Perhap Mindef should downgraded him or excuse him to carry heavy stuffs ( backpack, rifle) or employ a maid to every soldier.
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