Outcry over China-born Feng Tianwei being Singapore’s flag-bearer at the London Olympics
Posted by temasektimes on July 29, 2012
The 24 year old national paddler only ‘became’ a Singapore ‘citizen’ in 2007 after which she was roped in immediately to contest in the 2008 Olympic Games where she helped Singapore won a Silver medal.
Despite her achievements, many Singaporeans are still skeptical about her loyalty and singled out her poor grasp of the English language.
A Singaporean Sathia Palani was obviously peeved:
“I really got piss off watching the Olympic opening ceremony this morning why must a PRC carry our Singapore flag and is there no Singapore born athletic to represent Singapore by carrying our flag . why must everything must be foreigners. I really felt embarrassed, ashamed and insulted by this act and move.”
Another Singaporean Danny Tan concurred:
“Sg really no talent ? Flag bearer a china girl again , rest of Sg athletes die liao is it ?”
Due to the government’s ultra-liberal and pro-China immigration policies, an increasing number of mainland Chinese have flocked to Singapore to live, work and study.
In an interview with the National Geographic magazine in 2009, Singapore’s supreme leader Lee Kuan Yew proclaimed that it is a ‘good thing’ that Singapore is welcoming so many Chinese immigrants from China as they are ‘harder-striving’ and ‘harder-driving’ than locals.