Star politician Nicole Seah’s popularity appears to have taken a hit among Christians following her boyfriend (or husband?) Belmont Lay’s rant against them in a controversial article published by Yahoo News which left many hurt and fuming.
In the article titled “Why call the police over everything?”, Belmont Lay appeared to chide the Christian community for lodging police reports against the organizers of the ‘Escape chapel Party’, sneering at them for ‘making a mountain out of a molehill’ by calling the police when no ‘crime’ has been committed:
“First and foremost, I can never understand why people feel like they have to resort to calling the police, especially when no crime has been committed. If religious people are unhappy with secular event organisers, they should sort it out among themselves privately like adults.”
He ended his tirade against Christians by calling on them to leave the police out of such ‘private matters’ next time:
“As a religious person, let’s just assume you’re guaranteed the right to feel offended, although I’m pretty sure not everyone will agree with this….Next time, try to leave the authorities out of things….Especially the police, who should be better off spending their time and precious resources solving real crimes. Let a private matter between citizens be just that — a private matter.”
Belmont Lay’s insensitivity and arrogance towards the Christian community drew flak from even non-Christians, many of whom say they will now withdraw their support for Nicole if she remains together with him.
Some responses on Facebook
“For 131 years, the Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus at Victoria Street was not only a home to the nuns, but a school and orphanage for girls. Even without briniging in religion, to allow the party to go ahead would have been an insult to these nuns, their good beliefs and good works. This guy just cost Nicole my support unless she proves that she is not like him. Respect others and their beliefs.” – Karen Heng
“The man behind the wife Nicole Seah is going to be him, I will spoil my vote! What a senseless, tactless guy!” – David Teo
“Nicole Seah will pay a price for her bf’s uncalled for remarks! I was so gungho in supporting her. Now if she stands in my Bedok area, I will NOT vote for her!” – Rodney Tan
There are no immediate replies from either Belmont Lay or Nicole Seah on the controversy. According to some unverified rumors circulating in cyberspace, they registered their marriage ‘quietly’ last year.