Today, I came across an article on Facebook, and somehow I was extremely enraged at what I read.
In summary: This young lady posted an insensitive comment of ‘Singaporeans too weak? LOL’ at an article shared by her friend over the death of an NS men during his training.
Following this post, I also read her apology after being flamed by many on cyberspace for her insensitivity. She apologised for her comment, and explained that she did not read the article carefully, and did not mean her comments literally.
Honestly? I think her apology was really a load of crap. I know she has been flamed by many people online already, but I really have some things to say about her apology.
First of all, when she saw the article, I was sure she had read the heading of the article which read: ‘NSF dies after taking part in training exercise’ before making her comment. The headline had spelled out clearly that it was no laughing matter. Even if that was all that she had read, she had no point making that senseless comment.
The irony here was that her boyfriend was a NS man as well. Then shouldn’t she realise how fortunate she is? To all the people that one leaves behind upon leaving this world, the pain is difficult to erase, no matter the amount of time. With such comment being made, doesn’t she realise that she is adding salt to the wound?
Then next, she said that she did not mean her words literally. In my point of view, I really cannot see what other ways she could have meant with the four words posted in that comment. Maybe it is my poor interpretation, but I was pretty sure she meant what she typed.
I think I was somehow affected by this incident mainly due to the fact that I had many friends who knew the man who passed away personally. Also, I have many friends who are currently serving the NS, and there is no way I would want to see such things happening to anyone that I know.
Everyone would have their moments of insensitivity, but this? She really doesn’t have a valid excuse for what she had said, and the people that she have hurt.
I sincerely hope she have learnt her lesson and know when to hold her tongue (or her fingers in this case) when necessary.
P.S: Her grammar in the apology post sucks. (Sorry I’m a grammar nazi)