MP Penny Low and the importance of not using one's handphone during the singing of the National Anthem at the National Day Parade...

...especially if it's broadcast live in television!



(The inglorious moment of multitasking is relived in YouTube, "MP Penny Low spotted "occupied" by her phone in midst of National Anthem at NDP2011 - 09Aug2011")







Not a good move, Ms Penny Low. You might just start a new regulation for politicians not being allowed to have their handphones with them during importance events. We sure do not want to see MP-s updating their Facebook, say, during a Parliament sitting just because they want to capture that moment of pride!!



Yeah.



Unless of course you'd want to be feature in Yahoo! search engine as one of the 10 keywords most searched on.







Sure a credit for Ms Penny Low for quick to offer her apology in her Facebook (screenshot below):







Considering--as per 12/08 0010 hrs--there have been 689 comments so far whereas only 50 'like' the apology, we can conclude most are unhappy about the apology. Go figure.



Member of Parliament (MP) for Pasir Ris-Punggol Group Representation Constituency Penny Low has offered her apologies after being spotted using her mobile phone during the singing of the National Anthem at the National Day Parade (NDP) on Tuesday.



The incident, which was captured on television cameras, showed Ms Low glancing down at the phone in her hand.



The video was posted as a 30-second clip on websites such as YouTube, which sparked an online debate among netizens.



Posting on her Facebook page on Wednesday, Ms Low, 44, said: "I was so caught up in the wonderful NDP 2011 and felt so proud of being a Singaporean, that I wanted to capture that moment of pride, at the very tail end of the anthem, to share on FB with my residents. If in my enthusiasm I offended anyone, please accept my apologies. NDP is a time to unite not divide. Majulah Singapura."



Ms Low was elected to Parliament in 2001.



She is the founder and president of Social Innovation Park, a non-profit organisation providing social entrepreneurs with a platform to commercialise their services.



Some netizens felt Ms Low's apology was insufficient.



"She gave a bad example for the young generation by doing what she did during NDP," wrote Mr Andrew Andy Lim on Ms Low's Facebook.



But other netizens, such as Ms Jessie Seah, defended the MP. "It's less than a second in the video. The MP has apologised. Singaporeans, please be more forgiving to your own fellow countrymen."


From Channel NewsAsia, "MP Penny Low apologises for NDP phone incident".



Member of Parliament Penny Low has apologised for using her mobile phone during the singing of the national anthem at the National Day Parade at the Marina Bay floating platform on Tuesday.



A YouTube clip as well as television screengrabs showing Low texting on her phone while other Cabinet members around her were standing and singing the national anthem toward the end of the ceremony are quickly spreading online.



Netizens have criticised Low for being disrespectful, as it is common practice for Singaporeans to stand at attention when the national anthem is sung.



Low, MP for Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC, told Yahoo! Singapore she wanted to share the "moment of pride" with her residents on Facebook.



"I was so caught up in the wonderful NDP 2011 and felt so proud of being a Singaporean that I wanted to capture that moment of pride at the very tail end of the anthem, to share on Facebook with my residents," she said.



"If in my enthusiasm I offended anyone, please accept my apologies," she said. "NDP is a time to unite, not divide. Majulah Singapura!"



Low also posted the apology on her Facebook page on Wednesday afternoon. It received near 30 likes and over 250 comments as of Wednesday night.



While many continue to criticise her actions, some Internet users have come to her defence following her apology.



Facebook user Serene Kok questioned the "fuss" now that Low has apologised, while user Ken Lim said, "She is the only one out there that is proud and want(s) to share with her residents. So we should be proud of her."



"But on hindsight, it would be a wiser choice to share it when the national anthem is over," he noted.



Others such as Lim Poh Wah, criticised Low for setting a bad example to others. Some also questioned the sincerity of her apology.



Serene Chew said, "While your apology is very welcome, I would have thought better of you if you had left out that last sentence of 'NDP is a time to unite, not divide'. Since you are in the wrong, it is not your place to lecture people, not in a situation like this."


From Yahoo! News, "MP Penny Low apologises for behaviour".


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