It was a touching moment for family members of the late veteran actor Huang Wenyong when his wax figure was unveiled at the newly opened Madame Tussauds Singapore on Thursday.
For Huang's daughter, Miss Nicole Ng, however, the moment was marred when she saw an insensitive comment about her father online.
The comment by a netizen read: "Why him? What contributions (did he make)? Just because he died?"
Upset, Miss Ng, 23, responded on her Facebook and Instagram accounts, calling the comment disrespectful and insensitive.
Huang is one of the pioneer actors of local TV, and is best remembered for his role in the 1984 Chinese drama The Awakening, in which he starred opposite Xiang Yun.
He died from lymphoma last April at age 60 and left behind a wife, a son and a daughter. Miss Ng's post gained traction over the weekend, receiving close to 1,700 likes and more than 90 shares.
Most comments on her post were supportive.
She "named and shamed" the netizen, adding in her response: "Initially didn't want to disclose this person's identity, but I couldn't stand such outward disrespect to my father.
"It's insensitive people like him that makes the world a bitter place full of jealousy and ignorance.
IT'S NOT RIGHT
"Everyone has their own preference, but it's not right to put people or things down just because it's not your cup of tea."
Speaking to The New Paper over the phone yesterday, Miss Ng emphasised that she was upset by the netizen's comment because it implied that her father was honoured only because he is dead.
She said: "It's very insensitive. My dad deserves more respect."
There were also some comments on online forums questioning Huang's selection over other veteran actors and questioning if he deserved the tribute, but they were phrased in a more respectful manner.
Miss Ng, a marketing executive, said she did not feel angry when people questioned her father's contribution to the local showbiz industry because everyone is entitled to his opinion.
"I have been used to comments and feedback from the public since I was young as my father was an actor. "However, to imply that my dad only had a wax figure because he passed away is disrespectful. It is something that shouldn't have been said.
"My dad really deserves the wax figure. He was very dedicated to his job and acting was his passion. "He went to work daily even when he was diagnosed with cancer, working on his last drama before he went to see the doctor.
"He always taught us that we should be responsible people, and that we should finish what we started." For Miss Ng, her elder brother and mother, being able to "reunite" with Huang at the museum was memorable. They huddled around the wax figure for a family picture.