The soldier who was seen having his field pack and duffel bag carried by a boy trailing behind him at Pasir Ris has said that the boy in the picture is actually his nephew who volunteered to carry his bag.
The man said his nephew wanted to test himself and see if he could carry the bag, to prepare himself for army in the future.
Stomp contributor G had sent in the photo to STOMP showing the little boy carrying the soldier's field pack and duffel bag at Pasir Ris on Friday (Dec 13).
In a phone conversation with STOMP, the Stomp contributor said he was at a block near Pasir Ris interchange when he saw the soldier get out of a cab.
The Stomp contributor said:
"This guy got out from the cab and asked (the boy) to carry his bag and pull his duffel bag, which looked heavy."
However, the soldier, identified as 1SG(NS) Zuliflie Rahmat, has shared his side of the story behind the photograph in a post on The Singapore Army facebook page.
The post read:
"Returning home from my ICT, I was greeted by my nephew, Darwisy.
"He told me he wanted to test himself and see if he could carry the bag, to prepare himself for the army in the future.
"He has so much interest in the army that he even brought a jockey cap to school for a show-and-tell!"
His nephew, Muhd Darwisy, aged 10, was also featured in the facebook post.
"I missed my uncle! I tried on my uncle's bag to see what being in the army is like.
"I am proud and want to be a soldier like my uncle!"
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