SINGAPORE - The 19-year-old who boasted about getting the lowest Physical Employment Status (PES) for his National Service has said that he has been misunderstood.
A reader had earlier wrote in to citizen journalism website Stomp about a Facebook posting by Sky Lim, who runs social media marketing Crownsify, revealing how he intends to continue running his business upon enlistement into the army by getting a low PES.
The post attracted criticism from readers, some of whom felt that he had 'no integrity and honesty'.
However, Lim has come forward to give his account of things, telling Razor TV in an interview that he had a prior neck injury and went through the proper channels to have it examined.
"I declared my medical condition, and went to Alexandra Hospital - which was appointed by CMPB - for a medical checkup on my neck problem. I did MRI scans and X-rays, which was how I got my low PES status", he said.
When asked about why he wrote a post online about this, Lim replied that he felt 'motivated' by this and wanted to 'inspire others to stay focused' on what they were doing.
"If you set your mind and aim to make things happen, do not let any obstacles stop you", he added.
But, he did concede that he regretted the way he wrote the message on Facebook as he thought the only ones who would see it were his friends - who already knew about his medical condition.
He said he did not expect someone to take a sreenshot of this and upload it elsewhere.
Transcript of interview on next page.