The hole truth

The hole truth
Mr Koh Hee Huat (right) at the Ye Shang Hai Teochew Porridge stall in Bukit Merah where he works. He said that most of the shirts he wears to work have holes in them because the metal fixtures at the stall snag his shirt as he goes about his work.

SINGAPORE - He was napping in an MRT train on his way to work when she sneaked a photo of him and posted it on Facebook.

Miss Jesslyn Tan, 25, found the hole in Mr Koh Hee Huat's T-shirt amusing, and ran it with the following caption on Saturday: "Holey moley. Sibei trendy worzxxz."

"Holey moley" indeed. Her post took on a whole new dimension, with reactions that caught her by surprise.

Barely 25 minutes after Miss Tan uploaded the photo, someone named Cindy Tan responded, claiming that the photo was that of her father, and that not everyone is as lucky as Miss Jesslyn Tan, a Miss Singapore Universe 2013 finalist, to be earning money from her appearance.

Miss Jesslyn Tan's Facebook profile lists her as a "self-employed entrepreneur".

Miss Cindy Tan said there was "nothing shameful" for her father to have a hole in his shirt, and that it was Miss Jesslyn Tan's "act of laughing at others" that was shameful.

Miss Jesslyn Tan's post appeared on citizen journalism website Stomp and garnered over 160 comments, most of which were critical of her. Her post was also found on Facebook page SG Share, and it has been shared almost 200 times.

She has since removed the original post from public view and posted an apology for being "insensitive".

Mr Koh, 55, a worker at Ye Shang Hai Teochew Porridge stall in Bukit Merah, told The New Paper yesterday that he had been too tired to notice Miss Jesslyn Tan taking a photo of him.

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