Ng Eng Hen's video on new SAF shoes makes ex-NSmen 'eng-vious'

Envious Facebook users were clamouring for more after Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen posted a video showing him working out in new kicks.
PHOTO: Facebook / Ng Eng Hen

SINGAPORE - Give people an inch and they will take a yard; give National Servicemen new Adidas and New Balance shoes and they ask for Nike Jordans and Adidas Yeezys.

At least that's what is happening after the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) unveiled two new physical training (PT) shoes on Tues (Dec 27).

Envious Facebook users were clamouring for more after Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen posted a video of himself working out in his new kicks, with former NSmen hoping to join the change parade.

"Old NS men can get it with discounts or not ?" asked a Ng Kiat Kuan Photo: Facebook
Another Facebook user, Chen You Wei, asked: "Sir, is it possible to issue all ex NSMen these new shoes? Hope to get a reply from you soon on this." Photo: Facebook

Other netizens were full of praise for Dr Ng who sweated it out on the rowing machine, modelling his pair of New Balance shoes.

Photo: Facebook
Photo: Facebook

"My defence minister is now also an influencer," Ching Kai wrote, while Andy Feng labelled Dr Ng an 'influ-eng-cer'.

However, not all shared the excitement about the new PT shoes.

"Why does it look exactly like my own Adidas now? Can't they produce a unique design, colour and tone for SAF?" a Belinda Tan lamented. Photo: Facebook

Pre-enlistees and fashionistas also offered suggestions for future PT shoe models.

"Hope SAF brings in Jordans when I enrol into the Army," wrote Yen Hao Tan. Photo: Facebook
Wong Chia Wee wrote: "Can SAF provide Adidas Yeezy 350? I heard it will improve running speed by at least 20 per cent due to the Boost technology."Photo: Facebook

SAF personnel are limited to one pair of PT shoes each. The New Balance NB 565 costs $44, while the Adidas Duramo costs $39.50, according to SAF eMart at Mount Faber Safra.

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SAF enhances personal equipment for its service personnel

  • PT shoes are offered in two variants to cater to servicemen with different foot types. adidas Duramo: Facelifted model for neutral to high-arch foot types New Balance NB 565: New model for neutral to low-arch foot types
  • As part of intake equipping from May 2017 onwards, SAF soldiers will be issued with two pairs of combat boots. These Army Combat Boots (ACB), designed for use in jungle terrain, come in two variants: Altama and Wellco.
  • From Jan 2017 onwards, selected manoeuvre units will be issued with Enhanced Combat Boots (ECB) - Magnum - which are designed for use in both jungle and urban terrains.
  • PT Singlet - Lightweight, ripstop fabric for performance and durability - Soft, quick-drying and air-permeable for comfort - Reflective strips for visibility and safety
  • PT Shorts - Lightweight and stretchable for enhanced performance - Soft and quick-drying for comfort - Mesh material for breathability - Reflective strips for visibility and safety
  • PT Socks - Seamless stretch design for comfort - Open-knit mesh design for breathability
  • Field Pack - Configurable rack systems for different load requirements - 4-way compacting straps for better stability and manoeuvrability
  • Water Bladder - Radio frequency welded seams that provide burst and puncture resistance - Treated reservoir inhibits growth of bacteria - Specially designed valve prevents water leakages from drinking tube Integrated Load Bearing Vest (iLBV) - Side buckles allow tactical loosening of iLBV during operations - Reduced layers for extra breathability - Detachable waterbag pouch for customised positioning - Adjusted velcro positions at neckguard offer better fit and ensure greater protection when in use
  • Combat Socks - Seamless stretch design for comfort - Open-knit mesh design for breathability Combat Boots - Enhanced durability - Quick drying - Good traction

Here’s my video introducing the new SAF shoes and how I work out to keep fit.

Posted by Ng Eng Hen on Monday, 26 December 2016

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