I was kinda pissed off when I saw this video clip.
9.- (2) No person in possession of the Flag shall allow or cause the
Flag to touch the floor or ground, even when lowering the Flag from
a staff or flagpole.
Li Jiawei requested to be the flag bearer for the Olympics Opening Ceremony. Singapore National Olympic Council gave her the chance. But nobody teach her how to hold the flag properly. The angle is too low. The tip of the flag is dragging the ground. Why didn’t anyone teach her how to hold the flag?
I know this is an accident. I don’t believe she dare to do this on purpose. But it is a big mistake. It is not just touching the floor for a while. It is dragging on the stadium floor most of the time. How could someone be so careless when holding the national flag infront of the whole world? If she put in extra care when holding the flag, this wouldn’t had happened. I already find it disgraceful when our national flag is being carried by a foreign talent during the opening ceremony. She have to rub salt into the wound by dragging my flag across the stadium.
I know, you might think that all these are just foreign talent bashing. But I’ll do the same if a local did this. That is my flag! You represent Singapore when you are holding that flag. This is no child play. It is an important task and she have to mess it up.
Been reading the discussion online about this issue. Some defended her by saying that she is too short. Well, if she is too short, then maybe they should appoint someone taller to hold our flag up high. But look at the flag bearer for Japan. She seems shorter than Li Jiawei. Yet their flag is upright and never touching the floor. It is the method of holding the flag. She didn’t hold it properly. And there is no excuse for that.
Super pissed off.
That is my flag dragging on her motherland for the entire world to see.
PS: It is interesting to note that STOMP has removed the article related to this incident.