Singaporeans Furious that “China Chiobu” Gets to Watch NDP while Many Couldn’t Get Tickets

Many watching the National Day Parade from home yesterday remarked that Mediacorp coverage tended to focus on a certain lady in the crowd, and were eager to find out who the chio bu (pretty girl) was.

Well, it seems that the chio bu in question is known as Emma Lee, and she shared on her Weibo social media account that her birthday falls on August 9.

And she’s a China national.

That’s when anger began mounting amongst the Singaporean public, with many questioning why foreigners get to watch the parade live, when they couldn’t get tickets despite years of balloting.

Said Amat Yabar:


Edwina Teo is disappointed that Singaporeans couldn’t get a seat to celebrate the nation’s golden jubilee year.

“If for some reasons they got it through friends or buy it somewhere, it’s ok. But if otherwise, then it’s isn’t fair. Many Singaporeans out there are trying hard to get hold of tickets to this year NDP but are downcasted and disappointed because they didn’t managed to get them. Why aren’t these allocated to Singaporeans instead? Afterall, its Singapore’s 50th Golden Jubilee and isn’t Singaporean be given priority? What do they know about the history, the significance, the essence when the themes are played? They only know how to woos and wahs! Sad indeed. My opinion.”

So too, Caroline Xeranella:

“My husband has applied it ever since he is young until now he already had a daughter, also didn’t managed to get the tickets.”

Lionel Koung apparently missed the boat again this year, and was disppointed that he got leap-frogged by a foreigner.

“I have been trying to get tickets to watch Ndp for years and I don’t even get one and yet all this foreign talents are there watching. Don’t you feel that it’s so ironical???”

But Adelene Bek offered a more balanced perspective.

“Honestly, I dun suka em too. However, anyone in sg can go see the parade – incl a tourist if he/she is given a tix.”

The Singaporean public has to ballot online for tickets to watch the National Day Parade.

They will have to choose during the balloting processs if they want tickets to watch the actual parade, or one of the NDP previews.



  1. sam tan

    August 10, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    That’s how PAP’s Michael Palmer scandal was created.
    Have we Singaporeans been treated as important, ever?

  2. Edwin Tan

    August 11, 2015 at 5:44 am

    What if I told you that the Ballot was totally random and does not distinguish Citizens, PRs and Foreigners.

    • Weirdo

      August 12, 2015 at 11:44 am

      Omggggggg. I totally agree with u

    • Well

      August 13, 2015 at 2:33 am

      Well…that’s exactly what people are complaining about. So congrats for stating the obvious I guess.

  3. Ben tan

    August 11, 2015 at 8:09 am

    this just brings it to a whole new level…..like this also can complain…..what has the world come to? if you are so desperate to watch the parade there some people selling the tickets online.

    • HE

      August 11, 2015 at 7:54 pm

      Just so you know, its illegal to both buy and sell the tix. If they conduct random ic match, I wouldn’t wanna guess what would happen to you

  4. Me

    August 11, 2015 at 10:53 am

    Its not about getting the ticket, its about about having the priority as a Singaporean to watch and celebrate our country independence for 50 years. Common people born since 1950s/60s cant even got the chance to experience this parade yet this foreigners able to be there. Well, its fine if there want to witness the firework or whatever, but let the Singaporean be seated at the NDP while these outsider stay outside to watch. At the end of the day, they are outsiders to our country. Poor us Singaporeans needs to peek among these ppl just to watch the parade. Sad

  5. singapore

    August 11, 2015 at 11:31 am

    wow.. i don’t mind having hot foreigners in singapore actually.

  6. what

    August 11, 2015 at 11:38 am

    Maybe her husband/family is Singaporean? Maybe she bought the tickets online and paid good money for it? Maybe she was gifted the tickets? No of course not it’s impossible everyone let’s jump on the complain bandwagon and rage party together

    • Lu yu

      August 13, 2015 at 8:06 pm

      What? She juzt stepped in Sinagpore two years ago. Please read the news as what she claimed in the interview.

  7. Mouche

    August 11, 2015 at 11:50 am

    Why hv to cow beh cow bu ? Hv u found out how she could get the ticket ? Its her birthday… maybe a friend gave the ticket to her as a bday present… Think positively ! Maybe She’ll tell how great singapore is to ppl she meet in her homeland ? If there are more foreigners who could get the ticket than singaporeans… then u can complain.

  8. Jennifer Yeo

    August 11, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    How about setting a system of distribution of ndp ticket through HDB units according to the blk nos of each individual estate n this will allow everyone to get a chance to the ndp parade, eg blk 1 to 3 of ang mo kio estate will be entitle to 4 ticket to every household n the next year will be blk 4 to 7 n this process will keep moving n therefore everyone will get a chance to watch this procession n is quite fair to everyone inclusive of singaporean n foreigner

  9. dissapointed Singaporean

    August 11, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    You guys don’t even know the real story of how she got the tickets in the first place just straight away blow up. Singapore has a world class education system and are intellectually strong . However this article proves Singaporeans are emotionally immature.

  10. Raven

    August 11, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    But must admit she chio.

  11. Tony

    August 11, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    I sms on 12am try to get a tickets for my 70yrs mum still can’t get.
    I feel disappointed with NDP SG50, they should given all the singaporean pioneer generation a tickets got a chance to watch this NDP.

  12. Zero

    August 11, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    Dont get so angry la . She might have bought them online.There are those who gotten through balloting and did not want to watch sell the ticket. They dont care who buys them as long the price is right. Cannot anyhow scold foreigners,Not their fault exactly.. I myself dont like foreigners .

  13. Singapore

    August 11, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    like that also complaint? really make foreigners gossip that some Singapore people alway complaint complaint complaint, come on la, you think she get free like us meh? of cos they must queue for it and buy right? even if they get free, maybe is her sg fren pass to her and let her go view leh? and foreigners also play a part in helping us to build our Singapore our Home up leh, be it past 50 years or past 10 years, please be fair la, dont let ppl say Singapore people all so small gas one z.z

  14. Kenny

    August 11, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    There are many ways she could have got hold of the tickets, gift/resold/etc, but only Citizens/PRs were able to ballot for them.

  15. Anonymous

    August 11, 2015 at 6:03 pm

    That’s why I never truly loved Singapore. I’ve lived here for almost 3 years and all I’ve felt is racism-energy all over this place. What’s the matter that being a China national? Even in the past 50 years, We’ve helped build this city but it seems you never appreciated it. In this Multi-ethnic country, Chinese people have been central to the country and racial harmony is supposed to be a Singaporean virtue.

    • kelvin

      August 12, 2015 at 10:09 pm

      We all welcomed PRCs at the 1st place, but how do u PRCs react? U behave as if we own u a living, most of u become arrogant. And heck, i heard a lot of PRCs saying Singapore is such a tiny place, not even bigger than their villages, a few missile from China will sink Singapore. So how u want us to treat u? If u are not happy why are u here?

    • Eventide

      August 13, 2015 at 8:27 am

      Please don’t talk rubbish – it is the Singaporeans who are central to the country, and this includes the Malay, Indian and Eurasian (and other races) Singaporeans!

  16. Celene

    August 11, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    NDP tickets shoult only be given to Pure Singaporeans and not foreigners. How many Singaporens are there? Many are still unable to get hold of a ticket to watch live parade! Despite the yearly balloting. Thats really sad..

  17. Danny

    August 11, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    What to do, some greedy Singaporeans sold their NDP ticket online. Who to be blamed?

  18. Derp

    August 11, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    Chio meh? More like a plastic surgery barbie doll going watch NDP. OR SHOULD I SAY PROSTITUTE haha

  19. lel

    August 11, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    These PRs left behind everything they had to come to Singapore, why can’t they have an equal chance to watch NDP? Imagine if you were in theirs shoes

  20. Lim

    August 11, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    Welcome to Sillypore, where money rules.

  21. Singapore citizen

    August 11, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    This is a stupid article and the people who are upset are even more stupid.Xenophobic fools who complain about living here and go to Thailand and treat them like 2nd class people in their own country. Sick of all this nationalist racist bull crap.

  22. Yc

    August 11, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    Obviously people are not happy because she’s a PRC, if she’s a blonde or Korean or someone from other countries, do you think there are people complain?

  23. Daniel

    August 11, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    Don’t be silly. In order to ballot, a Singaporean NRIC is needed. Citizens even get more priority than PRs. However, each NRIC can ballot for up to 4 tickets. This girl so chio, I’ll bet she has a Singaporean husband or BF to bring her watch the parade. And don’t forget she might have bought the tickets on the black market also. One thing is certain, she certainly didn’t get it by balloting.

  24. Annoyed at some singaporeans

    August 11, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    What the hell is wrong with so many Singaporeans? Since when have we become such self-centred individuals? To be honest, this lady is only one out of the masses of people? You just gotta blame your own luck and envy her luck.

    Yes true, Singaporeans ought to have some privilege, since this is our home country. BUT PLEASE DO NOT THINK YOU ARE ENTITLED TO THIS. More often than not, we can complain just about anything. Can we be any more self-righteous than this? Why are we blaming foreigners for everything?

    Imagine if you were a foreigner, would you wish to be treated like a total outsider where you are not welcomed at all? 己所不欲,勿施于人!!(do unto others what you wish others to do to you)

    • Lu yu

      August 13, 2015 at 7:55 pm

      Very disappointed thst we are born here. So shame when these foreigners showing off in workplace telling us that they were there watching the NDP. I have been blaming my parents for bringing me up here in Singapore.Why not in a better country?

  25. Lyn

    August 11, 2015 at 11:47 pm

    They do this to attract tourists and so they can earn more money. But even though earn money, everything keeps going up.

  26. You

    August 12, 2015 at 12:55 am

    SOME Singaporean Really damn pathetic Leh. Idk why some likes to complain so much? Everything they complain also got PAP and foreigner. Why those people dk how to be grateful ? I really dk. All those people like spoiled brats.. hope someday someone can clap them and wake them up.

  27. SG K.J.

    August 12, 2015 at 6:34 am

    I think it is OK…. because we are being trained to obey…so stay cool n let your hands to the real thing….next yxxx

  28. Koh Kim Kan

    August 12, 2015 at 11:10 am

    You know what is worst than being a 2nd-class citizen in a foreign country?
    It’s being a 2nd-class citizen in your own country.

    Choose to be a 1st-class citizen in your own country!
    Election 2016

  29. really?

    August 12, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    it’s just a parade, think about it, if you do attend the main event it’s hard to get home. grow up you narrow minded freaks

  30. Lanesra

    August 12, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    New citizens whom just got their pink ic has priority. I have 2 friends who have just got citizenship this year easily gotten 4 tickets each. I local born n bred .. 40yrs old have never got so lucky to get the free ticketszz .. Sad..sad

  31. Peter Eng

    August 13, 2015 at 10:13 am

    Read the story. She loves Singapore much. She uses her contacts to get tickets — that takes commitment and creativity. Singaporeans give up with we don’t get our tickets. I can’t understand the envy of those who do less to get those tickets. Singapore needs more people like her. Good job Emma Lee!

  32. An

    August 13, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    I bloody get to catch NDP “live” on my 21st birthday at Pandang. Cos my army unit was arrow to perform on NDP on my bloody 21st birthday. WT…

  33. Lu yu

    August 13, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    Too bad. Singaporean has been fighting for shares with foreigners. Too many liao. Never dream of getting it. Remember any entitlements and benefits are sharef are shared with foreigners here. Everything must divided by 6 millions and not the numbers of Singaporeans. Right? We are just a mosquitoes and low class humans till the day we die.

  34. Andyson

    August 15, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    You should get the ticket from Najib, VIP seat somemore. Why are we inviting jibby and deprive one Singaporean of the ticket.. lol

  35. Anonymous

    July 30, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    Stop being a Zenophobia

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