I couldn't resist doing a quick post on this. In Singapore it's pretty run of the mill to see maids carrying babies, walking dogs and the like. But carrying a national serviceman's field pack? This has got to be pushing the boundaries!
This photo was sent in to citizen journalism website STOMP and has been making waves across the net since.
It's just as well Singapore is not a country under immediate threat as if it were I'm sure soldiers from other nations would probably be licking their lips ready to feast by now!
While most net citizens are shocked and disgraced at this new found use for hired help, bizarrely I found one comment on a forum that said that the backlash was "Just sour grapes from those who do not have a maid to help carry the bag home during their time."
Now that's an interesting theory!
Well if all those who could afford a maid to do this had that attitude then maybe the photo would have looked something more like this.
But to be fair, the soldier did not violate any rules (but then who would think you needed to write a rule to deal with maids carrying your bags?!). In any case, the Singapore Armed Forces are reportedly investigating the circumstances.