Online accolades for soldier who helps mum carry girl at NDP preview

LTA Tee Chze Hao was lauded for helping to carry a young girl to save her the long walk from one end of the National Stadium to the other during the NDP preview on July 23, 2016.
LTA Tee Chze Hao was lauded for helping to carry a young girl to save her the long walk from one end of the National Stadium to the other during the NDP preview on July 23, 2016. PHOTO: FACEBOOK/SAF

SINGAPORE - A Singapore soldier who helped a mother and her daughter at the National Day Parade preview on July 23 has won the hearts of netizens.

Lieutenant Tee Chze Hao carried a little girl to save her the long walk from one end of the National Stadium to the other.

His good deed was first shared by Mr Kenny Leo on Facebook on Tuesday (July 26), along with a photo of a soldier in army fatigues carrying his daughter.

Mr Leo wrote: "This photo was taken by my wife just before NDP preview. She was a bit late and also ended up at the wrong side of the stadium. This kind soldier offered to carry my daughter as it was a long walk to the correct entrance and my wife had to carry some stuff."

The kind act was shared on Stomp, then highlighted on The Singapore Army's Facebook page on Wednesday (July 27).

Mr Tee was supervising the entrance of spectators in the South Sector, according to the account on The Singapore Army.

As the seats filled up, the remaining spectators had to be re-directed to another entrance in the North Sector.

Mr Leo's wife was carrying her daughter and struggling with her bags. Mr Tee offered to help and she allowed him to carry her daughter, the post said.

"I'm definitely glad to know that my actions have brightened someone's day," Mr Tee said.

Mr Leo also commented on The Singapore Army's post: "It really did brighten our day. And from the photo itself, I guess you can tell my daughter enjoyed her 'free ride' as well. Haha."

Mr Tee's battalion, 5 SIR, is involved in packing and distributing the funpacks and spectator management for the National Day Parade on Aug 9.