No special treatment given at attraction, says DJ

Radio deejay Lim Peifen says her family was given the green light when it was their turn to enter the snow-walk attraction at Jewel Changi Airport, even though they were not wearing appropriate footwear.
Radio deejay Lim Peifen says her family was given the green light when it was their turn to enter the snow-walk attraction at Jewel Changi Airport, even though they were not wearing appropriate footwear.PHOTO: LIMPEIFEN/INSTAGRAM

Well-known radio deejay Lim Peifen has refuted talk that her son was given preferential treatment at a snow-walk attraction at Jewel Changi Airport.

A netizen called Kailin Ng posted earlier this month that while her son Aden was turned away because of improper footwear, the son of a celebrity deejay - whom she did not name - was allowed entry even though he also wore open-toe sandals.

Ms Ng had come across a photo of the deejay's Jewel outing days after Ms Ng had gone there.

"What baffles me is not that such footwear is not allowed, but her son was allowed entry for the very reason Aden was not allowed.

"Are rules not strictly followed? Or are rules only for the common folk?"

On Monday, Lim, 37, gave her side of the story in an online post.

"We queued for the snow walk. We wondered if we could go in with our sandals. We saw other children in the queue with their parents and they were allowed entry to the snow walk with their open-toe sandals.

"When it was our turn to take the walk, we asked whether our shoes were okay. We were given the okay to go. There was no preferential treatment, nor did we insist on any.

"All I wanted was to have a happy day out with my family and we did enjoy ourselves."

Adding that safety is important, Lim said she is "happy to follow clear, well-defined safety measures for all activities and I hope that rules are always well-enforced".

 
 

"As for topics of discussion other than safety, I honestly don't think they are relevant to this incident," she noted.

In a statement to The Straits Times, the Changi Airport Group (CAG) said a ranger had not enforced the safety rules on the day when Lim came.

"It is our topmost priority for guests to play and enjoy our facilities in optimal conditions. Therefore, we made it a requirement for visitors to be in covered footwear for the snow walk.

"The entry... by a guest with open-toe footwear was an oversight."

CAG has reminded its staff to uphold the rules.

Lim's fans have welcomed the clarifications, with one posting: "It is unfortunate that you are targeted just because you are a celebrity."

In another post, Ms Ng said the CAG has extended an invitation to her to visit the airport again and that she is no longer pursuing the snow-walk matter.

However, her latest stand has not entirely pacified Lim's fans.

Saying it is not fair the deejay has been dragged into the matter, a netizen wrote: "I am sure she is not the only one whose son was allowed in. I don't think she used her celebrity status."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 11, 2019, with the headline 'No special treatment given at attraction, says DJ'. Print Edition | Subscribe