The legend of Imran: Brawny soldier wins fame after his BMT photo goes viral

NSF says his commanders knew about him even before he entered Specialist Cadet School

Full-time national serviceman Muhammad Imran Azeman, 23, shot to fame on the Internet after a photo of him receiving a rifle from his platoon commander went viral.
Specialist Cadet Muhammad Imran Azeman with his mother, Madam Rozanah Yassin, and father, Mr Azeman Rahmat, at Pasir Laba Camp yesterday. A photo of him (below) receiving a rifle with his muscular arms from his platoon commander during basic military
Specialist Cadet Muhammad Imran Azeman with his mother, Madam Rozanah Yassin, and father, Mr Azeman Rahmat, at Pasir Laba Camp yesterday. A photo of him receiving a rifle with his muscular arms from his platoon commander during basic military training was posted on the official Basic Military Training Centre Facebook page in July and went viral. PHOTO: GIN TAY; BMTC/FACEBOOK
Specialist Cadet Muhammad Imran Azeman with his mother, Madam Rozanah Yassin, and father, Mr Azeman Rahmat, at Pasir Laba Camp yesterday. A photo of him (below) receiving a rifle with his muscular arms from his platoon commander during basic military
Specialist Cadet Muhammad Imran Azeman with his mother, Madam Rozanah Yassin, and father, Mr Azeman Rahmat, at Pasir Laba Camp yesterday. A photo of him (above) receiving a rifle with his muscular arms from his platoon commander during basic military training was posted on the official Basic Military Training Centre Facebook page in July and went viral. PHOTO: GIN TAY; BMTC/FACEBOOK

After a photo of him wearing a serious expression while receiving a rifle with his muscular arms from his platoon commander went viral, netizens referred to it as the Legend of Imran.

Specialist Cadet (SCT) Muhammad Imran Azeman is so famous, his commanders knew him even before he entered the Specialist Cadet School (SCS).

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 21, 2019, with the headline 'Brawny soldier wins fame after his BMT photo goes viral'. Subscribe