Selfie king flamed by netizens for being baey paiseh

[UPDATE 17 Nov]: Baey has responded to the hoo-ha over his #PrayForParis post, clarifying that his photo was taken with a timer during his morning run. Guess that means the picture wasn’t photoshopped — mystery solved.

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The last photo I posted had attracted much attention. I regret that it has distracted the message on the global challenges we face today. Besides the utter senselessness and disregard for humanity, the attacks meant something more to me as I was just in Paris six months ago. I had wanted to provide a personal connection to my thoughts beyond text and decided to re-post a photo I uploaded then. The photo was taken with a timer when I was having a rest during my morning run and I was able to chance upon this interesting perspective with the Eiffel Tower. I appreciate the frank comments by many and I do respect the views expressed. On hindsight, I could have been more mindful about the choice of photo. I would also like to thank those who gave me words of encouragement, both in public and private messages. I have chosen to be active on social media as it helps me connect with people and learn from others. This is an on-going journey that I am committed to. Thank you for your understanding and support.

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Following the terrorist attacks in Paris, Tampines MP Baey Yam Keng took to Facebook to express his sympathy.

However, the social media savvy MP has attracted brickbats with his “tasteless” post.

So, what’s the problem?

A photo of him posing with the Eiffel Tower looks pretty harmless, right?


Baey, who has a reputation for being selfie king, might have been too eager to show off the model-esque side of himself. Netizens felt that his post was inappropriate and undermines the gravity of the issue.

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Sharp-eyed netizens were also quick to point out the discrepancy between the first photo and this…

…which led to speculation that Baey photoshopped his picture.

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Baey later clarified that he was in Paris in May this year as part of President Tony Tan’s state visit delegation, and that photo was *not* photoshopped.

Mysterious case of the missing clouds

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Spot the difference here:

From left to right: Pic posted on his public Facebook page; pic posted on his personal Facebook page; original pic posted on personal Facebook page in May
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Nonetheless, one can also find different photos he took with the Eiffel tower with varying cloud cover, such as these:

Giving him the benefit of the doubt, it could be possible that he did take one with the tower when there were no clouds in sight.

Photoshop experts, please shed some light.

Netizens have some fun

Meanwhile, these contributions from the internet are certainly photoshopped.

Here’s one of Baey back in the dinosaur age, still looking cool as ever.


Not forgetting a game of Where’s Wally Baey?

Hirzi, one half of the comedy duo Munah Hirzi Official, has also added his own interpretations.

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Less narcissism please

While his thoughts are with the victims, the Facebook post would probably have been more effective in communicating Baey’s condolences if he cropped himself out of the picture.

Well, Mr Baey, let’s just say there’s a time for everything.

The question now is: will he still remain the bae in the hearts of Tampines residents?

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