(Yahoo News) Move over, army maid. Now photos of a man wearing a camouflage skirt in public in Singapore is generating buzz online. The photo, originally uploaded on STOMP, surfaced barely a week after pictures of a maid carrying an full-time national serviceman's (NSF's) backpack sparked an online debate about Singapore's youth being too "soft".
The eyewitness, who gave his name as Norman, took the photo. He said, "I saw him at Parkway Parade shopping centre, calmly waiting in line at a money changer, despite the stares he was getting from people around him." "The skirt was in the style of a Scotsman's kilt, and had three of the original-style pockets on it, one at the side and two in the front.
It looked quite professionally-made." Describing the man as appearing to be in his mid-forties, he added that the skirt looked like it was made from an old Army No. 4 uniform, and even had button-on pockets sewn onto it. While some netizens have labelled him a 'softie', others think we need to lighten up. Insurance agent Tan Li Peng, 26, told Yahoo! Singapore, "First we have maids carrying our army backpacks, now men are donning 'army skirts'.
I feel embarrassed as a Singaporean guy." 23-year-old undergraduate Royston Lin added, "It's strange to see a man walking around in a skirt in public. But I guess that's in the context of Singapore's social norms. In Scotland it would be perfectly acceptable. Perhaps he should be mindful of the culture he's in."
Others like 21-year-old student Nuraliza H. said, "I think we need to lighten up. He's just experimenting and having fun. After all, I've seen male runway models wearing kilts too." Fashion-forward, or plain bizarre? You be the judge.