Holey Moley! Man Mocked by Ms S'pore Finalist Over Holey T-Shirt

Holy Moly Meaning?

'Holy moly' is another term for 'holy cow,' 'holy crap,' or 'wow' and is usually said by a younger person in order to avoid getting into trouble by saying curse words.

Where did the phrase, "holy moly" originate?

One possibility for its origin is from the Concise Oxford English Dictionary, which has Holy as being from Old English halig, meaning: "dedicated to a religious purpose, spiritually revered."

Moly, as defined by Webster’s New World Dictionary, means either “a) in mythology, an herb of magic powers as in Homer’s Odyssey or, b) a wild, garlic like [sic] European plant (Alium moly) of the lily family.”

Therefore, it is possible that by labeling this mythical herb (moly) with magical powers, people began calling it holy moly, and it later was used adjectivally to denote something extraordinary.

The hole truth

He was napping in an MRT train on his way to work when she sneaked a photo of him and posted it on Facebook.

Miss Jesslyn Tan, a Miss Singapore Universe 2013 finalist, found the hole in Mr Koh Hee Huat’s T-shirt amusing, and ran it with the following caption on Saturday: “Holey moley. Sibei trendy worzxxz.”

“Holey moley” indeed. Her post took on a whole new dimension, with reactions that caught her by surprise.

Miss Universe S'pore finalist pokes fun at man with holes in his shirt: His daughter hits back

Many netizens including Stomper Lawrence came across the posting, which quickly garnered various comments, including one from the man's daughter.

She responded: "He's my dad. Not everyone is as lucky as you making money based on looks. We don't have money to buy fancy clothes all the time. So what if there is a hole in the shirt. It's nothing [to be] shameful about.

"Rather, your act of laughing at others having a hole in the shirt is shameful. What if your dad is being made fun of? Think about it, Jesslyn Tan and the rest of you."

SHE'S SO HIGH, HE'S SO LOW: Beauty queen pokes fun at man with holes in his shirt

A Facebook post uploaded by a Miss Universe Singapore 2013 finalist left the 25-year-old with egg on her face.

Ms Jesslyn Tan had mocked the attire of a stranger whose photo she uploaded on her Facebook page yesterday with the caption: "Holey moley. Sibei trendy worzxxz (sic)."

The man was asleep in an MRT train and was wearing a green T-shirt with a hole in it.

My comment was never meant to hurt anyone: Miss S'pore finalist apologises after making fun of man with holes in shirt

Many were forgiving of her actions and praised her for publicly acknowledging her social media faux pas

One facebook user, Tzehao Eng, wrote: "We are not saints, we make mistakes, but it takes someone brave to acknowledge the mistakes one make.

"Walk strong, Jesslyn, I believe that you have not meant to cause hurt to anyone, but now you're aware that sometimes a seemingly harmless comment may totally be taken in an unintended way.

"This incident will make you more mindful in the future. It is undoubtedly an unpleasant experience, but most probably one that would make you a stronger and better person in the future."

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Beauty queen sorry for mocking man online

INSENSITIVE: Ms Tan admitted her Facebook post on a man's attire was "uncalled for". (Photo: Internet)

The post has since been taken down. In its place is an apology from Ms Tan, who listed herself on her Facebook page as an RMIT Bachelor of Communication graduate who is self-employed.

The apology included the admission that the initial post was "uncalled for".

"Upon further reflection, I realise how insensitive I was, the comment wasn't meant to hurt anybody. I would like to apologise to Cindy and her family," she wrote.

Former Miss Singapore finalist apologises for insensitive remarks

A photo collage of Jesslyn Tan, her Facebook post and the man who was the target of her mocking (Photo: Facebook / SG Share)

A former Miss Singapore finalist, who was flamed by online users after she posted remarks on Facebook about an MRT commuter’s dressing, has now apologised.

Jesslyn Tan, 25, who was a finalist at 2013’s pageant, posted an apology on her Facebook account on Wednesday 19 March, saying: “I sincerely apologise if I have offended or hurt anyone with my comment. It was indeed uncalled for. Upon further reflection, I realize how insensitive I was, the comment wasn't meant to hurt anybody. I would like to apologise to Cindy and her family. I will learn from this and be very mindful of my comments and behaviour on social media. Once again, to everyone who I have offended by this post, I sincerely apologise.”

Tan, a university graduate, had earlier posted on her Facebook account a photo of a man sitting in an MRT train carriage, with the words, “Holey moley. Sibei trendy worzxxz.” She was saying sarcastically in Singlish how very trendy he was.

Jesslyn Tan: Poor anger management?

“Being able to be Miss Universe does not make you a better person than others. Being rich is not always about money… it’s also about being well-mannered and mindful of others. Beauty not only on your face but most importantly in your heart! Go back and see where you come from (sic.),” said one Haza Ishak.

Jesslyn Tan will be the unfortunate Anton Casey replica, just so we can have our anger issues sorted out.

Singaporeans’ anger towards Jesslyn Tan reveals a deeper issue within the social landscape of this society. We are at our height of resentment against those who have too much while many of us struggle to make ends meet.

Don’t Poke Fun at a Man with Holes in his Shirt – He could be the boss of Ye Shang Hai Teochew Porridge

And here’s the TWIST! The man actually works at Ye Shang Hai Teochew Porridge (夜上海潮洲粥) at Bukit Merah View!

Bet you never expected that right? But anyway, the moral of the story? Don’t Poke Fun at a Man with Holes in his Shirt! (And don’t upload it on Facebook!)

That’s why social media can be so scary sometimes.

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Uncle shamed by Miss Singapore finalist wants to quit job at store after over 28 years

Following Miss Universe Singapore 2013 finalist Jesslyn Tan's facebook post poking fun at an uncle wearing a T-shirt with holes, and her facebook apology, the uncle wants to quit after working at a porridge stall for more than 28 years.

According to Shin Min Daily News, a netizen revealed that the uncle is working at the famous Ye Shang Hai Teochew Porridge (夜上海潮洲粥) in Bukit Merah view.

The uncle's boss, Mr Wu, revealed that after the photo of the uncle was publicised, he feels embarrassed, and that he has also embarrassed his relatives and friends. Mr Wu asked him to stay, and told him to let him think about how to solve the issue.

According to Shinmin Daily, the uncle who was mocked by Ms Singapore Universe finalist for his dressing and a hole in the shirt wants to quit his job after the incident
Is the uncle’s decision to quit an over-reaction? What do you think?

The uncle who works at the famous Ye Shang Hai Teochew Porridge (夜上海潮洲粥) in Bukit Merah view felt that he has brought embarrassment to his relatives and friends after his photo was publicized.

The uncle’s boss, Mr Wu, felt indignant about the insult and has tried to persuade him to stay on. He says: “Is being poor a crime? What’s wrong with him using his own abilities to earn money and support his family?”

Mr Wu feels indignant for the uncle, and said that insulting his staff is akin to insulting him. He added that the uncle leads a down-to-earth life, and it was unnecessary of Jesslyn Tan to post his photo online. He said: "Is being poor a crime? What's wrong with him using his own abilities to earn money and support his family?"


Man mocked online by Miss Singapore finalist thought of quitting job

A man who was thrown into the social media spotlight after being mocked online by a Miss Singapore Universe finalist for wearing a T-shirt with holes had thought of quitting his job because of the unwanted attention.

In a Facebook post, Senior Minister of State for Law and Education Indranee Rajah, who is also MP for Tanjong Pagar GRC, said Mr Koh Hee Huat is her resident. Ms Indranee said she has been a long-time customer of the food stall where Mr Koh works.

She explained that the stall has metal fixtures that snag on the T-shirts, causing them to tear, and it is just part and parcel of Mr Koh’s work environment.


A few days ago, the internet was abuzz with the story of Miss S'pore finalist, Ms Jesslyn Tan, who found the sight of a man with a hole in his T-shirt napping on the MRT so amusing that she took a snapped a photo of him and put it on her FB with the caption "Holey moley. Sibei trendy worzxxz".

The post caused a minor internet storm. Many were critical of it, and Ms Tan has since removed the post and apologised online for being insensitive.

What's it to me? Well, you see, the man in that pic is my resident, Mr Koh Hee Huat, and I have known him for many years. I want to share a little more about this man who has been unwittingly caught up in this mini furore.


With regards to the recent "holes in shirt" saga, it was distasteful for Ms Indranee Rajah to capitalize the incident to score political points.

The saga was put an end after Jesslyn Tan apologised and deleted the disparaging posts. Mr Koh, the victim, wished to leave the whole saga behind and Singaporeans supported him and we thought the heat would die off.

Out of the blue, Ms Indranee Rajah stir up the whole saga again and now even worse, all mainstream media as well as new media post about it. Ms Indranee Rajah probably saw it as too golden an opportunity to let it die off and decided to score some political points. All of a sudden, Mr Koh began to garner the unwanted attentions again, adding pain to his sorrow.

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Shame on you, Indranee!

Ms Indranee, May I ask you a question. If your intention is to go meet Mr Koh to encourage him to stay on working in the stall, you can always do it quietly. Why the need to after visiting him, pose a pic together with him, with a big big smile on your face (notice that Mr Koh is not smiling), then post it on your facebook?

If your intention is to reprimand Miss S’pore finalist, there is no need to. She has already apologised and removed her facebook posting, long before you go visited Mr Koh. I dare say this incident will probably cause her not winning Miss S’pore, which I think is already a very good “punishment” for her.

So, what is your intention then?


Tanjong Pagar GRC MP Indranee Rajah defends hawker assistant in ‘holey’ T-shirt saga

The MP's Facebook post has already garnered over 4,000 shares and a long list of comments within the two hours since it was posted. Most of the commenters praised her for her write-up and for standing up for Koh.

“Well done! Appreciated what you have done for Mr Joh here. I believe it will go a long way. You have rewritten this story for the benefits of not just Mr Koh but all of us who surf the net. We must be sensitive and be responsible in what we post. Let us rewrite all the bad and ugly stories to be a good neighbour to all. Keep it up and thank you!,” said a Freddie Ong.

“A terrific write-up, Indranee. This minor Internet storm is also making the rounds amongst the Singaporean population here in Adelaide, South Australia - so the impact is far more reaching than just local,” said a Julie Tan.


Anyone who can find it in his or her heart to make fun of someone else's poverty, even if it's a private joke among friends, is most certainly a beast. There can be no quibble about that. I don't think there is any right-thinking Singaporean (unless he's a beast himself) who will deny the universally accepted fact that Jesslyn Tan is a beast.

Then who is the beauty? We all agree the victim of the beast is a wonderful, industrious and honest worker but there is another person in this whole sad episode who emerges as beautiful and virtuous. She is beautiful physically although not in the beauty pageant kind of way which is really all hype, dross and fakery where models starve themselves almost to death just to look sylph-like. But for those of us who know her, what's truly beautiful is her sincerity and kindness.

I was a little annoyed when I read in one of the alternative news media something about Indranee Rajah. This is what it says:
This after Indranee Rajah, a PAP MP for Tanjong Pagar GRC, opportunistically wrote on Facebook that we must support the man wearing a holey t-shirt who was made fun of by former Miss Singapore Universe finalist, Jesslyn Tan.

Miss Jesslyn Tan, we forgive you.

Who is Jesslyn Tan? Well she is a 25 year old RMIT university cuntface graduate with the maturity of a 15 year old gal whose idea of fun is to take digs at a Singaporean uncle (we are certainly inclined to think she was an alumni of the Mean Girls Club back in school):

And shockers of shockers, she was actually a Miss Singapore 2013 finalist! Seriously, with her below average looks, she is more suited to play the part of the beast if a theatre version of Beauty and The Beast is ever staged here.

Well, people make mistakes, we shouldn't be too harsh on her.

Perth says she will not take in Jesslyn Tan

No more from Singapore, they say

Perth, the place of refuge in Australia for some dysfunctional people previously from Singapore, has written a notice saying she will not be accepting any more applicants from this country.

Indranee’s support for the man three days after the apology has been naturally construed as the go-ahead for another round of open-ended attack on Jesslyn by the people of the Internet.

Perth, concerned by the re-ignited flaming, has written a notice to say that her state’s borders are shut. The notice read: “We have taken in enough of your kind of people from Singapore already. No more.”