NS pre-enlistee: I'm not trying to 'chao keng'

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Mr Sky Lim was lambasted by netizens for appearing to brag about his medical downgrade.

SINGAPORE - I am not trying to "chao keng" (Hokkien for malinger). That's what Mr Sky Lim, 19, who found himself embroiled in an online controversy last week, is now saying.

On Sept 1, he had posted a Facebook status about getting the lowest physical employment status (PES) for his national service, which he is due to start next month.

In his post, he spoke of how he would continue to run his own social marketing company Crownsify, which he set up last November.

"Good news, I have gotten PES E9 for army, the lowest possible in army. I would be able to book out every day and have tons of time to commit to Crownsify," he said.

"Crownsify is my first business and I am going to do whatever it takes to succeed. Fight!"

As he said the post was meant only for the eyes of his Facebook friends, he did not expect it to go viral on forums - such as HardwareZone and Sammyboy - and citizen journalism website Stomp.

Netizens have labelled him a "disgrace to Singapore" and that he had "no integrity and honesty" for cheating the system.

But Mr Lim told The New Paper that he has been misunderstood.

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