Singaporeans congratulate Feng on Olympic medal win

Politicians, actors, ordinary Singaporeans congratulate Feng Tianwei for winning the bronze in the London 2012 Olympic Games. (Reuters photo)Politicians, actors, ordinary Singaporeans congratulate Feng Tianwei for winning the bronze in the London 2012 …

Congratulations poured in for Singapore's Feng Tianwei, who did the country proud by winning the bronze medal Wednesday in women's singles table tennis at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

She demolished Japan's Kasumi Ishikawa 4-0 in the best-of-seven- match in 25 minutes Wednesday evening Singapore time. The scores: 11-9, 11-6, 11-6, 11-6.

(See slideshow of her victory here)

The bronze is the first Olympic medal won by Singapore since weightlifter  Tan Howe Liang bagged a silver medal at the 1960 Rome Games.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong congratulated Tianwei and Team Singapore for their performance.

"Congrats to Tianwei for a resounding 4-0 win over Ishikawa of Japan. Singapore's first individual Olympic medal in 52 years! We are all proud of you," he said. "And well done Team Singapore!"

He also cited other Singapore athletes at the Games: Lim Heem Wei, the country's first gymnast to gain direct entry into the Games; Helena Wong, the nation's first woman Olympic weightlifter; and Tao Li, who set a new national record for the 100m backstroke.

"Keep flying the Singapore flag high. To those who are still competing, we are behind you all the way," he said.

Cheers for Singapore's Olympic victory in women's singles table tennis. (TV screenshot)Cheers for Singapore's Olympic victory in women's singles table tennis. (TV screenshot)

On Twitter, local actress Melody Chen said, "Woohoo!!! Congrats to Feng Tian Wei!! Thank you for giving #Singapore an Olympic bronze medal! #London2012"

On Yahoo! Singapore's Facebook page, user Sebastian Lim wrote, "It maybe bronze but to be third in the world in really something to crow about! Well done Ms Feng and please keep the Singapore flag flying high come the team event. And it's a great birthday present for the country as its birthday is just eight glorious days away. Majulah Singapura!"

Grumblings over 'foreign talent'

Some Singaporeans, however, did not revel in the win, saying that Feng is not a "true-blue" Singaporeans as she originally hailed from China.

Facebook user Ex Pow wrote, "ok. congrats for her. From now on, no more imports please. Give the locals a chance. The foreign coaches should train up the locals. Not taking the easy way out."

User Wong Teng said, "I rather Singapore government nurture our true-blue Singaporean and represent in Olymipics although they would not win in Olympics."

To some of the negative comments, some users defended Feng and pointed out she deserved praise for her performance and hard work. For taking home the bronze, Feng will receive S$250,000 under Singapore's Multi-Million Dollar Awards Program (MAP).

"Anyway, taxpayers $ or not, china born or not.... Feng put in thousands of hours of sheer hard work to work her way to bronze. She didn't get it via some Mont Blanc pen or other gifts. For that, she deserves every penny of the award money she's receiving," said Facebook user TF Long.