Ho Ching’s sloppy sandals make an appearance during official US trip once again


Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s wife Ho Ching’s “sloppy” styling has made a comeback as she was spotted wearing sandals when she accompanied her husband on his official visit to the United States of America this week to meet with US President Donald Trump at the White House.

PM Lee, Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan, Education Minister Ong Ye Kung, Minister for Trade and Industry S. Iswaran, Singapore’s Ambassador to the US Ashok Kumar Mirpuri and Mirpuri’s wife can all be seen dressed sharply, in the photo above, while Ho Ching stands out with her sandals.

The picture, which was posted on Minister Ong’s Facebook page, was taken outside Blair House, the official guest house of President Trump:

This is not the first time the PM’s wife has been spotted wearing such footwear during official visits. Netizens have questioned her drab dressing at official functions, over the years.

In early August last year, netizens were quick to point out the difference in dressing between former US President Barack Obama’s wife, Michelle Obama and Ho Ching, when Pm Lee and his wife were invited to a state dinner at the White House.

Its a happy occasion la… No need to dress until so drab…

Posted by Siew Tuck Wah on Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Among others who criticised Ho Ching then, aesthetics doctor and Save our Street Dogs founder, Dr Siew Tuck Wah commented:

“Its a historic occasion for Singapore Prime minister Lee and wife Ho Ching to be invited to the White House. But while first lady Michelle Obama made headlines with a Naeen Khan bright yellow floral dress, Ho Ching really could have chose something, well, more cheery.”

“We need to get a stylist for her please,” he added.

Not again? Sibeh Sia Suay!

Posted by Bruce Wee on Tuesday, 2 August 2016

The netizen above, Bruce Wee, shared a screenshot of Ho Ching’s footwear during her official visit to the US last year and commented, “Not again? Sibeh Sia Suay!”

He was referring to Ho Ching’s decision to wear sandals for an official meeting in Malaysia, in July 2016. Facebook user 黄建齊 was one among many others online who felt that it was sloppy of her to do so.

Netizens question Ho Ching's drab dressing at White House state dinner

Ho Ching didn't dress as shabbily when she met Japanese emperor and his wife

Outside Blair House, the official guest house of POTUS.

Posted by Ong Ye Kung on Monday, 23 October 2017


  1. The first time, I worked in an American company in Singapore, the secretary told me that no pants and no sandals to be seen in the office!
    Go Ching dressing has improved but she has no knowledge of American culture and etiquette!
    烏鸦怎能变鳯凰 ???
    Can somebody advise me why the highly paid millionaire CEO of Temasek holdings is paid when she is always not in office, especially following her husband round the world ?
    How lovely when we can get paid while on holidays so frequently ???
    No wonder our CPF FUNDS are locked up

  2. Frankly, Ho Ching’s dress sense or style is THE LEAST of things that concerns me. It is her PERFORMANCE as the CEO of Temasek, Singapore’s investment company that is the worry. The three men behind the ‘dynamic duo’, namely, Ministers Balakrishnan, Iswaran and Ong are the leaders who are poor performers. They are blue eyed boys of the dishonourable son and in today’s Singapore, you have to please PM LHL to get ahead in the government. The couple in the third and last row: I don’t know them from Adam and Eve!

  3. She dresses like a peasant considering the gargantuan and escalating millions her and her hubby have in their vaults. Unless those sandals are worth USD 52bn? No common decency for a PM’s wife? Maybe she has Hong Kong foot? Or ringworm? Or plain smelly feet? Only the sissy knows.

  4. This is not dressing for oneself.

    Dressing appropriately is a way of showing respect to others too, especially for official visits etc Also representing Singapore….

    Dressing can simple but it has to be appropriate for the situation. Scandals not for formal situations.