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SINGAPORE: Singapore’s ruling party has defended a promotional video produced by its youth wing that went viral after being lambasted online for its amateurish quality and for sounding “robotic”.
The five-minute YouTube video clip, titled “Re-ignite the Passion of Servant Leadership”, featured youth leaders of the long-ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) espousing a series of motivational messages for other party members.
Some appeared to be reading from a script placed on either side of the camera.
One segment featured a woman and a man clad in the all-white party uniform and holding miniature toy guitars, as others around them took turns to complete a sentence: “We must empower our members... to make a positive impact... to those around us”.
In a statement, the PAP said the effort by members of the Young PAP was “genuine and sincere”.
“We did not expect that our humble (raw and unpolished) in-house production would go viral like this,” it said in a Facebook post on Wednesday.
It said the video represented the Young PAP’s “spirit of activism – to serve our nation and to care for our fellow Singaporeans”.
Online, the video continued to draw a steady stream of derision yesterday.
“And here kids, you find yourself a bunch of brainwashed young adults. They even sound like robots. Amazing,” wrote local celebrity comedian Hirzi Zulkiflie on the Must Be Singapore Facebook page, which had shared the video.
“Sad to see youth talking like parrots, reading script and with bad diction/pronunciation,” wrote another Facebook user. — AFP
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