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Published: Friday May 16, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Friday May 16, 2014 MYT 7:54:02 AM

Ruling party defends promo clip

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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