I am a very cynical person, so pardon me if this appears to be a case of me being overly skeptical.
Yes, random acts of kindness should be encouraged in Singapore and should be highlighted and featured in the media to inspire others to do the same.
However, if such news are staged, I would be pissed to the core.
Recently, there were two separate news about foreigners performing a random act of kindness in Singapore.
I find both stories too identical.
Both stories share the same structure – a foreigner perform a kind act in Singapore, a random stranger spotted it and heng heng captured it on camera.
Both acts of kindness went viral online, the media reported both incidents, interviewing all the key persons involved and ended both articles with a quote from Dr William Wan, general secretary of the Singapore Kindness Movement.
If a third story like this appears again, I can guarantee plus chop it is some stupid viral campaign that you will see being submitted for advertising awards later on.
My cynical take:
- a similar act like this happened a few months earlier and made it to international news headlines - a New York policeman Lawrence DePrimo, bought boots for a barefoot homeless man, Mr Jeffrey Hillman, 54. The close timing and similarity of the two incidents are really fishy.
My cynical take:
A fish-eye lens was used to capture the video. Would a normal commuter carry a fish-eye lens everywhere? The use of a fish-eye lens is to capture wide-angle shots. This make sense if you want to capture the entire MRT cabin from a near distance. In layman’s term, the camera work is too professional and the use of the fish-eye lens is really fishy.
You be your own judge.